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is het pure, but we are impure. Thou art patient, but we are
impatient.;We have abused all thy gifts, and made
:.:... Pleading.... [Lord, for thy name's sake, hear us. We beseech ..thee, according to thy infinite mercy, give us grace to
serye thee, constantly and unfeignedly. Herein art thou glorified, that we bear much fruit. For thine own glory, grant us thy Spirit, that we may bring forth all the fruits of righteousness.]
Intercession. Erol And hear us farther in behalf of our relations and
friends, our neighbourhood, our Minister, and all for whom we ought to pray, Help those that are weak.Comfort those tbat are cast down. Heal those that are sick. Relieve those that are in distress. Be merciful unto thy Church. O bless us, and cause thy face to shine upon us, that thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving bealth among all nations. Bring the Gentiles to Christ. Gather thy people Israel into thy fold. Give wisdom and power to every effort of Christian love for spreading. thy Gospel, Bless all societies formed for this end, and let those who support and conduct them have thy direction and guidance, "Lord grant that the power of the cross of Christ, may at length fully triumph over all error and superstition, all idolatry, and delusion, and sin. : : . ; ... .. ...
Gracious Lord, not for our worthiness, but for the only name's sake of Jesus Christ, hear these our prayers which we sum op in his own words.
Our Father, &c. . . .
ALMIGHTY God, source of every good, and fountain of every blessing, the God and Faiber of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in him our God and Father, give us the Spirit of adoption, and enable us to cry, Abba, Father. Help us to come and pour out our hearts before thee with the same confidence and affection with which chil- . dren go to an earthly parent. Enable us to repose on thy, love, to tell thee all our desires, and all our sorrows; and, from the heart, to thank thee for all thy goodness : to us.
... . Thanksgiving. . . . Great and abundant cause we have to bless our God for all that he is to us. Thy mercies are · new every morning. We thank thee that we meet together in peace and safety. Thou hast been our defence and our refuge. Let then the outgoings of the morning and of the evening praise thee. We thank thee more espe. pecially for all the mercies of redemption. In the Gospel of Christ, mercy and truth meet together, and righteousness and peace kiss each other. Thus can even we rejoice in thy power and justice, thy holiness, mercy, and love; and bless thee that the light of the knowledge of this thy glory shines in the hearts of thy people, in the face of Jesus Cbrist. Blessed be thou the just God and the Saviour.
Ohow unworthy we are of the least of thy mercies! we are all sinful and guilty. We have turned every one to his own way. We would give thee gloryby. an ingenuous and free confession that in many things we have all offended thee. From our youth up, even till now, we have been in a great trespass. We dare not justify, ourselves in thy sight, for if we should attempt it, even our own mouths, would condemn us. We have omitted to perform many plain duties. We have done many things for which our consciences justly accuse us. All our righteousnesses are defiled. All our prayers apd services are polluted. .
. : Pleading. i [Yet spare us, good Lord, spare us, according to thy great compassion and thy tender 'mercy. Lord God of our salvation, it is thy gracious promise on which our souls rely, that if we confess our sins thou art faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us
from all anrighteousness. We now confess our sins, and we ask that they may be forgiven, and that our souls may be purified from sin. We plead thy justice, for Jesus bore our sins in his own body on the tree.We plead thy faithfulness according to thy many precious promises. Let us now. by faith obtain those promises.]
. . . · Petition: · Cleanse, we beseech thee, the thoughts of our hearts, by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may per. fectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy name. Strengthen us for the duties of this day. Suffer us not to be tempted above what we are able to bear; but with every temptation make a way to escapė. Incline and enable us to walk in that way. Hold thou up our goings in thy paths that our footsteps slip not. Set a watch before our mouths, and keep the door of our lips, that we offend not with our tongue. May we always speak that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers. Enable us also to keep our heart with all diligence, seeing that out of it are the issues of life. Increase our faith, enliven our hope, and enlarge our charity, that we may faithfully serve thee, and in all things glorify thy holy name.
: Intercession. ? We pray for all our relatives and friends. Give them · prosperity both of body and soul.* Grant that grace
* When any member of the family is sick, add .
We particularly commend unto thee tbat member of our fa. mily now in affliction: may faith, patience, submission, and re. signation be granted in this hour of trial, and in thy own good time remove the affliction. And, Lord, grant that all our tribu. lations here below, may lead us to look at the things which
and peace may be multiplied to all those that call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours. Seek and save the losť sheep of the house of Israel.-Let the light of life shine into eyery. benighted beart.
Increase especially among the people of this nation, I to the number of those who know, and love, and serve
thee. Bless our rulers, and guide our statesmen; teach thy ministers, and prosper thy people, that there may be no complaining in our 'streets; and that it may be said of us, “ Happy is the people that is in such a case; yea, happy is that people whose : God is the
Lord.” r . These prayers we offer up in the name and through facet the mediation of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 07 . Our Father, &c. .
.... EVENING FAMILY PRAYER.". pai : O eternal God whose name is love, and who so loved pii. the world that thou gavest thine only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life, help us, by thy Holy Spirit, to believe in Christ Jesus; and trusting in him to have access unto tbee.
· are above, and work out for us a far more exceeding and eternal · weight of glory. Ever give us a spirit of sympathy, and tender feeling, and love for each other; and may we always be ready to
weep. with those that weep, and rejoice with those that rejoice. . When any member of the family is on a journey, add
O Lord, we beseech thee, regard with thy favour protect and defend him who is now absent from us. Take him under thy spe. cial care.. Preserve him from every temptation. Prosper him in his undertakings. May he be a blessing wherever he goes; and bring him in health and peace among us again, that we may to. gether have fresh cause to praise and bless thy holy name.