Tuesday, January 08, 2008

AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO PRAY

If thou wouldest more fully express thyself before the Lord, study thy filthy estate. God’s promises, the heart of Christ, which thou mayest know by His blood-shedding, by the mercy He has extended to great sinners formerly, and plead thine own vileness by way of bemoaning; Christ’s blood, by way of expostulation; and in thy prayers, let the mercy He hath extended to other great sinners, together with His rich promises of grace, be much upon thy heart. Yet let me counsel thee; take heed that thou content not thyself with words; do not think God looks only at them; but whether thy words be few or many, let thine heart go with them; and then shalt thou seek Him, and find Him, when thou shalt seek Him with thy whole heart.

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