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Thy light, and firength, and pard'ning grace,
I call that legacy my own
Sweet is the mem'ry of his name,
The Prayer on Monday Evening.
For pardon and forgivenefs of thofe fins, which deter us from approaching the Lord's table.
OST great, moft holy, and most glorious Lord God! I know that thou delighteft in the ways of mercy, that thou art a tender lover of fouls, and not only permitteft, but inviteft us, miferable creatures, to come unto thee; therefore I am convinced of the neceffity of that holy inftitution, which thou haft ordained by thy Son our Lord, in that holy facrament of the Lord's fupper, whereby we are raised from a death of fin unto a life of righteoufnefs.
With humble confidence then, O Lord, I lift up my foul unto thee, befeeching E 3
thee, in thy great mercy, to look upon me, and to eafe me of the burden of my corrupt and finful inclinations: oh! caft me not away from thy prefence, but, for the fake of my dear Redeemer, receive me graciously to thy mercy; and let the merit of his bitter death and paflion atone for all the follies and mifcarriages of my life paft; forgive, I meekly befeech thee, whatever I have done amifs this day and all my life past, either against thee, my neighbour, or myself.
Oh! what am I, that I fhould prefume to speak unto thee, or to lift up mine eyes to that place of purity where thine honour dwelleth. Oh! cleanfe me from all my fecret and unknown tranfgreffions; and, moft merciful Father, who upholdeft all things by the power of thy word, grant that I may feriously confider and reflect upon the foulness and deformity of my fin, and what dreadful threatenings thou haft denounced against it; that I may become a true and fincere mourner for my paft fins; and, as far as is poffible, redeem my mif ipent time, by employing the remainder of my days in thy fervice and to thy glory. O Lord! give me a new heart, new affections, and new defires, that I may love thee with more fincerity and ferve thee with greater faithfulness, than I have ever yet
yet done; convince me of the vanity and uncertainty of all things here below; and grant that I may make thee, who art the Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things therein, my only joy and my delight, my ftay and my truft, my guide and my counfellor; and be fo delighted with the ways of thy commandments, ផល that one day in thy fervice may be dearer than a thousand spent in vanity and folly.
Grant that in the days of health and profperity I may confider my latter end, and remember and provide for that great account, which I must one day give before the judgment-feat of Chrift; that when the hour of my departure fhall come, I may meet death without fear and amazement, and with a well-grounded hope of thy mercy and goodness (tendered to me in this holy facrament) I may cheerfully refign up my foul into thy hands; and may be willing, and even defirous to leave this world when thou, my God, fhall please in thy gracious goodnefs to call me hence unto thy glory. Take me and all that belongs * Here mention to me this night under the care to pray for. and protection of thy good providence ; preferve us from all perils and dangers, and all apprehenfions or dread of any; give us fuch refreshing reft and fleep, as
thofe you intend
may fit us for the duties of the day fol lowing; and, if thou art pleased to add another day to our lives, grant that we may make a right use and improvement of it, to thy glory and the benefit of our immortal fouls, through Jefus Chrift our Lord, who, in compaffion to our infirmi ties, have taught us when we pray to say, Our Father, &c.
The Meditation for Tuesday Morning. Upon the manner of preparing ourfelves to receive the holy Sacrament.
If thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberet that thy brother hath aught against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Mat. v. 23, 24. Onfider, O my foul, that this ne
it is once
attained, and which may be compaffed without great difficulty, is a standing qualification for all our future communions: and as for all other pious difpofitions of mind, which make us fit guests at the Lord's table, they are the fame we are obliged to by our baptifmal vow, and are neceffary in the course of a Chriftian life, and in the ufe of all other means of grace: for except we confefs our fins with a humble, penitent, and obedient heart, and are ready to forgive those that have offended us, and ask with faith, even our prayers
prayers and praises will find no acceptance at the throne of grace.
2. Let me then tell thee: the best preparation for the facrament is a conftant endeavour to live as becomes a Chriftian; [and thus thou haft made a good beginning in the courfe of thy laft week's preparation;] for they who really believe the Chriftian religion, and fincerely govern their lives by the doctrines and precepts of the gofpel, have all that fubftantial preparation that qualifies men to partake of this holy ordinance; and ought to receive it at any time when there is an opportunity, though they were not before-hand acquainted with it, as thou haft been particularly inftructed in the former part of this treatise.
3. None can fuppofe that they must be perfect and strong grown Chriftians before they partake of thefe divine mysteries; it is enough we fincerely defire to be fuch, and if fo, we fhall find the frequent ufe of the boly communion to be the most effectual means to that end. Where fhould we feek for comfort in this vale of tears, but from the fource of all joy and comfort? where fhall we find ftrength to refift the temptations that crowd about us, but in this divine armour?.when we are loaded with fo many imperfections,