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Lam.3.22. It is of the Lords mercy that we are

not consumed, because his compaßions fail not. V.23. They are new every morning, great is aby faithfulnesse. V.24. The Lord is my portion, saith my foul,

therefore I will hope in him. V.25. The Lord is good unto them thal wait for

him, to the soul that seekerh him. Psal. 73.25. Whom have I in Heaven but thee?

and there is none upon the Earth that I defore

besides thee. Eph.5.14. Wherefore he faith, Amake thou that Reepest, and arise from the dead, and Chrif

shall give thee Light, Rom.13.11. And that knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake

out of sleep : for now is our salvation peerer, than when we believed. V.12. The'night is far pent, the day is at band: let us therefore cast off the works of darknese,

and let us put on the armour of Light. Eph.5.15. See then that ye walk sircumfpe&tly

, not as fools, but as wise. Rom.13.13. Let us walk honestly as in the day,

not in rioting and drunkennese, not in chambering and wantonnelle, not in ftrife ardenvying. V.14. But put ge on the Lord Ferues Chrift, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lufts theref.

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Pfal.63.1, O God, thou art my God, early will I

seck thee : my soul thirstetb for thee, my flesh longeth for thee, in a dry, and thirsty Land,

where no water is. Pfal.59.16, But I will fing of thy power : yea I

will sing alond of thy mercy in the morning, for Thou baft been my defence, and refuge in the day

of my trouble. Pfal.35.28. And my tonguesball speak of thy righ

teousnese, and of thy praise all the day long. Pfal.3 s. "I laid me down and pept; I awaked,

for the Lord sustained me. Plál.91.1. He that dwelleth in the secret place of

the most high, fhall abide under the shadow of the Almighty V.4. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under bis wings shalt thou trust; his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

.4.6. There be many that say, who will shemo us any good? Lord lift then up the Light of thy

Countenance upon us. Pfal.32.8. I will infruct thee, and teach thee in

the way which thou shalt ge, I will guid thee Pfal.86.11. Teach me thy way, o Lord, I will

walk in thy Truth: unite my heart to fear thy Psal. 17.5. Hold up my goings in thy parbs, that

my footsteps hip not. Psal.90.17. And let the beauty of the Lord our

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God be upon us, do establish thou the work of our hands upon us, yea, the work of our hands, establisb thou it.

Secondly, Omit not daily to poure foreb chy Soul in secret and fervent prayer before the Lord, humbly confessing, and bewailing chy fins, with a deep sense and feeling of the evil

, danger, and desert of them; begging earnestly (as for thy life) a ful and free pardon and difcharge of them all in the blood of Christ, and humbly imploring the aid and assistance of the holy Spirit, to enable thee co morrifie thy corruptions, to resist temptacions, and to perform in a righe manner all the duties required of thee.

Be much in this ducy of secret prayer, if evet thou interideft to save chy soul, co honour God here, or to be happy wich him hereafter. And remember that co pray unto God in an acceptable manner, is not to say over a few prayers, or to uccer a few peticions (Parrat-like) in a formal

, cold, customary manner; where there is not a true sense and feeling of fin and misery; and where the defires of the foul are not carried out earnestly co seek for mercy, and relief from God through Chrift, there can be no trúc hearty praying, such as God will accept, though the outside and external part of the duty be per.

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formed never so speciously. God more regards che fighes, and tears, and broken expressions of a truly concrite and bumble heart, that are powred forth in secret before him, chan the most set, and exactly form'd devotions, that proceed either from formnalicy or hypocrisie. If thou wouldest therefore pray aright, beg the assistance of the holy Spirit of God, to help and enable thee ; for we knon not how to pray as we ought, except the Spirit help our infirmities. Beg therefore the affiftance of the Spirit, to work, and quicken in thy heart those apprehensions, affcctions, and Graces, which are requisite for the right performance of this dury, And with chat gracious assistance labour to pray,

1. With humility, and reverence, having an high and awful apprehension of the Majesty of God.

2. With a deep sense and feeling of thy wants and neceflicies : and with brokennesse of heart, and true contrition for thy fias.

3. Offer up thy prayers and supplications to God in the Name of Chrift, che only Mediacour between God and man, noc barely mentioning his Name, but drawing thy encourage ment to pray, and thy hope of acceptance in prayer, from bis Merits, Mediation, and Interceffion.

4. Pray in Faith, humbly trusting in Gods Power, Goodaesse, Faithfulnesse, and graci

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ous proinises made in Chrift ; not so much a Christians prayer, as his Faith in prayer prevaileth with God. And 'cis a great encouragement to Faith, co consider, there is not only bounty in God, but bounty engaged by promile. 'O how great are che priviledges of Saines: God is their Father willing co hear their prayers ; Christ is their Advocate willing to present their requests; the holy Ghost is çheir helper and assister co draw up their requests for them.

5. Lift up pure hands without wrath, as the Apostle adviiech, I Tim.2.8. Before chou set. rest thy self to this duty, labour to get thy heart purged of all malice, wrath, ill will

, and desire of revenge, if there be any such vile affection in the towards any body. When thou goest to pray, thou goest to beg forgivenefse of thy manifold sins from God; which thou canst nor reasonably expect, if thou art not willing to forgive ochers : Our Saviour bath caughi us co pray, forgive us our trespases, as we forgive them that trespasse against us. And this is very remarkeable, he resumes chis pecition of all che rest to explain and by a strong reason to enforce; Mat.6.14,15. For if you forgive men their trespaffes, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you ; but if ye forgive not men their trefalles, neither will your Father forgive your trebaßes. Remember therefore, chu it is

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