Order of Contents
The Best Help for Prayer
. Reformation & Puritan
. Free Church of Scotland
. Preparation for
. Should there be silent prayer in corporate worship?
On Free Prayer
Pray for King Jesus
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 Privilege, no 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
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
Alexander, Archibald – Answer to Prayer Long Deferred, no date or source info, 5 paragraphs
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
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
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.”
Spurgeon, Charles – Pray for Jesus: a Sermon on Ps. 72:15, 1866 8 pages
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).
“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.”