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of Chronicles. He is tbere said to have done “that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, like unto the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel!”. Then follows the detail of these abominations, from which it appears,


amongst other acts, he made his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom; he defiled the temple of God, by placing within it the idol which his own hands had made, and caused the inhabitants to do worse than the beathen, whom the Lord had destroyed before the children of Israel! And the Lord spake unto Manasseh,” we read, “and to his people: but they would not bearken!” The wrath of God was kindled. The Assyrian hosts were made bis ministers of vengeance, and the guilty monarch was carried away in chains to Babylon. But the day of sorrow and distress, became a day of mercy ảnd of joy to Manasseh, as it often is to many a Christian now. His hitherto hardened spirit was softened, and he, who perhaps had never prayed before, “ besought the Lord bis God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, and prayed unto him: and he was intreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into bis kingdom.”

Needs there any farther testimony to prove that God is ever ready to be entreated, and that, as we have stated before, “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much:” yes, that the prayer of a penitent sinner will be listened too by God, if it be offered in Christ's name? Surely not. For if such astonishing proofs as these cannot move you to pour out your souls in prayer, how will you ever be brought thus to commune, as it were, with God? Seek then, I beseech


for yourselves, these comforts and blessings of prayer: but remember, that your petitions will not be heard in their own merits, but only for the sake of the atoning sacrifice of Christ Jesus. Be all your supplications then offered in his name, and through bis mediation. Seek for eternal rather than for temporal mercies, and cease not to implore the blessings you covet, because they are for a time withbeld. “Behold the Lord's hand is not shortened that he cannot save; nor his ear heavy that it cannot hear;" “seek him then whilst he may be found, call upon him whilst he is near.

Be it yours to say with David, “As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon will I pray, and cry

aloud: and he shall hear my voice.” In this entire dependence upon God, this firm trust in his mercy through Christ, you will seek him early in prayer

will not seek in vain. Though the relief may not be immediately bestowed, yet be assured, that if you pray and faipt not, the same God, who listened to his servants in the times of old, who heard even Manasseb's request, will accept the incense of your sacrifice, and shed the dews of his blessing upon your heads.

and you


1 John iv, PART OF 17 VERSE.

Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have

boldness in the day of judgment.

THERE can be, I think, no reasonable doubt, that one great cause, which prevents men from being anxious to become the followers of Christ, is, the privations and self-denial to which every sincere believer is bound to submit, and which appear so painful to the carnal and worldly-minded. In the days when persecution deluged our land with blood, many were turned aside from the faith, by their dread of those tortures which were employed to try the fortitude and piety of its chosen champions. These times of woe and desolation are passed away, we trust never to return. And yet we shall not find, I fear, if we examine closely and impartially, that the absence of all apprehension of personal danger, contributes materially to swell the number of real and zealous Christians. For we must ever bear in mind, that though we call ourselves after the name of Christ, yet if the Spirit of Christ dwell not in us, such an empty profession will avail us nothing in that day, when we shall flee to it as our last hope of deliverance from the bitterness of eternal death. But although by God's blessing, the rack and the stake are no longer permitted to fill our plains with mourning and misery; although these mighty engines of Satan's power have crumbled into dust before the sun-beams of the Gospel; yet are fear and the want of fortitude, still powerful engines in the hands of the great deceiver, to tempt men away from God, or prevent them from entering his service. They who are his servants, must keep themselves unspotted from the world; must renounce its pomps and pleasures, its friendships and alliances; must refuse to allow its pursuits to take possession of their hearts, and fill them with the lust of power or of wealth, instead of hunger and thirst after righteousness. To practise duties such as these, demands, from the holiest temper, many an anxions struggle, inany a painful sacrifice. The flesh will ever lust against the Spirit, whilst it is enshrouded in its present tabernacle of corruption;

and the contest with the powers of darkness can only be successfully maintained, by continual watchfulness and untiring zeal. The Scriptures

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