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BETTER PRAYING. M., June 26. Helped by the Spirit. Rom. 8:22-27. T., June 27. I'ernistent praying. Luke 18:1-8. W ., June 28. Praying in faith. Mark 11:20-26. T., June 29. Praying for friends. Kph. 1:15-23. F., Juno 30. Praying for enemies. Matt. 5:43-20. S., July 1. Praying with power. Jas. 5:13-20. 8, July 2. Topic ? Better Praying. Matt. 7: 7-11. (Connecrntion meeting.) What blessings shouhl ve pray fart H'A;/ are not all prayer* ansyrercdl Jlvti ? can u-e pray all the time ? Helped by the Spirit, Rom. S:22 27. We are by nature very ignorant and we need to be taught many things. This is just as true of spirit ual things as of material things. The disciples felt the need of being taught to pray and asked Jesus to teach them. Jesus has given us His Holy Spirit as His representative, and one of the things that He will do for us is to teach us to pray. We should constantly go to Him for instruction. He will help us in our private and in our public prayers. Persistent Praying- Luke IS: 1-8. Persistent, earnest prayer is what God wants us to make. This will help us to show our real desire for that for which we ask. As we continue our prayer we will be shown more clearly whether we really want what we ask for. Sometimes we think we want something and ask God for it, hut more careful and earnest consid eration may show us that we do not want it after all. Persistent prayer also shows our faith in God. It shows that we believe He will answer out prayers, although for some wise rea son He does not answer them at cnce. Praying in Faith. Mark 11:20-26. When we really desire something that we believe will be for our own good or for the good of some one else and for the glory of God, we should ask God for it in the clear assurance that He will give it to us. But before we make the prayer we should be con vinced, as far as we can tell, what we ask for is what we believe God wants us to have. The child who would ask its mother for poison could not expect her to give it to him. But if it asks for wholesome food, it would certainly expect her to give it, when ever it is needed. One of the con? ditions that God lays down for the answer of our prayers is that we must forgive those who have injured us. An unforgiving heart has prevented the answer to many prayers. What Is a Living Trust? It is a written agree ment by which you set aside a portion of your property to provide an income for yourself, a relative or other bene ficiary. Under the terms of the agreement you can have this Bank take over the responsibility for a part of your prop erty and pay the in come as you direct. The right can l>e reserved to revoke or change the agreement at any time. Ask our officers to explain a Living Trust. First National Bank of Richmond, V?. (Truat Department) Capital . . . Resources $42,Mt,OOt Established 1864 Praying for Friends. Eph. 1:15 23. Paul often prayed for his Chris tian friends. It would be well, if we followed his example. Do we ever think to give thanks to God, because our friends are Christians, and for the evidences which they give of their faith in God? Do we pray for them that God will give them more and richer spiritual blessings? It is al ways a great help to any Christian to know that Ills fellow Christians are praying for him. Pray for your friends and especially for your pas tor. Praying for Enemies. Matt. 5:43 4 8. It is easy to pray for our friends, but to many it is hard to pray for an enemy. But in this way, better than in any other we show a forgiving spirit. If we have an enemy, let us pray that he may become our friend; and, if he does become our friend, we want him to be as good as pos sible, so let us pray that God will bless him in every way. Such pray ers will make us better friends to him, when he becomes our friend. Praying with Power. Jas. 5:13-20. Earnestness gives power to our pray ers. Elijah was much in earnest, and when he made a prayer he sent his servant to see if the answer was coming. He did not become discour aged, because it did not come at once. Seven times he prayed and seven times he looked for the answer, and it came. When we are in earnest our prayers will be answered. Better Playing. Matt. 7:7-11. When we pray, let us remember that God places no limitations on what we may pray for. He gives us a blank check on the bank of His grace and tells us to fill it out for any amount that we may choose. "Ask," He says, and He promises that we "shall re ceive." We go to Him not as a stranger, but as our Father, who loves us. and who delights to give us everything that is good for us. l,et us put Him to the test. And then look out for God's answer. S. O. YOUNG PEOPLE'S CON FERENCE. The Synod of South Carolina has. just closed one of the greatest Young People's Conferences ever held in the State. The attendance went beyond all expectations, the general management was fine, and the instruction was strong and inspiring. It was 'beauti ful to see how the young people re sponded to apeals for personal service for Christ. The Conference was entertained by the Presbyterian College of South Carolina. Not a complaint was heard against either accommodations or board. The Synod has a wonderful opportunity to make the college cam pus a great convention ground. MISSISSIPPI C. E. CONVENTION. Mississippi's Seventh Convention was held in Hattiesburg, with Field Secretaries Dendy and Little Dr. E. B. Quick, of Atlantat Dr. H. H. Pltzer. of Chattanooga; Dr, A. A. Ziemer, of New Orleans: R. L?. I^andis, of Jack son, ar.d Southern Secretary Evans assisting the State officers. The State Junior Banner was awarded the Presbyterian society at Starksville. The mission gifts of the twenty Juniors in this society aver aged $1.25 per capita. One hundred per cent of the membership are tith ers and also Comrades of the Quiet Hour. Seven have completed the "String of Pearls," The State Intermediate Banner was awarded to the Intermediates of this same church. This society has four teen members, and all members are both Tither* and Comrades of the Quiet Hour. This society has 80 per cent on the Dixie Four Square Chart and 137 per cent on the Efficiency