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Another Morning Prayer for a Family.
whoin we live, and move, and have our Being, and whose Mercy is over all thy Works ; we thy Deedy Creatures, in a thankful Sense of thy good Providence over us, do render thee our humbleft Praises for thy Preservation of us from the Beginning of our Lives to this Time. Blessed be thy holy Name for the continual Protection of thy Hand, by which we have been defended amidst the Changes and Miseries of this mortal Life, and delivered from innumerable Dangers, and particularly, from any evil Accident of the
Night paft. To thy watch* When Dif- ful Providence we wholly owe turbances of any it, * that no Disturbance hath Kind befala Family, instead come nigh us, or our Dwellof this, say,
ing; but that we have enjoy[That notwithstanding ed quiet and refreshing Sleep,
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humbly beseeching Thee to accept this our MorningSacrifice of Praise and Thanksgiving, for the Sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour.
And fince it is of thy Mercy, O gracious Father, that another Day is adding to our Lives ; let us dedicate both our Souls and Bodies to Thee and thy Service, to promote thy Glory and our own Salvation, in a fober, righteous, and godly Life.
But, Lord, thou knoweft the Weakness and Corruption of our Nature, and the manifold Temptations that we daily meet with, we therefore humbly beseech thee to have Compassion upon our Infirmities, and to give us the constant Affistance of thy Grace and Holy Spirit, that we may be effectually restrained from Sin, and excited to our Duty. Suffer us not to be tempted above what we are able ; and when thów seeft us giving Way to any Temptation, stretch forth thy helping Hand to save and deliver us. Imprint in our Hearts such a Dread of thy Judgments, and such a Love of thy Goodness towards us, as may make us both afraid, and ashamed to offend thee. And above all, keep in our Minds a lively Remembrance of that great Day in which we must give a strict Account of our Thoughts, Words, and Actions, and ac
cording to the Works done in the Body, be either eternally rewarded or punished by him whom Thou hast appointed Judge of Quick and Dead, Jesus Chriít our Lord.
Wherefore, we beseech Thee, give us Grace to have Thee and thy Law always before our Eyes, that we may walk therein according to thy Will, with Watchfulness and Circumspection. Keep us fober and temperate, and diligent in the leveral States and Conditions which thy Providence hath appointed for us. Grant us Patience under any Affliction thou shalt see sit to lay upon us, and Minds always contented. with our present Condition. Give us Grace to be just and upright in all our Dealings, quiet and peaceable, full of Compassion towards the Needy and Afflicted, and ever ready to do good to all Men, according to the Abilities and Opportunities which Thou shalt. give us; that so walking faithfully before Thee all our Days, and being found watching whenever our appointed Time shall come, we may from a Life of Righteoufness, be translated to Life and Bliss eternal.
And we humbly beg thy Blessing this Day upon our honeft Deligns and Undertakings. Direct us in all our Ways, and prosper the work of our lands. Let thy
good Providence watch over us, and pres serve us in our Going out and Coming in, Defend us from all Dangers and Adversities, and be thou graciously pleased to take us, and all Things belonging to us, into thy Fatherly Care and Protection. These Things, O Lord, and whatever else Thou seeft needful and convenient both for our Souls and Bodies, we humbly beg of Thee for the Sake of thy Son Jesus Christ ; in whose most holv Name and Words we pray unto thee for ourselves and all Mankind.
Our Father, &c.
Another Evening Prayer for a Family.
OST Gracious and Merciful God,
who art of purer Eyes than to behold Iniquity, and hast promited Mercy aud, Forgiveness to all them who confefs and forsake their Sins; we come before Thee in an humble Sense of our own Unworthiness, acknowledging our manifold Transgressions of thy righteous, Laws, in Thought, Word, and Deed; we have done thole Things which Thou hast forbidden,, and left undone ithe, Things
which Thou haft commanded; so that when we look back upon our past Lives, and remember that Thou art privy to our most secret Sins, we are afraid of Thy Judgments, and ashamed to lift up our Eyes unto Thee. But, O gracious Father, who desirest not the Death of a Sinner, Jook upon us, we beseech Thee, in thy Son Jesus Christ; for the Merits of his Sufferings, be Thou merciful to us, in the Pardon of our Sins ; make us deeply fenfible of the great Evil and Danger of them, and work in us a hearty Contrition : And grant that the Remembrance of them may be more grievous and afflicting to us, than of any
other Evil whatsoever; that we worthily lamenting our Transgressions, and being brought to a hearty Repentance and Amendment of Life,may obtain Forgiveness at thy Hands, who art ever ready to receive humble and penitent Sinners, for the Sake of thy Son Jesus Christ, our only Saviour and Redeemer.
And left, through our own Frailty, or the Temptations that encompass us, we be drawn again to our former Sins, vouchfafe uis, we beseech. Thee, the Direction and Alfistance of thy Holy Spirit, that as thou haft t into our Hearts good Desires, so by the