Lastly, pray much.
PLiny sayes of the pearles they call Unions,* though they be engendred in the sea, yet they participate more of the hea∣vens then of the sea. Certainly this precious union, though it be amongst men yet it hath its lustre and beauty, yea its very be∣ing from the heavens. You must look up to heaven therefore for peace, for the preservation, increase, lustre, beauty of it, if you would have it.
Job 25. 2. God maketh peace in his high places, the Lord can make peace between high and low. Let us carry mens rugged, crooked, perverse hearts to God in Prayer, who is the great joyner of hearts; it is he that makes men to be of one mind in a house, he maketh the wars to cease. Psal. 122. 6. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. In your prayers for the Church this must be men∣tioned as a speciall blessing. If praying prevaile not, fighting will not. Those are the most peaceable men in Church and Com∣mon-wealth, that pray most for the peace of them; God hath more prayers for the peace of this Church and State upon the file, of theirs whom some of you account hinderers of it, then of yours. You complaine much for want of peace, you inveigh much against those whom you are pleased to mark out as hinde∣rers of the peace, but doe you pray as much? You have these meanes presented unto you for the furtherance of peace; what other you may meet with any way, make use of. 2 Thes. 3. 16. The Lord of peace give you peace alwayes by all meanes.
And that all may be the better improved, let the exhortation of the Apostle,* 1 Thes. 4. 11. sink into you, Study to be quiet, the words are, Love the honour of being quiet: There is great excel∣lency in it.
That is the last thing.