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The Lord proclaimed the name of the Lord, The Lord God

merciful and gracious, lon-sullering, and abundant in good

ness and truth, &c. Exod. xxxiv. 5-7. How excellent is thy name, in all the carth. Ps. viji. 1.9. They that know thy name will put their trust in thce. Ps.

ix. 10. In thy name shall they rejoice all the day. Ps. lxxxix. 16. Let them praise thy great and terrible name, for it is holy. Ps.

xoix. 3. Holy and reverend is his name. Ps. cxi. 9. His name alone is excellent. Ps. cxlviii. 13. The name of the Lord is a strong tower. Prov. xviii. 10. The Lord of hosts is his name. Jer. x. 16. (Christ says) I have manifested thy name unto the men which

thou gavest me out of the world. John xvii. 6. What do you mean by the word hallowed ?

Sanctified or reverenced.—To hallow any thing, is to consider it as holy, and to treat it as such. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name. Ps. xcvi. 7, 8. Let all the creation praise the name of the Lord. Ps. cxlviii. 13. Sanctify the Lord of hosts himself. Isa. viii. 13. They shall sanctify my name. Isa. xxix. 23. Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts. 1 Pet. iii. 15. What is the substance of this petition ?

We ask that God's name, and all that concerns his service, may be universally known and reverenced. God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and

to be had in reverence of all them that are about him. Ps. Ixxxix. 7. We are to prefer the glory of God before all other considerations. Not that we can add any thing to it by our poor and imperfect services, but that we should feel desirous to see it displayed in all actions and events, and be willing to be made the instruments in the hand of God of effecting it. Glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

1 Cor. vi. 20. In this petition we beg of God to bestow upon us such graces as are needful, to enable us to glorify him in the world. We have great cause to be fervent in the petition of our Saviour, (John xii. 27, 28,) Father, glorify thy name; when we consider how many blaspheme his name, set at defiance all his threatenings against them, and despise all the offers of mercy made to them. The Jews were not allowed to mention the name of God, but in devotion, or in taking an oath.

Whilst you pray thus, you should be careful to show, by your actions, that you sincerely desire what you ask for. You should hallow God's name, by trusting in his mercy in Christ Jesus, and by living to his service and glory. Collect, 2d Sunday after Trinity.--Make us to have a perpe

tual fear and love of thy holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord


§ 4. THE SECOND PETITION. What is the second petition ?

“ Thy kingdom come.” What do you understand by the kingdom of God?

1. The kingdom of his grace here, or his reign over the hearts of his children. This is called the Church mi. litant, which implies the opposition which the people of God meet with, and the continued warfare they are engaged in, with the world, the flesh, and the devil.

2. The kingdom of his glory hereafter, of which his children are in expectation, and which will commence when all enemies are subdued. Then the saints of the Most High shall have uninterrupted peace, and praise shall be their employment for ever. It is, therefore, called the Church triumphant.

The kingdom of Christ is erected to destroy the kingdom of Satan, who yet rules in the hearts of the children of disobedience; being led captive by him at his will. What, then, are you taught to pray for, when you say, Thy

kingdom come? 1. That God would enlarge his kingdom of grace on earth, by spreading the knowledge of his gospel ; and bringing all the kingdoms of the world to be the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ. More especially we are to entreat him to turn the hearts of men unto him, and make them not only nominal, but real Christians. That thy way may be_known upon earth, thy saving health

among all nations. Ps. Ixvii. 2. Pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course,

and be glorified. 2 Thess. iii. 1. What promises have we that this shall be the case ? I shall give thee the uttermost parts of the earth for thy pos

session. Ps. ii. 8.

He shall have dominion also from sea to sea-all nations shall

call him blessed. Ps. Ixxxii. 8—17. The mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top

of the mountains; and all nations shall flow unto it. Isa. ii. 2, 3. Mic. iv. 1-5. The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the

waters cover the sea. Isa, xi. 9. The desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. Isa. xxxv. 1–10. His kingdom shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be

even unto the end. Dan. vi. 26. His dominion shall be even to the ends of the earth. Zech.

ix. 10. The Lord shall be King over all the carth. Zech, xiv. 9. This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world.

Matt. xxiv. 14. The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our

Lord and of his Christ. Rev. xi. 15.

How fervently should we implore a blessing on the efforts of Missionary and Bible Societies, and all other means of extending Christ's kingdom, that through them God may extend the knowledge of the only way of salvation ; and what anxiety should we feel to promote real religion in the world by every means in our power.

