Imatges de pÓgina

Help of thy Grace, we may bring the fame to good Effect. Reform whatever thou feest amifs in the Temper and Difpofition of our Souls; that no unlawful Designs, or inordinate Defirès may reft there. Purge our Hearts from Envy, Hatred, and Malice; that we may never fuffer the Sun to go down upon our Wrath, but may always goto reft in Peace, Charity, and Goodwill, with a Confcience void of Offence towards thee, and towards all Men; that fo our Hearts being a fit Habitation for thy Holy Spirit, he may continually dwell there in; and whether we wake or fleep, we may be under his bleffed Influence, and have our whole Spirit, Soul and Body, preferved pure and blameless, unto the Coming of our Lord and Saviour Jefus Chrift.

Accept, O Lord, as the Teftimony of our Love and Charity, our hearty Interceffions for all Mankind. Let the Light of thy Gospel shine upon all Nations; and grant that all who have already heard and received it, may live fuitably to it. Be more especially gracious to this Church and Nation whereunto we belong. Bless our moft Gracious Sovereign Lord King GEORGE, our gracious Queen Charlotte, his Royal Highness George Prince of Wales, D


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and all the Royal Family; and all who by thy Providence have Authority under him, both in Church and State; and fo guide and direct them, that all their Designs and Undertakings may tend to the Advance- ! ment of thy Glory, and the Good and Welfare of this Church and Nation. Send down thy Bleffings, fpiritual and temporal, upon all our Relations and Friends, and Neighbours; reward all that have done us Good, and pardon all who have done or wished us Evil, and give them Repentance and better Minds. Be merciful to all who are in any Trouble or Affliction, either of Mind, Body, or Estate; and do thou, who art the God of Pity and Compassion, adminifter to every one Help and Comfort, according to their feveral Neceffities, for his Sake who went about doing Good to the Souls and Bodies of Men, thy Son our Saviour Jefus Chrift. "

We likewife add our unfeigned Thanks for all the Mercies which from Time to Time Thou haft vouchsafed us. We bless Thee for our Being, our Reason, and all other Endowments and Faculties of Soul and Body; for our Health, Friends, Food, and Raiment, and all the other Comforts and Conveniences of Life. But above all,


we adore thy tender Mercy in fending thine only Son into the World, to redeem us from Sin and eternal Death, and for giving us any Knowledge and Senfe of our Duty towards thee. We blefs thee for thy Patience with us, notwithstanding our many and great Provocations; for all the Directions, Affiftances, and Comforts of thy Holy Spirit; for thy continual Care, and watchful Providence over us through the whole Course of our Lives; and particularly for the Mercies and Benefits of the Day past; humbly befeeching thee to continue thefe thy Bleffings to us; and to give us Grace to fhew our Senfe of them, and all thy other Mercies, in a fincere Obedience to thy Laws.

And particularly, O Lord, we beseech Thee to continue thy gracious Protection to us this Night. Into thy Hands we commend ourselves, our Souls and Bodies, our Subftance, Dwelling, and all Things that belong to us: Do thou, O Gracious God, who neither flumbereft nor fleepest, be pleased to take us, and all belonging to us this Night into thy efpecial Care and Protection. Defend us from all Danger and Mischief, and from Dread and Fear of any; and grant that we may enjoy fuch quiet and refreshD 2 ing

ing Sleep, as may fit us for the Duties of the Day following. And, O Lord, make us ever mindful of that Time when we shall lie down in the Duft; and grant us Grace always to live in fuch a State, that we may never be afraid or unfit to die; but that whether we live, we may live unto thee or whether we die, we may die unto thee; that fo living and dying we may be thine; through the Merits and Satisfaction of thy Son Jefus Chrift; in whofe prevailing Name and comprehenfive Words, we continue to pray as he hath taught us. Our Father, &c.

Another Morning Prayer for a Family.


MOST Glorious and Eternal God, thou art righteous in all thy Ways, and holy in all thy Works, infinite in Mercy and Goodness to all that call upon thee in Truth; and haft promised that where two or three are gathered together in thy Name, hou wilt be in the Midst of them; look down,we befeech Thee, upon us thy unworthy Servants, who are here before Thee, to prefent unto thy Divine Majesty the Morning Sacrifice of our unfeigned Praises, acknowledging that in Thee we live, and move, and have our Being; and that from thy

thy bountiful Hand we have received all the good Things we enjoy, and by thy good Providence are defended from the Evils we deserve: We desire, O Lord, in an humble Senfe of thy great Goodness towards us, to blefs and praise thy holy Name; particularly we adore thy Glorious Majefty, for preferving us this Night paft, for raising us up in Health and Safety, and for giving us this Opportunity of calling upon thy Name.

Give us Grace, O Lord, we humbly befeech Thee, to make a right Use and Improvement of these and all thy other Mercies; and grant that we may henceforward live as becomes the Gofpel of Christ, by denying all Ungodlinefs and Worldly Lufts, and live foberly, righteously, and godly in this prefent World.

And because we are not able of ourselves to please Thee, vouchfafe us, we beseech Thee, the Affiftance of thy Holy Spirit, enabling us to withstand all the Enemies and Hindrances of our Salvation. Enlighten our Understandings, that we may know Thee; fanctify our Affections, that we may love Thee; and put thy Fear into our Hearts that we may dread to offend Thee. Convince us thoroughly, O Lord, of the great Evil of Sin, that we may endeavour in

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