12 Lectures

12 Lectures

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ... the foundation of all His law, may we not humbly trust that it is His will to give us the consolation or the strength or' the salvation for which we sigh and cry out of all our waste and desolate places? What I want to say to you, --what I wish you to give all earnest consideration to, is this: Amid all the laws that God has stamped on His universe and by which He rules the affairs of the world, there is also a law of prayer. There is a tendency to prayer in us: it would not be there, if there were not something answering to it among the controlling powers of the world, if God had not so ordered things in the world that prayer might be answered. In all that endless chain of causation by which the universe is bound together, some of the links of which we can trace, some of which we cannot trace, why may we not reckon this also, of prayer and prayer's answer? We may not be able to mark the connexion between our feeble cries on earth and the blessing that comes down from above. But that does not prove that the connexion does not exist. In natural things we are at an equal loss. Why should my will move any part of the body? Why should those spots on the sun exercise, as the knowing ones tell us they do, such a marked effect on the health of human society? Our want of perception proves no more than that we are short sighted and frail. If when we cry to God we feel ourselves in consequence stronger to endure, wiser to understand, or more courageous for work, we need not trouble ourselves overmuch to give any philosophic account of the process of causation in the business. And we have this one fact to give account of--a fact which, to judge from the general order of nature, must have its counterpart somewhere else, that in all men..show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236905237
  • 9781236905239