William Gouge on the lawfulness of forms of prayer

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Reformed Covenanter

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... Sacred Scripture records sundry prayers conceived and uttered by one, but assented to by sundry others, whereby they became also the prayers of those others. The 102. Psalm bears this title, A Prayer for the afflicted when he is overwhelmed and poureth out his complaint before the LORD. This title apparently sheweth that the Prophet who first penned this Psalm, did it in the persons and for the use of any poor distressed servant of GOD.

So as we thereby are taught what to pray when our sins lie heavy upon us, or when we are in any other distress. It is expressly said that John taught his Disciples to pray, Luke 11. 1. This questionless was done by prescribing unto them a form of prayer. Whereupon when a Disciple of Christ said unto him, LORD teach us to pray as John also taught his Disciples, he said unto them, when ye pray, say Our Father which art in Heaven, &c. ...

For more, see William Gouge on the lawfulness of forms of prayer.
 

C. M. Sheffield

Puritan Board Graduate
The 102. Psalm bears this title, A Prayer for the afflicted when he is overwhelmed and poureth out his complaint before the LORD. This title apparently sheweth that the Prophet who first penned this Psalm, did it in the persons and for the use of any poor distressed servant of GOD.
I had never considered the title of this psalm in regard to the question of using forms of prayer. Very good. Thank you for sharing.
 

Don Kistler

Puritan Board Sophomore
I have finished the editing and the proofreader has done his work on Gouge's treatment of the Lord's Prayer: "A Guide to Go to God." Introduction and Foreword by Derek Thomas. I look for it to be published in early 2021.
 
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