(2) There is no access to God, nor acceptance of prayer another way (chap. A. L. Hull, B. 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. Then there are special occasions when we need to pray for a special object —(1) In all cases of danger and difficulty. Her husband had fled the country; in her sorrow she went to the house of God, and something I said in the sermon made her think I was personally familiar with her case. To them the thought was despair rather than advance; but in Christ's eyes it was progress. "If ye shall ask anything in My name I will do it." 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.2. Then there are prayers, so full of self that there is no room for Jesus in them. But apart from these changes of the inner life, there are two great difficulties surrounding every act of prayer. (4) That acceptable prayer is performed under the sense of the command of a God in Christ (Isaiah 33:22), where majesty and mercy are mixed in it; and that is son-like service. So it is utterly impossible that you can lack, when with Christ, any good thing.III. But he is far too wise to answer them. And if we do this we shall not need to envy those that could go to Him with their questions, for He will come to us with His all-satisfying answers.4. This second great promise substantially appeared in a former part of these discourses with a very significant difference. I said, "There is nothing that we can do but to kneel down and cry to the Lord for the immediate conversion of your husband." J. W. Buxton.We must be taught how to pray just as we must be taught how to walk. Then there are prayers, so full of self that there is no room for Jesus in them. To them the thought was despair rather than advance; but in Christ's eyes it was progress. (c)Sinners are warranted to come to the throne of grace in His name (Hebrews 4:15, 16; 1 John 2:1). If we believe that such prayer will be answered we are constantly met by the awful thought that God has ordered eternally all the circumstances of life for the best and wisest ends. When "a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief," He could never be with His disciples without blessing them. 2. The name of Christ is His whole revealed character. We must in prayer act in the strength of Christ. No; but a Divine influence may prepare him to receive whatever comes. To pray not with the notion of changing God's plan, but because that plan is the best. To them the thought was despair rather than advance; but in Christ's eyes it was progress. W. Evans, B. D.Many were the questions which the disciples had put to their Lord in the pride and ignorance of their as yet imperfectly spiritualized hearts (see Matthew 18:1; Luke 9:54; Acts 1:6). She told me her story, and a sad one it was. He had, indeed, come back, and a converted man. And the Master bends lovingly over such a soul, and says: "What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? Such faithless prayers cannot have the name of Jesus attached to them, they cannot be accepted. Well, it means this. Galatians 3:26-27 Hebrews 4:14-16 John 16:23-24 So What? (2) A Divine Spirit to teach us by blessing the exercise of our own faculties, and guiding us, not, indeed, into all the intellectual aspects of Christian truth, but into the loving possession, as a power in our lives, of all the truth that we need to raise us to the likeness of Christ.3. THE NATURE OF CHRISTIAN PRAYER. (1) Is a prayer which is reeking with self-will hallowed because the man says, as a kind of charm at the end of it, "For Christ's sake. God knows a great deal better what is good for us; and so He says: "Delight thyself in the Lord, and He will give thee the desires of thine heart." You will have, most likely, a night of tribulation to go through, but born of that night will be the brightest of days.(S. For instance, men ask for success: do they mean they cannot forego their desires — that they cannot confront failure? For my own part, I never enter a railway carriage without a prayer, and I advise you to do the like, then, come what will, we have put the matter in God's hands.(H. (2) Put other things in the room of the Mediator, or join other things with Him. W. Evans, B. D.)No want in the presence of JesusS. At the bottom His holy name stands written; the upper part we ourselves must fill up with our prayers; the Father will honour the draft to the whole amount for the sake of His dear Son; because whatever we are minded to ask in the name of Jesus, the Father will give us.(R. Because the crown of Christ is as much yours as His Cross. Her husband had fled the country; in her sorrow she went to the house of God, and something I said in the sermon made her think I was personally familiar with her case. We should not hear so much about bad servants, and dishonest traders, if men would only pray over their work. Let those stand reproved who —(1) Make approach unto God in prayer, as an absolute God, without consideration of the Mediator (John 5:23; Ephesians 2:18). He is content to await in patience the sign of the Son of Man, and meanwhile gathers clearer and clearer answers from a heart and conscience well questioned, daily examined.III. He has been taught arithmetic, yet he cannot work a single rule properly. L. Hull, B. A.I. Then there are special occasions when we need to pray for a special object —(1) In all cases of danger and difficulty. Besser, D. D.A wealthy heir presents thee with a cheque, signed with his name, for a sum of money, which thou art to fetch from his father. On making inquiry and comparing notes, we found that, on the very day on which we had prayed for his conversion, he, being at that time on board a ship far away on the sea, stumbled most unexpectedly upon a stray copy of one of my sermons. But consider how much is involved in that fact, that, as a matter of course, our Lord alternates the two forms, and sometimes says, "I will do it," and sometimes says, "The Father will do it." Because He was love, they were to pray. 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