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Directory For The Publick Worship Of God Pt. 7 - Of Prayer After Sermon.

James Dodson

Directory For The Publick Worship Of God 

Of Prayer After Sermon.

Question 1.—Is the minister to pray after the sermon? Answer.—Yes. Col. 4:2.  Prayer is the means by  which all things lawful are sanctified unto God’s appointed use, 1 Tim. 4:5.  It is through prayer that it can be expected that the word  preached  is  effectual  to  the  salvation  of  those  who hear,  Phil.  1:19;  2  Cor.  1:11.  Prayer is also a component of that watchfulness required by the apostle, 1 Pet. 4:7; Rom. 12:12.  Wherein is a greater watchfulness needed than the preaching of the Word? Question 2.—Ought he to give thanks to God for His many benefits bestowed? Answer.—Yes.  Ps.  136:1-3;  Phil.  4:6.    Thanksgiving  is  to  be  given  to  God  for  Christ, and redemption through His shed blood, 2 Cor. 9:15.  There is to be a giving of thanks for the  saints,  Eph.  1:16.    It  is  also  wholly  proper  to  give  thanks  for  the  spiritual  victories,  2 Cor. 2:14; as well as for those temporal benefits received, Ezra 3:11. Question  3.—Should  he  pray  for  the  continuance  of  the  Gospel,  and  all  ordinances thereof, in purity, power and liberty? Answer.—Yes. Rom. 15:15, 16, 30.  It was of tremendous concernment to the apostles that the Gospel have free course, and they applied their prayers and sought the prayers of others to that end, 2 Thess. 3:1. Question 4.—Is it proper for him to turn some of the heads of the sermon into petitions? Answer.—Yes. Eph. 6:18.  Turning the preached word into prayer is a proper means of building up those ministered unto, Jude 20. Question  5.—Ought he to pray for preparation of death and judgment, and the watching for of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ? Answer.—Yes. Heb. 9:27; 1 Cor. 1:7.  Death, judgment and the coming of the Lord are things  whereunto  all  believers  ought  to  have an  eye.    Therefore,  it is  fitting  that  petitions be  made  against  those  things.    Scripture  is  clear  that  God  alone  can  deliver  His  saints from the temptations that lead to coming judgments and establish them in holiness, 2 Pet. 2:9; 1 Thess. 3:13.  It was against this end that apostle offered up prayers for his charge, 1 Thess. 5:23. Question 6.—Is the prayer Christ taught his disciples, commonly called the Lord’s prayer, both a pattern of prayer, and itself a most comprehensive prayer? Answer.—Yes.  Matt. 6:9-13; Luke 11:1-4.  The Lord’s prayer was given as a pattern, to teach His disciples how to pray.  It was not given as a liturgy of prayer.  Nonetheless, it is itself  a  most  comprehensive  prayer,  being a  plan  or  model  in little,  by  which  we  frame our prayers. Question 7.—Is it recommended to be used in the prayers of the church? Answer.—Yes.  Ps.  18:30.   It is  of  good  use sometimes  to  lay  before  us,  and observe the method and order of the Lord’s prayer.  We can see, through the Scriptures, elements of  this  most  perfect  model  incorporated  into  the  prayers  of  the  saints,  Isa.  63:16;  Lev. 22:32; Ps. 22:28; Ps. 119:89; Prov. 30:8, 9; Ps. 51:1; Jer. 6:21; 32:17. Question 8.—Should he, if there be special occasions, to apply these things in his prayer? Answer.—Yes.  1  Kings  8:22,  54;  Acts  20:36.    We  are,  by  prayer  and  supplication,  to make  known  our  requests  to  God,  Phil.  4:6.    Accordingly,  we  have  been  granted  a boldness, or liberty of speech, wherewith we may approach God, Heb. 10:19. 
Question 9.—Is it proper, when the prayer is finished, to sing a Psalm? Answer.—Yes.  Matt.  26:30.    Because  by  singing  of  psalms  we  glorify  God,  we  make his  praise  glorious:  we  edify  others  with  whom  we  sing  as well  as  we  edify  ourselves—which  is  the  end  proposed  in  singing,  Col.  3:16.    We  cheer  and  refresh  ourselves,  by making melody in our hearts to the Lord, Eph. 5:19. Question  10.—Should the minister, unless some other ordinances of Christ are to follow, dismiss the congregation with a solemn blessing? Answer.—Yes. Num. 6:22-27; 1 Thess. 5:28; 2 Thess. 3:18; 2 Cor. 13:14.  The same that  are  God’s  mouth  to his  people,  to  teach and  command  them,  are  his  mouth likewise to bless them; and those that receive the law shall receive the blessing.  A divine blessing goes  along  with  divine  institutions,  and  puts  virtue  and  efficacy  into  them.    What  Christ says of the peace is true of the blessing, "Peace to this congregation,’’ if the sons of peace and heirs of blessing be there, the peace, the blessing, shall rest upon them, Luke 10:5, 6.  For in every place where God records his name  he  will meet his people and bless them,Ex. 20:24.