Daily Prayers

Preparation

1. Times of Prayer

    Always. Luke xviii. 1.
    Without ceasing. 1 Thes. v. 17.
    At all times. Eph. vi. 18.
    Samuel among such as call upon His name [Note 1]. Ps. xcix. 6.
    GOD forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray
for you and showing you the good and the right way. 1 Sam. xii. 23.
    We will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry
of the word. Acts vi. 4.

    He kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed and
gave thanks before his GOD, as he did aforetime. Dan. vi. 10.
    In the evening, and morning, and at noon day will I pray, and that
instantly, and He shall hear my voice. Ps. lv. 18.

    Seven times a day do I praise Thee. Ps. cxix. 164.

    1. In the morning, a great while before day. Mark i. 35.
    2. In the morning watch. Ps. lxiii. 6. [vid. also Ps. cxxx. 6.]
    3. The third hour of the day. Acts ii. 15.
    4. About the sixth hour. Acts x. 9.
    5. The hour of prayer, the ninth. Acts iii. 1.
    6. The eventide. Gen. xxiv. 63. {4}
    7. By night. Ps. cxxxiv. 2.
    At midnight. Ps. cxix. 62.


2. Places of Prayer

    In all places where I record My Name, I will come to thee,
and I will bless thee. Exod. xx. 24.
    Let [Note 2] Thine eyes be open towards this house night and
day, even toward the place of which Thou hast said, My Name
shall be there; that Thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which
Thy servant shall make towards this place. 1 Kings viii. 29.


Thou that hearest the prayer
unto Thee shall all flesh come.
The fierceness of man shall turn to Thy praise,
and the fierceness of them shalt Thou refrain.
As for me, I will come into Thy house
even upon the multitude of Thy mercy,
and in Thy fear will I worship
toward Thy Holy Temple.
Hear the voice of my humble petitions,
when I cry unto Thee;
when I hold up my hands
towards the mercy-seat of Thy Holy Temple.
We wait for Thy loving-kindness, O GOD,
in the midst of Thy Temple.


    1. Among the faithful and in the congregation. Ps. cxi. 1.
    2. Enter into thy closet and, when thou hast shut thy door,
pray to thy Father which is in secret. Matt. vi. 6.
    3. They went up into an upper room. Acts i. 13.
    4. He went up upon the housetop to pray. Acts x. 9.
    5. They went up together into the Temple. Acts iii. 1.
    6. We kneeled down on the shore, and prayed. Acts xxi. 5.
    7. He went forth over the brook Cedron, where was a garden.
John xviii. 1. {5}
    8. Let them rejoice in their beds. Ps. cxlix. 5.
    9. He departed into a desert place and there prayed. Mark i. 35.
    10. In every place lifting up holy hands without wrath and doubting.
1 Tim. ii. 8.


3. Circumstances of Prayer


    1. Kneeling, 

humiliation
.
        He kneeled down and prayed. Luke xxii. 41.
        He went a little further, and fell on His face, and prayed.
Matt. xxvi. 39.

My soul is brought low, even unto the dust,
my belly cleaveth unto the ground.

    2. Sinking the head, shame.
        Drooping the face. [Ezr. ix. 6.]
    3. Smiting the breast, [Luke xviii. 13.] indignation. *
    4. Shuddering, [Acts xvi. 29.]  fear. *
    5. Groaning, [Isai. lix. 11.] sorrow. *
        Clasping of hands.
    6. Raising of eyes and hands, [Ps. xxv. 15. cxliii. 6.] vehement desire. *
    7. Blows, [Ps. lxxiii. 14.] revenge. *

    * 2 Cor. vii. 11.

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Notes

1. Transferred from p. 4 of Edition of 1675.
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2. Transferred from pp. 5, 6, and 9, of Edition 1675.
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