TheGospelMagazine. 519 sleeps has His ears open to his prayer at any hour of the night! Full of thrilling interest, too, is the record of that stormy night when the disciples were on the sea, 'toiling in rowing.' The wind being contrary, they knew not that Jesus was alone on the land' praying.' But about the' fourth watch of the night' He came to them on the sea, and calmed at once both the storm without and the fears within, saying unto them, 'It is 1.' " .As we know, and it is a cheering truth, the darkness of nature hides nothing from our God. To Him the night shineth as the day. "He giveth songs in the night"-and prayers also. How many illustrations of night prayer the Holy Spirit has recorded in the Word! "Samuel cried to the Lord all the night" (1 Sam. xv. 11-1'6). Nehemiah prayed for Israel day and night" (Neh. i. 6). David prayed and watered his couch with tears (Ps. vi. 1-6). The Bride sought the Lord" by night" upon her bed (Song iii. 1). Isaiah said, "With my soul have I desired Thee in the night" (Isa. xxvi. 9). Jeremiah longed to weep day and night for his people (Jer. ix. 1, Lam. n. 18, 19). Moses fell down before the Lord "forty days and forty nights" (Deut. ix. 25). But notably Jesus Himself prayed by night, even "continued all mght in prayer to God" (Luke vi. 12). and, as has been specially noted, "What a night of prayer was His last night before He suffered! first in the supper-chamber (John xvii), and then in Gethsemane" (Luke xxi. 40-45). One cannot name Gethsemane and Jesus in prayer, without remembering that plaintively precious composition of dear Joseph Hart's;- "JESUS, while He dwelt below, As Divine historians say, To a place would often go ; Near to Kedron's brook it lay; In this place He loved to be, _
520 TheGospel Magazint. Therefore they, as well as He, Visited Gethsemane. "Here they oft conversing sat, Or might join with Christ in prayer: Oh, what blest devotion that, When the Lord Himself is there! All things to them seemed to agree To endear Gethsemane. " Here no strangers durst intrude; But the Prince of Peace could sit, Cheered with sacred solitude, Wrapped in contemplation sweet: Yet how little could they see Why He chose Gethsemane! "Full of love to man's lost race, On His conflict much He thought; This He knew the destined place, And He loved the sacred spot; Therefore 'twas He liked to be Often in Gethsemane ! " They, His followers, with the rest, Had incurred the wrath Divine; And their Lord, with pity pressed, Longed to bear their load-and mme; Love to them, and love to me, Made Him love Gethsemane. "Many woes had He endured, Many sore temptations met, Patient, and to pains inured: But the sorest trial yet Was to be sustained in thee, Gloomy, sad Gethsemane! " Came at length the dreadful night; Vengeance with its iron rod Stood, and with collected might Bruised the harmless Lamb of God; See, my soul, thy Saviour see, Groaning in Gethsemane! "View Him in that Olive-press, Pouring forth His sacred blood! View thy Maker's deep distress! Hear the sighs and groans of Go(! Then reflect what sin must be, Gazing on Gethsemane!