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ALMIGHTY AND EVERLASTING GOD, who seest all our thoughts, and words, and works, and who wilt judge us at the last day; we beseech Thee to pardon whatsoever sins we have this day committed against Thy divine majesty; and to give us grace to examine ourselves, that we may know wherein we have offended against Thee.
We fear that we have this day done many things which we ought not to have done; and have left undone many things which we ought to have done that we may have indulged our pride, and our evil tempers; and harboured many sinful thoughts: that we may have been negligent in the performance of the duties of our station; and may have omitted opportunities of doing good. We profess to be Thy servants; but how great a part of our duty do we often leave unperformed! O pardon our offences, for JESUS CHRIST's sake; and teach us continually to amend our lives, that we may become His disciples, not in name only, but in deed and in truth.
We pray Thee to take us under Thy gracious care this night we are surrounded by dangers; and are at all times unable to help ourselves; but the darkness and the light are both alike to Thee; and Thou art ever present with those who put their trust in Thee. How many are there who will pass this night in sorrow and in pain! How many, who will mourn through the dis
quietude of their hearts; and are without any sure hope in their God! O LORD, grant unto us, if it please Thee, refreshing rest; but, especially, teach us to put our trust in Thee.
Enable us to rejoice in our most merciful Saviour, amidst all the trials which we may meet with here; and to look forward with humble and cheerful hope, to the great day of our appearing before Thee. May we know in whom we have believed: and may our souls be safe in the hands of that Redeemer'to whom we have committed them; and in whose merits alone we desire to trust. Accept, also, for His sake, the imperfect services of this day; pardon what hath been evil in us; and look down with favour on whatsoever hath been good; since we present unto Thee even our best works only in the name of JESUS CHRIST, Thy Son.
We beseech Thee to have mercy on our dear friends and relations; to relieve their sorrows, and to supply their wants, as well as to direct their steps. Grant unto them a lively faith in the promises of Thy Gospel; and make them fruitful in every good work.
We pray for our President, and country. O LORD, deliver us from the hands of our enemies, and direct the public measures to our true interests and to Thy glory.
Have pity on the poor, the desolate, and the oppressed. Be Thou a father to the fatherless; and a God of consolation to the widow. Look down with an eye of favour on the rising generation; and raise Thou up a seed to serve Thee who shall hand down Thy truth to the latest posterity.
Bless especially the children of this family; may they be trained up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord; may they be submissive and dutiful in all things; may they live in harmony and love, one towards another; may they be kept from the contagion of the world; and, after a life of holy obedience to Thy laws, may they all be made members of Thy blessed family above.
O LORD, pardon the infirmity of these our prayers: and answer us, not according to what we either desire or deserve, but according to the riches of Thy grace in JESUS CHRIST; for whom we bless Thee, and to whom, with THEE, and the HOLY GHOST, be all honour and glory, world without end.
Our Father, &c.·
The grace of our Lord, &c.
O LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, Father of mercies, from whom we derive the temporal comforts which we enjoy, and to whom we owe the blessed and glorious hope of everlasting life, we desire to render unto Thee this our evening sacrifice of prayer, and praise, and thanksgiving. We acknowledge Thy goodness to us during the past day; and we beseech Thee to continue to us Thy gracious protection during the darkness and silence of the approaching night. Thou art ever present with us. Thou sustainest our lives, though we see Thee not. Thou art our protection in all dangers. Thou art our support in trouble; our guide in difficulty; our best consolation in time of sickness; and our only refuge in the hour of death.
We pray Thee to increase our trust and confidence in ee. Deliver us from the love of this changeful and u ertain world. Strengthen our faith in the great promises of Thy Gospel; and grant that, having committed ourselves to Thy mercies in JESUS CHRIST, we may find in Him continual rest, and peace.
We beseech Thee, for His sake, to pardon whatever sins we have this day committed against Thee. Although we profess to know Thy word, and to live in obedience to Thy will, in how many things do we continue to offend. We are often slothful in the perforınance of our duties: we fail to watch against our peculiar temptations; we yield to the evil example of those around us; we gratify our pride: we indulge our evil
tempers; we renew our sins, to the great disquiet of our souls. O LORD, forgive, for JESUS CHRIST's sake, the offences of this day; and pour out upon us Thy Holy Spirit; that we may become more stedfast and zealous in Thy service, and more diligent in every good work.
We commit to Thy gracious and fatherly care all those for whom it is our duty to pray. Have compassion on our dearest relations and friends. Supply their various wants through the riches of Thy mercy in JESUS CHRIST.
Bless our President, and all who are in authority; and give them wisdom to fulfil the arduous duties to which they are called.
Be merciful to all who are in sorrow. Look down with pity on those who suffer through the calamities of war; on prisoners and captives; and on all who are destitute and oppressed. Bestow Thy special favour on Thine afflicted servants; and cause their earthly troubles to issue in their eternal joy.
Have mercy on the young may there be never wanting in this land a seed to serve Thee; and may those, who shall come after us, obtain from Thee an increase of light and knowledge, as well as of faith, and hope, and love; that the fruits of righteousness may abound; and the excellency of Thy Gospel may be more and more manifested in the world.
We present unto Thee these our imperfect supplications, in the name of JESUS CHRIST, our LORD.
Our Father, &c.
The grace of our Lord, &c.