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Efficacy of prayer. cry. 17. The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Ps. 40. 1. I waited patiently for the Lord, and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.
Ps. 66. 19. Verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.
Ps. 86.5. For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
Ps. 99. 6. Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the Lord, and he answered them.
Ps. 106. 23. Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy them.
Ps. 107. 6. Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses. (13. 19. 28.)
Ps 118. 5. I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place.
Ps. 138. 3. In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.
Is. 65. 24. And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
Is. 66. 8. As soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. Dan. 9. 21. While I was speaking in prayer, even the
Neglect of prayer. man Gabriel- being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.
Dan. 10. 12. Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.
Jonah 2. 1. Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God. 10. And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.
Ac. 12. 5. Peter therefore was kept in prison; but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. 7. And his chains fell off from his hands.
Ph. 1. 6. Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye are all partakers of my grace.
Jam. 4. 3. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Jam. 5. 16. The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
523. Do sinners delight in devout prayer ?
Job 21. 14. They say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways. What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?
Job 27. 8. What is the hope of the hypocrite? 10. Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon God?
Danger of neglecting prayer-Prayers of the unregenerate.
Ps. 10 4. The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
Ps. 53. 4. Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread? they have not called upon God.
Is. 43. 22. Thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel.
524. Is God displeased with prayerless persons ?
Jer. 10. 25. Pour out thy sury upon the heathen that know thee not, and upon the families that call not on thy name.
Zep. 1. 4. I will cut off the remnant of Baal6. And them that are turned back from the Lord; and those that have not sought the Lord, nor inquired for him.
525. Are the prayers of the unregenerate acceptable to God?
Ps. 66. 18. If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.
Pr. 1. 28. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me; For that they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord.
Pr. 15. 3. The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is his delight. 29. The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
Pr. 21. 27. The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
Pr. 28. 9. He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
Is. 1. 13. Bring no more vain oblations: incense is an abomination unto me. 15. And when ye spread
forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you; yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
Mat. 23. 26. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
Jn. 9. 31. Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.
Heb. 11. 6. Without faith, it is impossible to please
Pride and Boasting. 526. Have pride, self-righteousness and boasting been prevalent ?
Gen. 11. 4. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
Ps. 10. 2. The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: 4. The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
Ps. 39. 6. Surely every man walketh in a vain show.
Ps. 73. 3. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 5. They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like as other men. Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish. They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily. They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.
Pr. 20. 6. Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?
Ezk. 16. 49. Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did
Pride destined to fall.
she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.
Mat. 19. 18. Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honor thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
Mat. 23. 5. But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
Lk. 18. 9. And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
Rom. 10. 1. Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they, being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
527. Are pride, self-righteousness and boasting offensive to God, and destined to fall ?
2 S. 22. 28. The afflicted people thou wilt save: but thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down.
Ester 3. 5. And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman