minister to it, and be careful, above all Things, to fit our Souls for that pure and perfect Bliss which Thou hast prepared for all that love and fear Thee, in the Glories of thy Kingdom.

Direct us in all our Actions, guard us against all Dangers, relieve us in all Straits, and

grant that we may always make Thee our Confidence, and take all Things well that Thou ordereft for us.

Shorten our Sorrows, and deliver us all.from our Sins, for Jefus Christ's Sake; in the full Extent of whose Words, we pray to be heard both for ourselves, and for all Mankind.

Our Father, &c.

An Evening Prayer for a Family. ALMIGHTY God, Father of our Lord

Jesus Christ, Maker of all Things, Judge of all Men; we acknowledge and bewail our manifold Sins and Wickedness, which we froin Time to Time most grievously have committed, by Thought, Wod and Deed, against thy divine Majesty.

Have Mercy upon us, O Lord, after thy great Goodness ; according to the Multitude of thy Mercies do away our Offences; wash


us thoroughly from our Wickedness, and cleanse us from our Sins ; create and make in us new and contrite Hearts, that we worthily lamenting our Sins, and acknowledging our Wretchedness, may obtain of Thee, the God of all Mercy, perfect Remission and Forgiveness.

Grant us, O Lord, the Affistance of thy Holy Spirit, that for the Time to come we may

think and do always such Things as be rightful; that we, who cannot do

any Thing that is good without Thee, may by Thee be enabled to live according to thy Will. Let thy Grace always so prevent and follow us, as to make us continually to be given for all good Works.

Help us, O Lord, to withstand the Af faults of the Enemies of our Salvation, the World, the Flesh, and the Devil ; and with pure

Hearts and Minds to follow Thee the only God. Graft in our Souls the Love of thy Name, increase in us true Religion, nourish us with all Goodness, and of thy great Mercy keep us in the same. Grant that we may love the Things which Thou commandest, and desire that which Thou dost promise ; that so among the sundry and manifold Changes of the World,our Hearts may surely there be fixed, where true Joys


are to be found. Dispose us by all the Means of Grace we enjoy, to attain that everlasting Salvation Thou haft promited.

Teach us, O Lord, so to number our - Days, that we may apply our Hearts unto

Wisdom ; that we may press forward toward the Prize of the high Calling that is before us; with Faith and Patience, with Humility and Meekness, with Mortification and Self-Denial, with Charity and constant Perseverance to the End; that so when we fhall depart this Life, we may sleep in the Lord, and at the general Resurrection in the last Day, we may receive that Blessing -which thy beloved Son shall then confer upon all that truly love and fear thee.

Take us, O Lord, we beseech Thee, into thy Protection this Night, and by thy great Mercy defend us from all the Perils and Dangers of it. Keep us both outwardly in our Bodies, and inwardly in our Souls, that we may be defended from all Adverfities that may happen to the Body, and from all evil Thoughts that may assault and hurt the Soul. • Extend thy Goodness, O Lord, to the whole Race of Mankind. Have Mercy upon all Jews, Turks, Infidels, and Here tics; take from them all Ignorance, Hard

ness of Heart, and Contempt of thy Word; and fo fetch them Home to thy Flock, that they may be saved with thy People in the great Day of the Lord Jesus. Grant unto all them that are admitted into the Fellowship of Christ's Religion, that they may eschew those Things that are contrary to their Profession, and follow all such Things as are agreeable to the fame. Bless our most Gracious Sovereign Lord King GEORGE, our gracious Queen Charlotte, his Royal Highness George Prince of Wales, and all the Royal Family; and all our Governors both in Church and State; that in their several Stations they may be useful and ferviceable to thy Glory, and the Public Good. We make our humbleft Supplications to thee for all our Benefactors, Friends, and Relations, and also for our very Enemies : let thy Fatherly Hand be ever over them, and so lead them in the Knowledge and Obedience of thy Word, that in the End they may obtain everlasting Life." Look with an Eye of Pity and Compaflion upon all those who are any ways afflicted in Mind, Body, or Estate ; give them Patience under all their Sufferings, and in thy due Time a happy Issue out of all their Afflictions.


And as we pray unto Thee, O God, for ourselves and others, so we desire to bless and praise thy holy Name, for all thy Goudness and Loving-kindness to us and to all Men. We give 'Thee hearty Thanks for the Preservation of us the Day past; and the rest of our Lives, from innumerable Accidents and Dangers; for the Comforts and Conveniences, as well as the Necessaries of Life : But above all, we praise thee for the Redemption of the World, by the Death and Passion of our Saviour Chrift, who did humble himself even to the Death of the Cross, for us miserable Sinners, who lay in Darkuess and in the Shadow of Death, that he might make us the Children of God, and exalt us to everlasting Life. Teach us to express our Thankfulness, by submitting ourselves entirely to thy holy Willand Pleasure, and by studying to serve Thee in true Holiness and Righteousness all the Days of our Life. Accept, O Lord, of these our Prayers and Praises in, and through the Mediation of Jesus Christ, our blessed Saviour and Redeemer, who haft taught us, when we pray, to lay,

Our Father, &c.


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