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the remembrance of this approaching Judgment; that we may not dare to sin against Thee, but may abound in all those fruits of holiness which Thou wilt acknowledge and approve in the Great Day of JESUS CHRIST

And we pray Thee, O LORD, to dispose our minds to receive, with the true obedience of faith, every part of Thy holy word. May it be made profitable to us for doctrine, for correction, for reproof, for instruction in righteousness that we may be thoroughly furnished for every good work. May we be prepared by it, not only for this our daily employment of prayer, and praise, and thanksgiving, but for all the duties of our Christian calling. May we keep continually in our minds those things which we have learnt:-and, putting on the whole armour of GOD, may we be enabled to stand fast in every evil day; and to overcome the world, the flesh, and the Devil.

Defend us, O LORD, we most humbly beseech Thee, from all evil. Save us from the sins which most easily bese. us. Let us command our tempers, and restrain our tongues. Let us add to our faith, virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; and to knowledge, temperance; and to temperance, patience; and to patience, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, charity. Let us be rich in good works, to the praise and glory cf Thy name. And while we are thus receiving Thy truths into an honest heart, and are endeavouring, by Thy grace assisting us, to walk according to the precepts of Thy written word; may Thy Providence direct our steps in life, and watch over us, for good. Defend us, we beseech Thee, to the end of our lives; and let Thy

good Spirit abide within us, that we may not faint in our Christian course, nor become weary of welldoing

We pray for Thy blessing on all our friends and relations. May they walk by the light of the same blessed Gospel. May both they and we possess, in this world, knowledge of Thy truth; and, in the world to come, life everlasting.

We offer up these and all our supplications in the name of JESUS CHRIST, our only Mediator and Redeemer.

Our Father, &c.

The grace of our Lord, &c.


O LORD, our Heavenly Father, through whose providential goodness, we are now permitted to see the light of another day, grant unto us grace to devote the lives which Thou lengthenest, to Thy service.


Assist us in all the duties to which we shall be called this day and direct us to those employments which shall be fittest for us. Thou hast appointed unto every man his work in life: help us to be faithful and diligent in our calling; to be, at the same time, cheerful and contented with our lot; and, amidst all our earthly oc cupations, to be mindful of a better world. Deliver us

from all those anxieties and cares by which we are too apt to be disturbed.

We desire to remember that our life is as a shadow which soon passeth away; and that the difficulties and trials, which we must meet with here, will soon cease for ever. Teach us, also, moderation in our temporal enjoyments. May we chiefly desire those spiritual blessings which bring comfort to the soul. O grant unto us pardon of our sins, and a true faith in JESUS CHRIST, OUR LORD. Enable us to lay hold on the prom ises of Thy Gospel; and to delight ourselves with the sense of Thy favour here, and with the hope of eternal life hereafter. And make all things to work together for our good. Be Thou pleased so to order the events of our lives, that we may see continual reason to praise Thee for Thy dispensations towards us; and thus, being guided by Thy providence, and sanctified by Thy Spirit, may we attain at length to the end of our faith, even the salvation of our souls.

We pray, also, for all our dear friends and relations. Pardon, O LORD, their trespasses and sins; and make them partakers of the promises of Christ in His Gospel. Lead them through their various temptations and trials : —make them happy in themselves; and blessings to us, and to all around them.

Have pity on the sons and daughters of affliction :— sanctify to them their troubles in this life; and teach them to rejoice in the LORD amidst all their worldly tribulation. Bless the rising generation; and may there be never wanting in this land a seed to serve Thee.

We pray, especially, that the children of this family

may be brought up in Thy fear. May the Lord save them from this evil world. May the Lord "strengthen, stablish, and settle" them; and, after a life full of good works, give them an abundant entrance into His heavenly kingdom.

We present these our imperfect prayers, in the name of JESUS CHRIST, our ever-blessed Redeemer.

Our Father, &c.

The grace of our Lord, &c.


ALMIGHTY AND EVER-BLESSED GOD, who art the Father of all the families of the earth, and the everpresent help of those who put their trust in Thee-who hast sustained us amidst the weakness of infancy; hast guided us in youth; and preserved us during our advancing years;—who, by Thy providence, hast united us in one household;-who hast supplied our wants, and abundantly provided, as well for our bodies, as for our souls;-who hast delivered us from some of the scenes of temptation, and of sorrow, to which we sec others exposed; and permittest us to lie down, and rise up, in peace and safety;-We are now met together to thank Thee for the mercies of the past night, and to acknowledge that it is by Thy power and goodness alone that we are preserved from day to day. O LORD,

protect us this day from evil. Go Thou forth with us to the several duties of our stations; and enable us to do all things in Thy fear, and to Thy glory.

We beseech Thee to put Thy Spirit into our heart, that we may not depart from Thee; nor forget any of Thy commandments. May we serve Thee with humble, patient, and quiet minds; and may our love abound both towards Thee, and towards all men. Deliver us from those angry tempers to which our natures are so prone; and from all those sins which war against the soul. And may we grow in grace :-may we, more and more, prevail over the temptations by which we have formerly been overcome. May we lay aside every weight, and the sins which have most easily beset us; ever looking unto Him who is the Author and Finisher of our faith, and pressing towards the mark of the prize of our high calling, in Christ Jesus. May we remember that, in due time, we shall reap if we faint not; and may we be stedfast, immoveable, always abounding in the work of the LORD;-may we be faithful, even unto death; knowing that our labour shall not be in vain in the LORD.

We pray for Thy special blessing on the employ ments in which we shall this day engage. May we undertake nothing which is contrary to Thy will; and may our good endeavours be crowned by Thee with success. We would remember, that, without Thee, we can do nothing:-that without the concurrence of Thy providence, we can fulfil no purpose of our minds, and that we can do nothing spiritually good without the aid of Thy grace :-unto Thee, therefore, let our eyes be continually lifted up,

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