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Asking and Receiving.

Asking and Receiving.

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BY F. D. HUNTINGTON, D. D.,

ASK, AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN YOU. — Matt. vii. 7.
BY F. D. HUNTINGTON, D. D.,

ASK, AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN YOU. — Matt. vii. 7.

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 ASKING AND RECEIVING. F. D. HUNTINGTON, D.D ASK, AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN YOU. — Matt. vii. 7. Simple words, but covering the deepest facts in our life ! Consider how much they imply : — the being of God; the dependence of man; a communion, or inter- course, between their spirits ; a feeling of want on the part of man ; a faith, with him, that God can fill that want; and the absolute truth, independent on his no- tions, that God is able to fill it, out of his infinitude. These are certainly great facts. They are as impressive to a rational intellect by their grandeur, as they are af- fecting to the heart by their tenderness. They are at once majestic ideas and comforting promises. I have sought in the New Testament for my present use some expression that should not only contain an in-  junction to pray, as a duty, but should offer a motive, also, turning it into a privilege. This is precisely the significance brought out by the tm-n of the text's lan-
 
guage. " Ask, and it shall be given you," conveys a rea- son that moves the affections, as well as a precept issued to our will. " Ask," which is bare command, borrows persuasion, and so couples with itself a new force, from the assurance, " It shall be given you." This is the 32 ASKING AND RECEIVING. form, I suspect, which the doctrine of Prayer takes oft- enest, in the minds of those that really feel what it is. They are less conscious of being constramed by a sense that they ong-ht to pray, than by a feeling that that is the way of gaining what they crave. The authority that prompts the service is not external, but within. And when they w^ould draAV their companions into the same
 
devout habit, they are more anxious to illustrate it as a satisfaction than as an obligation. This Discourse will aim to exhibit not so much the entire compass of the subject as certain specific and sa- lient points in it, — some of them of the nature of diffi- culties, — which, as having engaged themselves with some interest in one experience, may be fairly supposed to have a practical value to more than one. Even of a spiritual exercise so permanent among men as prayer, it is true that it presents different phases and questions at differ- ent times, according to the genius of that period, the mental fashions of the day, and the tendencies of relig- ious speculation. Whatever affects devotion, affects the prime power, the root, and cardinal element of religion itself. In the study of any subject that deserves to be studied at all, we wish to go to competent and authentic som'ces of knowledge. These sources, in respect to spiritual in- tercourse between the soul and God, must be two, — • biblical authority, and experience. Each of these inter- prets the other. K they both agree, they produce a

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