Hip, hip, hooray—it is almost Sunday! Here is some encouraging doctrine re. prayer, from the great Thomas Watson. This comes from his "The Ten Com-mandments" book:
"What are the several parts of prayer?
"1) There is the confessor's part, which is the acknowledgement of sin. 2) The supplicatory part, when we either deprecate and pray against some evil, or request the obtaining of some good. 3) The congratulatory part, when we give thanks for mercies received, which is the most excellent part of prayer. In pe-tition, we act like men; in giving thanks, we act like angels.
"What are the several sorts of prayer?
"1) There is mental prayer, in the mind, (1 Sam. 1:13). 2) Vocal, (Psa. 77:1). 3) Spontaneous, which is a sudden and short elevation of the heart to God: 'So I prayed to the God of heaven,' (Neh. 2:4). 4) Inspired prayer, when we pray for those things which God puts into our heart: 'The Spirit helps us with sighs and groans,' (Rom. 8:26). Both the expressions of the tongue, and the impressions of the heart, so far as they are right, are from the Spirit. 5) Pre-scribed prayer. Our Savior has set us a pattern of prayer. God prescribed a set form of blessing for the priests, (Numb. 6:23). 6) Public prayer, when we pray in the audience of others. Prayer is more powerful when many join and unite their forces. 7) Private prayer; when we pray by ourselves: 'Enter into your closet,' (Matt 6:6)."