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made known to us the way to eternal life, enlightening us by his word for our direction, and his Holy Spirit for our assistance.

Blessed be thy holy name, that thou hast appointed this day, not only for a rest from our ordinary labours and employments, but chiefly for a perpetual commemoration of these thy favours, and for giving us stated opportunities for thy worship and service, and for the care of our immortal souls.

My soul desires to bless thee, that thou hast made me a partaker of all these inestimable advantages.

O Lord, prepare my heart for attending upon thee in thy house, and afford me thy gracious assistance in all the parts of thy service.

Let thy word make deep and lasting impressions upon me. Help me diligently to improve all opportunities that shall be afforded me this day, whether public or private, to the glory of thy great name, and the benefit and consolation of my soul, through Jesus Christ my Saviour. Amen.

An Evening Prayer for a person in

Private.

Most great and mighty God! thou, art the sovereign Lord of heaven and earth, the Creator, the Preserver, and Governor of all things : thou dwellest in that light which no mortal eye can approach; and yet disdainest not to behold the children of men. Look down, I beseech thee, upon me thy unworthy creature, who am come into thy presence, adoring thy majesty, and acknowledging that my dependence is wholly upon thee, who art the Author of my being, and the Foundation of all my hopes, both here and hereafter.

O Lord, I confess that I am a weak and frail creature; my nature is corrupt, and miserably prone to offend thee. I find a law in my members warring against the law in my mind; which I confess with sorrow, bath too often prevailed against-me. The pleasures and profits of this world are too apt to engage my affections, and to make me cold and remiss in the great and important work of my salvation. I have been guilty of manifold neglects and omissions of my duty towards thee, and have not served thee with that purity of intention, with that sincerity of heart, with that fervency of spirit, with that zeal for thy glory, with that care, and diligence, and constancy, that I ought.

O Lord, if thou shouldst be extreme to mark what is done amiss ; if thou shouldest call me to a strict account for my life past; how should I be able to stand in thy sight ? if thou shouldest deal with me as I have deserved, I could expect nothing but the severities of 'thy wrath and displeasure : but, O gracious Father, thou hast revealed thyself to the sons of men, as a God merciful and gracious, forgiving the transgressions and iniquities of the repentant sinner; remember then, I beseech thee, thy tender mercies, which have been ever of old, and for the sake and merits of my blessed Saviour, forgive, I humbly pray thee, all the sins and vanities, the follies and indis.

cretions of my life past. O! reserve not my sins to be punished in the day of thy wrath and displeasure, but blot them out of thy remembrance, that they may never rise up to my confusion here, nor to my condemnation hereafter.

0! enable me, by the assistance of thy grace, to reform whatever thou seest amiss in the temper and disposition of my mind, or in any of the actions of my life, that I may love thee more, and serve thee better, and do thy, will with greater care and diligence than I have yet done.

O Lord ! keep up in my mind a lively sense of my duty towards thee, and of that great account which I must one day give, Suffer me not, I beseech thee, to fall into a careless and unthinking staie, nor to be upmindful of that one thing needful; the salvation of my immortal soul.

Make me sa sensible of those dreadful threatenings, which thou bast denounced against sinpers, that whatever else I !cave undone, I may make it my chief care and conçern to secure an interest in thy fa

vour. And, O merciful Father, bc thou pleased, of thy great goodness, so to assist my weak and feeble endeavours, that I may not be unsuccessful in a matter of such vast concern).

Root out of my heart, O God, by the powerful efficacy of thy grace, all sinful and corrupt affections.

Wean me from the vanities and pleasures of this world; and give me a full conviction of the uncertainty and insufficiency of all things here below.

O! let me never seek for happiness in the enjoyments of this life; but grant that I may daily aspire after that eternal and unchangeable state of felicity hereafter, which thou hast reserved for thy faithful servants : to which, I beseech thee, of thy infinite love and mercy to bring me, through the merits, and for the sake, of thy dear son, Jesus Christ,

pur Lord.

Extend thy mercy, () God, to all mankind : in a more particular manner, I pray thee to be gracious to these sinful nations to which I belong; to pardon our great and crying sins; to avert the judgments which we have most

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