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1 Sam. 1: 12. And it came to pass, or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish as she continued praying before the give him a serpent? Or, if he shall LORD, that Eli marked her mouth. ask an egg, will he offer him a scorNow Hannah, she spake in her pion? If ye then, being evil, know heart; only her lips moved, but her how to give good gifts unto your voice was not heard ; therefore Eli children, how much more shall thought she had been drunken. And heavenly Father give the Holy Eli said unto her, How long wilt Spirit to them that ask him? thou be drunken? put a way thy wine 18:1. And he spake a parable unfrom thee. And Hannah answered to them to this end, that men ought and said, No, my lord, I am a wo- always to pray, and not to faint; man of a sorrowful spirit; I have saying, There was in a city a judge, drunk neither wine nor strong drink, which feared not God, neither rebut have poured out my soul before garded man. And there was the LORD. Count not thine hand- widow in that city; and she came maid for a daughter of Belial: for unto him, saying, Avenge me of out of the abundance of my com- mine adversary. And he would not plaint and grief have I spoken hith- for a while : but afterward he said erto. Then Eli answered and said, within himself, Though I fear not Go in peace; and the God of Israel God, nor regard man; yet, because grant thee thy petition that thou this widow troubleth me, I will hast asked of him. And she said, avenge her, lest by her continual Let thine handmaid find grace in coming she weary me. And the thy sight. So the woman went her Lord said, Hear what the unjust way, and did eat, and her counte- judge saith. And shall not God nance was no more sad. — 26. And avenge his own elect, which cry day she said, O my lord, as thy soul liv- and night unto him, though he bear eth, my lord, I am the woman that long with them? I tell you that he stood by thee here, praying unto the will avenge them speedily. NeverLORD. For this child I prayed; and theless, when the Son of man the LORD hath given me my petition cometh, shall he find faith on the which I asked of him: therefore also earth? I have lent him to the Lord; as long
Acts 1: 14. These all continas he liveth he shall be lent to the ued with one accord in prayer and LORD. And he worshipped the supplication, with the women, and Lord there.
Mary the mother of Jesus, and with
his brethren. IT LUKE 11: 5. And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a
VIII. Encouragement to Pray. friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of
2 Chron. 15: 2. Hear ye me, Asa, mine in his journey is come to me, and all Juda and Benjamin; the and I have nothing to set before Lord is with you, while ye be with him? And he from within shall an- him; and if ye seek him, he will be swer and say, Trouble me not: the found of you; but if ye forsake him, door is now shut, and my children he will forsake you. Now for a are with me in bed; I cannot rise long season Israel hath been withand give thee. I say unto you,
out the true God, and without a Though he will not rise and give teaching priest, and without law, him, because he is his friend, yet. But when they in their trouble did because of his importunity he will turn unto the Lord God of Israel, rise and give him as many as he and sought him, he was found of needeth. And I say unto you, Ask, then. and it shall be given you; seek, and NEH. 2:1. Now I had not been ye shall find; knock, and it shall be beforetime sad in his presence. opened unto you. For every one Wherefore the king said unto me, that asketh, receiveth; and he that Why is thy countenance sad, seeing seeketh, findeth; and to him that thou art not sick? this is nothing knocketh, it shall be opened. If a else but sorrow of heart. Then I son shall ask bread of any of you, that was very sore afraid, and said unto is a father, will he give him a stone? | the king, Let the king live forever:
why should not my countenance be will sprinkle clean water upon you, sad, when the city, the place of my and ye shall be clean. — 26. A new fathers' sepulchres, lieth waste, and heart also will I give you, and a new the gates thereof are consumed with spirit will I put within you. — 37. fire? Then the king said unto me, I will yet for this be inquired of by For what dost thou make request ?, the house of Israel to do it for them. So I prayed to the God of heaven. Mar. 7: 7. Ask, and it shall be And I said unto the king, If it please given you, seek, and ye shall find: the king, and if thy servant have knock, and it shall be opened unto found favor in thy sight, that thou you ; for every one that asketh re· wouldest send me unto Judah, unto ceiveth ; and he that seeketh findthe city of my father's sepulchres, eth, and to him that knocketh, it that I may build it. — 8. And the shall be opened. Or what man is king granted me, according to the there of you, who, if his son ask good hand of my God upon me. bread, will he give him a stone ; or if
Isa. 65: 24. Before they call I will he ask a fish, will he give him a seranswer; while they are yet speak- pent ? If ye, then being evil, know ing I will hear.
how to give good things to your JER. 33: 3. Call upon me, and I children, how much more shall your will answer thee.
father which is in heaven give good Joel 2: 32. Whosoever shall call things to them that ask him. on the name of the Lord, shall be 18: 19. Again ; I say unto you, delivered.
