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Grasping at shadows, let the substance slip;
Doftor, Dean, Bijhcp, Gloster, and My Lord,
Forget Forget what once he was, tho' now so high; How low, how mean, and full as poor as I.
It is presumed the sudden death of the Author will sufficiently apologize for the Dedication remaining unfinished, y. ^Æ^^Lkz.,
James V. 16th.
*The effectual fervent prayer of a right eons man availetb much.
FOR the particular occasion on which these words were spoken, and the relation they bear to what preceded, I shall xefer you to the chapter from whence they are taken, and at present consider them as ihey stand independently, and assure us, that the duty of prayer, when practised by a righteous man, and offered up in a proper jnanner, is of great efficacy to avert misB fortunes* fortunes, and procure blessings; premising only, that, by a righteous man we are not to understand one who is perfectly pure, and free from sin, but one who performs his duty to the utmost of his power, and makes up for any infirmity in his Obedience, by the strength of his Faith, and the sincerity of his Repentance.
The duty of prayer is in the present age by many entirely neglected, or imperfectly observed, and by some openly decried. There are many who disallow any other application to God than that of the mind, and not a few who, however constant in the outward forms of prayer, do yet by their lives but too plainly shew that their minds are unaffected. Some too there are, who run into the contrary extreme, who are so unwarrantably attentive to the performance of this duty, as to neglect obligations which are of much greater import, which are more immediately necessary for their own good, and the benefit of society, and which of consequence must be more agreeable to