1. Are we in prayer to plead with God? Yes: I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments, Job 23:4. Are our pleadings to move God? No: For he is in one mind, and who can turn him, Job 23:13. Are they to move ourselves? Yes: that we may stir up ourselves to take hold on God, Isa. 64:7.
2. Can we in prayer plead any merit of our own? No: We do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousness, Dan. 9:18. Must we therefore take our encouragement from God only? Yes: Defer not for thine own sake, O my God, ver. 19. And must we depend on that encouragement? Yes: Now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee, Ps. 39:7.
3. May we plead that his is the kingdom? Yes: Art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? 2 Chron. 20:6. And that his is the power? Yes: There is nothing too hard for thee, Jer. 32:17. And that his is the glory? Yes: Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name, Ps. 79:9.
4. May we also plead his mercy? Yes: Save me for thy mercy's sake, Ps. 6:4. And his promise? Yes: Remember thy word unto thy servant, Ps. 119:49. And our own experience of his goodness? Yes: Thou hast delivered my soul from death, wilt thou not deliver my feet from falling? Ps. 56:18. But must we especially plead the mediation of his Son? Yes: Look upon the face of thine Anointed, Ps. 84:9. And may we hope to prevail in these pleadings? Yes: for the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much, Jam. 5:16. Is it God's grace in us which alone qualifies us for his favour? Yes: Thou wilt prepare their heart, and then thou wilt cause thine ear to hear, Ps.10:17.
5. Are we in prayer to praise God? Yes: Every day will I bless thee, Ps. 145. Are we to ascribe kingdom, power, and glory to him? Yes: Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sits upon the throne, Rev.5:13. Must we acknowledge them to be his? Yes: Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty, 1 Chron. 29:11. Must we acknowledge them to be his for ever? Yes: Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, Ps. 145:13. And must we desire to be for ever praising him? Yes: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being, Ps. 104:33. Is the work of praise good work? Yes: it is pleasant, and praise is comely, Ps. 147: 1.
6. Does Amen signify our desire to be heard? Yes: So be it, O Lord, Jer. 11:5. And our hope that we shall be heard? Yes: we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him, 1 John 5:15. Is it therefore proper to conclude our prayers and praises with Amen? Yes: Let all the people say, Amen. Hallelujah, Ps. 106:48.