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12. Are we to pray in the name of Christ?
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name. Ask and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full, (16 Jn. 23, 24.)
Do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. (3 Col. 17.)
13. Does the sympathy of Christ, as our High Priest, encourage our confidence in prayer?
We have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (4 Heb. 15, 16.)
14. What did God say of Saul's prayer at his conversion?
Behold he prayeth! (9 Ac. 11.)
15. Must watchfulness be joined to prayer?
Watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation. (26 Mat. 41.)
Continue in prayer and watch in the same with thanksgiving. (4 Col. 2.)
Watch unto prayer. (I. Pet. 4. 7.)
16. What is our duty in affliction?
Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray. (5 Jas. 13.)
17. What should be our employment when cheerful? Is any merry? Let him sing psalms. (5 Jas. 13.)
18. Will God reject those prayers that arise from improper motives?
Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss. (4 Jas 3.)
19. How do hypocrites worship God?
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoreth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. (15 Mt. 8.-29 Is. 13.)
20. Will God regard the prayer of those who continue sinful and disobedient?
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me. (66 P. 18.)
He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination. (28 Pr. 9.)
21. How did Christ recommend private prayer?
When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. (6 Mt. 6.)
22. Does the spirit of prayer come from God?
I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications; and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn. (12 Zec. 10.)
23. How did the disciples ask Christ's instruction in prayer?
Lord, teach us to pray. (11 Lk. 1.)
24. Is the Holy Spirit's influence necessary in prayer?
Praying in the Holy Ghost. (Jd. 20)
25. What prayer is successful?
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man, availeth much. (5 Jas. 16.)
26. Is praise a delightful employment?
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name O Most High; to shew forth thy loving kindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night. (92 P. 1, 2.)
27. Is it our duty to pray for Kings and all that are in authority?
I exhort, therefore, that first of all supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks, be made for all men. For Kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty; for this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour. (I. Tim. 2. 1, 2, 3.)
28. Are we to pray for the prosperity of Christ's cause?
Pray ye, therefore, the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. (9 Mt. 38.)
29. Was the apostle Paul anxious for the prayers of his fellow christians?
Brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course and be glorified. (II. Thes. 3. 1.)
30. Does prayer for others return in blessings on ourselves?
And the Lord turned the captivity of Job when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. (42 Job. 10.)
XI. THE SABBATH AND THE HOUSE
God's command-Punishment of Sabbath Breaker-His blessing on those who keep holy
PUBLIC WORSHIP. On going to it-Duty of Pleasantness of, and delight in-Praising God in his HousePromises to encourage, and benefit of-Duties and dispositions connected with.
1. What is the fourth commandment?
Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work, but the seventh is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work; thou nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man servant, nor thy maid servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day, wherefore the Lord blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it. (20 Ex. 8 to 11.)
2. Did God connect public worship with the Sabbath?
Ye shall keep my sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary. I am the Lord. (19 Lev. 30.)
3. What was the punishment which God pronounced against the "man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day?"
And the Lord said unto Moses, The man surely shall be put to death. All the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp. And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died. (15 Num. 35, 36.)
4. Has God promised his peculiar blessing to those who keep holy the sabbath day?
Blessed is the man that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it. (56 Is. 2.)
If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day, and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honorable, and shalt honor him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words, then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord, and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth. (58 Is. 13, 14.)
5. Was the sabbath a sign between God and the Israelites?
Hallow my sabbaths, and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God. (20 Ez. 20.)
6. Does the good man rejoice in the prospect of spending the sabbath in the house of God?
I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. (122 P. 1.)
7. Is great care necessary in going to the house of God?
Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they consider not that they do evil. (5 Ec. 1.)
8. How did the Psalmist resolve to attend public worship?
As for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy, and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple. (5 P. 7.)
9. Are Christians cautioned against neglecting divine service?
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together as the manner of some is. (10 Heb. 25.)