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Meditations on Prayer

Meditations on Prayer

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Feb 21, 2013
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MEDITATIONS AND ADDRESSES ON PRAYERBY REV. HUGH WHITE, A.M.,PREFACE.As it has pleased the Almighty Disposer of allevents, that I should continue in a state of health,which still incapacitates me for active exertion, inmy divine Master's service, I have been led toadopt the medium of the press, as a substitute foithe ministrations of the pulpit ; and thus to labourin my heavenly Master's cause, not, indeed, in theway I would have myself preferred, but in theonly way now placed within ^y reach.Should these pages meet tht ½yes of any of thebeloved parishioners or congiegation, amongstwhom I was once privileged to preach the gladtidings of the gospel, I would entreat of them toaccept my renewed assurance, that though mvpastoral mmistrations among them have beensuspended, my grateful love for them, and affec-tionate solicitude for their spiritual welfare, havenot, therefore ceased ; but that the memory of thetime, when I used to meet them, and ministeramong them, in the house of God, ranks highamong the recollections, on which, in the retro-spect of my life, I most love to linger.!V PREFACE.And if this litt.e Volume should be made toany of them, through the divine blessing, themeans of promoting their best ù that is, their eter-nal interests, I shall, indeed, feel that all my timeand labour have been abundantly repaid.Most gratefully will I rejoice in the result of what I have written, if, thereby, through the di-vine power of the Holy Spirit, even a single soulmay be led to cultivate, in the retirement of thecloset, more fervent, and more frequent commu-nion with its God ù convinced, as I each daymore deeply feel, that, in proportion to a believ-er's progress or decline, in the diligent and devoutuse of this divinely-appointed means of sustainingand strengthening the life of God within his soul,with all his spiritual energies and attainmentsadvance or retrograde ; all his spiritual joys andconsolations flourish or decay.
I would now cast this mite, for the service of the sanctuary, into the treasury of the Lord, withan earnest prayer, that He would vouchsafe, inHis infinite condescension, to accept it as an offer-ing of His servant's gratitude ; and accompany itwith that blessing, without which all our laboursare utterly in vam.CONTENTS.MEDITATION I.On the Importance of Prayer ½ ò . ½ 7MEDITATION II.On the Nature of Prayer . ò . ò ò 18MEDITATION III.A Reflection and a Caution on the Subfect of Prayer 47ADDRESS IV.On the Union of Reverence and Freedom in Prayer 67ADDRESS V.On the Union of Humility and Confidence inPrayer 901*CONTENTS. VIADDRESS VI.VA.auOn the Union of Witchfulness and Dependence inPrayer 116ADDRESS VII.On Prayer for Temporal Blessings , . .151ADDRESS VIII.On Intercessory Prayer . . ò , . 184
ADDRESS IX.On Thanksgiving and Praise , ò , , flS9MEDITATIONS; &c.MEDITATION I.ON THE IMPORTANCE OF PRAYER."Then, began men to call upon the name of the Lord."ùGen. iv. 26."All things, whatsoever, ye shall ask in prayer, belieTingye shall receive." ù Matt, xxi. 22." Pray without ceasing." ù 1 Thes. v. 17.That there is much in the present aspectof the professing religious world, (as it iscalled,) calculated to excite feelings of sor-row and alarm, cannot be denied, and shouldnot be concealed. Much hollow professionù much feverish excitement ù much danger-ous love of novelty, and desire to make voy-ages of discovery, (or, as I have heard suchspeculations well described, " flighty excur-sions,") into Scripture; and an impatientspirit of insubordination to all authority, pro-O MEDITATION I.ducing a species of radicalism in religion, re-luctant to pay the deference that is due toopinions long established, and almost as itwere consecrated by the venerable voice of antiquity, and the harmonious consent of the wisest and best of every age of the churchof Christ ; or to bow, with any measure of submission or respect, to those veterans inthe Christian warfare, who have grown greyin the Saviour's service, and to whose un-flinching faithfulness, in many a hard-foughtfield, and matured experience in all the toilsand trials of the Christian conflict, thoughnot a slavish submission, yet assuredly a res-pectful deference, is due from those inexpe-rienced recruits, who have only just enlistedunder the banners of the cross.It should, however,, be equally admitted,

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