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enlarge thy dominions, and increase the number of thy subjects ; gather the dispersed of Ifrael into one, and enlarge Japheth, that he may dwell in the tents of Shem. May Jerusalem be a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; let not one of the stakes thereof be removed, nor any of the cords thereof broken: but may the glorious Lord be unto her a place of broad rivers and streams ; wherein fhall go no galley with oars, nor gallant ship pass thereby, May the Lord be her Judge, her Liwgiver, her King, and save her. Haften the acco.nplishment of the promises concerning the glory of the lacter day, when the Jews, with the fulnets of the Gentiles, lhall be converted to the Lord Christ, and his gospel shall be preached with success in all nations. O gracious God, be merciful to Britain and Ireland; and pour out thy Spirit for reforming the King and the subjects. Othat the light of gospel-truth may reach the throne of Britain, and that our King may be induced, with all the Royal family, to pay obedience to that great King by whom kings reign, and princes decree juagment. Othat he were persuaded to believe the gospel, and be a pattern of holiness to all his subjects. Lord, call him and all his progeny effectually by thy grace.
Check the Atheism, Deism, error, and profaneness of the age, and bless the gospel every where for the conversion of finners, aod the establishment of thy people. Awaken the inhabitants of this finful city unto righteousness; put a stop to the dreadful progress of vice and debauchery, levity and wantonness; and stir up the people to turn from their wickedness, left thou be provoked to make the city a desolation, a curse, and a hiffing. Bless the young and rising generation, and raise up a feed to lerve thee better than their fathers have done; S 3
and transmit gospel-truth to the latest ages. Interpose for the glory of thy name, and let the cause of truth and righteousness prevail, to the terror of impiety, and the joy of all who fear the name of the Lord. O God, hear my prayer, and give ear unto the voice of my supplications. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart, be acceptable unto thee, O my God and Redeemer, through Jesus Christ, my only Saviour. Amen!"
The foregoing is the only secret prayer made byring friend of any length that I heard with an audible voice. And I hope it will not be thought improper that I have committed it to writing ; as it will shew how he spent his time after his confinement, when no eye saw him; how ardentJy he desired the salvation of his lewd companions, how much he had at heart the enlargement of the Redeemer's kingdom, the salvation of fouls, the wformation of the city in which he had lived near fix years, and the prevalence of the cause of God and truth. And the writer of these Memoirs cannot but express his thankfulness unto the Lord, who excited his servant to put up so many prayers to the throne of grace on his behalf, and to express so warm and tender a regard to his salvation. Blessed be the Lord for all his benefits to me.
After my friend had ended prayer, I entered the room ;
when he addressed me as follows. “ Dear Mr Nu, I longed for your return, though I cannot fay you have staid long. After meditating a while on some texts of fcripture, I was led to the sweet exercise of prayer, which has refreshed my spirits, as it always does. ' And I hope prayer fhall be foon turned into endless : praises. Mean time reflection on our former course of life, fills me with shame and blushing.
God God and the soul, time and health, were then facrificed to our swinifh lusts, and our happiness was reckoned complete, if we got the desires of the flesh and of the mind gratified, as if this had been the intention of the almighty Creator in making man, and man's felicity confifted in the fruition of sensual pleasures and carnal delights. We have the greatest reason to blush, and be fille ed with confusion, when we reflect, that so very lately we were the slaves of fin and Satan, led captive by them at their pleasure, living in a state of woful unconcern about our souls, our better part, which shall exist through eternity in immortal vigour, while the body shall rot in the grave, and be the repast of worms. This abominable course of life, this horrid perversion of the defign of our creation, ought never to be forgotten; but should be remembered as matter of deep humility and self-abasement, and inspire us with gratitude to the God of all grace and mercy, for rescuing us from such miserable bondage, placing us in his favour, instating us in the inheritance of grace here, and giving us the faith and hope of being with the Lord, and exciting a defire and longing ió us to be in the kingdom of glory hereafter.
I persuade myself you are recovered from fin, and that the arm of the Lord hath been revealed to you; and I hope you will persevere in a course of fincere religion and holiness, till you be called to remove to the palace of the King eternal. But I must warn you to be on your guard against thé snares of the devil, and the blandishments of the world. Be fober, and watch unto prayer; arming yourself with the whole armour of God, that you may overcome all the foes that attack you. For this purpose, put on the breaft-plate of faith and love, and for an helmet the hope of
falvation. Never fit down fecure, as if you were in no danger ; nor indulge floth and negligence. Devote much of your time to prayer, meditation, reading, and Chriftian conference; and, as you cannot always be employed in these godly exercises, manage your temporal affairs with a view to the divine glory, and for promoting your fpiritual interests. Begin the work of every day with prayer for divine conduct. Let God have your first thoughts in the morning, and let not a croud of vain or sinful cogitations rush into your mind, when you awake from downy slumbers. Put your heart into God's hand early, and he will keep it through the day. Beware of mingling with the wicked, left you be defiled. Live abstract from every evil thing. Amidst the vanities of life, and the delights of sense, which with reftless importunity will court your affections, pray for grace to refift all finful allurements, and impress strongly on your mind the certainty of death. Ever bear in mind, that you must die, and appear before the Lord in judgment. This will be a check to carnal gratifications and mental vanities. It will curb the motions of luit, and repress your corrupt bias to sensual pleasures. The thoughts of death will hide pride from your cyes, and restrain self-conceit, and every idol that would ufurp the sovereignty of your heart. You know not how foon the frail thread of your life may be cut asunder, or how soon you may come to pine on a fick.bed, as I have done for fome months. Therefore be active and diligent in the prosecution of your Christian calling. Let matters be right between God and your soul; and have your heart purged from an evil conscience, by the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus. Live by faith upon the Son of God, and look for
grace to enable you to persevere to the last in the ways
of the Lord. Gird up the loins of your mind ; be fober, and hope to the end, for the grace that is to be brought to you'at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as an obedient child, not fashioning yourself according to the former lufts in your ignorance ; but as he who bath called you is holy, so be you holy in all manner of conversation. Amen."
Mr T-s is seized with a violent cough. The
author is asisted in attending him by another
" I have fpoken to you at some length just now, as I know I will not be able to speak much bereafter. A cough has seized me; which I consider as the harbinger of death : but I will live till the morn. ing of the next Lord's day after to-morrow; and on that blessed day be carried, by the attending angels, to the bofom of my glorious Redeemer, to spend an eternal Sabbath in his presence, and *enter into that rest which remains for the people of God. Mean time I have sorer conflicts in my body to manage than I have hitherto had. Ó Lord, enable me to submit to thy will with a cheerful mind, remembering how willingly my Saviour fubmitted to the wrath of God, and the 'cursed death of the tree, that he might save me from everlasting wrath. Lord, fupport and refresh me with the consolations of thy Holy Spirit, amidst all my pains, and the renting of my head