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Our faviour, in his excellent sermon on the mount, and again, on the request of his disciples to be instructed how to pray, gives us a plain rule on this subjedt : « After this manner, therefore, pray ye, Our “ Father, who art in heaven*.” No precept can be clearer; and it is repeated frequently, with promises, that the Father would hear their prayers. “ But “ thou when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and « when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father, « who is in secret; and thy Father who seeth in “ secret, shall reward thee openly t. Verily, verily, I “ say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father « in my name, he will give it you. And when ye « stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against « any, that your Father also, who is in heaven, may “ forgive you your trespasses g. If ye then, being evil, “ know how to give good gifis unto your children; * how much more shall your Father, who is in hea« ven, give good things to them that ask him l. « Again, I say unto you, that if two of you shall « agree on earth, as touching any thing that they " shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father, « who is in heavenq”.

Our faviour, indeed, had no idea of any other object of worship besides the true God, and quotes a


* Matth. vi. 9. Luke xi. 2.
1 John xvi. 23. John xy. 16.
# Matth. vii. 11. Lulie xi. 13.

f Matth. vi. 6. Mark xi. 25. Matt. xviii. 19.

passage from the writings of Moses, who eressly
commands the jews not to bow.down to any other,
Our faviour says, “ Get thee hence, Satan, for it
« is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God,
66 and him only shalt thou serve *.” To the fa-
maritan woman he faith, “ The hour cometh, and
« now is, when the true worshippers shall worship
« the Father, in spirit and in truth, for the Father
o seeketh such to worship him t.”

If we attend to the practice of Jesus Christ, we
shall find it agreeing with his precepts, and that he ad-
dressed himself always to the fame Being, “his Father
" and our Father, his God and our God f.”

“I thank thee, O Father, lord of heaven and earth,

because thou hast hidden these things from the wise
6 and prudent, and revealed them unto babes ; even
“ fo, Father, for so it seemed good in thy fight ||.
“ Father, I thank thee, that thou hast heard me S.
“ And it came to pass in those days, that he went out
« into a mountain to pray, and continued all night
6 in prayer to God q. These words {pake Jelus, and
« lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the
6 hour is come, glorify thy fon, that thy son also may
“ glorify thee **.” Read attentively the whole of

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* Matth. iv. 10. Luke iv. 8.
† John iy. 23. I John xx. 17.
|| Matth. xi. 25, Luke x. 21.
§ John xi. 41. compare J hn xii. 27, 28.

Luk: vi, 12. ** John xvii. 1. .

this prayer, it is a model for your own prayers;
w our saviour begins with an address to the Father,
and repeats the fame frequently, saying, O Father-
Holy Father-O righteous Father. What absur-
dities do not the trinitarians make of this excellent
prayer, when they talk of their God the son—their
God the holy ghost-their God, the holy, blessed, and
glorious trinity.

Our saviour continued to his death in this true and
proper mode of worship, the only one acceptable to
the supreme being, “O my Father, if it be possible,
« let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as
« I will, but as thou wilt *. Father, forgive them :
« for they know not what they do t. My God, my
“ God, why haft thou forsaken me f. Father, into
of thy hands I commend my spirit ll.”

From the precept of our faviour illustrated by his
own practice, we conclude that the God and Father
of our lord Jesus Christ is the only object of
worship; and in this opinion we are strengthened
by the precepts and general practice of the apostles.
« They continued daily with one accord, in the
“ temple, praising God g. When they heard, they
« lifted up their voice to God and said, Lord, thou

* Matth. xxvi. 39, 42. Mark xiv. 36. Luke xxii. 42.
+ Luke xxiii. 34. I Matt. xxvii. 46. Mark xv. 34:
|| Luke xxiii. 46.

& Acts ii. 46, 47. compare iii. 8, 9. X. 2. 31, 33.
xvi, 14.

66 art God, who haft made heaven and earth, the
“ sea, and all that in them is-for, of a truth, against
« thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both
“ Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the gentiles and
« the people of Israel, were gathered together-and-
u now, Lord, behold their threatnings, and grant
—that signs and wonders may be done in the name
“ of thy holy child Jesus*. But prayer was made,
" without ceasing of the church, unto God for
“ himt. Sirs, why do ye these things. we‘also are
" men of like passions with you, and preach unto
« you that ye should turn from these vanities unto
« the living God, who made heaven and earth, and
“ the sea and all things that are thereint ? He took
« bread, and gave thanks to God, in the presence
“ of them all ş.”

You may object, perhaps, that there is an instance to the contrary in the deacon Stephen, who, on the point of death, called out, “ Lord Jesus, receive my « spirit||.” But you are to recollect the particular circumstances in which he then was, that he saw Jesus Christ himself in glory, and seeing him, made, with great propriety, this address. If any of you, my

brethren, * Acts iv. 24, 27, 29, 30. + Acts xii. 5. xi. 18. xvi. 25.

| Acts xiv. 25. xxvi. 20. compare attentively the three speeches of St. Paul, xvii. 23. $ A&s xxvii. 35. xxviii. 15.

Acts vü. 59. compare Matth. viii. 25, xiv. 30.

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brethren, should see our faviour in the fame circumstances, such an address would be very proper.

The precepts of the apostles, in their letters, point out only one object of worship. “ Now I “ beseech you, brethren, for the lord Jesus Christ's « fake, and for the love of the spirit, that ye strive, “ together with me, in your prayers to God for me*, “ Be careful for nothing, but, in every thing, by “ prayer and supplications, let your requests be made “ known unto Godt. If any of you lack wisdom, “ let him ask of God, who giveth to all men libe« rallyf. Giving thanks always unto God, even the “ Father, in the name of our lord Jesus Christs. “ By him, therefore, let us offer the sacrifice of « praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our « lips, giving thanks to his namel. Now the God “ of patience and consolation grant you to be like« minded one towards another, according to Jesus 6 Christ, that ye may, with one mind, glorify God, « even the Father of our lord Jesus Christe.”

To these precepts, their practice also was conformable. " Wherefore, I also cease not to give “ thanks for you, making mention of you in my « prayers, that the God of our lord Jesus Christ, o the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit

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* Rom. xv. 30. xii. 1. + Phil. iv. 6. Col. iii. 17.

Jam. i. 5. 27. § Eph. v. 20. 1 Cor. x. 31. || Heb. xiii. 25.

Rom, xv. 5. 6.

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