2. We should pray, that he would set up and perfect his kingdom in our own hearts, that the Lord may reign over our wills and affections, and that all our corruptions may be totally subdued. That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign

through righteousness unto eternal life. Rom. v. 21. That Christ may dwell in our hearts by faith. Eph. iii. 16. Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath

translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son. Col. i. 13.

We should remember that Christ's kingdom is not of this world, (John xviii. 36,) and that it does not consist in zeal for our own party and opinions; but that The kingdom of God is righteousness, and peace, and joy, in

the Holy Ghost. Rom. xiv. 17. 3. We should pray that he would fulfil the expectations of those who long for the appearance of his kingdom of glory, described in the following passages : The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God, &c.

1 Thess. iv. 16--18. When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be ad

mired in all them that believe. 2 Thess. i. 10. Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell

with them, &c. And God shall wipe away all tears from

their eyes. Rev. xxi.3, 4. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Rev. xxii. 20.

Collect, Good Friday.Have mercy upon all Jews, Turks, In. fidels, and Heretics, and take from them all ignorance, hard

ness of heart, and contempt of thy word. Burial Service.—[That it may please thee, of thy gracious good

ness, shortly to accomplish the number of thine elect, and to hasten thy kingdom;) that we, with all those who are departed in the true faith of thy holy name, may have our perfect consummation and bliss, both in body and soul, in thy eternal and everlasting glory.*


§ 5. THE THIRD PETITION. What is the third petition ?

“ Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

This petition seems to include the two former, for, as far as God's name is hallowed, and his kingdom established, so far is his will done. What is the will of God?

The will of God is either secret or revealed. With that part of the will of God which he has thought proper to keep secret, we have nothing to do. Secret things belong unto the Lord our God; but those things

which are revealed belong unto us and our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. Deut. xxix. 29. The revealed will of God is, that sinners should be saved through faith in Christ Jesus, and sanctified by the Holy Spirit, and that his name should be glorified by all his creatures, and in all his works. It is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one

of these little ones should perish. Matt. xviii. 14. This is the will of him that sent me, that every one which

seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting

life. John vi. 40. In every_thing give thanks: for this is the will of God, in

Christ Jesus, concerning you. 1 Thess. v. 18. Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man, for the Lord's

sake: for so is the will of God. 1 Pet. ii. 13-15. The Lord is not willing that any should perish, but that all

should come to repentance. 2 Pet. iii. 9. How is the will of God made known to us ?

We may in some measure know it, from the works of his providence ; but it is more clearly revealed to us by

* The first part of this extract is to be found in the English, but not in the American Prayer Book.

the holy Scriptures. Conscience also informs us, in some degree, of it, for St. Paul says, Even the Gentiles show the work of the law (which is the will

of God) written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the meanwhile accusing or else

excusing one another. Rom. ii. 14, 15. If any man will do his will, he shall know, &c. John vii. 17. The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord.' Prov. xx. 27. The Lord's voice crieth unto the city; Hear ye the rod, and

who hath appointed it. Mic. vi. 9. He left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and

gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons. Acts xiv, 17. The invisible things of him from the creation of the world are

clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made.

Rom. i. 20. The law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and

good.--For we know that the law is spiritual. Rom. viie

12. 14. Should not those who offer up this petition be careful to live

according to its meaning?


1. They should believe and obey what God's holy word declares and requires. I delight to do thy will, O God. Ps. xl. 8. I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt

enlarge my heart. Ps. cxix. 32. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall

observe it with my whole heart. Ps. cxix. 34. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into

the kingdom of heaven; but hé that doeth the will of my

Father, &c. Matt. vii. 21. Whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother,

and my sister, and mother. Mark iii. 35. My meat is to do the will of him that sent me. John iv. 34. Doing the will of God from the heart. Eph. vi. 6.

God's will must be preferred to our own, or that of others, and we should remember, that wicked men are represented as doing the will of the devil. Taken captive by him at his will. 2 Tim. ii. 26.

2. They should be thankful for all their mercies. Giving thanks always for all things. Eph. v. 20. In every thing give thanks. 1 Thess. v. 18.

We should remember, that when St. Paul describes the unconverted Gentiles, he adds, (Rom. i. 21,) “ Neither were they thankful;" and (2 Tim. iii. 2) the unthankful are coupled with the unholy.

3. They should submit to his will with patience in the heaviest afflictions.

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