beauty for itself alone. The heavens are the work of God?s hands, the earth is God?s footstool, the winds are God?s ministers, the stars are God?s host and the thunder is God?s voice. What we call Nature the Jews called God.? Miss Heloise E. Hersey: ?Plato in the Phedrus sets forth in a splendid myth the means by which the gods refresh themselves. Once a year, in a mighty host, they drive their chariots up the steep to the topmost vault of heaven. Thence they may behold all the wonders and the secrets of the universe and, quickened by the sight of the great plain of truth, they return home replenished and made glad by the celestial vision.? Abp. Trench, Poems, 134 ? ?Lord, what a change within us one short hour Spent in thy presence will prevail to make ? What heavy burdens from our bosoms take, What parched grounds refresh as with a shower! We kneel, and all around us seems to lower; We rise, and all, the distant and the near, Stands forth in sunny outline, brave and clear; We kneel how weak, we rise how full of power! Why, therefore, should we do ourselves this wrong, Or others ? that we are not always strong; that we are ever overborne with care: That we should ever weak or heartless be, Anxious or troubled, when with us is prayer, And joy and strength and courage are with thee?? See Calderwood, Science and Religion, 299-309; McCosh, Divine Government, 215; Liddon, Elements of Religion, 178-203; Hamilton, Autology, 690-694. See also Jellett, Donnellan Lectures on the Efficacy of Prayer; Butterworth, Story of Notable Prayers; Patton, Prayer and its Answers; Monrad, World of Prayer; Prime, Power of Prayer; Phelps, The Still Hour; Haven, and Bickersteth, on Prayer: Prayer for Colleges; Cox, in Expositor, 1877:chap. 3; Faunce, Prayer as a Theory and a Fact; Trumbull, Prayer, Its Nature and Scope.
C. If asked whether this relation between prayer and its providential answer can be scientifically tested, we reply that it may be tested just as a father?s love may be tested by a dutiful son.
(a) There is a general proof of it in the past experience of the Christian and in the past history of the church.
<19B601> Psalm 116:1-8 ? ?I love Jehovah because he heareth my voice and my supplications.? Luther prays for the dying Melanchthon, and he recovers. George Muller trusts to prayer and builds his great orphan houses. For a multitude of instances, see Prime, Answers to Prayer. Charles H. Spurgeon: ?If there is any fact that is proved, it is that God hears prayer. If there is any scientific statement that is capable of mathematical proof, this is.? Mr. Spurgeon?s language is rhetorical: he means simply that God?s answers to prayer remove all reasonable doubt. Adoniram Judson: ?I never was deeply interested in any object, I never
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