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II Cor. vi. 16. Ye are the temple of the living God as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Make me, O God truly sensible of this great honor and blessing of being the habitation of thy good Spirit; of the holiness required of me, and of the great danger of profaning a temple consecrated to thee. Make me worthy of thy continual abode and presence; take possession of my heart and soul; and let me know that thou dwellest in me, by the fruits of thy Spirit. Amen.
Heb. xii. 1, 2. Let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, &c.
Grant, O God, that I may bear all the troubles of this life with a meek and patient spirit, without repining at what thou shalt appoint for the punishment of sin, and for the salvation of the sinner. I will look unto thee, O Jesus, with what patience thou didst bear the scorn, the indignities, the unrighte
ous judgment, the miserable death of the cross and this, by thy grace shall be my pattern. Amen.
St. Luke xxiii. 41. We receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
I confess, O God, with this malefactor, that whatever I suffer in this life, I suffer most justly for my sins: and therefore, with the submission of a penitent criminal, under the righteous sentence of death, I offer my life a sacrifice of obedience to thy divine justice, in union with that of my Saviour's, at what time, and in what manner, to thee shall seem meet; trusting in thy mercy through my Redeemer, at the hour of death, and in the day of judgment. Amen.
St. Luke xv. 6. I have found my sheep which was lost.
O good shepherd, I thank thee for thy tender care and concern for thy lost sheep. I had, indeed, been forever lost, had not divine love sought and found me, when I was astray for thy goodness sake keep me, for
the time to come, from wandering from thee, Amen.
and from thy fold.
St. John v. 14. Behold thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
Lord, the frailty of man without thee cannot but fall; in all temptations, therefore, I beseech thee to succor me, that no sin, no evil spirit, may ever get the dominion over Amen.
St. Matt. xxvi. 41. that ye enter not into temptation.
Make me, O Lord, ever mindful of my infirmities, that I may be more watchful and more earnest for grace, for the time to come; that the adversary of my soul may never find me off my guard, or from under thy protection.
St. Luke xi. 13. Your heavenly Father will give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him.
Watch and pray,
O heavenly Father, let it be unto thy servant according to this word. Abandon me not, I beseech thee, to the opposition that I
shall at any time make to thy Holy Spirit, that I may never render myself unworthy of so great a blessing.
St. John viii. 51. If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.
O Jesus, who hast made known to us another eath, besides that which separates our souls from our bodies, let thy grace and mercy deliver me from the bitter pains of eternal death. Amen.
St. Matt. xi. 29. Learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: And ye shall find rest unto your souls.
O heavenly master and pattern, how am I astonished, when I consider thy humility, thy poverty, thy meekness, thy resignation, in the midst of injuries, oppression, and wrongs! It must be almighty grace which must enable me to follow thy example, and submit to this way of peace. For this grace I now pray, through thy merits and mediation, O Jesus. Amen.
John 18. 11. The cup which hath given me, shall I not drink it?
The cup which thou, O blessed Jesus, didst drink, hath filled me with wonder and love; it was the work of our redemption. Nothing could more pleasingly invite, more profitably require, or more vehemently affect my soul than this love; for by how much more thou didst for me descend in the depths of humility, by so much art thou dearer to me in the exaltations of thy charity and thy glory. Learn, O my soul, how thou oughtest to love thy Saviour, who hath given himself for thy redemption. He is cold and dead in heart and life, who is not awakened by the contemplation of such transcendant love.
Blessed Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, by thee may I have access to thy heavenly Father, and final acceptance.
Advocate and Mediator! may thy intercession avail for me with thy Father and mine, with thy God and mine. As thou wert partaker of our sufferings and infirmities, so, by thy death and resurrection, and thy infinite gracious intercession, may I be