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O LORD, our Heavenly Father, most gracious and merciful God, who hast preserved us through all the stages of our past lives, and hast blessed us with unnumbered benefits, being never weary of doing us good, give us grace, we beseech Thee, most humbly and heartily to thank Thee for all thy loving-kindness vouchsafed unto us; and let us renew the solemn dedication of ourselves unto Thee.
We confess, before Thee, the sins of our lives, which are more than we can number or express. We lament the evil which, day by day, in thought, word, and deed, we have committed against Thee; and we adore the riches of that mercy which forgiveth all our sins, and healeth all our iniquities, and still aboundeth even unto us, who have so grievously rebelled against Thee.
We also pray, that while we rejoice in the thought of that exceeding goodness which is revealed in the Gospel to us sinners, we may be in all respects suitably impressed with the various doctrines of Thy word; and may bring forth all those fruits of righteousness which are, by JESUS CHRIST, to the praise and glory of Thy
We pray, that we may this day walk worthy of the Lord that we may honour Thee by our patience under every trial; by our self-denial in the midst of our temptations; by our meekness under provocations; and by our unwearied zeal in doing good. We pray, that we may surrender up our wills to Thy most holy will in all
things; readily accommodating ourselves to every new circumstance, which Thou, in Thy providence, art pleased to send.
Grant that, through be daily contemplation of the doctrines of Thy Gospel, every good disposition may be formed in us. May the faith of Christ be made effectual to bring down our pride, to subdue our self ishness, to improve our temper, to direct and restrain our tongues, to animate us with the purest zeal, and to fill us with charity to our neighbour. May it, also, sanctify our daily work, furnishing the motive to it, exciting our diligence in it, and teaching us to look to Thee, O LORD, for our great and final reward. O GOD, bless us this day; and, not this day only, but to the end of our lives. Defend us in all our future dangers; succour us in all our sorrows and adversities; lead us through every difficulty and trial; and, when all the troubles of this mortal life shall be over, conduct us at length, in peace and safety to the haven of everlasting
If it please Thee to send us prosperity, enable us to devote the good things, which Thou givest us, to Thy service; and as Thou extendest Thy mercies, do Thou enlarge, also, the thankfulness of our hearts. Or, if it be Thy righteous will either to try us with temptations, or to visit us with any sore afflictions, O may we learn to bow meekly to Thy gracious providence in all things; and still to trust Thine unchanging purposes of mercy to us amidst all Thy various dispensations.
To Thee, O GOD, who hast been the support of our infancy, the help of our youth, and the guide of our
advancing years, do we commit ourselves for the days which are to come. Thy providence hath ordained our lot in life, and hath ordered hitherto all things concerning us. Unto Thee, the same gracious GoD, do we now resign all our affairs: to Thee do we commend our bodies and souls, our temporal as well as our eternal interests. Especially, we beseech Thee to save us from sin; as well as from those fears which our past transgressions might justly bring upon us.
We offer up these our prayers in the name of JESUS CHRIST, Our Lord.
Our Father, &c.
The grace of our Lord, &c.
ALMIGHTY LORD, OUR GOD, whose eyes are in every place beholding the evil and the good, and who seest not only our outward actions, but all our most secret thoughts, we pray Thee to maintain in us this day a constant sense of Thy presence, and to preserve us from sinning against Thee. We are exposed to dangers by night and by day; our lives are in Thy hands, and unto Thee do we look for preservation from every evil. O LORD, teach us to be ever mindful of Thee. When we go out and come in, and when we are alone and in company, may we bear in mind that Thou art contin
ually with us, and that Thou takest account of all we think, and speak, and do.
We pray Thee, O merciful Father, to pardon our past sins, for JESUS CHRIST's sake. When we reflect how strict and holy is Thy law; and how often we have yielded to anger and passion, to pride and vanity, to negligence and indolence, or to the desire of some forbidden thing, we are filled with shame and confusion of face, on account of our many trespasses against Thee. But we desire to bless Thy holy name, that Thou hast not left us without hope; for Thou hast revealed Thyself to us, as pardoning iniquity, transgression, and sin, for the sake of Thy Son JESUS CHRIST. We therefore pray Thee now to receive us into Thy favour, and to make us all children of GoD by faith in JESUS CHRIst.
We draw near unto Thee, trusting in His name, and not in our own righteousness; and we also beseech Thee, for His sake, to strengthen our weakness, and to enable us this day to fulfil every duty to which we are called. May we be kind and affectionate, one to another; sincere and upright in all our dealings, and diligent in our proper work. May we rejoice in every opportunity of doing good; and may we have grace to deny ourselves, that we may the more abundantly minister to the wants of others. Put into us a spirit of compassion for the poor, as well as of thankfulness to Thee, who hast made us to differ. Teach us to forgive those who have injured us; since we ourselves have so many sins for which we hope to be forgiven. Produce in us, O LORD, we beseech Thee, every Christian
grace. Raise us up to be instruments in Thy hand for the good of many: and, while we are serving our generation, may we be abundantly blessed in our own souls; and rejoice in the sense both of Thy pardoning mercy, and of Thy constant and special protection.
We pray thee, O LORD, to look down in compassion on all our dear friends and relations. Bestow upon them all things which Thou knowest to be needful for them. Sustain and comfort them in this life; but especially, vouchsafe unto them the blessings of the life
Bless our President. Direct the public councils of the nation. Give success to every endeavour to relieve the oppressed, and to establish righteousness and peace on the earth.
Have mercy on the young. Grant that they may be trained up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord; and may thus learn to do Thy will, and to walk in Thy fear, all the days of their lives; and to hand down Thy truth to the latest posterity.
O LORD, we beseech Thee to bring us all, by the multitude of Thy mercies, through this world of many temptations and trials, to that place of everlasting rest and peace, which Thou hast prepared for them who love Thee.
We offer up these our humble supplications, in the name and through the mediation of our Lord and Sa viour, JESUS CHRIST.
Our Father, &c.
The grace of our Lord, &c.