That if two of you shall agree on Job 42 : 8. Therefore take unto earth, as touching any thing that you now seven bullocks and seven they shall ask, it shall be done for rams, and go to my servant Job, and them of my Father which is in heavoffer up for yourselves a burnt-offer- en. For where two or three are ing; and my servant Job shall pray gathered together in my name, there for you:
for him will I accept: lest I am I in the midst of them. deal with you after your folly, in John 14: 13. Whatsoever ye shall that ye have not spoken of me the ask in my name, that will I do, that thing which is right, like my servant the Father may be glorified in the Job. So Eliphaz the Temanite, and Son. If ye shall ask any thing I will Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the do it. Naamathite went, and did according 16: 23. And in that day ye shall as the LORD commanded them: the ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say LORD also accepted Job.
unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask And the LORD turned the captivi- the Father in my name, he will give ty of Job, when he prayed for his it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothfriends.
ing in my name ; ask, and ye shall
receive, that your joy may be full. | Ps. 31:10. I am the LORD thy Acts 2: 21. Whosoever shall call God, that brought thee out of the on the name of the Lord, shall be land of Egypt. Open thy mouth saved. wide, and I will fill it.
102: 13. Thou shalt arise and have | 12:5. Peter therefore was kept in mercy upon Zion; for the time to prison: but prayer was made withfavor her, even the set time is come: out ceasing of the church unto God for thy servants take pleasure in her for him. And when Herod would stones, and favor the dust thereof. have brought him forth, the same
126: 6. He that goeth forth and night Peter was sleeping between weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall two soldiers, bound with two chains
again rejoicing, and the keepers before the door kept bringing his sheaves with him. the prison. And behold, the angel of
Prov. 10: 24. The desire of the the Lord came upon him, and a light righteous shall be granted.
shined in the prison: and he smote Isa. 45: 19. I said not unto the Peter on the side, and raised him up, seed of Jacob, Seek ye my face in saying, Arise up quickly! And his vain.
chains fell off from his hands. And Ezek. 36 : 24. I will take you the angel said unto him, Gird thyfrom among the heathen, and gather self, and bind on thy sandals: and so you out of all countries and I l he did. And he saith unto him, Cast
thy garment about thee, and follow will he heareth us: and if we know
And he went out, and followed that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, him, and wist not that it was true we know that we have the petitions which was done by the angel ; but that we desired of him. thought he saw a vision. When they If any man see his brother sin a were past the first and the second sin which is not unto death, he shall ward, they came unto the iron gate ask, and he shall give him life for that leadeth unto the city, which them that sin not unto death. There opened to them of his own accord: is a sin unto death: I do not say that and they went out, and passed on ye shall pray for it. All unrighteousthrough one street; and forthwith ness is sin; and there is a sin not the angel departed from him.
unto death. 16: 25. And at midnight Paul and James 5:16. The effectual fervent Silas prayed, and sang praises unto prayer of a righteous man availeth God:
and the prisoners heard them. much. Elias was a man subject to And suddenly there was a great like passions as we are, and he prayearthquake, so that the foundations ed earnestly that it might not rain: of the prison were shaken: and im- and it rained not on the earth by the mediately all the doors were open space of three years and six months: ed, and every one's bands were and he prayed again, and the heavloosed. And the keeper of the prison en gave rain, and the earth brought awaking out of his sleep, and seeing forth her fruit. the prison-doors open, he drew out Zech. 13: 9. They shall call on his sword, and would have killed my name, and I will hear them. himself, supposing that the prisoners
2 Kings 19: 20. Thus saith the had been fled. But Paul cried with Lord to Hezekiah, That which thou a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no hast prayed to me against the king harm: for we are all here. Then he of Assyria, I have heard. called for a light, and sprang in, and Ps. 6: 9. The LORD hath heard came trembling, and fell down be- my supplication ; the LORD will fore Paul and Silas; and brought receive my prayer, them out, and said, Sirs, what must 34 : 4. I sought the Lord : he I do to be saved ? And they said, heard me and delivered me out of Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, all my fears. and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him IX. Characteristics of a Spirit of the word of the Lord, and to all that
acceptable Prayer. were in his house.
