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(2) Wherein acting in prayer in the strength of Christ lies. Poetical Books We have a completed revelation, and therefore we need ask Him nothing. Prophets He must consider them fit to be offered in His name., or they are useless. The child fancied his mother would not have left him if she had loved him, and determined to send her a letter, and find out. Such faithless prayers cannot have the name of Jesus attached to them, they cannot be accepted. And when Eddie's scrawl was given to her, she recognized at once the work of her child's fingers, and understood his meaning. In the highest sense a man can only receive what he feels he needs.(E. Our Revised Version reads, "He will give it you in My name." (1) Look at prayer for material blessings. We should not hear so much about bad servants, and dishonest traders, if men would only pray over their work. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point Wherefore rely on Christ, and on Him only, for access to God in, and acceptance of, your prayers; that is, pray in the name of Christ. Instead of allowing our conscience to lead us, we follow conscience as a man follows a wheelbarrow, driving it on before him. If so, can they pray that prayer in the name of Him who gave up all happiness for man, who endured the Cross and the shame, who, because it was the Father's will, bore all sorrow and made it holy? Well, as for a divided Christendom, saintly souls are all of one Church. Christ came into the world to reveal what God was and to explain His plan. (b)The soul's going to Christ for strength to duty by trusting on Him for it (Isaiah 26:4; Psalm 71:16).4. Either a life with superficial, transitory, incomplete gladnesses, and an aching centre of vacuity and pain, or one which in its outward aspects has much about it that is sad and trying, but down in the heart of it is calm and joyful. The stated way of all gracious communication between heaven and earth is through Jesus Christ, who opened a communication between them by His blood, when it was blocked up by the breach of the first covenant (John 14:6).IV. L. Hull, B. And as for the difficulty of knowing what I am to believe about controverted questions, no doubt there will remain many gaps in the circle of our knowledge and much left obscure; but if we will keep ourselves near the Master, and use the helps that He gives us we shall not walk in darkness, but shall have light enough to be the Light of Life.II. You will in heaven be men. The child fancied his mother would not have left him if she had loved him, and determined to send her a letter, and find out. Then there are special occasions when we need to pray for a special object —(1) In all cases of danger and difficulty. Because you do not trust the Giver. Well, it means this. To them there often seemed to be two great powers in the universe — the divine and the evil, and in their darkness they cried to Him whom they felt was true, though they understood not how. Can we wonder that He does not answer them?I. John 14:6).(T. Without the cheque thou wouldest receive nothing, for the father of the heir knows nothing of thy name; but because he sees written there the name of his son he presents thee with the whole amount which his son has commissioned thee to receive. but you say, look at a divided Christendom and at my own difficulties. Such faithless prayers cannot have the name of Jesus attached to them, they cannot be accepted. 2. No; but a Divine influence may prepare him to receive whatever comes. time, or rising-time; these are special occasions, the general time for prayer is all day long. Heathen prayer is the violent effort to make God will what I wish. Was anybody ever so blessed that he could not be more so? time, or rising-time; these are special occasions, the general time for prayer is all day long. The passage we just read is preceded by the familiar story of Christ feeding the 5000. 1. He has been taught music, yet he plays without feeling, and incorrectly. We must get underneath names to things. Thus there are times when to pray is the hardest of all tasks; when God appears to be far off. Amen?" Historical Books W. Evans, B. D.)No want in the presence of JesusS. Think how many improper, foolish, and even downright wicked prayers are addressed to the All-wise God! Of course I had known nothing about her. For my own part, I never enter a railway carriage without a prayer, and I advise you to do the like, then, come what will, we have put the matter in God's hands.(H. The sceptic asks, "Does God ever stop the working of His laws to save the man who prays?" She went away, and I forgot all about it. There was a little boy once whose mother lay ill in the hospital. (2) Again, we know that God's love cannot be deepened. Well, it means this. Can we wonder that He does not answer them?I. If a poor body can get a recommendation from a friend to one that is able to help him, he comes with confidence and tells such a one has sent me to you. The word "whatsoever" must be taken simply and literally. He has given us a pattern prayer — "Not as I will but as Thou wilt." GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point — that they will bring the blessings they crave? Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores. The words "in My name" must be taken as simply and literally; for they explain the "whatsoever."1. time, or rising-time; these are special occasions, the general time for prayer is all day long. (2) It prepares us to receive God's noblest gifts of love. L. Hull, B. A.I. And in the last hour shall a man ask of Christ, "Whither am I going?" J. W. Buxton.We must be taught how to pray just as we must be taught how to walk. Does He need the utterance of our wants when He detects the secret desire in the heart trembling into words?II. His very throne of grace, from which He breathes love and good-will to sinners, is founded on justice and judgment (Psalm 89:14). Positively: we may take it up in these four things.1. If I do something in your name I do it on your behalf, as your representative. It made a great deal of difference in point of resource and hope to all suffering from afflicted bodies. I said, "There is nothing that we can do but to kneel down and cry to the Lord for the immediate conversion of your husband." His resurrection has east light upon all the darkest places of man's destiny which before He could not by any words so illuminate. (3) Complying with the duty out of respect to His honour and glory. (2) There is no access to God, nor acceptance of prayer another way (chap. There are people who have "said their prayers" all through life, and, perhaps, never really prayed once. John 14:6).