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“ lusts, and to live soberly, righteously, and godly “ in this present world :" may we be content with such things as we have; accommodate ourselves to the station allotted us; conscientiously attend to our proper duties; and watch against covetousness, anger, envy, and all other sinful passions. Oh, may we be indeed the followers of the lowly Jesus: may we walk as he walked; act in wisdom towards all around us; and inprove our several talents to the glory of thy great name: and thus may we“ wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus « Christ unto eternal life.”
We most humbly beseech thee, O Father of mercies, that thou wouldst graciously look upon our beloved friends and relatives. Bring home to thy fold such as still wander in the ways of sin and folly; and communicate all seasonable help and comfort to those, who know thy name, and love thy salvation. Recompense with thy choicest blessings all them, whose hearts thou hast disposed to be kind to us; may they and their dear children and relatives be made partakers of thy saving grace; may their souls be as a watered gården; may their temporal conforts be increased, their trials sanctified, and all their endeavours to do good be crowned with abundant success. We would also, most gracious Lord, pray thee to bless all the ministers of thy gospel; to send forth laboarers into thy harvest; to prosper every method of sending thy saving truth to those who sit in
darkness and the shadow of death; to lift up a standard against the prevailing infidelity and ima piety of the age; to stem the tortent of licentious. ness; and in all respects to purify, bless, and enlarge thy church, and to fill the earth with the glory of thy name.
Regard with thy special mercy our favoured but ungrateful land: though our iniquities testify against us; yet for thy own name's sake, and the honour of thy gospel, continue to us the blessed light of thy truth, and the means of grace that we enjoy. Preserve us from publick calamities, and put an end to those enormities, which call for thy vengeance upon us.-Bless our king and all the royal family with thy choicest mercies; and direct all employed in publick affairs to those measures, which may most promote our best interests and thy glory. Oh, incline and teach all orders and ranks of men amongst us to fill up their several stations in a suitable manner, and to serve their generation according to thy will. Send peace in our time we beseech thee, O Lord: [Say to the destroying sword, it is enough, return into the scabbard.] Over-rule all changes in kingdoms and nations, to the furtherance of thy gospel, and the establishment of thy kingdom all over the earth. Compassionate, O merciful Lord, all who are afflicted, indigent, oppressed, enslaved; send them effectual deliverance, and give special consolations to thy tempted and persecuted children.
Hear, we beseech thee, these our prayers and supplications : be with us in all the employments and companies in which we may this day be engaged: may we act in them, as under thine eye, and as it becomes thy redeemed people: and may we be habitually prepared for death and judgment. These and all mercies we, unworthy sinners, humbly implore, for the sake, and through the merits and mediation of thy son Jesus Christ; to whom, with thee, O Father, and the Holy Spirit, we would ascribe co-equal and eternal praise and adoration. Amen.
An Evening Prayer for a Family.
O thou Giver of every good gift, thou Father " of mercies, and God of all consolation ; we desire to close this day with thy solenn worship: Accept, we beseech thee, our unfeigned thanksgivings, for the continuance of our lives, our health, our senses, our limbs, and our rational powers; for the protection and provision thou hast bitherto afforded us; and for all the general and special benefits we enjoy. We would consider them as coming from thy hand, and as the fruits of thy unmerited kindness to us thy sinful creatures. But above all, we are
bound to thank and bless thee, for the redemption of the world by thy beloved Son; and for all the blessings of that new covenant, which he purchased by his death, and is exalted at thy right hand to bestow on all that believe. We thank thee for thy written word and thy preached gospel; and for all the abundant spiritual advantages, with which we are favoured. We praise thee for thy long-suffering towards uś, when we disregarded the message of reconciliation, and continued in disobedience; for delivering us in dangers, and recovering us from sickness, when we were wholly unprepared for death; and even when we used our lives and health, in sinning still more against thee! “ It is of thy mercies only that we are not con“sumed, because thy compassions fail not.” And if at length we have been renewed to repentance, and enabled to believe thy gospel, and love thy holy ways; to thee, O Lord, we would ascribe all the glory of this blessed change. “What shall " we then render to the Lord for all his benefits?” Help us, we humbly pray thee, not only to offer at thy mercy-seat our feeble sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving; but to present ourselves also as living sacrifices devoted to thy glory; and to bless thee with the more decided language of unreserved obedience.
And while we rejoice in our privileges and mercies; help us, O Lord, to remember the inexpressible sufferings of the divine Saviour, when “hę
“bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that
we being dead unto sin, should live unto righ“ teousness.” Oh! grant that, looking to him whom we have pierced, we may mourn for our crimes with unfeigned sorrow; may become more deeply penitent, and be more determined in crucifying the flesh with all its affections and lusts:
the love of Christ constrain us henceforth to live more entirely to his glory. Here, at Emmanuel's cross may we daily learn self-denial, deadness to the world, patience, meekness, forgiveness, humility; and thus find our hearts prepared to renounce our own ease and interest, in order to honour our Redeemer, and subserve the comfort of those whom he condescends to call his brethren. May we learn " to keep the unity of the spirit in the “ bond of peace;" and, looking to him who endured the cross, and despised the shame, never be weary and faint under any trials or discouragements.
Help us, O gracious God, this evening so to examine our ways, and renew our repentance; that
with thee and our consciences, through the atoning blood, before we close our eyes in sleep: and do thou extinguish every emotion of resentment or corrupt affection, which the events of the day may have excited; that we may go to rest in sweet charity with all mankind.
Prosper, O Lord, all our undertakings, as far as is good for us; and especially all our endeavours to