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us with Ate; and the Holiness and Majesty of Him whom we speak to, may cause both the Matter and Words to pierce the deeper. When we read, that Ifaac went out to meditate in the Field, the Margin lays te pray; for the Hebrew Word fignifies both. Thus, in our Meditations, to intermix Soliloquy and Praze; sometimes speaking to our own Hearts, and sometimes to God, is, I apprehend, the highest Step we can advance to in this heavenly Work. Nor khould we imagine, it will be as well to take up with Prager alone, and lay afide Meditation. For they are diftina Duties, and must both of them be performed. We need one, as well as the other, and therefore Thall wrong ourselves by neglecting either. Befides, the Mixture of them, like Mufick, will be more engage. ing; as the one serves to put Life into the other. And our speaking to ourselves in Meditation, should go before our speaking to God in Prayer. · For want of attending to this due Order, Men speak to God with far lels Reverence and Affection than they would speak to an Angel, if he fhould appear to them; or to a Judge, if they were speaking for their Lives. Speaking to the God of Heaven in Prayer, is a weightier Duty than most are aware of.
CHA P. XV. leavenly Contemplation affifted by fen
fible Objects, and guarded againsta treacherous Heart.
Si. As it is difficult to maintain a lively impression of
heavenly Things, therefore § 2. (1) heavenly Cona templation may be alloted by fenfible Objects; 83. (1) if we di aw jirong Suppofitions from Sense; and $4-II. (2) if we compare the Objects of Sense with the Objects of Faith, several Infances of which are produced. $ 12. (II) Heavenly Contemplation may also be guarded against a treacherous Heart, by considering, $ 13, 14. (1) the great Backwardness of the Heart to this Duty, 8-15. (2) its trifling in it, $ 16. (3) its wandering from it, and $ 17. (4) its too
abruptly putting an End to it." ** $1. T HE most difficult Part of heavenly Contem
1 plation, is to maintain a lively Senfe of heavenly Things upon our Hearts. It is easier, merely to think of Heaven a whole Day, than to be lively and affectionate in those Thoughts a Quarter of an Hour Faith is imperfect, for we are renewed but in Part; and goes against a World of Resistance; and, being supernatural, is prone to decline and languith, unless it be continually excited. Sense is strong, according to the Strength of the Flefh; and being natural, continues while Nature continues. The Objects of Faith are far off; but those of Sense are