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IN ITS

DEVOUT DISCHARGE.

WITH A FEW FORMS OF PRAYER.

BY

THE REV. EDW. BICKERSTETH,

ASSISTANT MINISTER OF WHELER CHAPEL.

THE THIRD EDITION.

LONDON:
PRINTED FOR L. B. SEELEY, 169, FLEET-STREET;

By J. Seeley, Buckingham.

1819.

1265 0.21

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PREFACE.

THE acceptance which it has pleased God to give to the “ SCRIPTURE HELP,” and the testimonies which the writer has received of benefit derived from that work, have induced him to endeavour to call the attention of Christians, and particularly the young, for whom he wishes to be considered as especially writing, to another most important means of grace.

It seemed also peculiarly needful to press the duty of prayer now; for it appears to the writer to be one of the dangers of the present reviving state of the Church, that men gain knowledge without corresponding feelings; they are tempted to make a profession of religion, and to talk about it, while, it is to be feared, the more retired and all-important duties of devout prayer, meditation, self-examination, and reading the Scriptures, are neglected.

He has felt a personal advantage in his former Treatise, from its imposing on him an additional obligation to the study of the Word of God. He hopes for a similar benefit in the present publication.

His various public engagements have indeed left him

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