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Turn thee, O Lord, and deliver my foul: O fave me for thy mercies fake, Pfalm vi. 4, bent syed 1


Ear me, O gracious God and father, and breathe into my heart that spirit which renews us after thine own image, in righteoufnefs and true holiness.


Bleffed Jefus, who feekeft out finners to makethem good, do not reject me now, when I feek to thee to make me better. Iampoor and naked, Oh! clothe me with thy righteousness. My good thoughts are changeable and inconftant; but Oh! do thou establish and fix them by thy grace: fet up thy kingdom, O Jefu, in my heart; for to become thy faithful fervant is more to me than to have the empire of this world. Keep me ftedfaft in ferving thee, till thou takest me finally to thyself.

A prayer of refignation to the will of GOD. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Matt, vi. 10.

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foul, my fubftance, my friends, my liberty, and my life; difpofe of me, and of all that is mine, as it feemeth beft to thee, to the glory of thy holy name. Lord, I am not now mine, but thine; therefore claim me as thy devoted right; keep me as thy charge, and love me as thy child;


fight for me when I am aflaulted; heal me when I am wounded; and revive me when I am fainting. Amen.

O Saviour of the world fave me; who by thy cross and paffion haft redeemed me, help me and fave me, I befeech thee, O my God.

Give me, O Lord, fpiritual wifdom, that I may difcern what is pleafing to thee, and follow what belongs unto my peace; and let the knowledge and peace of God, and of Jefus Chrift our Lord, be my guide and my portion all the days of my life. Amen.

To the king eternal, immortal, invifible, and only wife God, who is the ever bleffed and adorable Trinity, be all honour and glory, thanksgiving and praife, now and for evermore. Amen.

A prayer to conclude our devotions upon this day, and every day in the week.

Verily, verily, I fay unto you, whatfoever ye fhall afk the father in my name, he will give it you. John xvi. 23.

Lmighty Cod, who haft promised to hear the petitions of them that afk in thy fon's Name; I beseech thee mercifully to incline thine ears unto me, who have now made my prayers and fupplications unto thee! and grant that those things which I have faithfully asked, according to thy will, may be effectually

tually obtained, to the relief of my neceffities, and to the fetting forth of thy glory, through Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.

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HE peace of God, which paffeth all understanding, keep my heart and mind in the knowledge and love of God, and of his fon Jefus Chrift our Lord; and the bleffing of God Almighty, the father, the fon, and the holy ghost, be with me, now, and at the hour of my death. Amen.

On Monday night (and the rest of the week) at going to bed, say,


Will lay me down in peace and take reft, for it is thou, O Lord, only that makest me to dwell in safety.

Into thy hands I commend my fpirit, for thou haft redeemed me, O Lord, thou God of truth.

Have mercy upon me, O Lord, now, and at the hour of death. Amen, Amen, Amen.

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For God fo loved the world, that he gave his only begotten fon, that whofoever believeth in him thould not perish, but have everlasting life. · Jobu iii. 16, dthra Stibiinq to Raw near all ye that fear our Lord; and I will tell you what he has done for my foul; hear, and I will tell you what he hath done for yours, and the wonders of his bounty towards all the world. When we lay alleep in the fhades of nothing, his almighty hand awakened us into being; not to that of ftones, or plants, or beasts, over which he has made us abfolute lords; but to a body wonderfully made, and an immortal foul, little inferior to his glorious, angels; he printed on our fouls his own fimilitude, and promised to our obedience a fhare in his own felicity; he endued us with appetites to live well and happy, and furnish'd us with means to fatisfy thofe appetites; creating a whole world to ferve us here, and providing a heaven to glorify us hereafter. 2. Thefe

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2. Thefe are the favours of God's infinite goodness: but what return have we made to him! blufh, Omy foul, for fhame, at foftrange a weakness, and weep for grief at fo extreme an ingratitude. We childishly preferred a trivial apple before the law of our God, and the fafety of our fouls: we fondly embraced a litthe needlefs fatisfaction, before the pleafurcs of paradife, and the eternity of heaven.

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3. Behold the unhappy fource of all our miferies, which ftill increafed its ftreams as they went farther on, till they exacted at last a deluge of juftice, to drown their deluge of iniquity; and here, alas! had been an end of man, a fad and fatal end of the whole world, had not our wife creator forefeen the danger, and in mercy prevented the extremity of the ruin, referving for himself a few choice plants to replenish the earth with more hopeful fruit: yet they grew quickly wild, and brought forth four grapes, and their childrens teeth were fet on edge; quickly they afpired to an intolerable pride of fortifying their wickedness against the power of heaven, by building the Tower of Babel.ed

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