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die, we may die unto the Lord :—all which we ask in the name, and through the mediation of JESUS CHRIST, our blessed Saviour.
Our Father, &c.
The grace of our Lord, &c.
ALMIGHTY AND EVERLIVING GOD, Author of our being, supporter of our lives, and source of all our hopes both in this world and in that which is to come :-we lift up our evening prayer to Thee, in acknowledgment of Thy divine goodness, and of our continual dependence upon Thee.
We thank Thee for Thy merciful protection this day By Thee have we been sustained ever since we were born; and by Thy gracious care we are now enabled to lie down in peace. Blessed be Thy name if we have been in any measure preserved from evil. We are exposed to dangers on every side; to innumerable ills, which afflict the body; and to many sorrows of the mind. We live in the midst of an ensnaring world; our own hearts are ever ready to deceive us; and our great spiritual adversary goeth about seeking whom he may devour. O LORD, our hope and confidence are only in Thee. Be Thou unto us a rock of defence, that we may be saved from the power of our enemies. In
every season of temptation, in the period of adversity, in the time also of prosperity, in the hour of death, and in the Day of Judgment, good LORD, deliver us!
We beseech Thee to pardon the sins which we have this day committed. Although we profess to love Thy name, yet, in how many things do we continue to offend. We often hear Thy holy word; we are instructed in every part of Thy sacred truth :-but how little fruit do we bring forth which is worthy of our Christian calling; and of that care which Thou in Thy providence and grace, hast bestowed upon us! We earnestly implore Thy pardon, in the name of JESUS CHRIST. Be Thou merciful to us, for our Saviour's sake; and send Thy Holy Spirit into our hearts, that we may more deeply repent, and may reform our lives, and be disciples of CHRIST not in name only, but in deed and in truth.
Be pleased to sanctify to the good of our souls whatsoever events have befallen us on this day. May we be gathering wisdom from the scenes which we see around us. When we behold instances of patience and long-suffering, of meekness and gentleness, of lovingkindness and charity, may we follow them: and when we witness the mortality of others, may we be reminded that our time also is short; and that blessed is that man whom his Lord, when He cometh, shall find watching.
Bless, we earnestly beseech Thee, our several friends and relations. Be Thou bountiful to our benefactors.
Show Thy special mercy to the children of this family. Give wisdom to those who shall be appointed to instruct them; and provide for them friends who shall
guide them in the right way, and shall prove a blessing to the end of their lives.
We pray for the President of the United States, that he may experience Thy best blessings: [for our Congress, that their counsels may be directed to our true interests, and to Thy glory:] for our magistrates, that they may not fail to be a terror to evil doers, and a praise to them who do well: for the ministers of the Gospel, that they may go forth in Thy strength, and preach Thy pure and unadulterated word, and have abundant success: for our great men, that they may be examples of virtue to those beneath them: for the poor, that they may be preserved from repining at their lot, and may live in all godliness and honesty and for those who are sick or in trouble, that they may patiently endure the afflictions of the Lord, and in due time find deliverance. We thus commend to Thy gracious care both ourselves and others; and we desire to lie down in perfect charity with all men.
O LORD, hear us in these our prayers, for JESUS CHRIST's sake; 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.
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.