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Enable us, O LORD, this day to deny ourselves, that we may live unto Thee. As the redeemed of the LORD, may we abstain from sin, and flee from every snare. May we be holy in all manner of conversation; awfully impressed with a sense of Thy holiness, knowing that we are called to become pure in heart, if we hope to see God. And help us to contend with the iniquity of the world around us. Let us not yield to its influence and example; but let us consider ourselves as passing on to a better country; accounting it our great concern to escape from the snares which now surround us; to make sure, each of us, our own salvation; and to be doing good, before we die, with the talents committed to us. Thus may we pass the day which is now before us; and, when the hour of our death shall come, may we then have abundant proof, that we have walked by faith, and not by sight; and that we shall be numbered with Thy chosen people, in glory everlasting.
We present these our imperfect supplications, in the name of JESUS CHRIST Our SAVIOUR.
Our Father, &c.
The grace of our Lord, &c.
ALMIGHTY AND EVERLASTING GOD! we acknowledge ourselves bound by innumerable obligations, to praise and adore, to love and serve Thee. From Thee we have received our being. Thou art our constant preserver, and bountiful benefactor; the source of every present enjoyment, and of all our hopes. Thou hast, in Thine infinite condescension, been pleased to look down with pity on our fallen race; and freely to offer salvation to us through JESUS CHRIST. We adore Thee, for the promises of Thy mercy and grace, and for the joyful prospect of eternal life, so clearly revealed in Thy holy word. Impress our minds, O LORD, with that deep sense of the important truths made known to us, which shall regulate all our thoughts, and words, and actions.
But while we celebrate Thy goodness to us, we have cause to be ashamed of our conduct. We have great reason, O LORD, to be humbled before Thee, on account of the coldness and insensibility of our hearts; the disorder and irregularity of our lives; and the prevalence of worldly affections within us. Too often have we indulged the tempers which we ought to have subdued, and have left our duty unperformed. O LORD, be merciful to us for Thy Son JESUS CHRIST's sake. Produce in us deep repentance, and a lively faith in that Saviour who hath died for our sins, and risen again for our justification.
And may Thy pardoning mercy be accompanied with
the sanctifying influence of Thy Spirit; that we may no more sin against Thee, but may live from henceforth, as becomes the redeemed of the LORD, and the candidates for a happy immortality. Put Thy fear into our hearts, that we may never more depart from Thee. Fix our affections on those things which are eternal. Convince us more effectually of the vanity of this world, and its insufficiency to make us happy; of the evil of sin, and its tendency to make us miserable; of the value of our souls, and the awfulness of that everlasting state, on the borders of which we stand.
We also desire to thank Thee for the watchful care of Thy providence during the past night. We have lain down to sleep; and, blessed be Thy name, we have arisen in safety. May the lives which Thou hast prolonged be devoted to Thy service. O LORD, continue to us Thy favour and protection on this day. Save us from sin, and from all evil. Enable us faithfully to perform every relative duty. May we as a family dwell together in peace. May we subdue every angry passion; and, loving Thee with a supreme affection, may we love each other with pure hearts, fervently. Preserve us from those temptations to which we are daily exposed. Make us sensible of our weakness, so that our hearts may be often raised to Thee, in humble and fervent supplications for Thy grace. When we are in company, may it be our care to do and to receive good. When we are alone, may we remember that our heavenly Father is with us.
Bless the President of these United States, and all who are in authority. Be favourable to this nation
Save us from the evil designs of our enemies; and continue to us, if it please Thee, the blessing of peace.
Visit all mankind with the light of Thy Gospel; and let its influence increase in this land.
In tender mercy, regard all who are in affliction. Grant unto our dear friends and relations every blessing which is needful for them. May they and we experience Thy favour in this life, and in the world to come, life everlasting.
We offer up these our imperfect prayers in the name of JESUS CHRIST our LORD.
Our Father, &c.
The grace of our Lord, &c.
O LORD GOD, our Heavenly Father, unto whom all hearts are open, and from whom no secrets are hid, we beseech Thee to look down on us Thy servants; who desire now, with true humility of soul, to offer up unto Thee our prayers and supplications. We thank Thee for Thy merciful protection during the past night; and we adore that goodness which hath hitherto supplied our wants, and lightened our troubles; which hath preserved our lives, in the midst of dangers; and hath caused us to lie down, and rise up, in peace and safety. We pray Thee to preserve us this day from evil.
Save us from all things which afflict the body, and especially from whatsoever can hurt the soul. May we go forth in Thy strength, to contend against the world, the flesh, and the Devil; and to fulfil the various duties of our Christian calling. Save us from the sins which most easily beset us. Preserve us from idleness and negligence, as well as from presumptuous transgressions; and deliver us from that insensibility of conscence, which might lead us to justify ourselves, though aving a careless and unprofitable life. Grant unto us such knowledge of Thee, that we may love Thee above all things, and earnestly desire to obey every precept of Thy holy word. Teach us to redeem the time; to be watchful and circumspect; and to abstain from all appearance of evil. Teach us to be fervent in spirit, serving the LORD, and to be never weary of well-doing: and let us take continual care, lest, through some liberty in which we indulge ourselves, we should draw others into sin, or should cause the Gospel, which we profess, to be evil spoken of.
O LORD, help us also seriously to consider the shortness of life, and the nearness of death and of eternity; that, whatsoever our hands find to do, we may do it with all our might. Let us have our loins girded and our lamps burning, and be as servants waiting for their Lord. Let us not say in our hearts, that our Lord delayeth his coming; but let us remember, that the day of our death may overtake us suddenly; and that blessed is that servant whom his Lord when He cometh shall find watching.
And grant, O most merciful God, that when at length