1. Sincerity. | 1 John 3:21. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we
Ps. 17: 1. Give ear to my prayer, confidence toward God, and whatso- that goeth not out of feigned lips. ever we ask, we receive of him, be- 145: 18. The Lord is nigh unto cause we keep his commandments, all them, that call upon him in truth. and do those things that are pleas- Jer. 29: 13. Then shall ye find ing in his sight. And this is his com- me,
shall search for me with mandment ; That we should believe all your heart. on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, Isa. 29: 13. Forasmuch as this and love one another, as he gave us people draw near unto me with their commandment. And he that keepeth mouth, and with their lips do honor his commandments, dwelleth in him, me, but have removed their heart and he in him. And hereby we know far from me, and their fear toward that he abideth in us, by the Spirit me is taught by the precept of men ; which he hath given us.
therefore, behold, I will proceed to 5: 13. These things have I writ- do a marvellous work among this ten unto you that believe on the name people. of the Son of God ; that ye may
LAM. 3: 41. Let us lift up our know that ye have eternal life, and heart with our hands to God in the that ye may believe on the name of heavens. the Son of God. And this is the con- Ps. 78:34. When God slew them, fidence that we have in him, that if then they sought him, and inquired we ask any thing according to his early after God. — 36. Nevertheless
they flattered him with their mouth: / upon his breast, saying, God be mertheir heart was not right with him. ciful to me a sinner.
EZEK. 33: 31. With their mouth Mat. 26: 39. He went a little they show much love; but their farther, and fell on his face, and heart goeth after their covetousness. prayed, saying, O my Father, if it
Mat. 6: 5. When thou prayest, be possible, let this cup pass from be not as the hypocrites are ; for me. Nevertheless, not as I will, but they love to pray, standing in the as thou wilt. synagogues, and in the corners of John 5: 30. I seek not mine own the streets, that they may be seen of will, but the will of the Father that
sent me. 23:14. For a pretence, they make LUKE 15: 21. Father, I have sinlong prayers.
ned against heaven and in thy sight,
and am no more worthy to be called 2. Praying in Faith.
thy son. 2 Sam. 7: 28. And now, O LORD
4. Forgireness. God, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast prom- Mat. 6:12. Forgive us our debts, ised this goodness unto thy servant : we forgive our debtors. – 14. therefore now let it please thee to For if ye forgive men_their tresbless the house of thy servant, that passes, your heavenly Father will it may continue forever before thee: | also forgive you. But, if ye forgive for thou, O LORD God, hast spoken not men their trespasses, neither it ; and with thy blessing let the will your Father forgive your treshouse of thy servant be blessed for- passes.
LUKE 6: 37. Forgive and ye shall Mat. 21: 22. All things, whatso- be forgiven. eyer ye shall ask in prayer, believing, Mat. 5: 23. If thou bring thy gift ye shall receive.
to the altar, and there rememberest Heb. 11: 6. Without faith it is that thy brother hath aught against impossible to please him: for he that thee, leave there thy gift before the cometh to God must believe that he altar, and go thy way, first be reconis; and that he is a rewarder of them ciled to thy brother, and then come that diligently seek him.
and offer thy gift. James 5: 15. The prayer of faith LUKE 23:34. Father forgive them, shall save the sick, and the Lord for they know not what they do. shall raise him up.
John 15: 7. If ye abide in me, 5. With Purity of Heart. and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done Ps. 26: 6. I will wash my hands
in innocency: so will I compass thine JAMES 1: 6. Let him ask in faith, altar. nothing wavering. For he that wa- 84: 15. The eyes of the Lord are vereth is like a wave of the sea, upon the righteous, his ears are open driven and tossed. For let not that to their cry. – 17. The righteous man think that he shall receive any cry, and the Lord heareth, and dething of the Lord.
livereth them out of all their trouHeb. 10: 22. Let us draw near bles. with a true heart, in full assurance 4:3. The Lord hath set apart of faith.
him that is godly for himself; the
LORD will hear when I call unto 3. Humble Submission.
