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Our Father who art in heaven.

I beseech thee, O heavenly Father, not for myself only, but for all thy children, that we may all live worthy of the relation which we bear to thee; that we may not sin, knowing that we are accounted thine; nor wilfully offend so great, so good, so tender a Father: but that we may love thee, and fear thee, not as slaves, but as children; that we may put our whole trust in thee, and depend upon thine infinite power, wisdom, goodness, and promise, to take care of us; that we may leave it to thee, to choose what is best for us; and bear with patience and resignation all thy fatherly corrections: and that we may serve thee with comfort and pleasure all our days, in hopes of the inheritance which thou hast promised thy obedient children.

Hallowed be thy name.

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honour, and power; for thou hast created all things, and all thy works praise thee. Fill our hearts, O God, with a zeal for thy glory, that we may do thee honour, by leading holy lives, and by paying a great regard for every thing that belongs to thee-thy name, thy day, thy house, thine ordinances, and

thy ministers: and that others, seeing our good works, may glorify our Father which is in heaven.

Thy kingdom come.

Bless

Enlarge thy kingdom, O God, and deliver the world from the dominion and tyranny of satan, that the kingdoms of the earth may become the kingdoms of Jesus Christ. Hasten the time which thy Spirit hath foretold, when all nations, whom thou hast made, shall worship thee, and glorify thy name. the good endeavours of those that strive to propagate the gospel of thy kingdom; and prepare the hearts of all men to receive it. May all such as own thee for their king, bccome thy faithful subjects! Vouchsafe to reign in our hearts, and subdue our wills entirely to thine; and prepare us by thy good Spirit for the kingdom of glory.

Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

Dispose me, and all thy children, O Lord and Father, to submit cheerfully to whatever thy providence shall order for us: hearken not to the corrupt desires of our hearts; but to the voice of thine own wisdom, goodness, and mercy. Give us a true knowledge of our duty, and a heart disposed to close with thy will, whenever it shall be made known

to us, and to perform it with pleasure. Subdue in us whatever is contrary to thy hold will, that through thy grace we may at last become perfect, as our heavenly pattern is. Give us this day our daily bread.

We look up unto, and depend upon thee, O heavenly Father, for all the necessaries and conveniences of this present life. And may our bodily wants engage us to go daily to the throne of grace for the wants of our souls! Let thy blessing go along with our honest endeavours, and keep us from all unjust ways of bettering our condition. Give us grace to impart to such as are in want, of what thou shalt give us more than our daily bread; and, with all thy other favours, give us, we beseech thee, the blessing of a thankful and contented mind.

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Forgive us those sins, O heavenly Father, which separate us from thee: forgive us every day of our lives; for every day we stand in need of pardon: give me, and all Christians, a forgiving temper, that we may fulfil this condition of our pardon. Thou art good and merciful in forgiving us; grant we

may be so to others, remembering our own infirmities. And may we all live in the same charitable temper, in which we hope and desire to die.

And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. O God and Father, who hatest iniquity, and knowest our infirmities, leave us not to the malice and power of the evil one, the devil, to deal with us as he pleaseth; nor to ourselves, and to our own corrupt hearts and lusts, lest we rashly run into temptation. Keep us out of the way of temptations, and under the protection of thy good Spirit: suffer us not to be surprised by them, nor tempted above what we are able to bear. Give us grace to resist them, and to watch and pray daily, that we enter not into temp

tation.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

The whole creation is thine, and under thy government. Thine is the power: thou canst do whatever we pray for. Thou canst cause thy name to be sanctified in all the earth, and set up thy kingdom in all the world, and in all our hearts. Thou canst cause thy will to be done on earth as it is in heaven; and incline us all to submit to it.

Thou canst give us all things needful, both for our souls and for our bodies. Thou, and thou alone, canst forgive us our sins, and dispose us to forgive one another. Thou canst secure us in the day of temptation, and deliver us from the power of the devil. To thee, to thee alone, be the glory, to all eternity. Amen.

MORNING PRAYER

FOR A FAMILY.

Let some one of the family, that can read, say, devoutly, what followeth, the rest attending:

The Lord hath brought us safe to the beginning of this day: Let us therefore give thanks for this, and for all his mercies.

Let us pray, that we may live in the fear of God, and continue in love and charity with our neighbours.

That his Holy Spirit may direct and rule our hearts, teaching us what we ought to do, and what to avoid :

That the grace of God may ever be with us, to support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations.

That the Lord may bless all our honest endeavours, and make us content with what his providence shall order for us:

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