Dr. George DownameThe Christian’s Sanctuary, pp. 18-29 Thus we have heard that the religious fast is a solemn exercise of religion, to be undertaken of us, when we are humble suitors to the Lord, upon some urgent occasion. Let us now consider wherein this exercise doth consist, which is expressed in the rest of the… Read More The Christian Duty of Fasting: 2. The Outward Fast
Dr. George DownameThe Christian’s Sanctuary, pp. 8-18 What is Fasting? The religious fast is a solemn exercise of religion, wherein we being humble suitors unto the Lord upon some special or extraordinary occasion, do abstain not only from food and some other commodities and delights of this life, but also from bodily labours and worldly… Read More The Christian Duty of Fasting: 1. What is Fasting?
Zacharias Ursinus Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism pp. 621-624. Question 117. What are the requisites of that prayer, which is acceptable to God, and which he will hear? Answer. First, that we from the heart pray to the one true God only, who hath manifested himself in his word, for all things he hath commanded… Read More Conditions of Acceptable Prayer
Zacharias Ursinus Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism pp. 542-548 The objections which the Papists bring against us in favor of the Invocation of the Saints. Obj. 1. The saints, on account of their virtues, are to be honored with the worship either of adoration (λατρεια) or of veneration (δουλεια). But it is not in the… Read More Should We Pray to the Saints in Heaven?
William Perkins An Exposition of Christ’s Sermon on the Mount Works, vol. 1, pp. 407-408. But sundry objections are made against the necessity of prayer: 1. First, it is said God knows our thoughts before we pray, and therefore it is needless to express them by prayer unto Him. Answer. We pray not to acquaint… Read More Objections to the Necessity of Prayer Answered
Samuel Rutherford The Trial and Triumph of Faith Sermon VI, pp. 52-61 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. (Mat. 15:22) In her prayer, as it is… Read More Crying Out to God in Prayer