Page images


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 wbatever thou seest amiss in thic temper and disposįtion of my mind, or in any of the actions of my life, that I may thee more, and serve thee better, and do thy will with greater care and diligence than I lave 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 thec, to fall into a careless and unthinking state, nor to be upmindful of that one thing needful; the salvation of my immortal soul. sensible of those dreadful threatenings, which thou hast denounced against sinpers, that whatever else Ilcave undone, I may make it my chief care and conçern to secure an interest in thy fa

Make me są

vour. And, O merciful Father, be 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 enjoy ments 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


justly deserved ; and to put away from us the spirit of profaneness and infidelity, of malice and uncharitableness; that thou mayest delight to dwell amongst us, and be our God, and we thy people.

Bless and preserve our sovereign Jord King George, and grant that all who are in authority under him may faithfully endeavour to promote thy glory, and the good and welfare of this Church and Nation.

Look with pity and compassion upon all thy afflicted servants: be a father to the fatherless; heal the sick; supply the wants of the poor and needy; and grant that whatsoever is wanting of outward comforts to any one, may be abundantly made up by the inward consolations of thy Holy Spirit.

Bless all my friends and relations, especially- ; reward all who have done me good; forgive all who have done or wished me evil; and vouchsafe to every one of us, from the highest to the lowest, whatever in thy great wisdom thou knowest to be needful both for our souls and bodies.

And now, O most merciful Father, from an humble sense of thy great goodness, I adore and praise thy glorious name, for all the manifestations of thy love and kindness vouchsafed unto ine.

I bless thee for my being; for

my reason, and all the endowments and faculties of my soul and body: for my health, friends, food, and raiment; and all the other comforts and conveniences I enjoy; for thy continual care and watchful providence over me, through the whole course of my life; and particularly, for the preservation and protection of me the day past.

Give me grace, I beseech thee, to make a right improvement of all thy blessings ; and be thou graciously pleased to take me, and all that belong to me, this night under the care and protection of thy fatherly providence. Give thy holy angels charge over us; and grart us such refreshment of soul and body as may enable us cheerfully, to go through the duties of that station wherein thou hast placed us.

And when thou shalt be pleased to remove us out of this world, O! let us be found in the number of thy faithful servants, through the merits of our blessed Saviour and Redeemer, Jesus Christ : for whom my soul doth bless and praise thee, and in whose most holy words I sum up all my wants, saying,

Our Father, &c.

A Prayer which may be added to the

daily Evening Prayer on the Lord's Day.

I AGAIN return my most humble and hearty thanks to thee, O Lord my God, for the special blessings of this thy sacred day; that I have been adınitted to the great privilege of joining with thy faithful people, in their assemblies for public worship, and to offer up my praises and prayers to thy divine Majesty, in the name of our blessed Redeemer; to hear thy holy word read and preached by the ministers of thy Gospel; and that I have had farther opportunities for employing myself more privately in thy

« PreviousContinue »