ON THE NATURE OF PRAYER. BY THE REV. ALEXANDER WAUGH, D. D. " O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come." — Ps. Ixv. 2. Were the object of prayer to make God acquainted with our wants, prayer were a ridiculous exercise ; for the Om-niscient is better acquainted with our wants than we are ourselves. Were its object to recommend ourselves to God, then it were a presumptuous exercise ; for prayer includes in it a confession of g-uilt and misery. Were its object to press our case on the notice and feelings of God, then it were an impious exer-cise; for it would be a reflection on his mercy, and would seem to imply that he did not care sufficiently for us. But, the object of prayer is, to acknowledge our dependence upon God — to put his good-ness to the proof. Prayer is not confined to men, nor to Christians; the inferior parts of the creation also engage in it.