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and blessed his children, and his grandchildren. Thus Job remembered his children, and “offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all.” Bring them up, also, in the practice of prayer. They cannot too early begin to seek their Saviour and to lisp his praise. No habit will be more profitable to them than that of daily prayer. Teach your children this, and they will then rise up and call you blessed. Store their young minds with the Scriptures, furnish them with short portions for all occasions. This will arm them with invincible strength against their enemies. They are about to journey through a dangerous wilderness; teach them to pray, morning and evening, and it will direct their way “like that pillar which guided Israel through the wilderness, as a cloud by day to shadow ihem, and as a fire by night to comfort them.”
Prayer is a duty at all times and in all seasons of life.
ARE YOU IN PROSPERITY? Let prayer and praise sanctify all your enjoyments. Great is the snare of outward prosperity. How “hardly shall they that are rich enter the kingdom of heaven.” You have need to pray much, lest that which was designed as a talent for greater usefulness, occasion your eternal ruin. Let nothing hinder you from giving regular and full time to devotion. The days of health and strength should be given to God," while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in thein."
Are you AFFLICTED? That is the time for special prayer. “Call upon me in the day of trouble, and I will hear thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” In the abselice of the sun the mild and peaceful radiance of the moon illumines our path. Let devotion spread a cheering light over your darker hours. “ The Queen of night,” says Bowdler, “unveils its full beauty when the hours of joy and lustre have passed away, pouring as it were a holy light through the damps and darkness of adversity.” Thus will constant prayer cheer the darkest season of affliction.
Are you YouNG? Let that rapid torrent of youthful stength and vivacity, which, if left to itself, would only be wasted and dashed against rocks, from precipice to precipice, be turned into a profitable course. Let this stream be brought into the channel of devotion, and it will move the machine of the Christian life, and communicate innumerable blessings to man.
Those that seek me early, shall find me. Prov, viii, 17. Nothing is more pleasing, nothing more profitable, than early devotion. Slight not. him in your strength, who will be the only protector of your weakness. Are you
in MIDDLE LIFE? In the midst of this world's engagements, how are you encompassed as in a maze of temptation! Let prayer be the secret thread which leads you safely out of this labyrinth. How are you surrounded with duties of the first importance! What a happy influence, then, would devotion have in making you a general blessing to your family, your neighbourhood, and your country! Like the regulator in the watch, though unseen outwardly, it would keep the spring
your actions in order, it would make all your movements certain and useful. Give the strength of your years to God, and you will have a good name, better than precious ointment. Eccles. vii, 1. Remember, “ the prayer of faith,” as Bishop Porteus says, “moves the hands of Him that moveth all things.”
Are you in DECLINING YEARS ? And will you not hold converse with Him, whom you are so soon to meet and see face to face? Why should you enter the eter
nal world a stranger to the great King who rules there, when you have an opportunity of being adopted into his family, enjoying his presence here, and sharing the splendours of his crown, and of his glory hereafter.What,” says one,
can be more truly desirable than to attain to a measure of that light and peace, which, in their full measure belong to a higher condition ? and what more excellent than that occupation which connects the service with the enjoyment of God, the duties of this life with the glories of the better p" To every class of my readers, I say,
PRAY WITHOUT CEASING.
HYMNS ON PRAYER.
Utter'd or unexprest;
That trenibles in the breast.
The falling of a tear,
When none but God is near.
That infant lips can try;
The Majesty on high.
The Christian's native air,
He enters heaven with prayer.
Prayer is the contrite sinner's voice,
Returning from his ways;
And say, " Behold he prays.”
In word, and deed, and inind,
Their fellowship they find.
The Holy Spirit pleads;
For sinners intercedes.
The life, the truth, the way,
Seraph to Seraph siegs;
Worship, with veiling wings.
Thy way amid the sea;
Thy counsels mystery.
A suppliant at thy feet;
That reach thy mercy seat.
Thy glory was express'd ;
In flesh made manifest.
Who all our sorrows bare ;
We offer up our prayer.
Touch'd with a feeling of our woes,
Jesus, our High Priest stands : All our infirmities He knows,
Our souls are in his hands.
He bears them up with strength divine,
When at thy feet we fall ;
Hear us ; on Thee we call.
LORD, teach us how to pray aright,
With rev’rence and with fear;
We may, we must, draw near.
O grant us power to pray;
Lord, meet us by the way.
of godly sorrow give; A strong desiring confidence
To hear thy voice, and live;
That can for sin atone;
On Christ, on Christ alone.
Though mercy long delay; Courage our fainting souls to keep,
And trust Thee, though Thou slay.
Give these ;--and then thy will be done;
Thus strengthen’d with ali might, We by thy Spirit, through thy Son,
Shall pray, and pray aright.