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thy duty, heartily to forgive those that bave done chec any wrong, and to pray for them, that God would pardon them in his Son, and give them such a frame of heart, that they may please him, and be blesfed by him, boch here and hereafter. This is a good signe of Grace, LO pray for a blessing on our very enemies.

6. Pray in sincerity, Looke chac thy end be right, and chat thy aim be at the Glory of God. There is a great deal of difference becwixe a carnal desire, and a gracious fupplication, Fam.4. 3: Te ask and have not, because ye ask amiffe, to spend it on your lists. Praiers chac want a good aim, do usually want a good issue. When thou findest chy heart running out by a perverse aim, check it, and disclaim it the more solemnly. If our praiers be not directed to the Glory of God, there is liccle hope that when we receive the sam lent we pray for, we shall employ it to our Masters use. They chat cannot ask a mercy well, seldome use it well.

7. Labour co pray wich zeal, fervency, warmch, and holy importunity, with sensiblenefse, and strong workings of affection. 'Tis easie to say a prayer in a formal, cold manner, when the heart is nothing affected with it, but possibly wandring, while the lips are praying Buc that is true prayer, when the soul reaches ouc after those chings ic praies for, in holy, ar• dent, and spiritual desires. Sighs and groans


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the hearts of his people earnestly to pray for it. And the effusion of the Spirit of supplication, thac holy, yet humble imporcunity, that spiritual violence, and wrestling and Atriving, and pleading with the Almighty, is a happy presage of an approaching blessing.

8. Beg spiritual bleffings, and the things appertaining to the soul primarily, and with greateft earnestoesse: Beg temporall mercies, and such as concern this life, and thy welfare here, with an humble submission unto God; resigning thy will co his most holy will; earnestly begging, that, what he sees not good for thee, nor fic co be granted thee, he would make thee willing and contented to be without.

9. To supplication, forget not to adde praises and thanksgivings to the Lord for all his benefits; for his innumerable favours confer’d on thee in the course of thiy life past, and also for thy present enjoyments. Especially quicken and provoke and awaken thy soul to lift up the high praises of God; for his inestimable love in fending his Son, to be a ransome for fin, and fending his Holy Spirit to convince of fin, and ofrighteousneffe, and to perswade, and enable thy heart to close with Christ. And lastly, upon the receipt of any new mercy and favour from God; offer up a cheerful and hearty facri

fice of praise and chanksgiving, in and through the mediation of Christ, by whom alone our Persons, and Sacrifices are accepted with God.

And to direct and quicken thee to this duły, of rendring praises to the Lord; Consider,

1. Thac praise is Gods Tribute, his Custom, 'cis all the Import he sets upon his Blessings. There are three chings to be considered in a mercy. i. The mercy it self. 2. The Coma fort, and sweetnesse chat may be enjoyed in the use of ic. 3. The G'ory, Honour, and Praise thac is due for it. The iwo former God freely gives us ; he only reserves the laccer as a tribute and homage to himself.

2. Praising God for former mercies, invices him to bestow new mercies. God will be bogocifuil co chose chat he sees thankfull ; and from whon he receives Glory and acknowledgment.

3. Praising God is the beginning of Heaven, 'cis the employment of the holy Angels, and glorified Saints chere.

4. To have a heart delighting in praising God, is a great evidence in conjunction with others) of fincerity ; self-love forceth prayec oftentimes from us, but to praise God aright, comech from a more heavenly affect on, and I fanctified frame of heart.

5. To set upon chis duty of praising God is one of che best waies to mitigate any forrowes that at any cime are upon us. If we can work N 2


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our hearts to praise him for the mercies that are continued to us, it will exceedingly abate che sense and feeling of any present Croffe, or affliEtion that lies upon us.

6. Consider who they are that are the moft unthankfull to God, even Devils, and damned Spirits, who are full of envy, malice, and pride ; they will not praise God, but do wretchedly blaspheme him; and wicked men, who imitatc cheir Father the devil. And wouldest chou be like these

Upon chese Consideracions ftir up thy heart to be much in this heavenly duty of praising God, and remember 1. To praise him with thy heart.

2. To praise him with thy congue. 3. To praise him with thy life.

Let there be an abiding sense of his favours on thy heart, and let thy life and conversation praise him alfo. Let thy works praise him. that others seeing thy good works, may glorifie thy heavenly Father. Labour to secure thy ftace in Grace, and thy intereft in Gods tavour through Christ, and then thou maist be affured, chat whatever God gives thee, he gives it thee in pure Jove , all comes swimming to thee in the blood of Christ, and chis Confideracion will exceedingly raise thy heart to thankfulnesse, and make thy tongue sound forth the praises of the most High. These Directions may help thee in the per


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formance of that great Christian duty of praier, · and thanksgiving,

After thou haft praied, Consider

1. What thou hast praied for. As before praier we should conlider and labour to find out our wants ; So after prayer we should consider of our petitions, and what we have begged of God,

12. Humbly expect a gracious answer, and return to chy praiers, not for any worchinesle or desert in thy self, or praiers, but for Christ's fake alone.

3. Serve Providence in the use of fair and lawful means, for che attaining those good things thou haft prayed for.

4. To Prayer add wacchfulnesse. If through Grace thy hearc hach been wrought to a good temper, and holy frame io prayer ; labour co keep ic afterward; labour co preserve chose apprehensions and those aftections in thy soul, which chou foundest in time of prayer ; And therefore one well advisech, that for some lictle time after we have prayed, we should keep our selves silent, and quiet ; nor presently (and in the next moment as some do,) buc fair and softly removing our hearts from our prayers to Qur worldly bufinesses and occasions. Zach, 12.10. And I will poure upon the House of

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