We are evidently taught in God’s Holy Testament, that Almighty God is the only fountain and well-spring of all goodness; and that, whatsoever we have in this world, we receive it only at His hands.
To this effect serves the place of St. James 1:17: Every good and perfect gift, said he, cometh from above, and proceeds from the Father of lights. To this effect also serves the testimony of Paul, in divers places of his Epistles, witnessing that the Spirit of wisdom, the Spirit of knowledge and revelation, yea, every good and heavenly gift, as faith, hope, charity, grace, and peace, cometh only and solely of God.
In consideration whereof, he bursts out into a sudden passion, and said, O man, what thing hast thou, which thou hast not received? Therefore, whensoever we need or lack any thing, pertaining either to the body or to the soul, it behoves us to run only to God, who is the only giver of all good things.
Our Saviour Christ in the Gospel, teaching His disciples how they should pray, sends them to the Father in His name, saying, Verily, verily, I say unto you, whatsoever ye ask the Father in my name, he will give it unto you. And in another place, When ye pray, pray after this sort: “Our Father, which art in heaven.” And does not God Himself, by the mouth of His prophet David, will and command us to call upon Him? The apostle wishes grace and peace to all them that call on the name of the Lord, and of His Son Jesus Christ; as doth also the prophet Joel, saying, “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
“Prayer opens the heart to God, and it is the means by which the soul, though empty, is filled with God.”—John Bunyan