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sible from present and future experience, that we have enjoyed the presence, and received the blessing, of the Master of the feast : and in the strength of the refreshment imparted to our faith and hope and love, may we go on our way to the heavenly world with an enlarged and rejoicing heart.
And while we enjoy the comforts of religion, may we be doubly mindful of its obligations and observances. Having partaken of the goodness of thy house, and of thy holy place, may we maintain upon our minds a lively recollection of the blessedness of the man whom thou choosest and causest to approach unto thee, and be effectually constrained from a willing mind to consecrate to thee our bodies and our spirits as living sacrifices, holy, acceptable, which is our reasonable service.
And do thou, O Lord, who alone canst give effect to our purposes and desires to be thine, accomplish in us, we beseech thee, the whole good pleasure of thy goodness. Let not the good seed which hath been sown, be scattered by the winds, or choked by the tares, or scorched by the heat, or snatched away by the enemy. Let not sin regain its dominion over us : but perfect, we entreat thee, that which concerneth us; and having begun thy good work, be pleased to carry it forward unto the day of Jesus Christ. May all the effects designed by the holy ordinance in which we have this day participated, be produced by thy grace in our experience. May our faith be confirmed, our hope enlivened, our love increased, and our purposes of new and better obedience in time to come
strengthened and rendered effectual. May the world in which we are appointed to perform our christian pilgrimage, take knowledge of us that we have been with Jesus; and may our path through it be as the shining light, which shineth more and more unto the perfect day. We cast ourselves, O Lord, upon thee for guidance, for support, for comfort, and for protection. Thou who hast covered a table for us this day in the wilderness, and spread over us thy banner which is love, wilt thou not continue with us thy bounty and thy grace; wilt thou not cause the stream of thy merciful goodness to accompany us all the days of our life ; and wilt thou not permit us at last to dwell with thee in the house of the Lord for ever?
Nor would we be mindful merely of ourselves. We commend to thee all our fellow-christians, and especially those who have this day united with us in commemorating the dying love of our exalted Redeemer, May love to the Saviour bind us together in affection one to another, as members of the same family, partakers of the same nature, and heirs of the same blessedness. May thy servants who have dispensed to us the word and bread of life, be enriched with all heavenly and spiritual blessings. May their minds be the seat of all those gifts and graces which are needful to the advancement of their holiness, their comfort, and their usefulness. And while they plant and water, may God command a blessing, and appoint an abundant increase.
Look, we entreat thee, in compassion, on those who are destitute of the privileges which we enjoy. For
give the sin of those, who enjoying outward privileges despise or abuse them; and let the light of the knowledge of thy glory, as it shines in the face of Jesus Christ, penetrate every dark place of the earth, and reach conviction to every polluted and benighted mind, causing the distant heathen to cast his idols to the moles and to the bats, and constraining the heathen in a christian land to look upon Him whom he hath pierced, and to mourn, to love, and to obey.
Hear us, we beseech thee, gracious God, and accept of us : And all that we ask is in the name and for the sake of Jesus Christ, to whom, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, be glory for ever. Amen.
SECOND PRAYER FOR THE MORNING OF A
O Lord, heaven is thy throne, and earth is thy footstool, and even the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee. Wilt thou in very deed dwell with men upon the earth?
We rejoice that thou hast not turned away from the works of thy hands, but that even thy delights are with the children of men. We rejoice that thou art not only the inhabitant of eternity, but the God of all grace, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in him the reconciled God, and compassionate heavenly Father, of all who believe. We thank thee that we are not warned as at Sinai to stand at a distance from thy presence, but are invited and encouraged to approach thee not only as our Sove
reign, to whom we owe allegiance and homage, but as our Benefactor and our Father who is willing freely to give us all things.
We adore thee, gracious God, for the method by which thy love is exercised towards us. In Jesus Christ, the brightness of thy glory and the express image of thy person, we behold a Saviour whose blood cleanseth from all sin; whose righteousness vindicates thy character and magnifies thy law; whose Spirit quickens the lifeless, and sanctifies the polluted soul ; whose example is the guide of believers in all their endeavours in thy service; and whose living power and all prevailing intercessions afford the certain pledge of their present acceptance, and their future and eternal blessedness. We adore a method of salvation in which justice and mercy unite and harmonise; which meets the demands and provides for the honour, of all thy perfections; which saves the sinner, and glorifies God in the highest. Into these things angels desire to look; and we, O Lord, who have a nearer interest in them, humbly beseech thee who art the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, to give unto us the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Christ; that the eyes of our understanding being opened, we may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of that mighty power whereby Christ was raised from the dead, and set at the right hand of God in the heavenly places.
For this purpose, we beseech thee to bless the sacred ordinance in which we are this day to engage. By means of it may we obtain a deeper insight into the mystery of redeeming love; and may the affections and sentiments which that love should inspire, be quickened and invigorated. While we encompass thy table, may we be filled with admiration of the glory of the Saviour, and may our hearts burn towards him with a livelier and intenser gratitude for the grace he hath shown us. Looking back, may we reflect on the misery and shame from which he hath rescued us; and looking forward, inay we rejoice in hope of the glory to which he hath promised in due time to exalt us. May we meditate upon the debt of gratitude we owe him; and while we remember his humiliation, his sufferings, and his death, may we be inspired with a godly sorrow for sin, and with a fixed purpose of heart to live to him who hath bought us with his blood.
And O may that Spirit whom the Saviour bequeathed to his followers, be shed on us abundantly, to testify to us of Christ, and to bring all things concerning him vividly to our recollection. May he be poured upon us as the Spirit of grace and of supplications; and may we have no cause to complain of that want of spiritual vigour and activity under which we so often groan. Instead of being in heaviness through manifold temptations, may we be filled with all joy and peace in believing, and abound in hope through the power of the holy Ghost.
With ourselves, we would be mindful in thy pre