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Expositions of the Lord’s Prayer

On Thankfulness

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The Best Help for Prayer

.      Reformation & Puritan
.      Free Church of Scotland
Unanswered Prayers
Prayer Meetings
Public Prayer
     Preparation for
      Should there be silent prayer in corporate worship?
On Free Prayer
Pray for King Jesus
Whether Dead Saints Pray for Us?



The Best Help for Prayer

Henry, Matthew – Method for Prayer  1714  590 pp.

Grow in your closeness to our holy God in prayer immediately.  This is the best book there is in learning how to pray well, with feeling, in scriptural form, balance and appropriateness.  The whole book is composed of extended prayers, using scripture language.  Flip anywhere inside it and start praying.  ‘If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God.’  1 Pet. 4:11




Swinnock will light you up.

Swinnock, George  †1673

‘A Good Wish about Religious Duties in General’  in Works, vol. 1, pp. 104-5
‘A Good Wish about Prayer’  in Works, vol. 1, pp. 137-140
‘A Good Wish about the Word’  in Works, vol. 1, pp. 170-171
‘A Good Wish about the Lord’s Supper’  in Works 1:218-222
‘A Good Wish about the Lord’s Day’  in Works 1:255-258
‘A Good Wish to the Lord’s Day’  in Works 1:258-60
‘A Good Wish about Natural Actions’  in Works 1:285-88
‘A Good Wish about Particular Callings’   in Works 1:316-19
‘A Good Wish about the Calling of a Minister’  in Works 1:319-29
‘A Good Wish about the Government of a Family’  in Works 1:356-62
‘A Good Wish about the Duty of a Parent’  in Works 1:428-37
‘A Good Wish to the Duties of a Son or Daughter in Relation to their Father and Mother’  in Works 1:458-464
‘A Good Wish of a Christian Couple’  in Works 1:481-87
‘A Good Wish about a Husband’s Duty’  in Works 1:497-502
‘A Good Wish about the Duties of a Wife’  in Works 1:522-28
‘A Good Wish about the Master’s Duties’  in Works 2:22-29
‘A Good Wish about the Duty of a Servant’  in Works 2:42-45
‘A Good Wish of a Christian in Prosperity’  in Works 2:74-82
‘A Good Wish of a Christian in Adversity’  in Works 2:140-161
‘A Good Wish of a Christian in Relation to his Dealings with All Men’  in Works 2:220-37
‘A Good Wish of a Christian about the Choice of his Companions’  in Works 2:267-279
‘A Good Wish Concerning a Christian’s Carriage in Evil Company’  in Works 2:315-330
‘A Good Wish about a Christian’s Carriage in Good Company’  in Works 2:377-403
‘A Good Wish about the Exercising Ourselves to Godliness in Solitude’  in Works 2:454-85
‘A Good Wish about the Christian’s Carriage on a Weekday from Morning to Night’  in Works 2:510-25
‘A Good Wish about the Visitation of the Sick’  in Works, 3:24-37
‘A Good Wish about the Christian’s Exercising Himself to Godliness on a Dying Bed’  in Works, 3:69-89




Alexander, Archibald – Prayer a Privilegeno date or source info, 6 paragraphs



Reformation and Puritan Articles


Marbeck, John – ‘Prayer’  1581  12 pp.  from his A Book of Notes and Common Places with their expositions, collected and gathered out of the works of divers singular writers and brought alphabetically into order 

Musculus, Wolfgang – ‘Of Prayer’ being fol. 484-493 in Common Places of the Christian Religion  1560



Alleine, Richard – A Companion for Prayer, or, Directions for Improvement in Grace and Practical Godliness  d. 1681  13 pages, being p. 327 ff. of his Instructions about Heart Work

Bucanus, William – ‘Of Prayer’  1602  being the 35th Common Place in his Institutions of Christian Religion framed out of Gods word, and the writings of the best divines, methodically handled by questions and answers  ToC

Burroughs, Jeremiah – Sanctifying the Name of God in Prayer  d. 1646, 11 pp., from his Gospel Worship, Sermon 13

Charnock, Stephen – ‘A Discourse of Delight in Prayer’  d. 1680  19 pp.  being pp. 229-248 of his The Chief of Sinners: Objects of the Choicest Mercy, etc.

