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The Epistle. Hebr. xii. 5. MY son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him. For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth ; and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
The Gospel. St. John, v. 24. VERILY, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation ; but is passed from death unto life.
On the Acceptance of our Devotions.
Collect for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany.
Read Psalms 4, 142, 143, 119, from verse 169.—6th chapter 2nd Chronicles, from verse 14.-9th chapter of Daniel, from verse 3 to 20.-11th chapter of St. Luke, to verse 14.-18th chapter to verse 14; or the following texts :
Psalm 57, 17th verse. Evening, morning, and at noon day, will I pray and cry aloud, and he shall hear my voice.
Romans, 12th chapter, 12th verse. Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing instant in prayer.
Ephesians, 6th chapter, 18th verse. Praying always with all
and supplication in the spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and
supplication for all saints. St. John, 14th chapter, 13th and 14th
Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name I will do it.
Hebrews, 13th chapter, 15th verse. By him, therefore, let us offer the sacrifice of praise continually; that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to his
First Epistle of St. John, 5th chapter, 14th verse. And this is the confi. dence that we have in him; that is,
if we ask any thing according to his will he heareth us.
Remark to the Sick Person.-That our prayers must be offered up with truth and sincerity, with trust in God's mercy and resignation to his will. That whether in sickness or in health we always stand in need of his mercy. That our prayers tho' they need not be very long, must be fervent and constant, for a constant spirit of prayer, “is in short, the only
strong bulwark against temptation and “sin, the only sure guard of piety and a “good conscience, no man indeed can “ be a faithful servant to God, a real “ friend to goodness, a serious practiser “ of duty, without a constant tenour of “ devotion.”-(Barrow.)—That we must pray for the pardon of our sins and for the asssistance of the holy spirit.That all our prayers must be offered up through the merits and mediation of our Redeemer Jesus Christ, through whose intercession alone they can be received
at the throne of grace: “for it is the sacrifice of Jesus that hallons and consecrates all our prayers and good works, the best of which have so many sinful defects and imperfections cleaving to them, as would render them abominable to the pure and Holy God, were they not purged and expiated by this great propitiation.” -(Scott's Christian Life.)
Resignation to the Will of God.
Read Psalms 11th, 34th, 37th, 46th, 62nd.-Genesis, 22nd chapter to verse 20th.—Isaiah, 26th chapter.—Daniel, 6th chapter from 11th verse.--Matthew, 9th chapter, from verse 20 to 23, and 26th chapter, from verse 36 to 43.Hebrews 12th chapter to verse 13.Revelations 3rd chapter, from verse 10 to 14, or the following texts :
1st Samuel, 3rd chapter, 18th verse. And Samuel told him every whit and hid nothing from him, and he said it is the Lord, let him do what seemeth him good.
Job, 1st chapter 21st verse. Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither; the Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord. Job, 2nd chapter, 10th verse.
What? shall we receive good at the hand of God and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.
Habak. 3rd chapter, 17th 18th verses. Although the fig shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines, the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat, the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls : yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
Remark to the Sick Person.-That God tries us by various methods according to his wisdom, and that it is our duty,