1. Are we to pray for the good things of this life? Yes: for the Lord is for the body, 1 Cor. 6:13. Must we go to God for them? Yes: for he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things, Acts 17:25. Must we go to him for the comfort of them? Yes: for he gives us richly all things to enjoy, 1 Tim. 6:17. Do we deserve the good things of this life? No: we are less than the least of all God's mercies, Gen. 32:10. Must we therefore beg them of God as a free gift? Yes: God gives the dew of heaven, Gen. 27: 28.
2. Are we to pray for riches? No: lest we be full, and say who is the Lord? Prov. 30:9. Are we to pray for dainties? No: Be not desirous of dainties, for they are deceitful meat, Prov. 23:3. Are we to be content with such a competent portion of these things as God sees fit for us? Yes: Having food and raiment, let us be therewith content, 1 Tim. 6:8. Are we to pray for that? Yes: Feed me with food convenient for me, Prov. 30:8. And need we desire any more? No: If God will be with me, and keep me in the way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, so that I come to my heavenly Father's house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, Gen. 28:20, 21.
3. Are we to pray each day for the bread of the day? Yes: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself, Matt 6:34. And must we pray for our bread honestly gotten? Yes: for with quietness we must work, and eat our own bread, 2 Thess. 3:12. And have we encouragement to pray for this? Yes: for godliness hath the promise of the life that now is, 1 Tim. 4:8.
4. Do we herein pray for health? Yes: for God is our life, and the length of our days, Deut. 30:20. And for success in our callings? Yes: Establish thou the work of our hands upon us, Ps. 90:17. And for sleep? Yes: for so he giveth his beloved sleep, Ps. 127:2. And for seasonable weather? Yes: Ask ye of the Lord rain, Zech. 10:1.
5. Must we pray for God's blessing on what we have? Yes: for man liveth not by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God, Matt. 4:4. And is it then comfortable to us? Yes: for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer, 1 Tim. 4:5. Must we pray most earnestly for bread for our souls? Yes: Lord, evermore give us that bread, John 6:34. Are we to pray for others' prosperity, as well as for our own? Yes: I wish that thou mayest prosper, and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth, 3 John 2. And for the supply of the poor and needy? Yes: that he will abundantly bless our provision, and satisfy our poor with bread, Ps. 132:15.