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seven-fold into their bosom those from whom I have received benefits and kindness.

. Thanksgiving. Lord God of my salvation, every day will I bless thee, and I will praise thy name forever and ever.-- iu thy Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his had to greatness is unsearchable. 'The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger, and of great mercy.Thou keepest me from day to day in safety, and hast blessed me with indumerable mercies. I thank thee for every prayer heard and answered, and for every good received. But thou hast commended thy love above all, in that while we were yet singers Christ died for us. He shed his blood for me; and how can I love, and praise, and serve thee as I ought! O help me to live in all things to thy glory, for the only sake of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour.

Our Father, &c.

[As some may be desirous to give the whole time of mid-day prayer to intercession, the following intercessory prayer is added.]

INTERCESSORY PRAYER AT NOON. Almighty Father who would have all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth, permit me now to approach thee, through Jesus Christ, in behalf of all those for whom I ought to pray. .

Lord, bless thy Church throughout the world. Let the glory of the Lord rise upon it in every place. I humbly pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Grace be with all them that love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.-Grant that they that believe in him may stand fast, in

one spirit with one mind, striving together for the faith of the Gospel, and send them now prosperity.

Bless that particular branch of thy church to which I belong. May it continue to be favoured with the ad

vantages which it now enjoys. God of all grace, grant i els that thy ministering servants in all the earth may be raid dead to the world and alive to Christ, and faithfully

and continually preach the doctrines of his salvation.grele If any preach themselves and not the Lord Jesus Christ,

O God, change thou their hearts, shew them their danthese ger, teach them thy truth, and enable them to proclaim can eat it to others. Give wisdom, grace, and every blessing,

to that minister from whom I hear thy word. lista 'And I pray thee, great Lord of the harvest, who

seest and koowest all men, and hast the hearts of all in thy control, bless all Universities, Seminaries, and Schools, that in them, the young may be trained up in the fear of God and the faith of Christ. Give thy Holy Spirit to all preparing for the ministry. Send forth into thy vineyard, both in our own country and in every land, men of an enlightened mind and a devout heart, men of patient perseverance, of. firm resolution, of entire dedication of body and soul to their work, of a wise and sober judgment, and of unquenchable love to immortal souls.

Give thy blessing to Kings, Queens, and all in authority, that they may be nursing fathers, and nursing mothers of thy church, and use the means which thou hast given them in the spread of true religion. Lord, instruct our Magistrates, and teach our Senators wisdom, that judgment may run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. Grant that every where such men as Nehemiah and Daniel may be raised

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up to offices in the state-men who shall disinterestedly labour and pray for the advancement of righteousness, and truth, and peace..

Our national sins call indeed for judgment; but grant that mercy may rejoice over judgment, and grace abound over sin. Give us, I beseech thee, those temporal and spiritual blessings which we deserve not, for to thee belong. eth mercies and forgiveness of sins.

Grant that the doctrine of Christ crucified may be. every where preached. Let such as now are Christiano in name only, being taught the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, seek the life and power of religion; may the Jews hearing of Christ Jesus, look unto him whom they have pierced, and mourn; and may the Gentiles be given to him. So let the earth be filled with the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

May such an effusion of thy Spirit be shed on all flesh, : that every tongue may joyfully sing the angelic song, * Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, good will towards men.”

Bestow thy grace abundantly on my brethren and kinsmen according to the flesh, my parents, brothers and sisters, and all my relatives, my servants, my Christian friends, neighbours, and connections. If any hate or revile me, Lord teach me to bless them--If any despitefully use me or persecute me, I now pray to thee in their behalf. Father, forgive them, and do them good.

Look on the destitute and afilicted, let their afflictions lead them to thee, that they may find God their refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble; and though the chastening be grievous, may they es. perience that it yielded the peaceable fruits of righteousness.

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Finally, O Lord God, quicken all those that are dead in trespasses and sins; grant that those beginning to know the truth may follow on to know the Lord, those that are weak in faith may wax strong, those that have backslidden may be healed, those that are strong may be confirined more and more, and go from strength to strength till they appear in Sion. Thanks be to thee for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear. Shortly accomplish the number of thine elect, and hasten thy kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.-Amen.* .

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PRIVATE EVENING PRAYER. * Gracious and merciful God, slow to anger, great in power, and rich in mercy to all them that call upon thee, help me now so, in the name of Christ, to ask, that ! may have; and so to seek that I may find. '

. .. Confession. Enter not into judgment with me, O Lord, for in thy sight I cannot be justified. However unblameable ! may appear before men, before Him who knows the. heart, I confess and would mourn over innumerable sins in the past day, and in every day of my life. I acknowledge with shame and sorrow my hypocrisy and

*Some have found it advantageous to give particular days for particular parts of Intercession as follows:

SUNDAY-- Ministers and Christian Congregations. I
Monday--Family. A
Tuesday-Relations, friends, and enemies.
WEDNESDAY--The King and Nation.
THURSDAY--Benevolent and Religious Societies
FRIDAY--The Church throughout the world.
SATURDAY--Jews, Gentiles, and unconverted persons.



pride, my vanity and selfishness, my unbelief and impa. tience, my self-indulgence and self-righteousness, my obstinacy and self-will, my disregard of thy law and thy glory, my living to myself and not to thee. And, 0 hów hard is my heart, that feels so little the guilt and the evil of so many and such great sins !


Lord of all power and might, soften and break this hard heart. Give me a contrite spirit. There is mercy with thee. There is forgiveness with thee. O may thy great mercy be displayed towards me, in pardoning all my sins, and in renewing my soul. Give me penitence, faith, and self-denial. Bestow on me the graces of sincerity, humility, and love. May the love of Christ be more known and felt by me, and let it constrain me to live not to myself, but to him that died for me.Grant me thy Holy Spirit, teaching me those things of which I am ignorant, taking of the things of Christ to shew them unto me, and daily sanctifying my heart.-I ask for heavenly wisdom, holy simplicity, ardent zeal, and purity of heart. Incline me. to study to be quiet, and to do my own business, and to work with my own hands. Prepare. me, day by day, more and more for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Make me meet to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light.

I commend myself to thy care during the night. May ! lay down at peace with thee, through Christ, and in peace with all the world.

Intercession. O Lord, though I be unworthy through my manifold transgressions to approach thee at all, yet thou

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