Richard Mayo on Divine MeditationWhat the Bible says about Godly Meditation through the Word
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This discourse serves to excite Christians to be much in calling on Him in whom they believe, to be frequent in praying to God in the name of Jesus Christ.—“Take,” says James, “the prophets for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.” (James 5:10.) Take, I say, the Papists for an example of prayer, (such as it is,) and unwearied devotion. It was the advice of a good man to his friend, that he would spend as much time every day in prayer and meditating, as he did in eating and drinking. It were well if we spent as many hours every day in the service and worship of God, as some of them do in serving and worshipping the saints. We may receive instruction from oxen and asses and other brute creatures; and so we may from the blind Papists. “Go to the ant, thou sluggard;” (Prov. 6:6;) and go to the Papist, thou slothful Christian. He hath his canonical and stated hours for his devotion: he is diligent in turning over his beads, in pattering over his Pater-nosters and Ave-Marias; and will admit of no avocation. How, then, art thou to be reproved, who neglectest prayer to God from day to day! How many prayerless families and persons are there in this nation!
Nichols, J. (1981). Puritan Sermons (Vol. 6, pp. 124–125). Richard Mayo, Invocation of Saints and Angels Unlawful, Wheaton, IL: Richard Owen Roberts, Publishers.