The devil and our flesh resists our efforts. Therefore, nothing is more necessary than that we should continually turn towards God, call upon Him, and pray to Him. We must pray that He would preserve, and increase faith in us and the fulfillment of the Ten Commandments. Pray that He would remove everything that opposes us in these matters.
It is our duty to pray because of God's commandment. We are required to praise that holy name and call upon it in every need. Common people think, "Why should I pray? Who knows whether God heeds or will hear my prayer? If I do not pray, someone else will." And so they fall into the habit of never praying. They build a false argument, as though we taught that there is no duty or need for prayer, because we reject false and hypocritical prayers.
Babbling and bawling in the churches may be called singing or reading, but not really praying. But praying, as the Second Commandment teaches, is to call upon God in every need. He has not left it to our choice. But it is our duty and obligation to pray, if we would be Christians, just as it is our duty and obligation to obey our parents and the government. For by calling upon God's name and praying, His name is honored. This you must note above all things, so that you may silence and reject thoughts that would keep and deter us from prayer. (paragraphs 2,5-8)
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