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more than ten thousand talents.a It is a great debt; and we have nothing to pay, so far are we from being able to say, Have patience with us, and we will pay thee all.6 Justly therefore might our adversary deliver us to the judge, and the judge to the officer, to be cast into prison, the prison of hell, till we should pay the last farthing.c.
But blessed be God, there is a way found out of agreeing with our adversary; for if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, even Jesus Christ the righteous, and he is the propitiation for our sins.d For his sake, we pray thee, blot out all our transgressions,e and enter not into judgment with us. He is our surety, who restored that which he took not away,ż that blessed days-man, who hath laid his hand upon us both,ế through him let us be reconciled unto God; and let the handwriting which was against,l which was contrary to us, be blotted out, and taken out of the way, being nailed to the cross of Christ, that we may be quickened together with Christ, having all our trespasses forgiven us.m Bx thou merciful to our unrighteousnesses, and our sins and our iniquities do thou remember no more.n
And give us, we pray thee, to receive the atonement.o to know that our sius are forgiven us :p Speak peace to us,g and make us to hear joy and gladness.r Let the blood of Christ thy Son, cleanse us from all sings and purge our consciences from dead works, to serve the liye ing God.t
And as an evidence that thou hast forgiven our sins, we pray thee give us grace to forgive our enemies, to love them that hate us, and bless them that curge us ; o for we acknowledge, that if we forgive not men their trespasses, neither will our Father forgive our trespasses :w and therefore, we forgive, Lord, we desire heartily to forgive,x if we have a quarrel against any, even as Christ forgave us.y Far be it from us to say,
e Eph, 5, 6. d 1 John 2. 1, 2. h Heb. 7. 22. 12 Cor.5. 20. o Rom.5. 11. . r Psalm 51. 8. v Matt. 5, 42, y Col. 3,13;
6 Matt. 18. 24, 25, 26, 29, c Matt. 5. 25, 29. e Psalm 51.1.'
g Psalm 143, 2. - ¿P-alm 69. 4.
* Job 6, 33. m Col, 2. 13, 14.
n Heb. 8. 2. n 1 John 2. 13.
o Psalm 85. 8. 8 1 John 1.7.
i Heb. 9. 14. w Matt, 6, 15,
x Mark 11. 25.
eth not anye abound to Faultless.
that we will recompense evil,a or that we should avenge ourselves. But we pray that all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking may be put away from us, with all malice ; and that we may be kind one to another, and tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake, we hope, hath forgiven us.c O make us merciful as our Father who is in heaven is merciful,d who hath promised that with the merciful he will show himself merciful.e ::
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, • And; Lord, forasmuch as there is in us a bent to backslide from thee, so that when our sins are forgiven, so we are ready to return again to folly,h we pray that thou wilt not only forgive us our debts, but take care of us; that we may not offend any more. i Lord, lead us not into temptation. We know that no man can say when he is tempted, that he is tempted of God, for God tempteth not any man ;k but we know that God is able to make all grace abound towards usb and to keep us from falling, and present us faultless.in We therefore pray that thou wilt never give us up to our own heart's lust, to walk in our own counsels,n but restrain satan, that 'roaring lion that goes about seeking whom he may devour; and grant that we may not be ignorant of his devices. O let not satan have us to sift us as wheat ;p or however, let not our faith fail. Let not the messengers of satan be permitted to buffet us ;r but if they be, let thy grace be sufficient for us, that where we are weak there we may he strong, and may be more than conquerors through him that loved us.s And, the God of peace tread satan under our feet, and do it shortly. And since t we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, and the rulers of the darkness of this world, let us be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.o
a Prov. 20. 22. ad Rom. 12. 19, cEph. 4.31, 32. d Matt, 5.7.
e Psalm 18. 25. g Hös, 11.7. b Psalm 85.8. i Job 34 32, k James 1. 13, 1 2 Cor. 9. 8, m Jude 24.
n Psalm 81, 12. 0 1 Pet. 5.8.
