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pity and compassion to deny it. I will not say she had “ beheld his glory, as the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth;" but this I may say, that she looked upon him as an uncommon personage, and probably as the Messiah, and therefore the fit object of her confidence. She regarded him as a Saviour, and expected salvation from him.

(2.) From the former miraculous cures he had performed. He had given hearing to the deaf, and sight to the blind; caused the lame to walk, and made the lepers clean; and as these were proofs of his divine mission, so they encouraged her application to him. This was a strengthening to David's faith in God: “ Thou art a God that doest wonders; thou hast declared thy strength amongst the people :” and this is a blessed encouragement to poor, trembling, distressed sinners to this day.

(3.) From a powerful impression upon her mind, and that made by the Spirit of God. May we not suppose that there was now a voice behind, or rather within her, saying, is the way, walk in it?" Now is the time; a fair opportunity offers, embrace it. Try the experiment; if it fails, you are but where you were: if you are not a gainer, you will be no loser; if thou canst not face him, get behind him; if thou canst not touch him, touch his garment. Thus does the Divine Spirit deal with sinners now; and though there are many instances in which he speaks once, yea twice, and man regardeth it not, yet in others, he not only persuades, but prevails too. “He openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction; he keepeth back their soul from the pit, and their life from perishing by the sword.”

From this subject we may learn,

That a proper concern for the health of the body is not criminal, but commendable; when enjoyed, we should seek to have it continued; when impaired, to have it restored. He who cured old diseases can save old sinners. Let not the youngest presume, nor the oldest despair. “Ought

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SERMON LXVI.

CHRIST THE TEACHER OF PRAYER.

LUKE Xl. 1.

One of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as

John also taught his disciples.

Christ, as appears from the foregoing part of the verse, had been praying himself; and as he spake, so he prayed, as never man did ;—not in a cold, lifeless, and formal manner, but with energy, and life, and fervour. He loved prayer, and like David, gave himself to it. He had received that spirit without measure, which is a spirit of grace and supplication; and as he always had matter for prayer, so he never wanted a frame for it. Though he generally chose retirement for this important exercise, yet it seems as if the disciples had now been present with him; and being charmed with the propriety of his expressions, the variety of his matter, and the warmth and liveliness of his affections, as soon as he ceased, one of them, in the name and behalf of the rest, said, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” This was a pertinent request, considering them as dependent, needy, sinful, and dying creatures; a seasonable request, as Christ had been just now praying before them, and was shortly to be taken from them; a short and comprehensive request, much being contained in a few words; and, indeed, it would

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whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years?" Everlasting arms are long enough to reach, and strong enough to save, the soul that is dropping into hell. Think, 0 thou distressed sinner, thousands are now in heaven who were once as unlikely to have a place there as thou! Come, then, to Christ; cast thyself at his feet, and let thy disease be ever so malignant, inveterate, dangerous, or threatening, touch but his garment, the skirt, the hem of his garment, and thou shalt be whole.

Lastly, where vicious habits remain in their full force and strength, it is a sign that Christ hath never been effectually touched to this day; for no sooner did the woman touch him, but virtue came from him for her healing.

Ye burdened saints, with flowing tears,

Go spread your sins before the Lord;
Suppress your unbelieving fears,

Hope in his grace and trust his word.

When we to him our woes impart,

And tell him all our griefs and cares,
He, with a sympathising heart,

Hears our complaints, our burden bears.
We oft, with overspreading shame

And deep remorse, have guilt confessed,
As oft does he his grace proclaim,

And with his presence make us blessed.

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Since he our secret groans has heard,

Our peace and joy again restored,
Oh may his sacred name be feared,

His faithfulness and love adored !

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SERMON LXVI.

CHRIST THE TEACHER OF PRAYER.

LUKE Xl. 1.

One of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as

John also taught his disciples.

CHRIST, as appears from the foregoing part of the verse, had been praying himself; and as he spake, so he prayed, as never man did ;---not in a cold, lifeless, and formal manner, but with energy, and life, and fervour. He loved prayer, and like David, gave himself to it. He had received that spirit without measure, which is a spirit of grace and supplication; and as he always had matter for prayer, so he never wanted a frame for it. Though he generally chose retirement for this important exercise, yet it seems as if the disciples had now been present with him; and being charmed with the propriety of his expressions, the variety of his matter, and the warmth and liveliness of his affections, as soon as he ceased, one of them, in the name and behalf of the rest, said, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” This was pertinent request, considering them as dependent, needy, sinful, and dying creatures; a seasonable request, as Christ had been just now praying before them, and was shortly to be taken from them; a short and comprehensive request, much being contained in a few words; and, indeed, it would

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