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: I acknowledge, O my God, that thou haft, by innumerable Instances, manifested thyself to be a most kind and indulgent Father; but alas ! I have abused thy Goodnefs, and made very ungrateful Returns for thy exceeding Kindness and Mercy. Instead of loving and delighting in thee, and paying thee a filial and cheerful Obedience, I find in myself many Times a great Prone- . ness to offend thee, and a great Backwardness and Indisposition to do those Things which thou requirest of me.
O Lord ! I lament and bewail the Cor. ruption of my Nature, most sorrow fully confefsing before thee, that I have too great a Defire after the Things of this World ; too great a Fondness for the Profits and Pleasures of it: And though I am fully persuaded, that it is my Happinefs and Prin vilege, as well as my Duty, to love and ferve thee, yet I am very apt to forget thee, and to grow careless and remiss in that great and important Work, which thou hast given me to do.
O my God! I confefs with Sorrow that this World hath taken such Hold of my Affections, that I neither love thee, serve thee, nor obey thee, as I ought to do; my Devotion to thee is many Times cold and
languid; languid; my Prayers are full of Wanderings, Deadness, and Distractions, and the very best of my religious Duties are accompanied with so many Failings and Imperfections, that I have great Cause to humble myself before thee.
“ How greatly, O God, * have I offended thee, by ried or omitted, as
This is to be va. “ Lust and Intemperance, every one sees fit.
by Peevishness, Passion, " and Anger, by Covetousness and Ambi“ tion, by Pride and Envy, by Prejudice - and Ili-will towards my Neighbour, by “ murmuring and repining at the Dispen
sations of thy. Providence, and by an Unwillingness to resign myself to thy Dil
pofal in all Things? How frequently “ have I violated my baptismal Engage-, "ments, by preferring the Vanities of this “ wicked World before thy Favour, and by
suffering iny Heart, which has been so « often dedicated to thy Service, to bę u brought under the Bondage and Domi
nion of Sin and Folly?"
And what shall I now fay unto thee, O thou Preserver of Men! O Lord, I have no Hope but in thy Mercy and the infinite Merits of my dear Redeemer; And if thou, rejectest me, I am loft and undone for ever.
But, O thou compassionate Lover of Souls! who knowest whereof we are made, and rememberest that we are but Dust, turn not thy Face from me, nor cast thy Servant away in Displeasure; let the Intercessions of thy beloved Son prevail in my Behalf, and for the Sake of his meritorious Death and Passion, for all that he has done, and all that he has suffered for me, have Mercy upon me; pardon and forgive, I most earnestly and unfeignedly beseech thee, all the Sins and Follies of my Life past, which are more than I can number, and greater than I am able to bear; and more especially, O my God, lay not to my Charge-[Here again may be named Particulars.] O cleanse me from all my secret and unknown Transgressions, and vouchsafe, O merciful Father, to be reconciled unto me, who am sorry for my Sins, and grieved that I have offended thee, my most gracious Lord and Master, to whom I owe all the Returns of Love and Duty that can possibly be paid by a Creature to his Creator.
O Lord; reserve not my Sins to be punished in the Day of thy fierce Anger; (for who can dwell with everlasting Burnings ! who is able to abide the Fury of thy Wrath!) but spare me, O most mighty God, and 6
merciful Saviour; and grant that I may never fall into those Evils, which my Sins have justly deserved. Thy Property is always to have Mercy ; to thee only it appertaineth to forgive Sin; O turn away thy Anger from me, who meekly acknowledge my Vileness, and truly repent me of my Faults, and do now unfeignedly turn unto thee, with full Purpose and Resolation of Heart to serve thee faithfully, and to make it the great Care and Endeavour of my Life to pleafe and obey thee.
O Lord ! there is nothing that I desire fo much, as to be of the Number of thy faithful and obedient Servants : Thy Favour is better than Life itself; thy Service is the most perfect Freedom. O enable me, by the Assistance of thy blessed Spirit, to forfake all my Sins, and to reform whatever has been amiss in the Temper and Difpofition of my Mind, or in any of the Actions of my Life. Open thou mine Eyes, that I may see the Vileness and Deformity, as well as Danger of Sin ; that I may fly from all Appearance of Evil, and with an unwearied Diligence follow after and purfue the Things that make for my everlasting Peace. Grant, that for the Time to come I may live only unto thee, in an awful Fear of thy L 6
great Name, and a constant Regard to thy blessed Will, keeping always a Conscience void of Offence, both towards thee, and all Men.
Give me Grace to spend my Time religiously, soberly, and usefully, in the subduing my Passions, mortifying my corrupt Inclinations, and in the Practice of all those Duties thou requirest of me; that when thou shalt think fit to take me out of this State of Trial and Temptation here, I may be received into that blessed King. dom, where all Tears shall be wiped from my Eyes, and Sin and Death shall be no
Grant this, o merciful Father, through the Merits and for the Sake of thy Son, and my alone Saviour, Jesus Chrift. Amen.
A Prayer to be used at the same Time, or fhortly after either of the foregoing Cona feßions.
Moft Gracious and Merciful Father,
who, in Pity and Compassion to my Soul, hast given me this opportunity of humbling myself before thee, accept,
I earnestly intreat thee, of my unfeigned Sorrow for all the Sins which I have com