The benefits of prayer

(James Smith, "A Salve for Every Sore!" 1859)

Prayer carries every burden to the Lord — and leaves it there.
Prayer goes to the Lord . . .
  with every need — to have it supplied;
  with every enemy — to have it conquered;
  with every corruption — to have it subdued;
  with every trouble — to have it sanctified,
  and with every promise — to have it fulfilled.
Prayer . . .
  affects God's heart with a groan,
  opens God's hand with a cry, and
  obtains the most costly blessings with a tear!
While a man can pray . . .
  he can never sink,
  he can never be wretched,
  he can never perish!

Reader, get and maintain a spirit of prayer; it will . . .
  ease your mind,
  quell your fears, and
  fortify your soul against the sorest trials!

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus!" Philippians 4:6-7

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You might want to read the whole of this helpful and interesting article by James Smith, "A Salve for Every Sore!"

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