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some idea of what it is to ask in the name of Christ. We have all disobeyed God. We are all sinners. We have lost our right to the favour of God; so that we cannot go to him and ask him to give us the things we need, on our own account. But Jesus has taken our nature upon him, obeyed God for us, suffered for our sins, and gone up to heaven to pray

God is well pleased with him, and will always give him what he asks. And He will not let us come to Him, to ask any thing of Him, or to praise Him, or to worship Him in any way, except in the name of Jesus. And He will not give us any thing, except on the account of Jesus. And, my dear, we must not only pray in the name of Christ, but we must ask for things agreeable to the will of God. The Bible says, that if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us."

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"I do not know what according to his will means, mother."

When we speak of asking for things according to the will of God, we mean things that he is willing to give us.'

“But how shall I know what he is willing to give me?"

“There are some things, my dear, which God has told us in the Bible that he is willing to give us. Christ says to his disciples, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give his Holy Spirit to them that ask him.' And Paul says to the Thessalonians, * This is the will of God, even your sanctification. So, if we pray for God's Holy Spirit to renew our hearts, to take away our sins, and to keep us from sinning, we ask for what we know God is willing to give us. And this includes all spiritual blessings that we need. And, if we have the Spirit of God in our hearts, he will teach us what things to pray for. The apostle Paul says, “The Spirit also helpeth our infirmities : for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us, with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints, according to the will of God.' As every right feeling of our hearts comes from the Spirit of God, so every holy desire for spiritual blessings is formed in us by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, all real and acceptable prayer must be the fruit of God's Spirit. God has also informed us that he is willing to give us food and clothing, and other comforts, day by day, as we need them.

Trust in the Lord, and do good : so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.' Christ says,

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'Take no thought, saying, what shall we eat? or what shall we drink? or wherewithal shall we be clothed ? But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.' And he teaches us to pray, 'Give us this day our daily bread. So, you see, God has taught you, in the Bible, what kind of blessings you may ask for, knowing them to be agreeable to his will: But you may sometimes desire particular things, which the Lord may see it would be neither for your good nor for his glory to give you, just in the way and at the time you desire them. If you pray aright for the influences of his Holy Spirit, he will certainly give them to you, though it may not be just at the time and in the way that you think best. And if you pray for food and clothing, he will give it to you; though he may see that it would not be good for you to have just as much, or just the kind that you desire. My dear, if your father should send you away to school, and, on parting with you, should say, “Now, Susan, if you want any thing, just write and let me know, and I will send it to you ;' how would you understand him? Would you think he meant to give you liberty to ask for any thing your fancy might put into your head, with the certainty of receiving it? If you should write home as soon as you arrived at the school, saying, 'My dear father, please to send me a gold watch, and soine jewels for my ears, and some rings for my fingers,' would you expect to get them ?"

“No, mother, I should not, because I know that he does not think it best for me to wear such things.'

“No; and just so, when God promises to give us what we ask for, he does not mean that he will give us any thing that he has forbidden us to have. But, would you think

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