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immediately be practicable, he adds 'a few Forms of Prayer.

He has divided them into parts, and put the names of the parts of prayer to some of the forms, as a means of assisting those who may use them to learn the divisions of prayer.

In the part of Confession in the different prayers, the writer has mentioned those sins which are most common. The person who uses the form may easily alter it ac cording to circumstances.

These forms must rather be considered as bints to be improved on than examples to copy. Much of the interest of private and family prayer depends on personal and local circumstances. Let us endeavour to attain that spirit of grace and supplication which enables the Christian, in a strain of holy devotion, to bring the changing circumstances and events of life before the throne of grace, comforts his own heart in private prayer, and edifies and interests all about him in family worship.

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O thou eternal and ever-blessed God, who art the Author and Giver of every good gift, and who bast promised so many and such great blessings to them that call upon thee, hear me now, I beseech thee, through Jesus Christ.

Lord, I confess my utter inability to seek thee aright. I am encompassed with infirmities; I acknowledge my indisposition to prayer; I bewail my backwardness and reluctance to hold converse with God.

Teach me rightly to feel this my weakness and

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famil, helplesspess. Give me a more complete knowledge of

my insufficiency. Convince me of the need that I have of thy divine assistance, and grant me earnest desires after thy salvation. Create in me an hungering and thirsting after righteousness. Impart to me a holy lib. erly of soul in calling upon thee. Heavenly Father, Fountain of light and life, I do not ask for earthly riches, vain pleasures, human honors; but I do humbly ask for the spirit of prayer, for the heart ever prepared and ready to call on God.

It is thy promise that thou wilt give the Holy Spirit to them that ask. I ask, do thou give; I seek, grant that I may find; I knock, let it be opened unto me. Help me to pray in the Holy Ghost. Help me to live daily in constant believing prayer. Lord teach me to pray.

By nature proud and self-sufficient, I am prone to think and act as if I needed not thy help; but O teach me to know how poor and how needy I really am; and knowing my great and many necessities, and my entire dependence on thee, give me the disposition from day to

day, and from hour to hour to seek thy help ani · strength.

Enable me entirely to confide in thy almighty power, iby boundless compassion, thy infinite love, and thy amazing mercy. Let the gift of thy son Jesus Christ, and his intercession for sinners, encourage mne to approach thee. Help me to pray, relying only on his merits, and through himn may I learn to come boldly to the throne of grace. .

Let nothing keep me from God. May I renounce all known sin, and all carnal indulgences, and not be conformed to this world, Enable me to resist the

temptations of Satan, to watch against self-righteousness and spiritual pride, and never to neglect the study of tby word.

Give me grace, whenever I seek thee, to look for the aid of thy Holy Spirit, to trust only in the name of thy Son, and to watch unto prayer. Let me not be rash with my mouth ; but, meditating before I pray,may I ask in faith, in simplicity of mind, with filial freedom of spirit, in sincerity of heart and fervency of desire, praying always with all prayer, and watching thereunto with all perseverance. And, after having done all, may I ever consider myself an unprofitable servant

Grant me thy Holy Spirit to help my infirmities, for I know not what to pray for as I ought; grant me thy Ho. ly Spirit to make intercession for me with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Give me, O give me this great gift, the spirit of grace and supplication, for thy dear Son's sake, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


MERCIFUL God, give ear unto me, when I cry to thee, in the name of Jesus Christ. My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the inorning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. Lord, help me to pray.

Confession. Great is the need that I have to seek the Lord while he may be found, and to call upon him while he is pear. I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing. The things of the world, the lust of the eye, and the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life, are

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continually tempting me, and leading me astray from thee. My affections towards thee, my God, are cold and dull. My tempers are often unsanctified. I am prone to depart from thee, and lukewarm and indifferent when I ought to have a holy zeal. I too much neglect and trifle with my own salvation, and the salvation of my relatives and friends. I have little of that spiritual mind which is life and peace. My temptations are many, I often yield to them ; I have no sirength of my own to resist them.

Petition. I beseech thee, therefore, O my God, to be very merciful to me a sinner. Incline and enable me to coine to Jesus Christ, weary and heavy laden as I am, and may I find rest in him. Teach me my own guilt, and ruin ; and help me to rely on his blood, and build all my hopes on his righteousness. God grant that, being grafted in Christ, I may live to him. Suffer me not to deceive myself by a mere form and profession of religion; but give me true faith that I may really abide in Christ and bear much fruit. Quicken thou my soul. Make my heart pure, humble and devout; and my conversation holy and heavenly. Thou art my Rock, and in thee do I trust. Thou art my Strength, O establish me. · Help me to live near to thee all the day long; and do thou preserve me from that sin which : does so easily beset me.

Give me.grace this day to overcome temptation, and to mortify all my corrupt affections. Grant unto me the abundance of thy Holy Spirit. Lord, I deserve not the blessing : I have forfeited the mercy : but, O thou with whom is the residue of the Spirit, for the glory of thy' namne, and according to thy faithful promise, give

me thy Spirit, that I may never dishonour thee by in. Idea consistency and unfruitfulness, but abouod in every good freunta work, and walk worthy of the Gospel of Christ. Ena it! ble me to begin anew this day, in seriousness, and entire robe dedication of heart to give myself to thee.

Lord, help me this day to live in prayer, to watch on against the peculiar temptations of my station, to embrace every opportunity of doing good, to redeem the time, and to make steady advances in that narrow way toples which leadeth to eternal life.

Thanksgiving. And while I pray to thee for those mercies which I imel need, I would, from the heart, thank thee for all those great blessings which I have received, and do from day to allin day enjoy. The benefit of quiet repose, the renewal of the iny strength, the light which I enjoy, and the better Our light of life ; these, and all the mercies which surround me on awaking, call for my unfeigned thanksgiving, and I do praise and bless thee for them. Blessed be thou for redeeming mercy. Blessed be thou that Jesus died for sinners, even for me. Thanks be unto thee, that grace, pardon, peace, strength, the Holy Spirit, and eternal life, are given to sinners, through faith in Christ. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us to be sings and priests unto God, and his father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Intercession. O Lord God, let the bright glory and happy dominion of our Lord Jesus Christ spread through the world. . Increase both the number and the zeal of those seeking the good of Sion, and the enlargement of thy Son's kingdom. Grant thy blessing to every effort to make

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