Stephen Charnock on promises and prayer

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The full assurance of obtaining what we want must not chill our supplications for it. Who can have greater assurance of supply than our Redeemer had of assistance in his task, and exaltation after it? Insured by the promises to him, backed by the oath of God, that he should be a priest for ever, of which he had at this time a sense and impression upon his heart, John xiii. 1, 3, he knew that he should ‘depart out of this world unto the Father;’ and ‘knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, that he was come from God, and went to God,’ yet he prays for that glory. Promises are not damps, but incentives and guides, to prayer; they are to inflame us, not to cool us. ...

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