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degree, understanding what it means, and thinking of what you are asking for. And there is some danger lest, when we come to say the Lord's Prayer over and over again, we should do it without attending to the words that we are uttering. They come so easily to our lips that they do not sink into our hearts. Again, they do not seem to refer to us more than to any one else: we look upon them as a general form of prayer, in which we cannot possibly feel so much interest as if we were praying more especially for our own wants. We have, perhaps, something that much weighs on our minds, and we should like to be asking God to help us in that; or we have some fear that much distresses us, and we should wish to be praying that we may be defended against it; and we think that we had rather use our own poor miserable words, than those that our SAVIOUR has taught us.
Now I am going to show you a way which may, in the first place keep your thoughts from wandering while you say the LORD's Prayer : and in the second, make you feel a deeper interest in it, as something more especially belonging to yourself, than ever you did before. You will sometimes hear this way called by a hard name-the doctrine of intention : but the thing it means is easy enough to be understood. It is only this: when you say the Lord's Prayer, keep some particular want in your mind, and apply every petition to that want. It is easier to show you by example how this may be done, than to tell you how to do it. I will therefore write down the Lord's Prayer, applied in several different ways: first, for blessings of this life, and then of the next.
But before I do so, I would have you remember this: our LORD meant that His Prayer should be suited to every occasion on which it was used. When ye pray, He said, say Our FATHER. Think, therefore, with yourself before you repeat this prayer:Our SAVIOUR, when He sat on the Mount of Olives, and taught these words to His Apostles, saw that I, at this time, should use this prayer: and He meant it to suit my case; how then can He refuse that which He Himself told me to ask?
To come now, as I said, to examples. I will make them as different and as particular as I can. Supposing that you had a child out at service, for whom you wished to pray ; you might use the Lord's Prayer thus.
Our FATHER, Who lovest all Thy children more than their earthly parents do, and Who therefore lovest my child N. There name her] more than I can do,—Which art in Heaven, and therefore now seest her, though I, who am on eartb, cannot: Hallowed be Thy Name, by her holiness of life, her obedience, her good example, her kindness, and her fear of Thee : so that others, seeing her, may glorify Thee. Thy kingdom come, where there shall be no parting, but where we, who are now separated for a time, shall dwell together for ever. Thy will be done, both by her and by me, on earth as it is in Heaven by Thy holy Angels now, and as we trust that it will one day be done by us also there : and since Thou hast appointed that we must labour with our own hands, and hast said, If any man will not work, neither let him eat; give Thy servant N. a diligent heart, that whatsoever she findeth to do, she may do it with all her might, heartily, as to Thee, and not to men; and also give us this day our daily bread, and, having food and raiment, make us content. And since in many things we offend Thee daily, forgive us -and more especially her-our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us; and endue her with a meek and quiet spirit, that she may not render evil for evil, but rather do good to them that do ill to her. And seeing that Thou knowest the trials which she finds the hardest to bear, and the sins to which she is most inclined, grant that she may not be exposed to them; and so lead us not into temptation. But, if Thou seest otherwise, suffer her not to be tempted above that she is able to bear, and fill her with Thy HOLY SPIRIT, Whom Thou gavest her at her Baptism; and by His Power deliver her, and us all, from evil. Amen.
Now you will easily see that you may be much more particular in telling your wants to God than I have been here. You perhaps know some whom your child's example may influence; then you would say, Hallowed be Thy Name by her example, and more especially among her fellow-servants, (or friends, or the family with whom she is, as the case may be.) You, most probably, could tell the temptations to which she is most exposed; then you would name these when you say, lead us not into temptation. And at Deliver us from evil, you would think of any evil that is likely to attack her;-any disease, for instance, to which she is subject,—and name that.
I wish to show you how the Lord's Prayer may be used in cases which seem the most difficult, that you may see how possible it is to apply it to all wants whatever. Supposing now that a poor man is out of work, because of the hard frost, how is he to use it?
Our FATHER, Who givest food to all Thy children, Which art in Heaven, and sendest sunshine or rain, frost or heat, as Thou pleasest : Hallowed be Thy Name in our deliverance from this untimely weather, so that we may confess that wind and cold obey Thy Word. Thy kingdom come; where they shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more, neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat; neither shall they suffer from cold any
more. Thy will be done on earth, with its long nights and bitter days, as it is in Heaven, with its sun that never goeth down, and everlasting spring; and therefore if it please Thee still to try us, grant that all things may work together for our good. But rather, we pray Thee to rebuke this cold, and to give us this day our daily bread; and, although we suffer far less than we deserve, forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. Thou, Who wast Thyself cold and an hungered, knowest that we are tempted by want to sin, even as Šatan tempted Thee when Thou didst hunger in the wilderness. Thou therefore, that feelest for us, lead us not into temptation, but, in Thine own good time, and by Thine own good means, deliver us from this evil. Amen.
I will just say here, that you may address the Lord's Prayer, as is done in this case, to our SAVIOUR Himself; for though He “is not ashamed to call us brethren,” yet the prophet speaks of Him as “the everlasting FATHER," and we may therefore call on Him as our FATHER.
THOUGHTS ON THE TE DEUM. The Te Deum is a most glorious hymn of praise to God; it is also a creed and a prayer. The more deeply it is studied, the more its perfection appears; and the more it should humble us, to think that we frail mortals are allowed to use such holy and sublime words, and not only on great occasions of thanksgiving, but in our daily sacrifice of prayer in the worship of God.
