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through his death and sufferings alone may I hope for acceptance with thee.
Blessed also, O Lord, be thy name, that as Jesus died for our offences, he likewise rose again for our justification,—that he came forth as the first-fruits of them that sleep,--and that all who follow his path in time shall also be made alive, but every man in his own order, Christ the firstfruits, afterwards they that are Christ's at his coming.
In this blessed assurance, O Lord, my flesh would rest in hope; and when I am about to put off this mortal garment, and to lie down in the bed of death, I would repose in the joyful belief, that through the mediation of him who gave himself for sinners, mortality shall yet be swallowed up of life.
Help me, O my God, to improve the time that may yet be granted to me, so that I may meet the second coming of my Lord with joy, and not with trembling. Make me humble, patient, and resigned,-deeply penitent for all my past offences,daily bearing about with me the dying of the Lord Jesus,-and earnestly praying, that thy good Spirit may sanctify me wholly, and may present me at last
faultless and blameless before thy presence with exceeding joy.
“ What is now my strength, O Lord, that I should hope !—and what is mine end, that I should seek to prolong my life! My strength faileth me : as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me: the joints of my knees are loosed, my knees smite one against the other, and I go to the gates of the grave."
O save me from a discontented or repining temper. Enable me to bear the infirmities of age with cheerful submission to thy will ; may I consider all these as the portion which thou hast allotted to man to try the spirit by which he is actuated ; and may it be my constant endeavour, to make what remains to me of this life a sacrifice of obedience and of holy resignation, which may be well-pleasing in thy sight.
Grant me, O Lord, every day a clearer insight into the mysteries of thy dispensations, and a more affectionate reverence for thy blessed word. May I delight in holding communion with thee in the exercises of piety and of devout thanksgiving ;and by all these duties, sanctified to me by thy
good Spirit, may I be prepared to meet my
For that awful event, O Father in heaven, prepare my spirit ; support me amidst the billows of that Jordan which I have soon to pass; and as thou hast been the God and guide of my youth, and of my mature age, be my consolation also when my heart and my strength fail,—and, beyond death, be my portion for ever.
Bless all who are near and dear to me. Comfort and prosper them when I am departed; and may I leave behind me a good name, which may animate them to all duty, that at last they also may enter into the joy of their Lord.
And O grant that we may all meet hereafter in thy heavenly kingdom,—in that land of everlasting peace, where all sorrow and sighing shall have come to an end, and where those who have been ransomed from the corruptions of the world shall see him, in whom, though now they see him not, yet believing, they rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
In this blessed hope, I now resign myself to thy merciful disposal. And to thy name, Father, Son,
and Holy Ghost, be ascribed, as is most due, all glory and honour, dominion and praise, world without end. Amen.
A SERIES OF PRAYERS,
LANGUAGE OF SCRIPTURE.
HEB. iv. 12. “ The word of God is quick and powerful, and
sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”