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for all that he was, and is, and will be. Blessed be God for the gift of his Son Jesus Christ, our only Saviour, our only hope, and our sure refuge. [We trust that we may say we are one in Christ, members of that body of which he is the head; and we bless and praise thee for this thy unspeakable mercy. We thank thee for this opportunity of assembling ourselves together; and we pray tbat however we may be separated here below, or however scattered in different stations, as we have now met together here on earth, we may
hereafter all meet in heaven, for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.]
Our Father, &c.
PRAYER FOR THE ENLARGEMENT OF THE
KINGDOM OF CHRIST.
I. ALMIGHTY God, the Father, of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the God of the spirits of all tesh, the earth is thine, and the fulness thereof, the round world, and they that dwell therein.
We come, as sinners, but trusting in thy beloved Son, our Advocate, and the propitiation for our sins, and looking for the promised spirit of grace and supplication.
Lord, we confess before thee our own sins, and those of our country. Like thy people of old, while we have been greatly distinguished by privileges, we have also been a sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evil doers, children that are corrupters. We have forsaken the Lord, and have provoked the holy one of Israel, And chiefly, now, we would confess our coldness and indifference in extending the blessings of that glorious Gospel which Thou hast entrusted to
us. How slothful and unconcerned have we been to communicate to others the privileges which we enjoy, and to use all the means which thou hast given unto us of imparting the knowledge of Christ to distant lands! To us belong shame and confusion of face-to kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. But to the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him.
We beseech thee give us a zeal for thy glory. Fountain of light, and life, and grace, pour upon us thy quickening Spirit, to animate and excite us to devote ourselves to thee. Raise up, we pray thee, those who shall unceasingly pray, and give, and think, and labour, for the spread of thy truth. Revive the days of the primitive church, when thy people, walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.
May the true light come more and more to thy Church, and the glory of the Lord rise upon ber, and may the Gentiles come to this light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
Lord, we plead the glory of thy great name, the faithfulness of thy promises, and the happiness of thine own creation ; and with these pleas, we ask, that the Heathen may be given to Christ for his inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for his possession.
O Lord, hast thou not said, “ It shall come to pass in the last days that I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh ?” Behold! in these last days : give now to us that ask. With thee is the residue of the Spirit; and the Lord's hand is not shortened that it cannot save, nor his ear heavy that it cannot hear.
Have respect unto the Covenant, for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.. May the Sun of righteousness arise, with healing in his wings, on those people now sitting in darkness and the shadow of death.
We pray thee to hasten the coming on of that time, when it shall not be asked, Who hath believed our report and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed ? but it shall be said, The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the sight of all nations, and all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
And grant, gracious Lord, that while the folness of the Gentiles is come in, all Israel may also be saved. May the veil which remains upon their hearts when Moses is read, be taken away by their turning to the Lord. May this branch which has so long been broken off, at length be grafted into its own Olive-tree.
.O let the Deliverer come out of Sion, and turn away ungodliness from Jacab.
And while we thus pray, we thank thee, good and gracious Lord, for all the blessed signs of the times in which we live. We bless thee for the beginning of a general desire to spread thy truth through the world, and that societies have been raised in these latter days, among all denominations of thy servants, for evangelizing the Heathen, and for their conversion from dumb idols to the living God. We thank thee for any success given to these efforts, and would thereby be encouraged to persevere in more zealous labours, and more ferrent prayers.
O Father of lights, and giver of all wisdom, bless every society formed for the conversion of Jews or Gentiles, and for the spread and advancement of thy truth at home, or abroad. Guide the minds of all who conduct their affairs. In all their difficulties and trials, comfort and support then. Especially direct them in the choice of fit instruments. Give them the discerning of spirits, that none may be sent forth but such as thou hast called, prepared, and qualified for the blessed yet arduous office of proclaiming the unsearchable riches of Christ. Greatly increase the number of such labourers. Give, O give thou the word, and great shall be the company of preachers. Bless all who sapport thy cause at home. May they that love thy Jerusalem prosper in body and soul; in endeavouring to water others, may their own souls be watered.
Look with thy favour on all Missionaries now among the heathen. O prepare thy way in the wilderness. May every valley be exalted, every hill made low; may the crooked be made straight, and the rough places plain ; and let thy word every where have free course and be glorified. May thy doctrine, constantly preached by thy servants, drop as the rain, and distil as the desy, and let thy word never return unto thee void, but prosper abundantly, and accomplish all that for which thou dost send it. Give thy servants health and strength, vigour of mind, -and devotedness of heart; and may they all be chosen vessels to bear thy name before the Gentiles. May the deadening influence of climate, heathen customs, and loss of means of grace, be more than counteracted by a special supply of thy Holy
Spirit. May it have to be recorded of each one of them-He was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith ; and much people were through bim, added to the Lord. Give them grace to be faithful unto death, and may they receive from tlie Saviour's hands the crowo of life and glory. Grant that thousands and tens of thousands may rise up to call them blessed. May the little leaven leaven the whole lunip ; and all nations whom thou hast made fall down and worship before thee and glorify thy name.
O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do ; defer not for thine own sake, O our God. For thy dear Son's sake, answer. May be see of the travail of his soul and be satisfied. Amen, and Amen.
Our Father, &c.
ANOTHER PRAYER FOR THE ENLARGEMENT
OF THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST.
O ETERNAL God, the Lord of Glory, who hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched-out arm; the great, the mighty God, the Lord of Hosts is, thy name: Thou, Lord, art good to all, and thy tender mercies are over all thy works. Thou art nigh unto all them that call upon thee, to all that call upon thee in truth.
We are bold, therefore, to come before thee in behalf of a world lying in wickedness. Behold, in thy infinite compassion, dying millions, who have changed he glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts : behold then), without Christ, strangers. from the