“We praise Thee, O God; we acknowledge Thee to be the LORD." What a glorious burst of praise to our Almighty LORD! We own Him, the Holy and Omnipotent God, to be our LORD. Holy Scripture tells us, that no man" can acknowledge Him to be the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.” We may thus be sure that, when used from the heart, He accompanies as well as accepts this our tribute of adoration and praise. “Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD."
“ All the earth doth worship Thee, the FATHER Everlasting.” Things animate and inanimate all praise Him; animals and birds, and trees and flowers, all created things, show forth, in their various ways and order, His great praise. How much more should man, whom He has created, redeemed, and sanctified. May all the earth, in Thy good time, worship Thee, O LORD, aright in spirit and in truth, in devotion of body and soul! How should all right efforts to bring the heathen to the knowledge of the LORD, be aided by all means in our power, and specially by prayer, the greatest help of all. Our Holy LORD taught us to call God by the blessed
name of FATHER, and “the Spirit crieth, Abba, FATHER.” What a privilege, if we could but realize it, that we are permitted so to address the everlasting LORD, everlasting King of kings and LORD of lords ; that He should deign to be, and to let us call Him Father, What happiness is really ours, did we but really feel and understand what we are, in having been made members of Christ, children of God, inheritors of the kingdom of heaven. What glorious titles, what heavenly nobility, and what encouragement, to endeavour, in His strength, to walk worthy of Him!
“ To Thee all angels cry aloud ; the heavens, and all the powers therein. To Thee cherubim and seraphim continually do cry." We are told in Holy Scripture much about the holy angels, and chiefly of their order and obedience to God; their constant worship of Him, their Maker ; their attendance on the LORD JESUS. “He shall come with His mighty angels.” “ The angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man." Their rejoicing over one sinner that repenteth; showing that they are spectators of us, and of our doings. What a blessed thought, that He surrounds His Church with these heavenly guardians, appointed by Him to minister to the heirs of salvation! They even desire to look into the great truths of the redemption of man. Still, they are but His servants; He took not on Him the nature of these His glorious creatures, but chose our infirm nature for His wonderful purposes of mercy and love. So much is told us in His holy Word, that we may think upon these blessed messengers of our LORD, to our profit and example, in striving to worship Him aright with all our souls and minds, and hearts. “God is seen of angels;" how must they who see His glory, be enraptured in worshipping Him! What must their praise and adoration be! All in due order, too, for we are told of cherubim and seraphim, archangels, powers, dominions, principalities,-all these heavenly beings ready for instant obedience to their and our Lord. What a picture is that given by S. John, in the Revelations, of “ ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of angels," always worshipping ! how far beyond our frail imaginings! And yet with this blessed heavenly host, we poor sinful creatures are allowed and bidden to join our faint earthly tribute of praise and thanksgiving ! How should the endeavour to realize this (in His strength, without Whom we can do nothing) elevate our minds to heaven, while engaged in His holy service and worship! And how should we bless Him, for letting us thus approach Him daily with the worship of angels !
“ Holy, holy, holy, LORD God of Sabaoth.” We are even permitted to know and use the same holy and glorious words, with which these heavenly creatures, the angels, worship God. The prophet Isaiah (chap. vi.) shows us a wonderful picture of the glory of heaven. “I saw the LORD sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple ; above it stood the
seraphims, each one had six wings; with twain be covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly, and one cried unto another and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD God of Hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory.” S. John, in the Revelations, tells us of these their glorious hymns to the King of kings, and LORD of lords. “Alleluia! salvation and glory, and honour and power, unto the LORD our God, Alleluia! Alleluia! for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth. O LORD, Which art, and wast, and shalt be: even so, LORD God Almighty. True and righteous are Thy judgments: great and marvellous are Thy works, LORD God Almighty : just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of saints! Who shall not fear Thee, O Lord, and glorify Thy name? for Thou only art holy : all nations shall come and worship before Thee. There were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His CHRIST, and He shall reign for ever and ever. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and fell on their faces, and worshipped God, saying, Amen! blessing and glory, and wisdom and thanksgiving, and honour and power, and might, be unto our God, for ever and ever, Amen. And I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne, and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, and wisdom, and strength and honour, and glory and blessing. They rest not day and night saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Which was, and is, and is to come.” How gracious is it in our heavenly FATHER, to grant to us the knowledge of the holy words of heaven; how full of love and mercy are all His ways!
“ Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of Thy glory." How glorious are Thy works, Thy thoughts are very deep. If we but look to the magnificent heavens above, to the fruitful earth beneath, and to the wonderful waters under the earth, we must join with heart and soul in the acknowledgment, that all that the Psalmist says throughout the book of Psalms, must but in small degree describe how full the heaven and earth are of the majesty of the glory of God. We should more and more study His love and power in the formation and adaptation of all things, animate and inanimate, to their several uses, and adore Him daily in all His works, while we search them out in deep humility and thankfulness.
“The glorious company of the Apostles praise Thee.” Those twelve pillars, on which our LORD was pleased to found His holy Church, Himself the Head and chief corner-stone. Through these, “ without the aid of arms, of eloquence, or of power," He vouchsafed to make known His gospel to all nations. What a company must they now be, in their holy waiting state !
The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise Thee." Those