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in his sight. v. 15. And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

6. Q. What are the wants which we chiefly need to have supplied by God?

A. Tbere is nothing wherein we do not stand in need of his support. Our life, health, food, and raiment, all that we have, or hope to enjoy in our present estate proceeds from him; and we do in all these entirely depend upon his Providence. But that for which we ought to be more especially concerned, and have yet more need to beg the Divine assistance, ‘is for the supply of our spiritual wants: that God would enable us to fulfil our duty towards him; and thereby. would both qualify us for his favour at the present, and for his pardon and acceptance when we come to die.

PROOFS SUBJOINED.-Acts, xvii. 25, 28. Neither is God worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things. For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Matt. vi. 32, 33. Your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.

*Luke, xi. 9. And I say unto you, ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. John, xvi. 24. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name : ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. James, i. 6. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.

7. Q. Are we not able of ourselves to fulfil our duty towards God as we ought to do?

A. So far from it, that we cannot have so much as any saving knowledge of it, or desire after it, without the concurrence of his grace, to open our understanding, to purify our affections, to regulate our wills, and to enable us both to believe and do, according to his good pleasure.

PROOFS SUBJOINED.-Yet the Lord hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day. Luke, xxiv. 45. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures. Isaiah, Ixiii. 17. O Lord, why hast thou made us to cry from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear ? John, vi. 44, 65. No man can come to me, except the Father, which hath sent me, draw him. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come to me, except it were given him of my Father. Acts, xiii. 48. And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life, believed. xvi. 14. And a certain woman, named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. 1 Cor. üi. 6. I have planted : Apollos watered: but God gave the increase. Eph. ii. 8. For by grace are ye saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Phil. ii. 13. For it is God, which worketh in you, both to will and to do of his good pleasure. 2 Cor. iij. 5. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency

is of God. Heb. 13, 21. Now the God of peace make you perfect in every good work, to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ.

8. Q. By what means may we be enabled to live according to God's commandments ?

A. By the special grace of the Holy Spirit ; which he never denies to any Christian, who heartily prays for it, and duly improves that portion of it which God had before bestowed upon him.

PROOFS SUBJOINED.—Luke, xi. 9. And I say unto you, Ask, and ye shall find, knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

• Matt. xüj. 12. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. xxv. 29. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance : but from him that hath not, shall be taken away even that which he hath. Luke, viii. 18. Take heed, therefore, how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have. xix. 26. For 1 say unto you, that unto every one which hath, shall be given ; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.

9. Q. Does God always answer the prayers that are made to bim?

A. He does, if they are made after such a manner as he requires, and for such things as he sees to be expedient for us, unless he should have some extraordinary reason to refuse us. In which case, though he may not grant us the very things which we desire, yet he will recompense us the more abundantly in some other way.

PROOFS SUBJOINED.—Matt. vi. 7. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. xxi. 22. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer believing, ye shall receive. John, xvi. 23, 24. Verily, verily, I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Futher in my name he will give it you. Hitherto ye have asked nothing in my name : ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. James, iv. 3. Ye usk and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it on your lusts. 1 Johw, iii. 22. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. 1. 14. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.

10. R. After what manner ought we to pray to God?

A. With faith, with diligence, with "attention, with “ferrour, and with perseverance.

PROOFS SUBJOINED.-Mark, xi. 24. Therefore I say unto, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray believe that ye receive them, and ye shall hure them. Tim. ii. 8. 1 will, therefore, that men pray cuery where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath, and nothing doubting. James, i. 6. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. Luke, xviii. 1. And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint. xxi. 36. Watch ye, therefore, and pray always. “Rom. xii. 12. Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer. Eph. vi. 18. Praying always with all

prayer and supplication in the spirit, and wutching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. Col. iv. 2. Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving. 1 Thess. v. 17. Pray without ceasing

11. Q. Are these conditions so strictly required by God, that no prayers are heard by him which want any of them.

A. That may not generally be affirmed: there are great inequalities in the affections of the best men in their prayers; nor can any avoid all kind of wanderings and disturbances in them. That which is certain is this, that every man ought to pray as frequently as his circumstances of life will permit him; and when he does pray, ought to do it with the utmost zeal and attention that he is able to do. Which having sincerely endeavoured, he ought not to doubt but that God will pardon his infirmities in that, as well as in the other instances of his duty; and accept his prayers, and grant him his desires.

12. Q. What are the things which we ought to

pray for?

A. For those of this life we must pray only in general, unless it be upon some special occasions, and with an entire submission of ourselves to God's will, in-whatsoever he shall please to order for us. But as to the 'graces which are necessary for us, in order to the other life, we are to pray particularly, earnestly, absolutely, and without any qualifications; because we know these things to be always proper for us to ask, and always suitable to the will of God to give to us.

PROOFS SUBJOINED.—Psalm xxxvii. 5. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass. lv. 22. Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee. Matt. vi. 25.

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