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On the Nature of Prayer.

On the Nature of Prayer.

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" O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come." — Ps. Ixv. 2.

" O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come." — Ps. Ixv. 2.

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Published by: glennpease on Nov 30, 2013
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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.
The ravens " cry'' to God, and he hear-eth them — all creatures " wail" on him, that they may receive their meat in due season. There is a desire in all who live and breathe, and this desire, accord-ing to their capacity, is prayer to the Author of their being. The neglect of  prayer is a most dangerous feeling in the human mind ; it springs from pride, and it is a denial of the homage due to God. The lamb kneels as it sucks its parent ewe; to teach man to bow before the source of all his supplies. This homage of our minds must precede our reception of the various blessings of Divine mercy. Those who are hungry and thirsty will most relish meat and drink ; the sick will most value health; those who are in  bondage will be most eager for liberty; and a sense of want will make us best relish the blessings of salvation. It is
 painful to a minister of the gospel, who has laboured many years among a people, to see any deficiency in this respect, and to be obliged to urge the necessity and importance of prayer; but the depravity of the human heart seems to render this often necessary. On this occasion we will consider three things — I. The character under which we ARE TO VIEW God when we approach him in prayer. II. The nature of those prayers which he will hear and answer. III. The encouragements with which God has furnished us thus to engage and persevere in prayer. You will perceive that this is a subject of vital religion — a subject which comes

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