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fulfilling, each of us, our proper work with Christian humility and simplicity. Deliver us from a careless and unbelieving life; from a life of idleness and unprofitableness, as well as of wickedness and vice. Save us from the sins which, in times past, may have most easily beset us; and from those temptations to which we may now, through our age and circumstances, be most exposed. May our hearts be occupied with love to Thee; and may all our faculties be so employed in doing good, that no place may be given for those temptations by which those who know not the gospel of their salvation are continually overcome --And may Thy grace increase in us; and our corruptions be weakened, day by day at the same time, forgetting the things which are behind, and looking forward to those things which are before, may we be pressing forward towards the mark of the prize of our high calling in CHRIST JESUS.
We, also, beseech Thee to deliver us from every prejudice and error by which we may be in danger of being deceived. Save us from a blinded conscience, and a false and misguided zeal. Suffer not, that, through our fault, the way of truth should ever be evilspoken of; and make us fearful lest we hinder the gospel of CHRIST.
O LORD, help us also this day to remember, how short and uncertain is the time of our sojourning here on earth; so that, whatsoever our hands find to do, we may do it with all our might. May we fulfil, zealously, the duties of our respective stations; and, at the same time, may we maintain a spiritual and heavenly mind. May we often think of that blessed region where CHRIST
sitteth at the right hand of GoD; and, whether we eat, or drink, or whatsoever we do, may we do all to Thy glory.
We offer up these our humble and imperfect prayers, in the name of JESUS CHRIST, our LORD.
Our Father, &c.
The grace of our Lord, &c.
O LORD, GOD ALMIGHTY, we pray Thee, now to deliver us from all wandering thoughts. Help us to remember in whose presence we are; and let us worship Thee in spirit and in truth.
O LORD, our Heavenly Father, who art the preserver of our lives and the giver of all the good things which we enjoy, we thank Thee for the mercies of the past night. We bless Thy name, that we are here met together in so much health and comfort: and that we have now the prospect of passing another day in the enjoyment of the bounties of Thy providence; while we have also set before us the blessed hope of everlasting life. We beseech Thee to give us this day grace to serve Thee in our several stations, and to walk according to the gospel of JESUS CHRIST. Save us from the temptations of the day; strengthen us for the fulfilment of our duties; direct us in all our lifficulties; and :;
comfort us under any trouble or adversity, into which we may this day come; and grant, that, when we lie down at night, we may be able to look back on the hours which shall have passed, with an humble confidence that Thou acceptest our services, and wilt pardon our infirmities, for JESUS CHRIST's sake.
We beseech thee to deliver us from all evil passions, from pride and envy, from hatred and ill-will, from censoriousness and uncharitableness; and, especially, from the want of Christian kindness towards those who dwell with us in the same family, and worship Thee, together, as partakers of the same faith. Preserve us, also, from those secret transgressions which Thine eye alone can discern in us. Deliver each of us from the sins which most easily beset us. O LORD, grant that Thy good Spirit may this day abide within us; and dispose us to every good work.
And help us also to call often to remembrance the great love of our LORD and SAVIOUR, JESUS CHRIST; who came down from heaven to die for us, that we, being delivered from the dread of Thy wrath, and rejoicing in the hope of Thy mercy, might serve Thee, day by day, in newness of life. O LORD, strengthen our faith in Him who hath suffered on the cross for us. Teach us to walk according to His example. May we, like Him, be kind and compassionate, forbearing and orgiving, holy and harmless, undefiled and separate from sinners.
And bless us, not this day only, but to the end of our lives. We pray, that, so long as we remain in this world of trial, Thou wouldst strengthen us by Thy Holy
Spirit, and comfort us, and continually direct us. Suffer us not, at any time, to depart from Thee, who art our Father and our GoD, through any allurements of the world, or any temptations of the flesh, or of the Devil; but make us ever stedfast in Thy truth, and faithful to Thy cause, and devoted to Thy service.
We offer up these our imperfect prayers, in the name, and through the mediation, of our only Saviour, JESUS CHRIST.
Our Father, &c.
The grace of our Lord, &c.
O God, who hast commanded us in Thy word to call upon Thy name, and hast declared that Thou hearest and answerest the prayers of those who make their supplications unto Thee, we desire now to offer up our petitions, under a deep sense of our unworthiness, and of Thy manifold and great mercies.
We bless Thee for Thy preservation of us during the past night; and we desire to acknowledge again our dependence upon Thee, and our unfeigned obligations towards Thee. We thank Thee for having poured down upon us so many blessings of this life: we thank Thee for our health, and strength; for our food, and raiment; and for all the comforts, and conveniences
which we enjoy. But, above all, we praise Thee for the inestimable privilege of being born in a land of religious light and knowledge. For these, and for all Thy various and great mercies, we would render unto Thee a grateful heart: and we would endeavour to show our gratitude, not with our lips only, but with our lives; by giving up ourselves to Thy service, and by walking before Thee, in holiness and righteousness, all our days on earth.
We now beseech Thee to enable us by Thy grace to pass the whole of this day, in Thy fear. May we employ ourselves in doing those things which become our station and circumstances: may we mortify all our corrupt affections: may we exercise ourselves in maintaining a conscience void of offence towards Thee, and towards all men may we rise superior to our temptations; and, by Thy grace, prevail over our several infirmities.
We pray Thee, O LORD, to animate our minds by those glorious hopes which are set before us in Thy word; so that if we have any present sacrifices to make, they may seem small to us, in comparison of that inward satisfaction and joy, which the gospel gives in the midst of worldly disappointments. And, at the same time, deliver us from every false hope. May we examine well our title to Heaven, till we know that our foundation is sure, and shall never fail us. We confess that we are daily compassed with infirmity: but we pray, that every evil habit may be weakened in us; that every temptation may, by degrees, be overcome; and that every terror may at length be done away.