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A Prayer, consisting of Confession of Sins,
and imploring Pardon and Grace, which may be used in our Preparation to the Sacrament, or at any other Times of extraordinary Devotion.
I. A Lmighty Lord God, just and holy. I
desire to humble myself before thee, in a deep Sense of my own Vileness and Unworthiness, by Reason of the many and great Sins I have at any Time committed against thee, my Sovereign Lord and Judge.
I have offended thee by evil Thoughts of many kinds; by vain, rash, false, or wicked' Words, and by many unjust and ungodly Deeds, which I have committed against the Dictates of Reason, the Checks of my own Conscience, and the known Precepts of my Duty.
II. I have too often neglected the Duties of Religion, which is the great and important Concern of my Life. And when I have performed them, it hath been often carelesly and out of Custom, or without due Affection and Attention of Mind.
I have not served thee with that Purity of Intention, with that Sincerity of Heart, with that Fervency of Spirit, with that
Zeal for thy Glory, with that Watchfulness, Care, Diligence, and Constancy, that I ought.
If I have been at any Time sensible of my Sins and Infirmities, I have not preserved such a Sense of them, as ought to have made me more circumspect, and watchful against them, or less liable to censure or condemn other Men; but have too rafhly condemned my Neighbour, or impaired his Credit, or given Countenance to others who have done fo, or not difcouraged them in so doing, as I might and ought.
III. The Pleasures and Business of this Life, or the Desires of growing Rich, or being Great, have caused me too often to forget that I am but a Stranger upon Earth, and that my Days are as a Shadow, that will soon pass away.
Nor have I fo far disengaged my Heart, as by thy Grace I might, from all Things hese below, as to have my Hopes and AFfections principally set on Things above, and on that Happiness which will last for exermore.
But I have been too anxious and folicitous for the Things of this Life, not considering that precious Promise, that if I first
seek the Kingdom of God, and his Righteoufness, all Things necessary shall be added unto me.
Nor have I been fo contented with my Condition in this World, nor so resigned to thy Providence, as I ought. : How little have I mortified my Members, which are upon the Earth, inordinate Affection, evil Concupiscence, and Covetoufnefs ! And yet I know, that if any one love the World, the Love of the Father is not in him; and that the Poor in Spirit are blessed.
IV. I have not been fufficiently thankful for the continued Effects of thy Bounty towards me.
Neither have I received the afflicting Dispensations of thy Providence with such Patience and Submission as is due to thy Wisdom, nor made fuch Improvements and Advantages of them, as thy Goodness did thereby intend me. ; V. I know that Religion has nothing in it that is worthy of Blame or Reproach, but is of all Things the most comely, and worthy of a Man; and yet out of a foolish Regard to the Opinions and Cenfures of Men, I have too often been ashamed to practise divers important Duties, and to discountenance the evil Practices or Vices
of others, or to own the Cause of Virtue and Piety ; not considering, that whosoever is alhamed of Christ and his Words, in this adulterous and finful Generation, of him shall the Son of Man be ashamed, when he cometh in the Glory of his Father with the Holy Angels.
VI. I believe that all Scripture is given by Inspiration of God, and is profitable for Doctrine, for Reproof, for Correction, for Instruction in Righteousness, that such as defire, and sincerely endeavour to serve thee truly, may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good Works. And yet, O God, how feldom, how little, have I read and pondered thy holy Word! how much have I omitted searching the Scriptures! and how foolish in reading other Books inore than them! not considering they best set before us the Way of Life, and the Way of Death, and teach us what we must do to be saved from the Wrath to come, and to inherit eternal Life.
And when I have read thy holy Word; it hath not been with such good Dispositions, with such an attentive and teachable Mind, with such an humble Heart, and sincere Intentions to do whatsoever I should perceive to be thy Will, as I ought.
VII. I have not had that just, that low, and mean Opinion of myself, that I ought; but have been too much desirous of the Praises of Men.
I have not been so meek and gentle, so patient and considerate under Reproaches, or ill Treatment, as I ought; but have been too often carried out into such Degrees of Anger or Refentment, as have discomposed myself, or injured my Neighbour ; nor have I been so ready to put the fairest and most charitable Constructions
his Words or Actions, as I ought.
VIII. In my Transactions with Men, I have not had Regard to such fincere and candid Dealing, or Equity, as I ought ; but have been too deceitful in my Words or Actions; and often too severe and rigorous in demanding my Dues, or too backward in paying others, when, or in such reasonable Measure, as I could and ought.
I have been too insensible of the Wants and Miseries of my Neighbour; nor have I had that Tenderness and Compassion towards him, as to embrace all such Opportunities of relieving him, as I had Opportunity and Ability to do.
On all Accounts I have too little confi. dered the Blessing thou hast promised to