Woodcock, Thomas – Whether it be Expedient, and How the Congregation May say “Amen” in Public Worship, Puritan Sermons, Vol. 4, Sermon 31, p. 155



Free Church of Scotland

Buchanan, James

The Efficacy of Prayer in the Context of Apologetics, p. 283, 18 pages, from his Modern Atheism, vol 2

The Spirit’s Work as the Spirit of Prayer, p. 489, 15 pages, from his The Office and Work of the Holy Spirit

Cunningham, William – The Agency of the Spirit, Prayer, 1878, p. 558, 10 pages, being chapter 46 of his Theological Lectures




Brown, John, of Wamphray – A Pious and Elaborate Treatise concerning Prayer and the Answer of Prayer  d. 1679  316 pages



Unanswered Prayers

Alexander, Archibald – Answer to Prayer Long Deferred, no date or source info, 5 paragraphs



Prayer Meetings

Edwards, Jonathan – An Humble Attempt to Promote Explicit Agreement and Visible Union of God’s People in Extraordinary Prayer  for the Revival of Religion and the Advancement of Christ’s Kingdom on Earth, pursuant to Scripture Promises concerning the Last Time  1747  188 pp.

Miller, Samuel – Letters on the Observance of the Monthly Concert in Prayer, 1845, 120 pages



Preparation for Public Prayer

Miller, Samuel – Thoughts on Public Prayer  Buy  1849, 324 pages

Helpful practical advice for those who lead in public prayers, especially for ministers.  We should study prayer, not for the purpose of artificiality, but so that we can better articulate our own thoughts and desires, contour our prayers most fittingly to our and other’s circumstances, and to express a greater range and depth of Biblical and godly sentiment.



Should There be Silent Prayer in Corporate Worship?

The Synopsis of True Theology (1625; Brill, 2016), Disputation 36, ‘On the Religious Practice of Invocation’, Antonius Walaeus presiding, p. 429

“We do hold that for public prayers which we share with many other people or in which the minister of the Word leads the church it is altogether necessary that the speech of the one leading in prayer be outward (contrary to the Anabaptists)ª and that it be understood by the one leading as well as the others (contrary to the papal teachers [who said Mass in Latin]).

ª Among the Dutch Anabaptists prayer in the worship services originally was silent…  in Leiden, for instance, the silent prayer was practiced until 1672…

For if not, people could not possibly be of one and the same mind towards the same prayer–something that Christ expressly requires on this point (Matthew 18:19 [“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 which is in heaven.”])

And then neither the hearer nor he who occupies the place of the uninformed can say ‘Amen’ to that sort of prayer, as the apostle notes in very clear terms (1 Corinthians 14:15-16 [What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.  Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?]).”



On Free Prayer

Samuel Rutherford

The Trial and Triumph of Faith, p. 61

“There be so many other things that are a pouring out of the soul in prayer, as groaning, sighing, looking up to heaven, breathing, weeping, that it cannot be imagined how far short printed and read prayers comes of vehement praying; for you cannot put sighs, groans, tears, breathing, and such heart messengers down in a printed book, nor can paper and ink lay your heart in all its sweet affections out before God, the Service-book then must be toothless and spiritless talk.”



Pray for King Jesus

“Prayer also shall be made for Him continually.”

Ps. 72:15


Spurgeon, Charles – Pray for Jesus: a Sermon on Ps. 72:15, 1866  8 pages

Wilhelmus A’Brakel

The Christian’s Reasonable Service, vol. 1, ch. 21, ‘The Kingly Office of Jesus Christ’, p. 568

Oh, all you who know and delight in this King, observe all this.  Let it wound your heart; let your soul bleed; and for sorrow let your eyes cry rivers of tears by reason of the fact that this glorious King of His Church is thus despised and scorned.

Pray continually for Him (Ps. 72:15) and to Him, that He would reveal Himself to His Church as King before the eyes of the entire world.  ‘Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, Thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; Thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth.  Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up thy strength, and come and save us’ (Ps. 80:1-2).



Whether Dead Saints Pray for Us?

Willet, Andrew – ‘Whether the Saints Departed do Pray for Us?’  in Synopsis Papismi (London, 1592), Controversies Concerning the Church Triumphant, 9th Controversy: Saints Departed, 2nd Part, 3rd Question, 2nd Part, pp. 334-335

Answer:  Yes in general, no in the particulars.




“Prayer is a sincere, sensible, affectionate pouring out of the heart or soul to God, through Christ, in the strength and assistance of the Holy Spirit, for such things as God has promised, or according to his Word, for the good of the church, with submission in faith to the will of God.”

John Bunyan




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