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for the day breaks : We must therefore think of concluding. The prayers of David the son of Jesse must be ended. But how shall we conclude, so as to have the im. pressions of the duty kept always in the imagination of the thought of our heart
1. We may then sum up our requests in some comprehensive petitions, at the conclusion of the whole matter.
Now the God of peace that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make us perfect in every good work to do his will, working in us that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Christ Jesus.a
Now the Lord direct our hearts into the love of God, and into a patient waiting for Christ.b
And the God of all grace, who hath called us to his eternal glory, by Christ Jesus, after that we have suffered awhile, make us perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle us.c
And now, Lord, what wait we for?d Truly our hope is even in thee, and on thee do we depend to be to us a God all sufficient.e
Do for us exceeding abundantly above what we are able to ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us :g and supply all our needs according to thy riches in glory by Christ Jesus.h
2. We may then beg for the audience and acceptance of our poor weak prayers for Christ's sake.
Now the God of Israel grant us the things we have requested of him.i
Let the words of our mouths, and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, our strength and our Redeemer.k
Let thine eyes be open unto the supplication of thy sera vants, and unto the supplication of thy people Israel, to hearken unto them in all that they call unto thee for ; for they be thy people, and thine inheritance.l
O our God, let thine ears be attent unto the we have made: O cura not away the face of thine anoints,
a Heb. 13 20.
b 2 Thess. 3.5.
c 1 Pet. 5. 10.
Psalm 19. 14.
ed; remember the mercies of David thy servant ; even Jesus, who is at thy right hand making intercession for Us.m
Lord, thou hast assured us, that whatever we ask the Father in Christ's name, he will give it us.n We ask all these things in that name,o that powerful name which is above every name,p that precious name which is as ointment poured forth.q make thy face to shine upon us for the Lord's sake, who is the Son of the love, and whom thou hearest always;s good Lord, give us to hear him, and be well pleased with us in him.
3. We may then beg for the forgiveness of what has been amiss in our prayers.
Lord, we have not prayed as we ought.u Who is there that does good and sins not?v Even when we would do good, evil is present with us; and if to will be present, yet how to perform that which is good we know not; for the good that we would, we do not,w so that thou mightest justly refuse to hear, even when we make many prayers.x But we have a great High Priest, who bears the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Is. rael hallow in all their holy gifts ;y for his sake take away all that iniquity from us, even all the iniquity of our holy things, and receive us graciously, and love us freely ;z and deal not with us after our folly.a
4. We may then recommend ourselves to the conduct, protection, and government of the divine gruce, in the further services that lie before us, and in the whole course of our conversation.
And now let us be enabled to go from strength to strength, until we appear before God in Zion; and while we pass through the valley of Baca, let it be made a well, and let the rain of the divine grace and blessing fill the pools.b
Now speak, Lord, for thy servants hearic What saith our Lord unto his servants !d Grant that we may not tura
m 2 Chron. 6. 40, 42
n John 16.23,
Dan. 9 17.
o Phil. 2. 9.
away our ear from hearing the law; for then our prayers will be an abomination ;e but may hearken unto God, that he may hearken unto us.g
And now the Lord our God be with us, as he was with our fathers ; let him not leave us nor forsake us, that he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments: and let our hearts be perfect with the Lord our God all our days, and continue so till the end be,h and then we may rest, and may stand in our lot, and let it be a blessed lot in the end of the days.
5. We may conclude all with doxologies, or solemn praises of God, ascribing honour and glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, and sealing up all our praises, and prayers with an affectionate Amen.
Now blessed be the Lord God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting, i Amen and Amen.
For ever blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doth wondrous things, and blessed be his glo. rious name for ever, and let the whole earth be filled with his glory, Amen and Amen.k Yea, let all the people say Amen, hallelujah..
To God only wise be glory, through Jesus Christ, for ever,in Amen.
Now to God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this
present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father, be glory for ever and ever,n Amen.
To God be glory in the church by Christ Jesus, throughout all ages, world without end,o Amen.
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever,p Amen; To him be honour and power everlasting, 9 to him be glo, ry and dominion, Amen.
Now, unto him that is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour,
e Prov. 28. 9.
g Judges 9.7.
h 1 Kings 8. 57. 58, 61,
be glory and majesty, dominion and power, now and ever,s Amen.
Hallelujah, salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God, Amen, hallelujaht
And now, we prostrate our souls before the throne and worship God, saying, Amen, blessing, and glory, and wis. dom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto God, for ever and ever,u Amen.
Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever; and let the whole creation say, Amen, Amen.o
6. It is very proper to sum up our prayers in that form of prayer which Christ taught his disciples.
Our Father which art in heaven ; hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever, Amen.w
& Paraphrase on the Lord's Prayer, in Scripture
Expressions. THE Lord's prayer being intended not only for a form of prayer itself, but a rule of direction, a plan or model in little, by which we may frame our prayers ; and the expressions being remarkably concise, and yet vastly comprehensive; it will be of good use sometimes to lay it before us, and observing the method and order of it, to dilate upon the several passages and petitions of it, that we may use it the more intelligently, of which we shall only here give a specimen, in the assistance we may have from some other scriptures.
Jude 24, 25.
* Rev. 19. 1, 4.
u Rev. 7, 11, 12 w.Matt. 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13,
Our Father which art in heaven. O Lord our God, doubtless thou art our Father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not : thou O Lord, art our Father, our Redeemer, thy name is from everlasting;a And we will from this time cry unto thee, our Father, thou art the guide of our youth.b
Have we not all one Father ? has not one God created us?c Thou art the Father of our spirits, to whom we ought to be in subjection and live.d
Thou art the Father of lights, and the Father of mercies,e and the God of all consolation :g the eternal Father,h of whom, and through whom, and to whom, are all things.i
Thou art the Father of our Lord Jesus Christok whose glory was that of the only begotten of the Father, who is in his bosoml hy him, as one brought up with him, daily his delight, and rejoicing always before him.m
Thou art in Christ, our Father, and the Father of all believers, whom thou hast predestinated to the adoption of children,n and into whose hearts thou hast sent the Spirit of the Son, teaching them to cry Abba, Father, behold what minner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the children of God! That the Lord God Almighty should be to us a Father, and we should be to him for Sons and daughters :9 And that as many as receive Christ, to them thou shouldst give power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name ; which are born, not of the will of man, but of God, and his grace.ro
O that we may receive the adoption of sons,s and that as obedient and genuine children, we may fashion ourselves according to the example of him who hath called us, who is holy ;t and may be followers of God as dear children, and conformed to the image of his Sonu who is the first born among many
a Isa. 63. 16.
. Jolin 1. 12, 13. u kub. 5, 1,
b Jer. 3. 4.
e Mat, 2. 10.