aside from the heavy, pressing cares of life — the self-imposed and time-imposed burdens — the jostlings, vex-ations, strivings of the world, to be alone with God ;to lift the soul up to higher altitudes and clearer reveal-ings ; to let the soul define herself, her capacities, andher longings. Like those Apostles, the Church of Godneeds it for a two-fold end — needs it for personal edifi-cation and for universal benefit. How can the blindlead the blind ? How can the Church tell men of Godd by Google70 SERMOS.and heaven, if she knows not God nor heavenly things ?It was not simply to rest their bodies, that Christ took the disciples aside. It was rest, as all rest should be,improvement. It was rest, as rest in heaven will be,learning of God. Come ye yourselves apart; I havesomething to tell yon; I have food for you, and food foryou to give others. Amid the din and excitements of life, this is the one thing we need. Perhaps it is be-cause we are so little and so seldom apart with ourselvesand Christ, that life presses upon us so heavily. It is,after all, the strength from within, with which we bearup the burdens from without, and if that strength fromany cause be wanting, life is only bewilderment and un-rest. God has mercifully appointed Sabbath-days, one-seventh of our time, in which specially to feed on divineand eternal things. Christ calls us apart, to be withHim and with God and ourselves. Great blessings arethese Sabbaths, if we so spend them, not letting thework of religion infringe upon this real purpose of soulcommunion. And yet, God would not limit us in thispurpose to Sabbath days. He would have us often apartby ourselves, and perhaps one reason why the Church-in her aggregate, with all her machinery and doctrines,is not more efficient, is that the Church, in her individ-uals, is not more frequently and closely in direct andfar-reaching communion with God. I wish, therefore,this morning to direct your attention to a few thoughtsupon the subject of prayer.