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such things as God has are sinners, and cry, Lord, forbidden, to keep us from forgive us; and this too ruining ourselves; or by often without any great omitting such duties as concern or purposes of He has commanded, in amendment. But this order to fit us for happi- you will not think sufness when we die.
ficient, when you seriously So that if either the consider that the end and fear of God's displeasure, punishment of sin are not or a love of Him who has to be seen in this life. been so good to you, will If, therefore, you stand weigh with you, you will in any fear of the judgmost heartily condemn ment of God, set yourself yourself for every thing seriously to consider your you have done contrary to past life; see whether you His will and command. have not lived, or do not
You will also beg Him now live, in any known most earnestly to forgive sin, or evil habit; for you what is past; and you example, of lying; or will promise and resolve, swearing: or drinking : through His grace and or filthy talking : of unhelp, not wilfully to offend cleanness: of keeping loose Him again.
and profane company: of And, lastly, you will not following unwarrantable forget to pray for His grace pleasures and diversions ; every day of your life; or of leading an idle, usewithout which your best less, sinful life. resolutions will come to
If this has been your nothing.
case, resolve to break off That is that repentance all these, and all such-like concerning which you are evil ways, which are disrequired to examine your- pleasing to God; conself, before you go to the demn yourself for having Lord's Supper.
so desperately broken the Most people, it is true, commands of One who are ready to own that they can destroy both body and
soul in hell : consider
The Prayer. the vows that are upon Blessed be God, who by you, and despise not the His grace, and by the goodness and forbear- voice of His Church, hath ance of God, which is called me to repentance ! designed to lead you to
Discover to me, O Thou repentance.
Searcher of hearts, the If you ask when you are charge that is against me, to begin this necessary
that I may know, and work (if it is not already confess, and forsake the begun) the
sins I have fallen into. short: the very moment Give me that true repentyou ask the question ;
ance, to which Thou hast and this, because if you promised mercy and parfind an unwillingness in
don, that I may amend yourself to set about it where I have done amiss, now—that unwillingness and that iniquity may not will every day increase :
be my ruin. And, O very probably you will
blessed Advocate, who never repent, unless God
ever livest to make interby His judgments, or cession for us, I put my by the sight of death,
cause into Thy hands; shows you your sad error, let Thy blood and merits when it may be too late plead for me, and by Thy to be of any real use to mighty intercession proyou.
cure for me the pardon of Now, if these consider
my past offences : that ations affect your heart, thou mayest say unto me, as sure they will if you
as Thou didst unto the have any regard for your penitent in the Gospel, salvation, represent your | Thy sins are forgiven ; so desires to God in some
that I may go with a such words as these fol- quiet conscience to Thy lowing:
holy Table. Amen.
Concerning the Purposes you are to make of leading
a New, that is, a CHRISTIAN LIFE
N the first place, take if we do not obey our ReGod accepts of our re- Your duty to God, your pentance on this condition | neighbour, and yourself, only, that we may after you have known from a wards glorify Him by an child : be assured of it, holy Christian life. you will meet with temp
And as He delivered tations from the devil, the the people of Israel from world, and your own corbondage, not that they rupt heart, both to nemight do what was right glect and transgress the in their own eyes, but commands of God. that, becoming an holy It will be absolutely nation, they might be an
necessary, therefore, that honour to their deliverer:1 you arm yourself betimes, even so Christ has re- both with holy resolutions, deemed us from the bon- and with this holy Ordidage of sin and Satan, nance, which you are prethat He might redeem us paring to go to, that you from this present evil may be able, through the world, and purify unto grace of God, to go on in Himself a people zealous the way of salvation. of good works.
Now YOUR DUTY TO And as the former per- GOD is,—To believe in ished, that is, all such as him, to fear and to love did not answer the end him, with all your heart of their deliverance, so and soul; forasmuch as most surely shall we do, you stand indebted to 1 Deut. xiv. 2.
Him for all you have, or value, or hope for in this attention, and have a or the next life.
great regard for His orDo but consider how dinances, and for the you would behave your persons whom He hath self, if you were but half appointed to administer so much obliged to any
them. man on earth ; How dear- If you truly fear God, ly would you love him ! you will part with any How often would you thing as dear as a right think on him !
How hand, or a right eye, rather would you strive to please than provoke Him who him! How would you be can destroy both body and grieved if you should be soul in hell. so unhappy as to offend If you believe Him to him! How soon and ear- be the Fountain of all nestly would you beg his good, you will pray to Him pardon, to be restored to daily.
And if you put his favour!
your whole trust in God, Now, if you thus love as it is your duty to do, God, it will appear in you will endeavour to bé such instances as these: pleased with all his dealyou will have a very great | ings with you, you will regard for everything that never murmur at the ways belongs to Him: you will of His providence, nor not use His Name to any suffer your heart to fret idle or wicked purpose: against the Lord. And you will religiously ob- especially, you will never serve the day consecrated attempt to better or secure to His honour and ser- your condition by any vice; you will carefully evil ways: believing asattend the house and wor- suredly, that God can and ship of God;—and behave will make you full amends yourself with reverence in the next life, for what and devotion, while you you want or suffer in this, are in His presence: you
in submission to His will. will hear His word with Lastly, your duty is to
be thankful to God. The | Thee, to make my love way to be so is, to look and fear of Thee the upon every mercy you re- governing principle of my ceive, as the gift of God; whole life :—that I may every danger you escape, always do what I believe as owing to His care and will please Thee;—that I providence; every good may carefully avoid what thought, every good pur- | I know will offend Thee : pose, every occasion of do- and that I may live as ing good, as the effect of having Thee the constant His good Spirit
witness of my thoughts, Think, and act, and words, and actions. purpose, thus: and it will Give me a stedfast faith be as natural to thank in Thy word and proGod for all the dispensa- mises; a firm trust in Thy tions of His providence, power. Let the fear of as it is for you to beg any Thy justice keep me from blessing from Him, which presumption, and a sense you stand in most need of. of Thy goodness from des
Stop awhile, until you pair. Defend me from all have " considered these those bewitching snares things, and until you have which destroy our love of expressed your sense of Thee: from worldly cares; them in this following from sensual and sinful prayer :
pleasures; from evil com
pany; from foolish diverThc Prayer.
sions; and from every
thing that may make me This is indeed the first forget that Thou alone and great command, to art worthy to be feared love Thee, O God, with and loved.
Grant me all our heart: for on this these mercies for Thy depends our salvation. Son Jesus Christ His sake, But even this must be the whose love and death we gift of Thy grace; for this are going to commemorgrace I now apply to ate. Amen.