William Cunningham on the importance of prayer to theological study

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And in this way, under the head of prayer, which is an offering up of desires, there may be comprehended the consideration of the whole motives by which men are induced to engage in theological study, and in preparing for the work of the ministry. The motive by which men should be led to engage in theological study is a real desire to attain to the knowledge of God’s revealed will, and the grounds of reason of this desire, the causes that produce it, and keep it in strong and vigorous exercise, should be right views of its nature, excellence, and objects, as coming from God, as making him known to us, and as communicated by him to men, in order that they, through the knowledge and belief of it, may be saved from eternal misery, and enabled to glorify God and to enjoy him for ever. ...

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