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pose them by humility and meekness, and by a sincere love of truth and righteousness, to a joyful reception and acknowledgment thereof: that they may lay aside their errors, and resolutely profess thy holy faith ; so that their repentance may turn away thy vengence, through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, our saviour. Amen.
A Prayer against Covetousness. ALMIGHTY God, the author and giver of all that I enjoy, govern my affections toward the things of this world, that no greediness of gain may tempt me to the least injustice, either by fraud or oppression ; but that I may commit myself to thy providence in the use of honest endeavours; that, while I am supporting a dying body, I may remember I have an immortal soul, whicli immediately deserves my greatest care. Teach me to enjoy the good things thou has given me, with temperance, thanktulness, and charity; and readily to part with them, rather than to forsake thy truth, or to make shipwreck of a good conscience toward God or man. Fix my thoughts, my hopes, and my desires
upon heaven and heavenly things ; that, having always in view that crown of glory, which thou hast laid up for me hereafter, I may press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus ; and being strengthened by thy grace, and support:d by thy holy spirit, I may run with patience the race thou hast set before me; that when the great day of retribution shall come, J may look
up to my most merciful judge with joy and comfort, and may hear those blessed words pronounceri unto me, Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter ihou into the joy of thy Lord. And this I beg in the name, and through the merits of thy son Jesus Christ. Amen.
A Prayer for temporal Blessings and Contentedness in
Condition. Blessed Lord, who knowest that while we are in this life we stand in need of its supplies, and has promised 10 such as seek thy kingdom, and the righteousness thercof,
may never be
the addition of all other necessaries; and also hast commanded us to ask of thee our daily bread, and to cast our care upon thee for all the things we have need of for our comfort and support; give me such health and wealth as shall be for my good, and, while I have life to be nourished, vouchsafe to grant, that I may not want the necessary blessings thereof : but enable me to provide honestly for myself, and add thy blessing to my labows, which if not sufficient to supply all my own necessities, do thou raise up friends and means to help me, that I destitute of food and raiment; and give me grace to be content with that provision thy divine providence sees most convenient for me. Let neither prosperity be a means of my forgetting thee, nor adversity cause me to murmur against thy wise distributions to the sons of men. Teach me how to want, as well as how to live in plenty: and sanctify all the comforts thou hast, or shalt please to bestow upon me, that I may use them to thy glory, and that they may raise in me that due praise which I offer to thee, my God, for all thy benefits to me and all the world, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
A Prayer to be used on our Birthday. O God, the creator and preserver of all mankind, and by whose blessed will I was fearfully and wonderfully made in my mother's womb, and under whose blessed providence I have been kept up ever since I was born; praise and magnify thy glorious name for thy great good. ness toward me; humbly beseeching thee, that I may
be taught to number my days, so as to apply my heart to heavenly wisdom; that I may know that I was born to serve thee the living God; that I may bewail my past sins, and spend the rest of my days in a godly, righteous, and sober life ; that I may finish the remainder of my days in thy fear and to thy glory; and that as thou didst (as on this day) take me out of my mother's womb, to live here a little time, so thou mayest at the last day take me out of my grave, the womb of the earth, to live with thee for ever, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
A Prayer for an easy and happy Death. O Most great and mighty God, in whose hands are the issues of life and death, and who hast appointed for all men once to die; make me truly sensible of the frailty and uncertainty of my life, and teach me so to number my days, that I may apply my heart unto true wisdom: so that death may not surprise me unawares, nor find me unprovided ; that, when the time of my departure shall come,
may look back upon a wellspent life with joy and comfort, and may meet death without fear and amazement. Strengthen my faith, and suffer me not at my last hour through any pains of body, or weakness of mind, to let go my dependence upon
thee; but grant, O merciful Father, that I may be willing and even desirous to leave this world, when thou, my God, in thy great wisdom shall see it fitting; and that after a life spent here in thy service, I may dwell with thee in life everlasting, through the merits and for the sake of thy beloved son Jesus Christ, our Lord and only saviour. Amen. A Prayer to be used by one tempted to Presumption.
