of God. It opens th% of lidtofetfs choicest blessings, and brings them ulrwn to earth. -Happy is he who ffllsessce it. He has influence at the throne of God. He can ntove the that moves the destinies of the uni arm verse. There are many aspects of this subject upon which t^e Christian loves to dweljL I shall aim, however, at jfrcacnt, to exhi bit but oue of these aspects. It is the ef ficacy of intercessory prayer, and the du ty of God’s people in relation to it. By intercessory prayer, is meant, the prayer of faith for the salvation of impeni tent sinners; the use of this influence with God in averting the doom of those under sentence of de$th, and in leading them to the cross of Christ. Christians who feel an interest in the conversion of their ungodly friends, seldom realize the amount of inmience they pos sess at the mercy seat. They do not take God at his word. They do not believe they have power to 'prevail with him. Their addresses to the throne of grace de monstfate iheir unbeliff. They ask for smallwferigs; or if they pray for greater^ they have little expectation of receiving them. Their language shows it. It is the prayer that will take no denial, that pre vails with God. It is the wrestling of Ja cob. Jacob interceded all night with the I Ami; and when the day dawned, and he was reminded that it was time for him to d&sist, and attend to his docks and herd;?, he replied, “ I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.” lie was blest. God said to hi “ Thy name Shall be called no more Jacob, (that is, one who supplants nothcr,) but Israel, (warrior with God, as the name signifies,) for as a "prince hast thoit power with God, and with man, and hast prevailed.’” ^ I* Power with God! O, if his children believed, felt, realized this, what internes* sions would they wake for an ungodly world! Power with God! Did the church fed this, as they ought, the moral foi tions of the world would be moved kingdom of the Messiah spec ;r3Shed. They en God seems perm* feel it. most before/ Why is it, fvlien they know they have re ceived immediate and f^gnal answers top their prayers fbrthe impenitent? Why is it? How can th£y he so faithless, so skep tical, so ready to distrust God? Why, ev ry one who will give himself the trouble to watch the phenomena of the moral world, and to inquire for theircauses, must see that the intercessions of the gadf ly man prevail with God. Unconverfra men even, with all their prejudice against spiritual religion? Snd all their obtuseness of moral vision, are generally too observ ing not to notice, and too honest not to ac knowledge it. It is almost selfcejjdent. 'fhe man who is eminently pious, walk* with Godj and it is plain as a sunbeam, that wheft he spjB^ts, God hears. Johns Knox was the principal agent in introducing and disseminating the Protes tant religion in Scduand. He was a holy man, and had ifttieb. of the spirit of pray er. Mary, Queen of Scotts, and a zealous advocate of the Catholic faith, according her own confession, trembled for tbs fate of Popery in her dominions., “ I am afraid of John Knox,” said she. But why %d she tremble? Why was she afraid of this mail? Was.she afraid of bis rank and influence in the World? No, she knew well that he was poor, and far enough removed Ifrom what the world called gMhiess. Was she afraid of his fleets and his ar mies, and his military skill ? He was no general; and except by the angels of God, h% was unattended. What was she afraid of ?.. Hif leanuggg and . eloquence? No. What then? what caused her to tremble and fear thate that, fabric of superstition would totter‘ftid fall through the influence of this humble individual ? JLet her an swer. at am more afraid of the prayen of John Knox, than of an army of a thou sand men !” She, though, probably a stranger to the power of godliness in the h^rt, was no stranger to the astonishing efficacy of prayer. She was a philoso pher— a better philosopher, it would seem,*4han many of the professed disci ples of Christ. The result showed that she had ground for her fears. Papacy Ipuld not stand against the attacks of such an engine. It fell, and its walls were ne ver re-built in Scotland.;, We wonder and complain sometimes, that our prayers for the mtipouring of the iQnMon c with Mid for the coi lanswered. But hat_ rod ? ||ave we been suitably iih

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