The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him: to all that call upon him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that hear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them. Ps. 145:18, 19.
Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that ask, receives: and he that seeks finds: and to him that knocks, it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father, give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? Matt. 1:1, 8, 9. Luke 11: 13.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not: and it shall be given him: James 1: 5.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed: the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5: 16, 13.
If I regard iniquity in my heart the Lord will not hear me. Ps. 66: 18.
When you pray, enter into your closet, and when you hast shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret, and your Father which sees in secret, shall reward your openly. When you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do. For they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not you therefore like unto them: for your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask him. After this manner therefore pray you: Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. Matt. 6: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.
I exhort that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men: for Kings and all that are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty: for this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour. 1 Tim. 2: 1, 2, 3.
See also Luke 18: 1-14. Isa. 55: 6. Matt. 7: 7. Phil. 4: 6. Ps. 55: 17, 86: 5. Ps. 88:1. 1 Thess. 5:17. Ps. 10:17, 65: 2. John 14:13,14.
From all that dwell below the skies,
Let the Creator’s praise arise,
Let the Redeemer’s name be sung,
Through every land, by every tongue.
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.
O God who is to be feared and held in reverence by all your creatures; help us to worship you in the beauty of holiness. As we respect comparative excellence and authority in our fellow beings, may we reverence perfection and supreme authority in you. Acknowledging the fullness of the revelation of yourself to the world, may we honor the Son in his mediation and mercy as we honor the Father, and receive the testimonies of the Spirit in the scriptures and in the experiences of your people, as the comprehensive revelation of the Triune Jehovah. May we walk with you like Enoch. In the multitude of our thoughts and cares, may your comforts daily delight our souls. While our hands are diligently employed in accustomed business, may our bosoms glow with fervent zeal to do your will and advance your kingdom in the earth. Whether we eat or drink, or whatsoever we do; may we do all to your glory; remembering that the whole of life is but a prolonged stewardship, of which we must give account to you.
While we earnestly endeavor to render the homage of obedience and virtue, may we also find it good to draw nigh unto you in the worship of the closet, the family circle, and the great congregation. May we delight in the morning and evening sacrifice, and in the solemnities of the Sabbath. Whom have we in heaven but you, and there is none upon earth that we desire besides you. In you may feeble virtue find sanction and reward; weakness, succor; ignorance, illumination; sins, forgiveness; and hope, fruition through our Lord Jesus Christ: in whose language may we ever pray, “Our Father who art in heaven,” &c.
Book: Book of Worship
Author: W. W. Everts
Published by: NEW YORK: SHELDON & COMPANY 1865
Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2014