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may finish the Work thou hast given me, and which I now purpose and resolve to make the great Business of my future Life.
Be pleased, O Lord, for thy Son's Sake, and for thy Goodness Sake, to pardon and forgive what is paft; and give me Grace to bring forth the Fruits of Repentance in Newnefs and Holiness of Life.
Blessed be thy Goodness, that there is Hope and Assurance for returning Sinners in and through Christ, who was pleased to shed his Blood, as a meritorious Sacrifice, Expiation and Atonement for the Sins of the World.
Olet thar Blood of Christ, who, through the Eternal Spirit, offered himself without Spot to God, purge my Conscience from dead Works to serve thee the living God, and purify my Soul from all Sin and Una cleanness, that I may find the Power of his Death in my dying to Sin, and rising untó Righteousness; in having the old Man crucified within him, that the Body of Sin may be destroyed, that henceforth I may not serve Sin, but that I may live as becomes the Gospel; as it becomes one who professeth Godliness, and a most holy Religion, and who hath, by folemn Vows, undertaken to live according to the Precepts
of it, and to deny all Ungodliness and worldly Lusts : Oh! make me truly fenfible, and always to keep in Mind, that on the Performance of the Duty of a Chriftian, depend all my Hopes of Pardon and Happiness, and all the Benefits that Christ hath purchased for me.
To this End let me serioufly confider, that the Christian Life is a continual Warfare; that we are beset with many and great Dangers; and that the Devil goeth about like a roaring Lion, seeking whom he may devour ; that so I may give the more Heed to make my Calling and Election fure ; Grant that I may watch and pray, left I enter into Temptations, or they get the Advantage over me ; and grant that I may avoid all Occalions of Falling, and never set myself in the Way of Temptations, but keep at the greatest Distance from them.
Let me likewise consider, that if after I have escaped the Pollutions of the World, I should again be entangled therein, and overcome,
that the latter End will be worse than the Beginning: and that it had been better for me not to have known the Way of Righteousness; than after I have known
it to turn aside from thy holy Commandment.
O God, who didst send thy Son into the World to free us from Sin, and to redeem us from all Iniquity; Grant that on my fincere Endeavour I may be kept from all presumptuous Sins, left they get the Dominion And that I
may conquer and overcome all
my corrupt Affections and finful Dispositions, and may attain all those Graces which are necessary for my
Salva. tion. [Particularly]—That in the Exercise thereof, and of all other Chriftian Vir. tues and Graces for the Time to come, I may grow strong in the Lord, and never let go my holy Profession, but may proceed from Strength to Strength, that lo an Entrance may be ministred to me abundantly into thy everlasting Kingdom, through Jesus Christour Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for the Societies.
LORD Almighty, faithful and true,
who by thy holy Prophet hast told us that from the rising of the Sun unto the going down of the fame, thy Name shall be great among the Gentiles, and Mal, i. II.
in every Place Incense shall be of. fered unto thy Name, and a pure Offering; for thy Name shall be great among the Heathen : Bless and prosper, I beseech thee, the Endeavours of the Society established among us, for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts : Take thou from them, to whom the glad Tidings of Salvation shall be preached, all Ignorance, Hardness of Heart, and Contempt of thy Word; so that thy Word being fown in good and honest Hearts, it may bring forth Fruit abundantly to thy Honour, and the Salvation of their Souls : And grant, that all who have heard and received it, may live according to its Doctrine and Precepts, and by Holiness of Life, and Zeal for thy Glory, may become eminent Examples all about them.
Bless all the Religious and other Societies amongst us, for Christian Conference, and Works of Charity; for the promoting of Christian Knowledge and Practice amongst the Poor and Ignorant; and for putting the Laws in Execution against the Vicious and Profane.
O Lord, increase the Number of these Societies, and grant them all to chuse the
best and most inoffensive Means for accomplishing their several Ends, and to profecute them diligently, and with a Zeal directed by Wisdom and Prudence. And grant that all of them being free from all worldly Interests, may steadfastly pursue the Advancement of thy Glory, and the Good of Mankind.
And grant, O God, that no Good thou fhalt vouchsafe to bring about by their poor Endeavours, may tempt them to think highly of themselves, but modestly and humbly:
Remove all unreasonable Prejudices against their Designs ; shed forth thy Love abroad in their Hearts, and make them zealous of all good Works, that they may chearfully embrace all Opportunities of doing Good to the Souls and Bodies of Men, and not be discouraged at any Difficulties or Oppositions they may meet with.
O God, hear their Prayers for themselves and others :: Defend them from the Rage of Satan, and from the Malice of evil Men; perfect Holiness more and more in their Hearts; and unite them more to one another in thy Truth, and in the Bond of Love; and make them zealous of all good Works, according to the Command and