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Hab. iii. 2. O Lord revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy. Matt. vi. 10. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, &c. See in Commandment 5th, the duties of ministers and people, &c. to pray one for another.
CXC. For enemies. Jer. xxix. 7. Seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it. Ezra vi. 10.
Matt. v. 44. Pray for them that despitefully use you and perse
CXCI. Instances of such prayers. Luke xxiii. 34. Jesus upon the cross prayed for his persecutors, saying, Father forgive them for they know not what they do.
Acts vii. 60. Stephen prayed, for them that put him to death, saying, Lord lay not this sin to their charge.
2 Tim. iv. 16. Paul being forsaken by Christians in his distress said, I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.
See more instances of such prayers; Abraham for Abimelech, Gen. xx. 7, 14, 17. Moses for Pharaoh. Exod. viii. 8.-ix. 28.-x. 18. Job for those who wronged him. Job xlii. 8, 9. David for his enemies. Ps. xxxv. 12, 13, 14.-cxli. 5.
CXCII. Motives to prayer. It is a commanded duty. Ezek. xxvi. 36. Thus saith the Lord, I will be enquired of by the house of Israel. Matt, vii. 7. Ask and ye shall receive, seek and ye shall find, &c. John xvi 24.
Phil. iv. 6. Be careful for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
James iv. 8. Draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you.
CXCIII. God promiseth that he will hear prayer. Deut. iv. 7. What nation hath God so nigh unto them, as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon him for?
Ps. Ixv. 2. O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh
lxxxvi. 5. Thou art good and ready to forgive, and plenteous in mercy to all that call upon thee. Rom. x. 12.
Isa. xxx. 19. He will be gracious, at the voice of thy cry he will
Ixv. 24. Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear, saith the Lord.
Jer. xxix. 12. Ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. xxxiii. thee.
3. Thus saith the Lord, call upon me, and I will answer
Joel ii. 32. Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered. Rom. x. 13.
Zech. xiii. 9. They shall call on my name, and I will hear them. Matt. vii. 8. Every one that asketh receiveth. Ver. 11.
Rom. x. 12. The Lord is rich in mercy to all that call upon him. See Rev. v. 8.-viii. 3, 4.-Exod. xxii. 23, 27. 2 Chron. vii. 14. &c.
See the qualifications of those whose prayers shall be heard, for to them the above promises do belong.
CXCIV. Declarations of God that he hath heard prayer. 1 Kings ix. 3. The Lord said to Solomon, I have heard thy prayer. See Kings xx. 5. 2 Chron. vii. 12. Isa. xxxviii. 5.
2 Kings xix. 20. Thus saith the Lord to Hezekiah, that which thou hast prayed against the king of Assyria, I have heard. Ch. xxii. 19. 2 Chr. xxxiv. 27.
Isa. xlix. 8. In an acceptable time I have heard thee. 2 Chron. vi. 2. CXCV. The testimony of God's people that their prayers were heard. Deut. ix. 19. Moses said, the Lord hearkened to me. Ch. x. 10.
xxvi. 7. We cried unto the Lord God of our Fathers, the Lord heard our voice, and looked on our affliction and our labour, and our oppression. Numb. xx. 16.
2 Sam. xxii. 7. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God, he heard my voice out of his holy temple, and my cry did enter into his ears. Ps. iii. 4.-xviii. 6.
Ps. vi. 9. The Lord hath heard my supplication, the Lord will receive my prayer. Ver. 8. Ps. xxviii. 6.—xxxi. 22.
xxii. 21. Thou hast heard me. Ver. 24. Ps. xl. 1.-cxviii. 21.CXX. 1.
xxxiv. 4. I sought the Lord, he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. Ps. lxi. 5.-lxvi. 19.-lxxvii. 1.-cxvi. 1 to 4.-cxix. 26. Lam. iii. 56.
Jonah ii. 2.
Out of the belly of hell I cried, and thou heardst my
John xi. 41. Jesus said, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. CXCVI. Their confident expectations that their prayers shall be heard. Ps. iv. 3. The Lord will hear when I call on him.
x. 17. Lord, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear.
Ps. xvii. 6. Thou wilt hear me, O God. Ps. xxxviii. 15.
Iv. 17. I will pray and cry aloud, and he shall hear my voice. CXCVII. Their entreaties that they may be heard. 2 Kings xix. 16. O Lord bow down thine ear and hear, &c.
2 Chron. vi. 40. O God, I beseech thee, let thine eye be open and let thine ears be attent to the prayer that is made in this place. 1 Kings viii. 30, 50. Neh. i 6, 11. Ps. cxxx. 2.