(T. (a)That sinners in themselves are quite unacceptable in heaven, even in their religious duties (Proverbs 15:8; Isaiah 64:6). Then there are prayers, so full of self that there is no room for Jesus in them. For my own part, I never enter a railway carriage without a prayer, and I advise you to do the like, then, come what will, we have put the matter in God's hands. The child fancied his mother would not have left him if she had loved him, and determined to send her a letter, and find out. Surely not! Do not wait to go to church, or till bed. (1) Men in old time had cried earnestly to God under the pressure of the struggles and doubts of life, but they could not pray in the Christian sense. Hence we see at once that many prayers are not Christian. Clear. And however they may formulate the intellectual aspects of their creed, when they come to pray they say the same things, and we all sing their songs. Is not God always giving? But often, like foolish children, we ask him for a stone, or a scorpion. If we ask our Heavenly Father for bread, He will not give us a stone. There was a little boy once whose mother lay ill in the hospital. (1)The Spirit's indwelling. There are thousands of letters posted every year which end in the dead letter office, either because they are wrongly directed, or not directed at all, and there are thousands of dead prayers which never reach God for the same reason. Only the prayer of praise, adoration, and thanksgiving shall remain, and that shall remain for all eternity.(R. Do not you think that the disciples would be tempted to say, "Then what are we to do?" I said, "There is nothing that we can do but to kneel down and cry to the Lord for the immediate conversion of your husband." He was quite unable to write, but he scrawled all over the paper, as little children will, and begged his friends to carry it to his mother, "then," said he. Under the pressure of that fact, look at the cries of prayer — the utterances of the child of yesterday, whose life is but a span, who knows not what he really is, nor what he really wants! When Jehoshaphat was besieged by his enemies, he prayed solemnly to God for guidance. If you want to spoil your child you say, "What do you want, my dear? Or do they mean, "enable Me to bear happiness or sorrow?" W. Evans, B. D.Many were the questions which the disciples had put to their Lord in the pride and ignorance of their as yet imperfectly spiritualized hearts (see Matthew 18:1; Luke 9:54; Acts 1:6). The messenger laughed at the strange letter, and declared that no one could make it out, "Mother will understand," said the child. There is the definition of Christian prayer. J. W. (3)The Father's giving (ver. If that be given, you are pleased and thankful, but if that be withheld, you murmur. He was admitted a member, and his wife, who up to that time had not been a member, was also received among us. John 14:6).(T. (b)More particularly, praying in the name of Christ, and for His sake consists in renouncing all merit and worth in ourselves, in point of access, acceptance, and gracious answer (Genesis 32:10); believing that however great the mercies are, and however unworthy we are, yet we may obtain them from God through Jesus Christ (Hebrews 4:15, 16). (3) There can be no acceptable praying to God but by believers united to Christ having on the garment of His righteousness (John 9:31). The increased responsibility of all who live in it.(T. They have got into a habit of using certain words, without thinking of their meaning, and so have become mere machines, like those musical boxes which reel off their fixed number of tunes, and then are silent. Is he really seeking eternal life, striving with all his strength to enter in? Was he on the narrow road of holiness, or on the broad road of sin? Conclusion: There are only two courses before us. (b)The soul's going to Christ for strength to duty by trusting on Him for it (Isaiah 26:4; Psalm 71:16).4. (2) Wherein this praying to God for Christ's sake consists. To them there often seemed to be two great powers in the universe — the divine and the evil, and in their darkness they cried to Him whom they felt was true, though they understood not how. (2) Complying with the duty out of love to Christ (Hebrews 6:10). If so, can they pray that prayer in the name of Him who gave up all happiness for man, who endured the Cross and the shame, who, because it was the Father's will, bore all sorrow and made it holy? (d)Their own necessity (Hosea 7:14).3. (1) In this way of praying ye may obtain anything ye really need. The Romans of old never undertook a war, or any serious matter, without consulting an oracle. I said, "There is nothing that we can do but to kneel down and cry to the Lord for the immediate conversion of your husband." — "If it be possible let sorrow pass from Me — nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou wilt." He who prays in Christ's name must pray Christ's prayer, "Not My will but Thine be done." He has been taught music, yet he plays without feeling, and incorrectly. For what have we instead? He was quite unable to write, but he scrawled all over the paper, as little children will, and begged his friends to carry it to his mother, "then," said he. Even the prayer of our petitions will then cease, for there will be nothing left to ask for in that day. To pray not with the notion of changing God's plan, but because that plan is the best. (a)In general, in our relying on the Lord Jesus only for the success of our prayers in heaven. — that is to pray in Christ's name. So these disciples could not pray in His name "hitherto," because His character was not all revealed. J. W. To him who can thus pray, every door in God's treasure-house flies open, and he may take as much of the treasure as he desires. Spurgeon. If so, can they thus pray in His name who renounced Himself, and whose career, judged by man's standard, was a mighty failure? Whitelaw, D. D.)What that day wilt bring forthThere are here three jewels which Christ sets in a cluster, the juxtaposition making each brighter, and gives to us for a parting keepsake. 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