You will in heaven be men. His very throne of grace, from which He breathes love and good-will to sinners, is founded on justice and judgment (Psalm 89:14). Our English word "ask" means two things, either to question in order to get information or to beseech, in order to get gifts. Or do they mean, "enable Me to bear happiness or sorrow?" Is it possible, then, that amidst all changes and the sorrows we may have a deep and stable joy? To pray not with the notion of changing God's plan, but because that plan is the best. Prayer in Christ's name clears away the two great difficulties to which I have referred. This implies —(1) A high esteem of Christ (1 Peter 2:7), for God is honoured in His Son (John 5:23). Conclusion:1. WHY ACCEPTABLE PRAYER MUST BE IN THE NAME OF CHRIST. (1) A completed revelation. PRACTICAL IMPROVEMENT.1. Conclusion: There are only two courses before us. No longer in proverbs, parables, or veiled forms is the truth presented by the Spirit, but in plain and easy-to-be-understood propositions (ver. If so, can they thus pray in His name who renounced Himself, and whose career, judged by man's standard, was a mighty failure? (c)The manner of their performing the duty itself (Isaiah 58:3). J. W. (2) There is no access to God, nor acceptance of prayer another way (chap. And though sorrow comes, still we may be blessed. (d)Their own necessity (Hosea 7:14).3. (1) Look at prayer for material blessings. Is not God always giving? A. But he is far too wise to answer them. Let the people who lose their temper so easily, and say words which they bitterly repent, pray more frequently, and the bitter words would be turned into blessing. Prayer in Christ's name clears away the two great difficulties to which I have referred. Chilled thus by the world of sense, the fire of devotion frequently appears to have almost died out, having left only cold ashes on the altar of the heart.2. Think how many improper, foolish, and even downright wicked prayers are addressed to the All-wise God! Then there are prayers which ask for wrong things, or they ask in a wrong way, and so they are wasted. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, (Hebrew/Greek Search by English Definition), * 'Number Delimiters' only apply to 'Paragraph Order', Search verses, phrases, and topics (e.g. He has been taught music, yet he plays without feeling, and incorrectly. He has given us a pattern prayer — "Not as I will but as Thou wilt." )Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My name He will give it you.Praying in the name of Jesus ChristI. To them there often seemed to be two great powers in the universe — the divine and the evil, and in their darkness they cried to Him whom they felt was true, though they understood not how. If a warrant, or other legal document is to take effect, it must be endorsed by the name of some one in authority, otherwise it is so much waste paper. One cause of these is to be found in the variations of our inner life, Our faith in the spiritual is at some moments so full of power that thoughts too large for words ascend to the Eternal in unclothed aspirations. There Christ presented Himself as the Answerer, because His purpose was to set forth His going to the Father as His elevation to a yet loftier position. In religion the same thing often occurs. Does He need the utterance of our wants when He detects the secret desire in the heart trembling into words?II. Because the crown of Christ is as much yours as His Cross. The child fancied his mother would not have left him if she had loved him, and determined to send her a letter, and find out. Whitelaw, D. D.)What that day wilt bring forthThere are here three jewels which Christ sets in a cluster, the juxtaposition making each brighter, and gives to us for a parting keepsake. The man who could really pray in his place of business would not be able to tell a lie over the counter. He who prays in Christ's name must pray Christ's prayer, "Not My will but Thine be done." 1. We must in prayer act in the strength of Christ. Spurgeon. PRAYER CAN ONLY BE MADE IN WANT. She told me her story, and a sad one it was. Then there are prayers, so full of self that there is no room for Jesus in them. She told me her story, and a sad one it was. H. Spurgeon.Some years ago, a poor woman accompanied by two of her neighbours, came to my vestry in deep distress. )Learning to prayH. He read it, the truth went to his heart. 22). "I shall see if she loves me." Is not God always giving? Pauline Epistles Either a life with superficial, transitory, incomplete gladnesses, and an aching centre of vacuity and pain, or one which in its outward aspects has much about it that is sad and trying, but down in the heart of it is calm and joyful. — "If it be possible let sorrow pass from Me — nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou wilt." He was admitted a member, and his wife, who up to that time had not been a member, was also received among us. There would not be so many unhappy marriages, discontented workers, and wrong men in wrong places, if we would pray before making a solemn choice. Sometimes when a Child comes home from school, after a long and expensive education, the parent finds that he has learnt nothing aright. Our Lord never worked a miracle unless the person asking for help showed faith. THE NATURE OF CHRISTIAN PRAYER. The sceptic asks, "Does God ever stop the working of His laws to save the man who prays?" THE DIFFICULTIES WHICH ALL PRAYER SUGGESTS.1. But our Lord says that in that day, when He shall have given them the Comforter, they shall ask Him no more such questions, for that He should guide them into all truth.I. We have a completed revelation, and therefore we need ask Him nothing. The stated way of all gracious communication between heaven and earth is through Jesus Christ, who opened a communication between them by His blood, when it was blocked up by the breach of the first covenant (John 14:6).IV. They have got into a habit of using certain words, without thinking of their meaning, and so have become mere machines, like those musical boxes which reel off their fixed number of tunes, and then are silent. Who asks for light when the summer sun at the meridian is shining upon him? From this doctrine we learn —(1) What a holy God we have to do with in prayer (Leviticus 10:3). 1. 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