Introduction and Comprehensive Petitions

Of the Conclusion of our Prayers

We are commanded to pray at all times, Luke 21:36(ESV) to pray without ceasing, 1 Thessalonians 5:17(ESV) to continue steadfastly in prayer, Colossians 4:2(ESV) because we must always have in ourselves a disposition to the duty, must be constant in it, and never grow weary of it or give it up; and yet, we cannot be always praying, we must come down from this mount. Nor may we be over long, so as to make the duty a task or toil to ourselves or those who join with us. We have other work that calls for our attendance. Jacob wrestles with the angel, but he must go for the day breaks. Genesis 32:24(ESV) We must therefore think of concluding. The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, must come to an end. Psalm 72:20(ESV) But how shall we conclude so as to have the impressions of the duty kept always in the imagination of the thought of our heart?

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We may then sum up our requests in some comprehensive petitions, as the conclusion of the whole matter.

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip us with everything good that we may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ. Hebrews 13:20-21(ESV)

Now may the Lord direct our hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. 2 Thessalonians 3:5(ESV)

And the God of all grace, who has called us to his eternal glory in Christ Jesus, after we have suffered a little while, restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish us. 1 Peter 5:10(ESV)

And now, O Lord, what do we wait for? Truly our hope is in you; Psalm 39:7(ESV) and on you do we depend to be to us God Almighty, a God all-sufficient. Genesis 17:1(ESV)

Do for us far more abundantly than all that we are able to ask or think, according to the power at work within us: Ephesians 3:20(ESV) and supply all our needs according to your riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19(ESV)

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