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The Profound Prayer.

The Profound Prayer.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. ASBURY LOWREY.



"That lie would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be
strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man ; that Christ may
dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and
length, and depth, and hight ; and to know the love of Christ which pass-
eth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God,"
Ephesians m, 16-19.
BY REV. ASBURY LOWREY.



"That lie would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be
strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man ; that Christ may
dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and
length, and depth, and hight ; and to know the love of Christ which pass-
eth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God,"
Ephesians m, 16-19.

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THE PROFOUD PRAYER. BY REV. ASBURY LOWREY. "That lie would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man ; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and hight ; and to know the love of Christ which pass- eth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God," Ephesians m, 16-19. This is, perhaps, the most comprehensive, vigorous, and deeply-spiritual prayer ever uttered even by inspired lips. The power of a mighty intellect, the energy of a cultivated style, the afflatus of plenary inspiration, the fertility of a sanctified imagination, and the sweetness and fervor of a holy heart are here concentrated in one mighty effort to evolve the most lofty, most profound, and most transcend- ently-glorious thoughts. o man, unless God had breathed upon him, and said, "Receive ye the Holy Ghost/ ' could ascend to such sublime hights in divinity, and flash around him such a blaze of glory. In this re- markable prayer, which expresses the essence and pleni- tude of religion, there are specifications of the blessings implored, of the agent and instrument by which they are to be communicated, of the measure according to which he would have them conferred, and of the great end for which he covets their bestowment. 1. The first cardinal blessing implored is strength; thus expressed: "That he would grant you . . to be strength- ened with might by his Spirit in the inner man/' It is not physical nor intellectual strength ; but moral power ;
 
the power of faith ; the power of love ; the invincible power of holiness. That such is the power pleaded for, is deducible from the agent which communicates it — the Spirit. Physical strength may be augmented by material nourishment and corporeal exercise ; and intellectual strength may be vastly increased by scientific culture and intense methodical thinking; but the spiritual man can not expand or strengthen his powers by any such appli- ances, because the moral faculties, in unregenerate nature, are not merely suspended in their exercise, but are dead. The Holy Ghost, a creative energy, must resuscitate and breathe life into them before moral power becomes an attribute of the man. In every stage of spiritual im- provement, from inception to maturity, it is the appropri- ate function of the Holy Spirit to generate life and strength in the* soul. Indeed, the Holy Ghost is the only efficient, quickening, renewing, invigorating agent in the world of 262 THE PROFOUD PRAYER. mind. The whole executive department in the kingdom of grace belongs to him, and every encouraging aspect in the moral world is directly traceable to his agency. He empowers conscience, begets love, implants hope, and inspires the energy to believe. That it is spiritual strength pleaded for, is further deducible from the nature of the substance which is the recipient of it. This is designated as the inner man, that is, the soul, which is pure spirit; the immaterial in our composition ; the seat, and only seat, of moral power. Hence, if there be any adaptation of means to ends in the plans and operations of God, the strength implored must be spiritual, as the appropriate
 
work of the agent is to communicate this species of power, and the capacity of the recipient will admit of strength in no other sense. That the " inner man" is powerless in its unregenerate state, is the uniform doctrine of Scripture. This is clearly implied in the numerous passages in which the human family are declared to be dead. It is involved in all those texts which affirm man's inability to do any work acceptable to God without supernatural aid, and in those passages in which men are described as alienated from God and imprisoned by sin and Satan. But the doe- trine is specifically asserted in the words following: "For when we were without strength, Christ died for the un- godly;" without strength to change the bias and tendency of our own natures toward evil ; without strength to over- come the world and resist the grand adversary of the soul ; without strength to check the fury and control the irregularities of our passions. This is the state to which sin reduced us— the state in which the redeeming blood and strengthening Spirit found us. But the text com- prises a prayer for strength which is based upon the glori- ous truth that, as the atonement provides for it, the Holy Ghost is competent to speak the might of God into our spiritual being ; and in so great a measure, too, that every THE PROFOUD PRAYER. 263 unruly passion is subdued ; that every inordinate desire is quenched; that every wild, unchaste imagination is con- trolled ; that every wandering affection is restrained ; and that every temptation, whether it spring from the lurking- vestiges of the carnal mind within, or the perverseness of the world without, or the devices of Satan beneath, is

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