Act of Kindness or Charity towards me.
Help me, O my God, fo to walk before thee,

may enjoy a true Liberty ;

be full of Comfort, my Death of Peace; and that I may obtain eternal Glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Bless this whole Family to which I belong ; sow in all our Hearts the Seeds of unfeigned Charity, that we may all enjoy the Comforts of a mutual Affection, and of à mutual Assistance and Aid in our several Places.

Possess us with a just Sense of Duty towards thee, and towards Man; that we may be living Members of thy blessed Son;

that being protected by thy good Providence, directed by thy Word, and affifted by the Influence of thy holy Spirit, we may meet in the Family of Heaven, where we shall adore and praise thee, love and enjoy thee to all Eternity, thro' Jesus Christ our Lord ; in whose most holy Name and Words I continue to pray,

Our Father, &c.

and grant,



An Evening Prayer for a Servant.

O MY God, my Strength, and the Rock

of my Salvation, how does my Soul praise thee for thy great Goodness, and all the precious Promises of thy Gospel.

But, O my God, I have forgotten thee, though thou hast given me my Being; I have forgotten thee, though thou gavest thine own Son to redeem me; not only to free me from the Punishment due to my Sins, but from the Slavery and Dominion of them, and to procure for me Life eternal.

I have feared the Displeasure of Man, whofe Breath is in his Nostrils, more than I have feared thine.

O thou just and holy Judge of Mankind! I have been more solicitous for the Bread that perishes, than for thy Favour, which is better than Life itself.

I have sinned against my Knowledge, thy Word, and the Motions of thy Holy Spirit. I have been "apt to repine and murmur at thy Providence, and to be difcontented with


Condition. [Here mention thy particular Sins.] :

But I repent, O my God, of all my Sins, and 'humbly beg, the Assistance of thy. H6


Grace, that I


do Works meet for Repentance, and serve thee in Truth, and with an upright Heart, all the Days of my Life.

Have Mercy upon me, O Lord, have Mercy upon me, and forgive me all my Offences ; and give me Grace to keep upon my Watch and Guard against them. Enable me sincerely to endeavour to reform and amend my Life, that I may every Day grow and increase in Goodness, and be lj much the fitter for Death, the nearer I

apo proach to it. And whenever it comes, let it find me, O Lord, in a Disposition and Frame of Spirit fit to die ; having an unfhaken Faith, an humble Resignation and Submiffion, an holy Contempt of Earth, and a devout Love of Heaven.

Thou haft called me to be a Servant, but thou hast called me to be a Son too, and an Heir of eternal Life ; O Give me Grace to be contented, and faithfully to discharge

my Duty.

Do thou who never flumberest nor sleepest, watch over me, and this whole . Family ; let thine Angels pitch their Tents about us this Night ; let us lie down fecurely, and let our Sleep be sweet and refreshing to us, for Jesus Christ his Sake ; 1 whole most holy Name and Words, I


beg all Things needful both for myself, and all Mankind; particularly all that I am in any Way bound to pray for.

Our Father, &c.

A Prayer to be used by a Servant at any

Time of the Day, or that may be added to any other Devotions.

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Lord my God, thou hast made me,

and doft dispose of all Things in a wife and excellent Order; thou haft placed me in the Condition of a Servant; O grant that I may discharge the Duties of it zea. lously and faithfully; enable me to employ and improve the Talents which thou bait entrusted me with, to thy Glory, and the Good of my own Soul; and make me useful and serviceable, honest and diligent in the Station to which it hath pleased thee to call me. O suffer me not to fall into

any Breach of Trust with Man, lest I fall under the Vengeance of thee my

God. Keep me, I beseech thee, from Pride and Frowardness, from Discontent and Mure muring, and give me a meek and humble Spirit. O thou Lover of Peace and Concord, enablc me to live in brotherly Affection, Unity and Concord, with my Fellow Servants ;



grant that we may be a mutual Comfort, and afford mutual Assistances to each other, as well in our spiritual, as temporal Concerns.

Lord, let not my Soul, by any Connie vance or Encouragement, or any other Act of mine, lie under the Guilt of being the Occasion of the Discontent, or Injury, or Ruin of any Family or Person ; but make me an Instrument of Peace and Prosperity wherever I am. I know, O Lord, that Humility and Industry are Virtues that are not so pleasing to a carnal Mind'; but do thou make me sensible hew great the Recompence of Self-denial, and all other Virtues, will one Day be.

Make me, O Lord, to remember that I am always in thy Sight, and that thou dost ponder all my Paths; that I may be fully convinced, that both my temporal and eternal Interest depends upon the faithful and conscientious Performance of my Duty ; that so I may not be seduced or discouraged by any Temptation whatsoever, but still looking up to God, and having regard to the Recompence of Reward, I rith Patience the Race that is set before


may run

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