Ps. xv. 1. Give ear unto my words, O Lord. Ps. liv. 2.
xvii. 1, 6. O God incline thine ear unto me. Ps. lv. 1.-lxxi. 2.ixxxvi. 6. lxxxviii. 2. Isa. xxxvii. 17. Dan. ix. 18.
xxxix. 12. Hear my prayer, give ear to my cry. Ps. lxxxiv. 4.cxli. 1.-cxliii. i.
Ps. iv. 1. Hear my prayer. Ps. xiii. 3.-xx. 12.-xxvii. 7.-xxx. 10.-xxxvi. 16 —iv. 2.—lv. 2.—lx. 5.—lxi. 1.—lxix. 13.—lxxxiv. 8.- cii. 1, 20.-cxii. 2.- cxliii. 1. Neh. iv. 4. Dan. ix. 19.
CXCVIII Tir grief at not being answered. Job xix. 7. I cry but am not heard. Ch. xxx. 20.
Ps. xxii. 2. I cry but thou hearest not.
Hab i. 2. How long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear?
CXCIX. Of the efficacy of prayer. Miracles wrought by it. Bitter waters made sweet. Exod. xv. 25. Waters brought out of a rock.
Exod. xvii. 26. The sun and moon made to stand still.
Jos. x. 12, 13. The shadow made to return backward on a sun
diàl. 2 Kings xx. 11. The dead raised to life. I Kings xvii. 21, 22. 2 Kings iv. 32, 35. Acts ix. 37, 40. Jonah delivered from the fish. Jonah ii. 1, 10. Rain withheld and given. Jam. v. 17, 18. 1 Kings xvii. 1, 18, 42, 45. Devils cast out by prayer and fasting.
CC. Armies of enemies defeated, and God's praying people delivered upon their prayer. Exod. ii. 23. The children of Israel (in Egypt) sighed by reason of their bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up to God. Ch. iii. 7, 9. Numb. xx. 15, 16.
xiv. 9. The Egyptians pursued after Israel and overtook them. Ver. 10. And they were sore afraid, and cried unto the Lord. Ver. 30. And the Lord saved Israel out of the hands of the Egyptians. Jos. xxiv 7. Ps. cvi. 44.-cvii. throughout.
Judg. iv. 13, 14, 15. Israel delivered from Jabin, and Sisera his captain.
Judg. x. 6 to 16. Ch. xi. 33. 1 Sam. vii. 8, 10, 11. Israel delivered from the Philistines.
2 Kings xiii. 4, 5. Delivered from the Syrians. Ch. v. 6, 18.
2 Chron. xiii. 14, 15. Delivered from Jeroboam.
2 Chron. xiv. 2 to 12. Delivered from the Ethiopians.
2 Chron. xxxii. 20, 22. Delivered from the Assyrian army. 2 Kings xviii. 3. See prayer with humility, confession and turning from sin. See also prayers of kings and prophets, Commandment 5th, which afford instances of prayer prevailing for deliverance from enemies.
CCI. Prayers against evil from enemies. Deut. xxxiii. 7. Be thou an help to Judah against his enemies.
Ps. iii. 1. Lord, how are they increased that trouble me.
v. 8. Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness, because of mine enemies.
vi. 7. Mine eye is consumed because of grief, it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.
Ver. 10. Let them be ashamed.
vii. 6. Lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies.
xvii. 9. Keep me from my deadly enemies.
xviii. 3. I will call upon the Lord, so shall I be delivered from mine enemies. Ver. 4, 5, 6, 40.
Ps. xxvii. 11. Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
Ver. 12. Deliver me not over to the will of mine enemies.
xxx. 1. Thou hast not made my foes to rejoice over me; I cried unto the Lord.
Ver. 8. Lord be thou minte helper. Ver. 10.
xxxi. 11. I was a reproach among all mine enemies. Ver. 15, 18. Ps. xxxviii. 19, 21.-xli. 5. I said unto the Lord, deliver me from the hand of mine enemies.
xliv. 4. O God command deliverance for Jacob. Ver. 5, 23.
Iv. 1. Give ear to my prayer, O God, ver. 3. because of the voice of the enemy.
Ver. 18. He hath delivered my soul from battle that was against
Ivi. 9. When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back. acklix. 1. Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God. Ps. exliii. 9.
Ps. cxliii. 1. Hear my prayer, for the enemy hath persecuted my soul.
Acts iv. 18. The rulers of the Jews commanded the apostles not to speak nor teach in the name of Jesus.
Ver. 24. The disciples prayed and said, Lord, behold their threatenings, and grant unto thy servants, that with boldness they may speak thy word.
Ver. 31. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together, and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and spake the word of God with boldness.