O Righteous Lord, suffer me not to encourage myselt in a groundless reliance upon thy favour, while in the mean time I am really unfit to receive thy holy spirit; neither let thy patience and forbearance hitherto with me work an expectation of my future happiness : but grant that I may make such a progress in holiness, as that I may safely depend upon thy mercy and protection in this world, and thy promise of eternal happiness in the world to come, not for any merits or works of my own, but purely through the merits of thy son Jesus Christ, our saviour and redeemer. Amen. A Prayer to be used by one troubled in Mind or tempted
to Despair. ALMIGHTY God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, I approach unto thee with confusion of face, to think that I should in any wise seem to distrust thy goodness and
mercy, when I have so abundantly experienced thy great favours, and have thy promise that thou wilt here the of those that ask any thing in thy Son's name. O my God, pardon me this thought, and give me thy grace to prevent its growth; and to conquer the temptation that oppresses my heart with a fear and horrid dread, lest my portion is decreed among the reprobates. O mighty Lord, I know thou art able and willing to save me, a repenting sinner: therefore speak peace to my oppressed soul, and give me assurance that thou art reconciled to me in the Son of thy Love, and that thou art my sword and my shield at present, and wilt hereafter be my exceeding great reward
. Lay not these doubts and fears to my charge; but so dispose my mind, and confirm my trust and confidence in thee, that a remembrance of my sins may never drive me to despair of thy mercy, but on the other hand force me to fee to my Saviour, to sue for his intercession on my behalf, and may put me upon an unwearied attendance on iny duty, thereby to fit me for a sure confidence in his all-sufficient merits. And, most gracious God, do not only pardon all niy transgressions, but convince me, before I go hence and be no more seen, that thou hast done it for iny satisfaction and comfort ; that so I may bere rejoice in thy favour, before I am taken into the joy of my Lord, for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.
A Prayer in time of Temptation. ALMIGHTY God, and most merciful Father, who art greater than all things, and in whom I put my trust, send send down thy help from above, and deliver me from the temptations that now attack me. O let me never be put to confusion, nor suffer me to be tempted above that I am able to bear; but make me a way to escape, that I may not sin against thy divine majesty. Make me scriously to consider the great folly and danger of sin; that its pleasures are short, but that its punishments are endlesi and intolerable; that no satisfaction can compare with the joys of a good conscience, nor is any trouble like tint of a wounded spirit. Give me a sure token of the terri.
ble state of those who fall under the rod of thy displeasure Convince my conscience of the sinfulness of what I am now tempted unto, and show me its contradiction to thy will and my baptismal vows. Give me, I pray thee, the light of thy word, that I may not be deceived by this temptation, but certainly know, that, how pleasant soever it may now appear, there will come a time, when this and all other enticements of this world will appear vain and contemptible; a time, when all workers of iniquity shall be destroyed, and when a crown of righteousness shall be given to them who have fought the good fight, and kept the faith unto the end. Grant therefore that the mighty power of thy grace may so raise my courage, and strengthen my faith, that nothing may stop me in my christian warfare ; but that fighting manfully, under Christ's banner, against the world, the flesh, and the devil, I may at last triumph with him in his heavenly kingdoin ; to whom with thee, O Father, and the Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.
A Prayer to be used by one enguged (or likely to be engaged)
in a Lawsuit. ALMIGHTY God, to whom all judgments belong, lo thee I submit myself, in the cause wherein I am slikely to be] engaged ; convince me, if I am under any mistake; direct and assist me under all the difficulties and incumbrances which I may meet with ; and in thy good time put a happy and peaceable end to the business which I (am about to undertake, or] have begun. Grant me that wisdom from above, which is peaceable, gentle, and
easy to be entreated; that laying aside all fondness and partiality, I may continually practise that christian law, of doing as I would that others should do unto me: so that, contendling for right more than victory, nothing may be done through malice, strife, pride, or vainglory ; nor may I be prevailed upon to transgress the laws of justice and charity for any worldly advantage; submitting the event to thy fatherly wisdom and disposition. Let the remembrance of thy mercies and forgiveness toward me fill