h 2 Cor. 2.11. q Luke 22. 31, 32, r 2 Cor, 12.7,9,10, Rom. 8, 37. i Rom, 16, 20. . w.Eph. 6, 10, 12,
Lord, grant that we may never enter into temptation, but having prayed may set a watch,y and let thy wise and good providence so order all our affairs, and all events that are concerning us, that no temptation may take us, but such as is common to men, and that we may never be tempted above what we are able to discern, resist, and overcome through the grace of God.z Lord, do not lay any stumbling-block before us,a that we should fall upon them and perish.b Let nothing be an occasion of falling to us, but give us that great peace which they have that love thy law, whom nothing shall offend.c
And lead us, we pray thee, into all truth ;d lead us in thy truth, and teach us, for thou art the God of our salvation.e Show us thy ways, O God, and teach us thy paths, the paths of righteousness; O lead us in those paths for thy name's sake, that so we may be led beside the still waters.ga · And deliver us, we pray thee, from the evil one ;h keep us that the wicked one touch us not, that he sow not his tares in the field of our hearts,i that we be not en, sbared by his wiles, or wounded by his fiery darts,k let the word of God abide in us, that we may be strong, and may overcome the wicked one. · Deliver us from every evil thing, we pray, that we may do no evil:m o deliver us from every evil work,n save us from our sins,o redeem us from all iniquity,p especially the sin that doth most easily beset us :9 Hide pride from us ;r remove from us the way of lying is let us not eat of sinner's dainties :t incline our hearts to thy testi. monies, and not to covetousness ;u and keep us that we never speak unadvisedly with our lips. But especially keep back thy servant from presumptuous sias, let them not have dominion over us.w
* Matt. 26, 41, a Jer. 6. 21. d John 16. 13, hi John 5. 18. 1 1 John 2. 14. o Malt, 1.21. or Job 33. 17, u Psalm 119. 36
y Neh, 4, 9.
Rom. 14. 14.
s Psalm 119. 29.
z 1 Cor. 10. 31. c Psalm 119. 165. ģ Psalm 23. 2, 3, * Eph, 6. 11. 16. n2 Tim. 4. 18. . g Heb. 12. 1. i Psalm 141.41 w Psalm 19.136
Preserve us, we pray thee, that no evil thing may befal us,r and keep us from evil, that it may not hurt us.s O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee, from those that rise up against them, show us thy marvellous loving kindness, and keep us as the apple of thine eye, hide us under the shadow of thy wings.t Keep that which we commit unto thee.o Thou that hast delivered, dost deliver,w and we trust and pray that thou wilt yet deliver, wilt deliver us from all our fears.x 0 make us to dwell safely, and grant that we may be quiet from the fear of evil.y And bring us safe at last to thy holy mountain, where there is no pricking briar, or grieying thorn, nothing to hurt or destroy.z
For thine is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory, for
Father in heaven, let thy kingdom come, for thine is the kingdom, thou art God in htaven, and rulest over all the kingdoms of the heathen :a Let thy will be done, for thine is the power, and there is nothing too, hard for thee: Let thy name be sanctified, for thine is the glory, and thou hast set thy glory above the heavens.c
Father in heaven, supply our wants, pardon our sins, and preserve, us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, and thou art Lord over all, who art rich to all that call upon thee :d None can forgive sins but thou only ;e let thy power be great in pardoning our sins :g And since it is the glory of God to paruon sin, and to help the helpless,h help us, o God of our salvation; for the glory of thy name deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name's sake.i
We desire in all our prayers to praise thee, for thou art great, and greatly to be praised.k We praise thy king. dom, for it is an everlasting kingdom, and endures through.
8 Psalm 122.n.
Psalm 17.7, 8.
q Psalm 91. 10.
3 Psalm 34, 4, Isa, 11. 9.
c Psa'm 8. 1. s Numb. 14. 17. k Psalm 145. 3:
out all generations,l and the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre :m Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness : To thee belongeth mercy, and thou renderest to every man according to his works.n We praise thy power, for thou hast a mighty arm, strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand, and yet judgment and justice are the habitation of thy throne, mercy and truth shall go before thy face.o We praise thy glory, for the glory of the Lord shall endure for ever. Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost: As it was in the beginning, is now, and eyer shall be.p O let God be praised in his sanctuary, and praised in the firmament of his power; let him be praised for his mighty acts, and praised according to his excellent greatness. Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord.g Hallelujah.
And forasmuch as we know that he heareth us, and whatsoever we ask according to his will, in faith, we have the petitions that we desired of him,r we will triumph in his praise.s. Now know we that the Lord heareth his anointed,t and for his sake will hear us from his holy heaven, with the saving strength of his right hand; and therefore in token not only of our desire, but of our assurance to be heard in Christ's, name, we say, Amen, Amen.
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
Some short forms of prayer, for the use of those who may
not be able to collect for themselves out of the foregoing Materials,
A Prayer to be used by children. O God, thou art my God, early will I seek thee. Thou art my God, and I will praise thee; my father's God, and I will extol thee.
1 Psalm 145, 13. m Psalm 45.6, 7. * Psalm 69. 12. • Psalm 8. 13, 14, n Psalm 104. 31. qPsalm 101 1,2,6, r 1 Johp 5, 15,
* Psalm 106, 47, i Psalm 20, 6.