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Holy Spirit from us, and to leave us to the Vanity and Folly of our own Minds. We humbly beseech thee, O most merciful Father, to forgive us all our past Offences. Do thou mercifully hear our Prayers, and let our Cry come unto thee.
Let our whole Behaviour on this Day be such, that there may be nothing thought, said, or done by us, but what may best serve to promote the End for which thou hast instituted it; and, good God, make every one of us diligent, not only to save our own Souls, but, as much as in us lies, the Souls of others too.
Bless thy universal Church : Be thou graciously present in all Christian Assemblies throughout the World, and hear the Prayers they shall this Day put up, and make thy Word effectual to the pulling down the Kingdom of Satan, and to the edifying the Church of Christ in found Faith and real Godliness. May thy Word come with Power into every Conscience, and have a due and saving Effect upon the Minds of all that hear it.
Bestow a plentiful Portion of thy good Spirit upon all that by Sickness, Imprisonment, orany other lawful Impediment, are kept from partaking of the Means of Grace,
that we enjoy; and be pleased mercifully to relieve and succour them in all their Straits and Difficulties. Those that are troubled in Mind, do thou direct to proper Means to obtain Comfort and Satisfaction. Give all that have no Sense of thy Majesty, and live as it were without God in the World, awakening Convictions of the Dangers they are in, and the Miseries they are exposed to, that they may escape them.
Pardon our Sins and Imperfections, and relieve all our Wants, for the Sake of Jesus Chrift; in whose Words we farther pray,
Our Father, &c.
A concluding Prayer. THE Grace of our Lord Jesus Chrift, and the Love of God, and the Communion of the Holy Ghost, be with us all. Amen.
An Evening Prayer for a FAMILY on
the Lord's Day TERNALLY blessed, and infinitely
glorious Lord God, who keepest Mercy for thousands, and forgivest the Iniquities of all truly penitent and returning Sinners ; we present ourselves this Evening before Thee, acknowledging our manifold Sins,
whereby we have exposed ourselves to thy just Displeasure.
We have been unmindful both of our Duty and Interest ; have broken thy holy Laws, dishonoured our holy Religion, and miserably neglected the great Salvation thy blessed Son purchased and procured for Mankind.
We have come without due Preparation to thy folemn Worship, and been heedless and inattentive in hearing thy Word. () how cold and flat have we been in thy Praises ! how earthly, dull, and distracted in our Prayers !
How feldom have we been seriously exercised in holy Meditation? How leldon have we recollected thy multiplied Mercies
so as to become sensible of the many Obligations we are under to thee for them; or so thought on our Ways, as to turn our Feet to thy Testimonies!
But, O Lord, we humbly pray thee, for Jesus Christ's Sake, to forgive us all our past Offences. Direct and guide us in the Ways of Truth and Holiness : And that we may always fear thee our God, help us to fet thee always before us; and so to observe and consider thy All-feeing Eye, that we may dread to offend thee.
Reform whatever thou feeft amifs in the Temper and Disposition of our Minds; and be thou graciously pleased to conduct us fafe through all the Temptations and Trou. bles of this World. To this Eud, enable us frictly to follow the Example of Jesus Christ, and manfully to fight under his Banner, against the World, the Flesh, and the Devil, vigorously opposing, and valiantly conquering all the Enemies of our Souls. Help us, in Conformity to his Death, to die daily unto Sin, and in Conformity to his Refurrection, to rise to a Life of Holiness and Obedience, that so we may receive the Prize of a glorious and incorruptible Inheritance.
O Lord, we render unto thee our most humble and thankful Acknowledgments, for thy many and undeserved Mercies. It was thy Hand that formed us. It was thou that gavest: us Life, and Breath, and Being. Our Food and Raiment, our Health and Strength, our Ease and Liberty, the Use of our Limbs, and the Exercise of our Reason and Understanding, are all derived from thee. We therefore render unto thee, O thou bountiful Giver of all Good, our Praises and Thankfgivings for thy temporal Alercies to us, which we are utterly un'r'orthy of.
But above all, O Lord, we praise thee for thy spiritual Mercies; for blefsing us in heavenly Things in Christ Jesus, which tend to the renewing us after thy Likeness in this Life, and to the fanctifying and preparing us for that which is to come.
For ever blessed be thy Name that our compassionate Redeemer took upon him our human Flesh. We praise thee for his holy Doctrine and exemplary Life; that he gave himself to Death, to purchase our Redemption; that he completed that great Work by his glorious Resurrection. We blefs thee that he hath begotten us again to the lively Hope of an Inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, that fadeth not away, which is reserved in Heaven for all, who, by patient Continuance in well doing, feek for Glory, and Honour, and Immortality. We praise thee for his glorious Ascension into Heaven, there to intercede in thy Presence for us; for sending the Holy Ghost to comfort and assist us ; for appointing a Succession of Men to preach and propagate the Knowledge and Practice of his heavenly Doctrine, and to administer the holy Sacraments, the Seals of thy Covenant.
We thank Thee, O heavenly Father, for all the precious Promises in the Gospel of C 5