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may thy Spirit help our infirr.aities with supplies of wisdom, strength, and comfort.
May we faithfully study our character, and be always willing to come to the light, that if evil, our deeds may be reproved. May we peculiarly observe ourselves under the operation of those events which are designed to try us; that we may judge of the reality and degree of our grace. May we often review life, and see how we have at any time been ensnared or overcome, that we may in future become more wise and circumspect. And while we watch, may we also pray, lest we enter into temptation. May we never trust in our own hearts, nor depend upon any past experience or present resolution, but be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
Thus far Thou hast helped us. Hitherto our enemies have not triumphed over us. And though we have seen many decline from their profession, we hope if Thou wert to ask, Will ye also go away? we should be able to say, with more conviction and affection than ever, Lord, to whom should we go but unto Thee? Thou hast the words of eternal life. Thou hast been with us in trouble; and many a shadow of death hast Thou turned into the morning. We can now discern thy wisdom and kindness in dispensations which once perplexed and dismayed us; and what we know not now we shall know hereafter.
Never leave us nor forsake us; but support and lead us through all these dark and sorrowful regions; and enable us with confidence to hail the hour when our sun shall no more go down, nor our moon withdraw herself, for the Lord shall be our everlasting light, and the days of our mourning shall be ended.
We implore it through the intercession of Him who himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world according to the will of God and our Father; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
LET not the Lord be angry, while we, who are but dust and ashes, take upon us to speak unto the living God. Pardon our unworthiness; help our infirmities; and hearken unto the voice of our cry, our King and our God, for unto Thee will we pray.
Thou art good to all; and we have largely shared with thy creatures the bounties of thy providence. But O remember us with the favor Thou bearest unto thy people. We bless Thee for characterizing them; and we bless Thee that Thou hast placed the distinction in no high and discouraging attainments; for Thou takest pleasure in them that fear Thee; in them that hope in thy mercy. May these dispositions be found in each of us. May we dread thine anger, revere thy perfections, stand in awe of thy majesty, and tremble at thy word. And hide not thy mercy from us; enable us to trust in it and to plead it; and with a broken heart and a contrite spirit may we earnestly cry, God be merciful to me a sinner. In how many ways do we need the exercise of it! But Thou art rich in mercy; Thou art abundant in mercy; Thou delightest in mercy. We are all so many proofs of this. Because thy com. passions fail not we are not consumed. Our forfeited lives have not only been continued but crowned with thy goodness. Thou hast provided for our souls as well as for our bodies; and we hear a thousand voices inviting us to the feast, and saying, Come, for all things are now ready. Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift: we bless Thee for a Savior, who died for our sins, and rose again for our justification, and is now ascended far above all heavens that He might fill all things.
May we be made the partakers of Christ, and not only of his righteousness but of his Spirit; that we may be not only
pardoned but renewed; and not only have a title to heaven but a meetness for it. No longer alienated from the life of God, may our meditations of Thee be sweet, and may we draw near to Thee as to our exceeding joy. May we confide in thy promises, and rely on thy constant protection and care. May we be devoted to thy service, and find it perfect freedom. May we love obedience; may thy law be within our heart
Let thy cause be dear to our souls. We pray that thy word may have free course and be glorified. church not only be multiplied in number, but increased in knowledge and sanctity and peace and concord and joy, so that it may be a praise in the whole earth. Let the light of the moon be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun be sevenfold, as the light of seven days. For brass, bring gold; and for iron, silver; and for wood, brass; and for stones, iron.
Thou dost not stand in need of us; but in thy condescension and wisdom Thou art pleased to make use of means, and we desire the honor and happiness of being instruments in thy hand. Lord, what wilt Thou have us to do? We would value every day afforded us as a new period of usefulness. May we be anxious to accomplish all we can to alleviate human woe, and to advance the temporal and spiritual welfare of all around us.
And may we not only be zealous, but persevering. May we never be discouraged, never grow weary in well-doing. While many go back after following the Savior, may we cleave to Him with purpose of heart, and at last hear Him say, Ye are they who have continued with me in my temptation, and I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father also hath appointed unto me.
We would not forget the afflicted. Hear the sighing of the neely cause the widc w's heart to sing for joy; and in Thee may the fatherless find mercy. Remove indispo
sition and disease from those who are exercised thereby, or assure them of that world where the inhabitant no more says, I am sick.
Be with us all through the changing scenes of life, and at the hour of dissolution; when heart and flesh fail, be Thou the strength of our heart and our portion for ever. If death should be sudden, let it not find us unprepared; if it should be awful in the apprehension, let it be safe in the result; and if we cannot depart in triumph, may we expire in humble hope.
And through eternal ages may it be our privilege to unite with those who are singing, Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God, and to his Father-to Hm be glory and dominion for ever and ever.
O LORD God of Hosts: Thou hast established thy throne in the heavens, and thy kingdom ruleth over all. It is a source of joy to our minds, and of encouragement to our hopes, that the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth. In thy greatness we see thy all-sufficiency to accomplish all that Thou hast promised, to confer upon us all we need, and to do for us exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think.
It is therefore good for us to draw near to Thee; and it is our mercy to know that we can approach Thee with confidence of acceptance and success; founded not on any worthiness or works of our own, but on thine own grace in the appointment of a Mediator, who has put away sin by the sacrifice of himself, and opened a new and living way Into the holiest of al. by his own blood.
We have no other name to plead, and we need no other. Behold, O God, our shield, and look upon the face of thine Anointed, and for his sake, who groaned in the garden and died upon the cross, and now appears in thy presence for us, pardon our iniquity, for it is great; cleanse us from all unrighteousness; deliver us from the power of darkness; and translate us into the kingdom of thy dear Son.
May we no longer be strangers and foreigners, but fellow. citizens with the saints and of the household of God; and because we are sons, send forth the spirit of thy Son into our hearts, crying Abba, Father. May our intercourse with Thee be free and delightful and constant; and not on peculiar occasions only, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, may we make known ou requests unto Thee. May we live in thy presence.
May we walk with God, and walk humbly with God: sensible of our deficiencies and desert; admiring thy con descension and patience; and bowing to all thy dispensations without murmuring or repining.
May we walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time. May we be zealous in the discharge of all those duties, the performance of which depends on a season so fleeting and precarious. May we consider one another, and provoke one another to love and to good works; not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as we see the day approaching.
Enable us to realize the universality and perfection of thy agency in all our affairs; and since all thy ways are mercy and truth, may we learn in whatsoever state we are there with to be content; yea, in every thing may we give
May we not only submit to our trials, but be grateful for them. They are designed for our profit, that we may be partakers of thy holiness. They evince a care of which