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MEANS OF GRACE.

PRAYER AND INTERCESSION. 549

L. M. Design of prayer.

PRAYER is appointed to convey

The blessings God designs to give : Long as they live should Christians pray;

They learn to pray when first they live. 2 If pain afflict, or wrongs oppress;

If cares distract, or fears dismay; If guilt deject; if sin distress;

In every case, still watch and pray. 3 'Tis prayer supports the soul that 's weak:

Though thought be broken, language lame, Pray, if thou canst or canst not speak;

But pray with faith in Jesus' name. 4 Depend on him ; thou canst not fail ;

Make all thy wants and wishes known; Fear not; his merits must prevail :

Ask but in faith, it shall be done. 550

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What is prayer?
RAYER is the soul's sincere desire,

Utter'd or unexpress'd;
The motion of a hidden fire

That trembles in the breast.
2 Prayer is the burden of a sigh,-

The falling of a tear, -
The upward glancing of an eye,

When none but God is near.
3 Prayer is the simplest form of speech

That infant lips can try;
Prayer, the sulihmest strains that reach

The Majezdy on high.

4 Prayer is the Christian's vital breath,

The Christian's native air ;
His watchword at the gates of death,

He enters heaven with prayer.
5 Prayer is the contrite sinner's voice,
Returning from his ways;

; While angels, in their songs, rejoice,

And cry,—Behold, he prays !
6 0 Thou, by whom we come to God,

The Life, the Truth, the Way,–
The path of prayer thyself hast trod :-

Lord, teach us how to pray !

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The mercy-seat.

FROM every stormy wind that blows,

From every swelling tide of woes, There is a calm, a sure retreat; 'Tis found beneath the mercy-seat. 2 There is a place, where Jesus sheds The oil of gladness on our heads ; A place than all besides more sweet,It is the blood-bought mercy-seat. 3 There is a scene, where spirits blend, Where friend holds fellowship with friend; Though sunder'd far, by faith they meet, Around one common mercy-seat. 4 Ah! whither could we flee for aid, When tempted, desolate, dismay'd ? Or how the hosts of hell defeat, Had suffering saints no mercy-seat ? 5 There, there on eagles' wings we soar, And sin and sense molest no more; And heaven comes down our souls to greet, While glory crowns the mercy-seat.

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1st P. M. 6 liner 8s. Lord, teacń us to pray. ESUS, thou sov’reign Lord of all.

The same through one eternal day,-.
Attend thy feeblost foll’wer's call,

And 0, instruct us how to pray !
Pour out the supplicating grace,
And stir us up to seek thy face.
2 We cannot think a gracious thought,

We cannot feel a good desire,
Till thou, who callest worlds from naught,

The power into our hearts inspire;
And then we in the Spirit groan,
And then we give thee back thine own.
3 Come in thy pleading Spirit down

To us who for thy coming stay ;
Of all thy gifts we ask but one,-

We ask the constant power to pray:
Indulge us, Lord, in this request,
Thou canst not then deny the rest.

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Pray without ceasing.

SHEPHERD Divine, our wants relies a

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In this our ;
To all thy tempted foll'wers give
The
power

to watch and pray. 2 Long as our fiery trials last,

Long as the cross we bear, 0 let our souls on thee be cast

In never-ceasing prayer.
3 Till thou thy perfect love impart;

Till thou thyself bestow,
Be this the cry of every heart,

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I will not let thee go ;-

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4 I will not let thee go, unless

Thou tell thy name to me; With all thy great salvation bless,

And make me all like thee.
5 Then let me on the mountain-top

Behold thy open face;
Where faith in sight is swallow'd up,

And prayer in endless praise. 554

C. M. The Lord's Prayer. Father, God, who art in heaven, All ballow'd be thy name; Thy kingdom come; thy will be done

In heaven and earth the same. 2 Give us this day our daily bread;

And as we those forgive Who sin against us, so may we

Forgiving grace receive. 3 Into temptation lead us not;

From evil set us free; And thine the kingdom, thine the power,

And glory, ever be. 555

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The Lord's Prayer.
UR heavenly Father, hear

The prayer we offer now;
Thy name be hallow'd far and near ;

To thee all nations bow.
2 Thy kingdom come; thy will

On earth be done in love, As saints and seraphim fulfil

Thy perfect law above. 3 Our daily bread supply

While by thy word we live; The guilt of our iniquity

Forgive, as we forgive.

OUR

4 From dark temptation's power,

From Satan's wiles, defend; Deliver in the evil hour,

And guide us to the end. 5 Thine shall forever be

Glory and power divine;
The sceptre, throne, and majesty,

Of heaven and earth are thine. 6 Thus humbly taught to pray

By thy beloved Son, Through him we come to thee, and say,

All for his sake be done.

THE

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The spirit of prayer.
HE praying spirit breathe !

The watching power impart;
From all entanglements beneath,

Call off my peaceful heart; My feeble mind sustain,

By worldly thoughts oppress'd; Appear, and bid me turn again

To my eternal rest. 2 Swift to my rescue come;

Thine own this moment seize; Gather my wand'ring spirit home,

And keep in perfect peace : Suffer'd no more to rove

O'er all the earth abroad, Arrest the pris'ner of thy love,

And shut me up in God. 557

5th P. M. 4 lines 78. Encouragements to pray. ,

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COME, my soul, thy suit prepare ;

He himself invites thee near,-
Bids thee ask him, waits to hear.

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