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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
Utter'd or unexpress'd;
That trembles in the breast.
The falling of a tear, -
When none but God is near.
That infant lips can try;
The Majezdy on high.
4 Prayer is the Christian's vital breath,
The Christian's native air ;
He enters heaven with prayer.
; While angels, in their songs, rejoice,
And cry,—Behold, he prays !
The Life, the Truth, the Way,–
Lord, teach us how to pray !
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.
1st P. M. 6 liner 8s. Lord, teacń us to pray. ESUS, thou sov’reign Lord of all.
The same through one eternal day,-.
And 0, instruct us how to pray !
We cannot feel a good desire,
The power into our hearts inspire;
To us who for thy coming stay ;
We ask the constant power to pray:
Pray without ceasing.
SHEPHERD Divine, our wants relies a
In this our ;
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.
Till thou thyself bestow,
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.
Behold thy open face;
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
The prayer we offer now;
To thee all nations bow.
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.
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;
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 watching power impart;
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. ,
COME, my soul, thy suit prepare ;
He himself invites thee near,-