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DAY OF INTERCESSION

■»■ In obedience to the express desire of the King, yesterday was made, throughout the Empire a day of intercession on behalf of the Allies. So far as we can ascertain, all the Dunedin churches responded. The Primate (Dr Nevill), preaching at St. Paul's in the evening, said:—When we say that our enemies equally with ourselves are appealing to God for protection or deliverance, and we say that they too are professing Christianity, we may remember that God is a- searcher of hearts, and that by Him actions are weighed. Motive is more to Him than words. Pride and arrogance, injustice, and rapine, selfseeking and the lust of power make no appeal to God, and those whose actionsproceed from these motives arc no more likely to be heard than the prophets of Baal, who cried out from morning till evening, but there was none to answer. Wo may only appeal to God against our enemies when we humbly believe that we are acting in accordance with His laws, when we stand for righteousness and freedom, for tiie overthrow of a debasing religion, as Moses and the people to whom God had revealed Himself cried to God against Amalekites and other pagans and idolaters. Our national sins of forgetfulness of God and pleasure seeking may call for chastisement. Our national faith may itself require to be tested by endurance, our spiritual foes, like tho foes of our nation, arc strong, the war may be prolonged, we may suffer disaster, but we must never cease to pray. Pray that we may understand the hidden meaning of all this trouble. Pray not only that victory may at length be ours, but that when what we have to do is dene we may see with purer eyes what are the responsibilities of our Empire, why God has showered His benefits upon us, and that we are His agents for the accomplishment of his purposes for the world. Dr Waddell's sermon at St. Andrew** contained these remarks : The one supreme business of the Church in this crisis was to put God into the Empire's' thought and life. The early Christian Church, when compelled to measure strength with the crafty hatred of Judaism and the might of imperial Rome, met the crisis on its knees and overcame. Judging by the feebleness of prayer meetings in thes* days, that still seemed to many a foolish and futiie course. In his judgment, the Church in this Dominion had completely failed to rise to the occasion,'' and he noticed that the same complaint came from Australia. Yet, if the Bible was true, if Christ was real, if the Church itself and the experience of multitudes was other than the sheerest delusion, prayer was the mightiest of all forces that could ever enter into this struggle. Our kinsmen in the actual dreadful stress of battle, the sailors keeping watch in the. grey, grim North Sea, the wounded in the hospitals, the bereaved in countless homes, all missed the help, the consolation, the inspiration they might have known if the Church ol Christ had rightly understood its interceding Vrnice and had seriously and humbly and wholly given itself to that office. Tho. mobilised prayer of the chureb.es which might abridge this war and bring it to an end was practically left unemployed, or, at best, mtered itself in driblets from handfuls at feeble prayer meetings. _At St. Joseph's Cathedral the Rev. Father Coffey spoke of the necessity oi religion, and expressed the opinion that the jgrent war would doubtless have tho effect of brinfiiiur a lot of people to the realisation cf their duty and responsibility to God and to themselves.

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DAY OF INTERCESSION, Issue 15691, 4 January 1915

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DAY OF INTERCESSION Issue 15691, 4 January 1915

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