Chart, and has reported twelve times, on time, during past year on the M. S. P. The State Senior Banner went to the Home Christian Society. This so ciety has increased its membership 50 per cent, given almost $4 per cap ita to missions, attained 89 per cent on the Dixie Four Square Chart, gained 60 8 out of a possible 6 42 points in a three-months' Church Loy alty Campaign, organized three so cieties, sent 19 delegates to the Clarksdale One-Day Institute, had five in the State Convention, takes 25 copies of the Dixie Endeavorer," five Christian Endeavor Worlds, reported twelve times, on time, on the M. S. P., and furnishes the superintendent, two teachers and pianist for the Sun day school. The Rome Society was also awarded the "Most Miles" Banner, for having traveled the "Most Miles" of any so ciety to the State Convention. The date of the 1923 State Conven tion was changed to March, and will be held the last three days at Grenada. Clyde Coulter was re-elected presi dent; James Stillions, of Rome, and Homer Fulwilder, of Meridian, vice presidents; Mrs. James Stillions, Rome, secretary, and Miss Anna Dell Perkins, Starksville, treasurer. The Junior Superintendent is Miss Anna Gay, Hattiesburg; the Intermediate Superintendent is Mrs. J. H. Mallard, Meridian; Q. H. and L. W. Superin tendent is Miss Willard Murry, Jack son; Tenth Legion and Missionary, Miss Bertha Everts, Gulf port. SAN FORD, FLA. Sanford Presbyterians are gratified over bringing home two Christian En deavor Banners from the recent State Convention. Both the Senior and In termediate Societies captured the ban ners this year, and the Juniors made a creditable showing. The whole work of the Church is moving along nicely. CHATTANOOGA DISTRICT CONVENTION. The Chattanooga, Tenn., Christian Endeavor District Convention was held at Flint Springs in a country church ten miles from the railroad, and in spite of the fact that the con vention was advertised for only two weeks prior to that date, there were nearly 150 registered delegates. With true Southern hospitality the folks of the Flint Springs neighbor hood cared for the delegates and the convention in a wonderfully fine way. The district work has very great ly missed its president, Noel Smith, who was called from the State by his business, but has very greatly felt the impression of the work of the District Vice-President, W. L. Elkins, of Tasso. The Cumberland Society of Chatta nooga was awarded the District Ban ner. Much interest was manifested in the coining fourth All-South Conven tion, July 13th to 17th, Hot Springs. Ark., and many of the Chattanooga District Endeavorers are making their plans to be in the Hot Sprinsa Convention. The new officers are: President, J. R. McDaris, Cleveland; Vice-Presi den^, W. L. Elkins, Tasso; Secretary, Henry L'heureux, Chattanooga; Treasurer, Lucile Harle, Cleveland. The district closed its year's work with all bills paid and a balance on h&nd. C. F. Evans. il THE SUNDAY SCHOOL DAN' 1 101 j INTERPRETING NEBU CHADNEZZAR'S I >REAM. July 9, 1922. Dan. 2. There are to be four lessons from the book of Daniel. Those who wish to make a full study of this (book will do well to get from the Presbyterian Committee of Publication, Richmond or Texarkana, a booklet just published by them. The author is Rev. Dr. E. C. Caldwell, of Union Theological Seminary. The price is only 15 cents. It will be found to be very helpful. Nebuchadnezzar had a dream, that troubled him very much; but when he woke he could not recall the dream. He called in many of his wise men or astrologers, who seem to have composed a special class in his kingdom: He demanded of them to tell him the dream and its interpre tation. They told him that it would be impossible to tell the dream, but that, if he would tell them what it was, they would give its interpreta tion. With the unreasonableness of an eastern autocrat, he told that, if they did not tell the dream and its inter pretation they should1 all be cut to pieces. The order was given for their execution, and it included not only those present, but all of their class. The ofiicer of execution went to ar rest Daniel, though it seems he did not know what had occurred. Daniel prevailed upon the officer to take him before the king, and he told Nebuchadnezzar, that, if he would give him time, he would tell him the dream and its interpretation. To this the king agreed. Daniel went to his friends, "the three Hebrew children," and asned them to join him in prayer to God for an answer. God answered their prayer and showed Daniel the king's dream and its interpretation, Daniel told the king that he had seen a great image, the head of which was of gold, the breast and arms of silver, the lower part of the body of brass, the legs of iron, and the feet of iron and clay mixed. He saw also a small stone, not cut out by hand, roll down from the mountain, which struck; the feet and overthrew the image" and de stroyed all of its parts. Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar that the head of gold represented his glo rious kingdom, and that each of the other metals represented a kingdom that was to succeed his. Each of them would be strong, but less glorious than his. That represented by the feet would have elements both of strength and weakness. The stone represented the kingdom of God. That was to destroy all the other kingdoms. . There is much difference of opin ion among scholars as to what king doms were represented in the image. The Bible does not specify any except that of Nebuchadnezzar. The one thing that is evident is that they were all of human origin, and were not in accord with the kingdom of Clod. However strong they might seem to be and however glorious, they must all give way 'before the on-coming of God's kingdom. This alone of all the kingdoms is to abide. Any earthly kingdom may become a part of God's kingdom and abide. But ^he kingdoms or classes or in dividuals, that try to stand without or opposed to God, will soon find out that there is a crushing power in "the stone not made with hands." It will be well indeed, if every one will see that he is in God's king dom, for there fa no power than can crush it.