3. Do nothing on which you cannot pray for a blessing. -- Where prayer doth not lead, repentance must follow; and it is a desperate adventure to sin upon hopes of repentance. Every action, and cessation too, of a Christian that is good and not to be refused, "is sanctified by the word and prayer." (1 Tim. iv. 4, 5.) It becomes not a Christian to do any thing so trivial, (Eph. v. 1-4,) that he cannot pray over it; and if he would but bestow a serious ejaculatory prayer upon every occurrent action, he would find that such a prayer would cut off all things sinful, demur all things doubtful, and encourage all things lawful. Therefore, do nothing but what you can preface with prayer.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Do Nothing On Which You Cannot Pray For A Blessing
Samuel Annesley, "How May We Be Universally and Exactly Conscientious?" in Puritan Sermons, Vol. 1, pp. 35-36: