Birth And Baptism; Discourses Of First Principles by Ephraim Chamberlain CummingsBirth And Baptism; Discourses Of First Principles by Ephraim Chamberlain Cummings

Birth And Baptism; Discourses Of First Principles

byEphraim Chamberlain Cummings

Paperback | February 6, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873. Excerpt: ... XII. PRAYER. And This Is The Confidence That We Have In Him, That, If We Ask Anything According To His Will, He Heareth Us: And If We Know That He Hear Us, Whatsoever We Ask, We Know That We Have The Petitions That We Desired OF HIM. I John, v. 14, 15. PRAYER. The idea of prayer, more or less distinct, together with a practice of prayer, more or less rational, belongs to universal religion; I had almost said, to universal nature. At any rate we find our personal sense of dependence and longing so reflected in all orders of creation, that we hardly feel that we are speaking in a figure, when with the Psalmist we call upon everything that hath breath to praise the Lord; for do not all the beasts of the field receive their meat from him in answer to a longing, which we call dumb because we do not understand its language--and does he not hear the ravens when they cry? Is it not literally true that not a sparrow falleth to the ground without our Father? And we know that he taketh care for oxen! While as to inanimate nature so called---all the stars and planets with all their products are so sweetly and loyally dependent, that their aspects and movements make up a perpetual and glorious celebration of the Creator's praise. The human worship in its highest manifestations has always given utterance to a universal creaturely homage; has always found the nearest approach to truth in the loftiest strain of devout poetry. But it is one of the saddest tokens of human character that prayers have so generally fallen to the low level of selfish desire. Such degradation of prayer reaches a point at which it contradicts the very nature of prayer; a point at which the wretched formality would be at once disused, should the soul conceive so much as a decent respect for the d...
Title:Birth And Baptism; Discourses Of First PrinciplesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:42 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217447295

ISBN - 13:9780217447294