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Act of Kindness or Charity towards me. Help me, O my God,fo to walk before thee, that my Soul may enjoy a true Liberty; that my Life may be full of Comfort, my Death of Peace; and that I may obtain eternal Glory, through Jefus Chrift our Lord.
Bless this whole Family to which I belong; fow in all our Hearts the Seeds of unfeigned Charity, that we may all enjoy the Comforts of a mutual Affection, and of á mutual Affiftance and Aid in our feveral Places.
Poffefs us with a juft Senfe of Duty towards thee, and towards Man; that we may be living Members of thy blessed Son; and grant, that being protected by thy good Providence, directed by thy Word, and affifted by the Influence of thy holy Spirit, we may meet in the Family of Heaven, where we shall adore and praife thee, love and enjoy thee to all Eternity, thro' Jefus Chrift our Lord; in whofe most holy Name and Words I continue to pray,
Our Father, &c.
An Evening Prayer for a Servant.
O MY God, my Strength, and the Rock of my Salvation, how does my Soul praise thee for thy great Goodnefs, and all the precious Promifes of thy Gospel.
But, O my God, I have forgotten thee, though thou haft given me my Being; I have forgotten thee, though thou gavest thine own Son to redeem me; not only to free me from the Punishment due to my Sins, but from the Slavery and Dominion of them, and to procure for me Life eternal.
I have feared the Displeasure of Man, whofe Breath is in his Noftrils, more than I have feared thine.
O thou just and holy Judge of Mankind! I have been more folicitous for the Bread that perishes, than for thy Favour, which is better than Life itself.
I have finned against my Knowledge, thy Word, and the Motions of thy Holy Spirit. I have been apt to repine and murmur at thy Providence, and to be difcontented with my. Condition. [Here mention thy particular Sins.]
But I repent, O my God, of all my Sins, and humbly beg the Affiftance of thy. H 6
Grace, that I may do Works meet for Repentance, and ferve thee in Truth, and with an upright Heart, all the Days of Life.
Have Mercy upon me, O Lord, have Mercy upon me, and forgive me all my Offences; and give me Grace to keep upon my Watch and Guard against them. Enable me fincerely to endeavour to reform and amend my Life, that I may every Day grow and increafe in Goodnefs, and be f much the fitter for Death, the nearer I approach to it: And whenever it comes, let it find me, O Lord, in a Difpofition and Frame of Spirit fit to die; having an unfhaken Faith, an humble Refignation and Submiffion, an holy Contempt of Earth, and a devout Love of Heaven.
Thou haft called me to be a Servant, but thou haft called me to be a Son too, and an Heir of eternal Life; O Give me Grace to be contented, and faithfully to discharge my Duty.
Do thou who never flumbereft nor fleepeft, watch over me, and this whole .Family; let thine Angels pitch their Tents about us this Night; let us lie down fecurely, and let our Sleep be fweet and refreshing to us, for Jefus Chrift his Sake; whofe most holy Name and Words, I
beg all Things needful both for myself, and all Mankind; particularly all that I am in any Way bound to pray for.
Our Father, &c.
A Prayer to be ufed by a Servant at any Time of the Day, or that may be added to any other Devotions.
Lord my God, thou haft made me, and doft dispose of all Things in a wife and excellent Order; thou haft placed me in the Condition of a Servant; O grant that I may discharge the Duties of it zealoufly and faithfully; enable me to employ and improve the Talents which thou haft entrusted me with, to thy Glory, and the Good of my own Soul; and make me ufeful and ferviceable, honeft and diligent in the Station to which it hath pleased thee to call me. O fuffer me not to fall into any Breach of Truft with Man, left I fall under the Vengeance of thee my God.
Keep me, I beseech thee, from Pride and Frowardness, from Difcontent and Murmuring, and give me a meek and humble Spirit.
O thou Lover of Peace and Concord,
enable me to live in brotherly Affection, Unity and Concord, with my Fellow Servants; and grant that we may be a mutual Comfort, and afford mutual Affiftances to each other, as well in our spiritual, as temporal Concerns.
Lord, let not my Soul, by any Connivance or Encouragement, or any other Act of mine, lie under the Guilt of being the Occafion of the Difcontent, or Injury, or Ruin of any Family or Perfon; but make me an Inftrument of Peace and Prosperity wherever I am. I know, O Lord, that Humility and Industry are Virtues that are not so pleasing to a carnal Mind; but do thou make me fenfible hew great the Recompence of Self-denial, and all other Virtues, will one Day be.
-Make me, O Lord, to remember that I am always in thy Sight, and that thou dost ponder all my Paths; that I may be fully convinced, that both my temporal and eternal Intereft depends upon the faithful and confcientious Performance of my Duty; that so I may not be feduced or difcouraged by any Temptation whatsoever, but still looking up to God, and having regard to the Recompence of Reward, I may run with Patience the Race that is fet before