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means of saving grace, rejecting the Lord Jesus Christ, and a stranger to prayer. “Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy,” who has heard of the throne of grace but to slight it-of Jesus but to despise him--of the gospel but to reject it—of God's love, long-suffering, and grace, but to trample it under his feet? “ It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgement” than for that soul. “ Those mine enemies that would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.” “Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.” “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” " And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened : and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire," Rev. xx. 11, &c. This will be the doom, and this the portion, of an unpraying soul! Remember, reader, that without prayer
in your family, your family is cursed. That, without prayer in your business, your business is cursed. That, without prayer for your own soul, the curse of God rests upon you.
have not time for prayer, then, seek time, find time, make time. You must pray, or, be lost! You must pray, or, be eternally condemned ! You must pray, or, sink down overwhelmed with the wrath of God for ever and for ever! Seek time, find time, make time for prayer. Abstract it from business, take it from pleasure, yea, steal it from sleep. You must pray, or, go to an awful, an especial hell. A sorer punishment than all others, will be yours, if you die a prayerless soul! Are you
sensible of the slightest motion of your heart towards God? Cherish it as your most costly mercy. It is the first gentle breathing of the blessed Spirit in your soul. It is the first pulse of spiritual life. It may be feeble,- it may be but a desire, a misgiving, a solemn thought, a feeling after God, a cry, “God, be merciful to me a sinner!”-0, it is the life-giving Spirit overshadowing thee; let it lead thee to the mercy-seat. O precious longing after God! O blessed and gentle drawing of the Spirit! Let it lead you at once to the throne of grace. There go, and spread your case before the Lord. Confess your sins,
acknowledge your iniquity, humble yourself at his feet, and God, for Jesus' sake, will receive you graciously, pardon you freely, and seal you as his child.
One exhortation more, -Watch unto prayer, with all diligence and perseverance. Expect an answer to your prayer, a promise to your request, a compliance with your suit. Be as much assured that God will answer, as that you have asked, or that he has promised. Ask in faith; only believe; watch daily at the posts and at the gates for the return; look for it at any moment, and through any providence; expect it not in your own way, but in the Lord's; be not astonished if he should answer your prayer in the very opposite way that you had anticipated, and it may be, dictated. With this view, watch every providence, even the smallest. You know not when the answer may come,--at what hour, or in what way. Therefore watch. The Lord may answer in a great and strong wind, in an earthquake, in a fire, or in a still small voice; therefore watch every providence, to know which will be the voice of God to you. Do not pray as if you asked for, or expected, a refusal. God delights in your holy fervency, your humble boldness, and your persevering importunity. “ The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
submissively, expect hopefully, watch vigilantly, and wait patiently.
Behold, then, the throne of grace! Was ever spot so verdant and so sunny? Was ever restingplace so sacred and so sweet? Could God himself invest it with richer, with greater attraction? Behold it yet again. It is the throne of grace. There are dispensed all the blessings of sovereign grace-pardon, justification, adoption, sanctification, and all that connects the present state of the believer with eternal glory. There is dispensed grace itself-grace to guide, to support, to comfort, and to help in time of need. There sits the God of grace, proclaiming himself the “Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering and abundant in goodness and truth; keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin." There is extended the sceptre of grace, bidding welcome the sons and daughters of want, the weary and the heavy laden, the guilty, the broken in heart, the poor, the friendless, the bereaved. There stands Jesus the High Priest and Mediator, full of grace and truth, waving to and fro his golden censer, from which pours forth the fragrant incense of his atoning merits, wreathing in one offering as it ascends, the name, the wants, and the prayer of the lowly worshipper. And there, too, is the Spirit of grace, breathing in the
soul, discovering the want, inditing the petition, and making intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Behold, then, the throne of grace, and draw niear! Thou art welcome. Come with thy cross, come with thy infirmity, come with thy guilt, come with thy want, come with thy wounded spirit, come with thy broken heart, come and welcome to the throne of grace! Come without price, come without worthiness, come without preparation, come without fitness, come with thy bad frame, come with thy hard heart, come and welcome to the throne of grace! God, thy Father, bids thee welcome. Jesus, thy Advocate, bids thee welcome. The Spirit, the Author of prayer, bids thee welcome. All the happy and the blessed who cluster around it, bid thee welcome. The spirits of just men made perfect in glory, bid thee welcome. The ministering spirits sent forth to minister to them who shall be heirs of salvation, bid thee welcome. All the holy below, and all the holy above, all, all bid thee, poor trembling soul, welcome, thrice welcome, to the throne of grace !