145:19. The Lord will fulfil 2 Chron. 7:14. If my people shall desire of them that fear him; he humble themselves, and pray, and also will hear their cry and will save seek my face, and turn from their them. wicked ways, then will I hear from Prov. 15:8. The sacrifice of the heaven, and will forgive their sins. wicked is an abomination unto the
LUKE 18: 13. The publican, stand- LORD ; but the prayer of the upright ing afar off, would not so much as
is his delight. lift his eyes unto heaven, but smote John 9: 31. If any man be a wor
shipper of God and doth his will, , thou at all brought this people over him he heareth.
Jordan, to deliver us into the hand 1 John 3: 22. Whatsoever we of the Amorites, to destroy us? ask, we receive of him, because we would to God we had been content, keep his commandments, and do and dwelt on the other side Jordan! those things that are pleasing in his O LORD, what shall I say, when sight.
Israel turneth their backs before Ps. 91: 14. Because he hath set their enemies? For the Canaanites, his love on me, therefore will I de- and all the inhabitants of the land, liver him.
shall hear of it, and shall environ 66: 18. If I regard iniquity in my us round, and cut off our name from heart, the Lord will not hear me. the earth; and what wilt thou do
unto thy great name? 6. Fervor.
And the LORD said unto Joshua,
Get thee up! wherefore liest thou Ps. 88: 1. O Lord God of my sal- thus upon thy face? Israel hath vation, I have cried day and night sinned, and they have also transbefore thee.
gressed my covenant which I comLUKE 22: 44. Being in an agony, manded them; for they have even he prayed more earnestly ; and his taken of the accursed thing, and sweat was as it were great drops of have also stolen, and dissembled blood falling down to the ground. also, and they have put it even
HEB. 5: 7. Who in the days of his among their own stuff. Therefore flesh, when he had offered up prayers the children of Israel could not and supplications, with strong cry- stand before their enemies, but ing and tears, unto him that was turned their backs before their eneable to save him from death, and mies, because they were accursed: was heard, in that he feared.
neither will I be with you any more, 2 Kings 20:2. Then he turned except ye destroy the accursed from his face to the wall, and prayed unto among you. Up, sanctify the peothe LORD, saying, I beseech thee, o ple, and say, Sanctify yourselves LORD, remember now, how I have against to-morrow; for thus saith walked before thee in truth, and with the LORD God of Israel, There is a perfect heart, and have done that an accursed thing in the midst of which was good in thy sight. And thee, O Israel: thou canst not stand Hezekiah wept sore.-5. Thus saith before thine enemies, until ye tako the Lord, I have heard thy prayer, I away the accursed thing from have seen thy tears: behold I will among you. heal thee; on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the T 1 Sam. 7: 2. And all the house Lord.
of Israel lamented after the LORD. Neh. 1: 4. I sat down and wept And Samuel spake unto all the and mourned certain days, and fast- house of Israel, saying, If ye do ed and prayed.
return unto the LORD with all your Jer. 9: i. O that my head were hearts, then put away the strange waters, and mine eyes a fountain gods and Ashtaroth from among of tears.
you, and prepare your hearts unto Rom. 10: 1. Brethren, my heart's the LORD, and serve him only: and desire and prayer to God for Israel he will deliver you out of the hand is, that they might be saved.
of the Philistines. Then the chil9: 2. I have great heaviness and dren of Israel did put away Baalim continual sorrow in my heart. For and Ashtaroth, and served the LORD I could wish that myself were ac- only. And Samuel said, Gather all cursed from Christ for my brethren. Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray
James 5: 16. The effectual fer- for you unto the Lord. And they vent prayer of a righteous man avail- gathered together to Mizpeh, and eth much.
drew water, and poured it out before
the Lord, and fasted on that day, X. How Prayer is Hindered. and said there, We have sinned
against the LORD. Josh. 7: 7. And Joshua said, Ps. 66: 18. If I regard iniquity Alas, O LORD God, wherefore hast