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Trapp will be most valuable to men of discernment (Spurgeon). I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. (1Cor. 10:15)



Hindered prayers

And restrainest prayer before God. (Job 15:4)

Thou forbearest to pray thyself, and thou discouragest others.

If this had been true it had been a foul fault indeed,

for while prayer standeth still, the whole trade of godliness standeth still likewise;

and to cast off prayer is to cast off God, “Pour out thy fury upon the heathen that know thee not, and upon the families that call not on thy name: for they have eaten up Jacob, and devoured him, and consumed him, and have made his habitation desolate.” Jer 10:25.

We must take heed of falling from the affections of prayer, though we continue doing the duty. As vessels of wine, when first tapped, are very smart and quick, but at last grow exceedingly flat; so do many Christians, through unbelief, and worldly cares and businesses, or domestic discords, or some other distempers, whereby prayers are hindered, #1Pe 3:7;

either they pray not frequently, or not fervently, but in a customary, formal, dull way. And this Eliphaz might suspect Job of, and assign it as the cause of all his miscarriages in word and deed. Sure it is that, as sleep composeth drunkenness, so doth prayer the affections; a man may pray himself sober again, as a reverend man (Dr Preston) gathereth out of this text.


That chancellor of heaven

Then said the Lord unto me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people: cast them out of my sight, and let them go forth. Jer. 15:1

Though Moses… That chancellor of heaven, as one calleth him; who not only “ruled with God,” but overruled. Continue reading “That chancellor of heaven”

Neglect of family prayer uncovers the roof for God’s curse to be rained down

Pour out thy fury upon the heathen that know thee not, and upon the families that call not on thy name, Jer. 10: Ver. 25.

Pour out, &c. This is not more votum, than vaticinium; a prayer, than a prophecy.

And upon the families… Neglect of family prayer uncovers the roof, as it were, for God’s curse to be rained down upon men’s tables, meals, enterprises, &c.


The painting: Aertsen The Egg Dance, 1557, oil on panel, Rijksmuseum at Am

A high point of heavenly wisdom

O the hope of Israel, the saviour thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a night? Jeremiah 14:8.

O the Hope of Israel, the Saviour thereof.

In prayer, to pitch upon such of God’s attributes as wherein we may see an answer, is a high point of heavenly wisdom. Continue reading “A high point of heavenly wisdom”

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