Rev. vi. 9. Under the altar in heaven John saw the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.
Ver. 10. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, how long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood upon them that dwell on the earth. See also, Ps. ix. 13-x. 1, 24.-xiii. 2, 3, 4.-xxv. 2, 19.-xxxv. 19.xxxvi. 11.-xlii. 9, 10.-xliii. 2.-lxi. 3.-lxiv. 1.-lxvi. 12, 17, 19.—lxix. 12, 13, 18.—lxxi. 10, 12.—lxxiv. 3, 10, 18.-lxxx. 6.—lxxxiii. 16.—lxxxvi. 17.-lxxxix. 42.-cii. 8.— cix. 1.—cxix. 98.-cxxxix. 157.—cxxxviii. 7.
CCII. Prayer in trouble, instances thereof. Neh. ix. 32. O God, let not all the trouble seem little before thee, that hath come upon us.
Ps. iv. 1. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness, thou hast heard me in distress.
xx. 1. The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble.
xxii. 11. Be not far from me for trouble is near, for there is no man to help me.
xxv. 17. The troubles of my heart are enlarged, O bring thou me out of my distress.
Ver. 22. Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.
xxx. 7. Thou didst hide thy face and I was troubled, I cried unto the Lord.
Ver. 8. Thou hast girded me with gladness. Ver. 11.
xxxi. 9. Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble. Ver. 10. My life is spent with grief.
xl. 1. I waited for the Lord, he brought me out of a horrible pit. Ver. 2.
1. 15. Call upon me in the day of trouble, and I will deliver thee, Ix. 11. Give us help from trouble, for vain is the help of man. Ps. Ixi. 2. I will cry unto thee when my heart is overwhelmed. Ixix. 17. Hide not thy face from thy servant, for I am in trouble. lxxi. 20. Thou hast shewed me great and sore troubles, thou wilt quicken me again.
lxxxvii. 2. In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord.
Ver. 14. Thou art the God that doest wonders.
lxxxi. 7. Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee.
lxxxvi. 7. In the day of trouble I will call upon thee, for thou wilt
lxxxviii. 2. Let my prayer come before thee, for I am full of trouble. Ver. 3.
xci. 15. He shall call upon me, I will answer him, I will be with him in trouble.
Ps. cii. 2. Hide not thy face from me, in the day when I am in trouble.
cvii. 6. They cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of all their distresses. Ver. 13, 19, 28.
cxvi. 3. I found sorrow and trouble.
Ver. 4. Then called I on the name of the Lord, O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.
Ver. 7. The Lord dealt bountifully with me.
Ps. cxviii. 5. I called upon the Lord in distress, and the Lord answered me.
cxx. 1. In my distress I cried unto the Lord, and he heard me. cxxx. 1. Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.
Ver. 2. Lord hear my voice, let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.
cxxxviii. 3. In the day when I cried thou answeredst me.
Ver. 7. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me. Ver. 8. Forsake not the work of thine own hands.
cxlii. 2. I poured out my complaint, I shewed before him my
Ver. 3. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path.
cxliii. 11. For thy righteousness sake, bring my soul out of trouble. Isa. xxvi. 16. O Lord in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer when thy chastening was upon them.
xxxiii. 20. O Lord, be gracious unto us, be thou our salvation in time of trouble.
Jer. xiv. 8. O the hope of Israel, the Saviour thereof in time of trouble, why should thou be as a stranger in the land. Ver. 20.
Lam. iii. 55. I called upon the name of the Lord, out of the low dungeon.
Ver. 56. Thou heardst my voice.
Jonah i. 6. The ship-master in danger said unto Jonah, arise and call upon thy God.
CCIII. Of prayerless persons, or of not praying. Job xxi. 15. The wicked say, what is the Almighty that we should serve him? and what profit shall we have if we pray unto him? Mal. iii. 14.
xxxvi. 13. Hypocrites cry not when he bindeth them.
Ps. x. 4. The wicked through the pride of his countenance will not seek after God? God is not in all his thoughts.
xiv. 4. Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as bread, and call not upon the Lord. Ps. liii. 4. .
Isa. xliii. 22. Thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob, thou hast been weary of me, O Israel, &c.
Ver. 28. Therefore have I profaned the princes of the sanctuary, and have given Jacob to the curse, and Israel to the robbers.
Jer. x. 25. Pour out thy fury upon the heathen that know thee not, and upon the families that call not on thy name. Ps. lxxix. 6.
Dan. ix. 13. All this evil is come upon us, yet made we not our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our ini. quities, and understand thy truth.
Ver. 14. Therefore hath the Lord watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us.