to the self-fame thing, and gire as the earnest of the spirit in our hearts.

O that we may now have ourconversation in heaven; that we may from thence, with comfort, look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus, who shall change our vile bodies, that they may be fathioned like unto his glorious body,

() that now we may set our affections on things above, and that our life may be bid with Christ in God, that when Christ, who is our life, shall appear, we also may appear with him in glory ; that when he shall appear, we may be like him, and may see hin as he is, may behold his face in righteousness, and when we aivake may be satisfied with his like nefs.

When we fail, let us be received into everlasting habitations, in the city that hath foundation, whole builder and maker is God, that we may be together for ever with the Lord, to fee as we are seen, and know as we are known,

And in the mean time help us to comfort ourselves and one another, with these words; and having this hope in us, to purify ourselves; even as Christ is pure.

Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our father, who hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting confolation, and good-bope, through grace, comfort our hearts, and establish us in every food word and work.

5. We must pray for the good things of life, with an bumble submillion to the will of God.

Lord, thou hast told us that godliness hath the promife of the life that now is, as well as of that which is to come : And that, if we seek firit the kingdom of God, and the righteousness thereof, other things thall be added to us; and therefore we calt all our care about these things upon thee, who carest for us, for our heavenly father knows that we have need of all these things,

1. We must pray to be preserved from the calamities to which we are exposed.

'Thou, Lord, art our refuge and our fortress, and under thy wings will we trutt, thy truth thall be our fhield and buckler; let us therefore not be afraid for the terror by night, nor for the arrow that flieth by day. Having made the Lord our refuge, and the Moft High our habitation, let no evil befal us, nor any plague come nigh our dwelling.

Let the Lord be our keeper, even he that keepeth Ifrael, and neither slumbers nor sleeps. Let the Lord be our shade on our right hand, that the fun may not fmite us by day, nor the moon by night; let the Lord preserve us from all evil, the Lord preserve our souls; the Lord preserve our going out, and coming in, from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Lord, make a hedge about us, about our houses, and about all that we have round about; and take tickness away

from the midst of us, 2. We must pray to be supplied with the comforts and supports we daily stand in need of, O that the beauty of the Lord our God may

be upon us, prosper thou the work of our hands upon us, yea, the work of our hands establish thou it: Save now, we beseech thee, O Lord; O Lord, we beseech thee, fend now profperity.

Let our fons be as plants grown up in their youth, and our daughters as corner Iones, polished after the fimilitude of a palace: Let our garners be full, affording all manner of store ; and let there be no breaking in or going out, no complaining in our streets : Happy is the people that is in fach a case, yea, rather, happy is the people whose God is the Lord.

Let us be blefied in the city, and blessed in the field, let our basket and our ttore be blessed, let us be blessed when we come in, and when we go 'out.

Let thy good providence so order all events concerning us, as that they may be made to work for

good to us, as thou hast promised they shall to all that love thee, and are called according to thy purpose.

Give us to trust in the Lord, and do good, and then we fall dwell in the land, and verily we shall be fed ; and be thou pleased to bring forth our righteousness as the light, and our judgment as the noonday.

Let us be bid from the scourge of the tongue, and not be afraid of destruction when it cometh ; let us be in league with the stones of the field, and let the beasts of the field be at peace with us ; let us know that our tabernacle is in peace, and let us visit our habitation, and not fin.

And if God will be with us, and will keep us in the way that we go, during our pilgrimage in this world, and will give us bread to eat, and raiment to put on, so that we may come to our heavenly father's house in peace, then the Lord shall be our God.

6. We must plead the promises of God for the enforcing of all our petitions, put these promises in fuit, and refer ourselves to them.

Lord, thou hast given us many exceeding great and pracious promises, which are all, yea, and amen, in Christ. Now be it unto thy servants according to the word which thou hast spoken.

Give us to draw water with joy out of those wells of salvation, to fuck and be fatisfied from these breasts of confolation: And now, O Lord God, let the word which thou hast' [poken concerning thy servants be established for ever, and do as thou hast said.

Deal with us according to the tenor of the everlasting covenant, which is well ordered in all things, and sure, and which is all our salvation, and all our defire.

Look upon us, and be merciful unto us, as thou used to do uato those that love thy name, and do more for us tha) we are able to ask or think, and supply all our needs, according to thy riches, in glory, by Christ Jesus.


Of the Fourth Part of Prayer, which is thanksgivings for the mercies we have received from God, and the many favours of his we are interested in, and have bope for benefit by.

UR errand at the throne. of grace is not only to

the glory due uoto his name, and that not only by an awful adoration of his infinite perfections, but by a grateful acknowledgment of his goodness toʻus, which cannot indeed add any thing to his glory, but he is pleased to accept of it, and to reckon himself glorified by it, if it comes from a heart that is humbly sensible of its own unworthiness to receive any favour from God, that values the gifts, and lov giver of them.

1. We must stir up ourselves to praise God, witli the confideration both of the reason and of the encouragement we have to praise him.

Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks, for that thy name is near, thy wonderous works declare.

Let our souls bless the Lord, and let all that is within us bless his holy, name; yea, let our souls bless the Lord, and not forget any of his benefits.

We will praise the Lord, for it is good, it is pleafant, and praise is comely for the upright, yea, it is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and sing praises unto thy name, O Most High, to thew forth thy loving-kindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night.

We will extol thee, our God, O King, and will bless thy name for ever and ever: Every day will we bless thee, and will praise thy name for ever and ever;

we will abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and sing of thy righteousness.

We will fing unto the Lorit a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints: O let Israel rejoice in bin that made him, let the children of Zion be joyful in their King; let the faints be joyful in glory, and let the high praises of God be in their hearts, and in their mouths.

While we live we will bless the Lord, and will fing praise unto our God while we have any being; and when we have no being on earth, we hope to have a being in heaven, to be doing it better.

We are here through Jesus Christ to offer the facrisice of praise to thee, which we desire to do con. tinually, that is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to thy naine. And thou hast said, that he that offers praise, glorifies thee, and that this also thall please the Lord better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.

We will mention the loving kindneffes of the Lord, and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness towards the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them, according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of bis loving kindnesses.

1. We must be particular in our thanksgivings to God. 1. For the discoveries which he has made to us in his word of the goodness of his nature.

We give thanks unto the God of Gods, unto the Lord of Lords, for his mercy endures for ever.

Thy goodness is thy glory, and it is for that which all thy works do praise thee, and thy faints do bless thee.

Thou art gracious and full of compassion, flow to anger, and of great mercy, and hast told us, that thou dolt not afiliet willingly, or grieve the children of niên, but though thou caufe grief, yet thou wilt have compassion, according to the multitude of thy mercies.

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