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spite of my best endeavours to lead a holy and exemplary life, I am

but too often led away by the customs and examples of this evil world. O pity my weakness, forgive my infirmities, and lay not to my charge the imperfections of my religious duties. Animate my sluggish heart, and cleanse it from all impurity. Replenish my soul with thy Holy Spirit, and make me fruitful in every good word and work. Show me in time the uncertainty of this life, and the awful concerns of a future state of existence. Let all my views be directed to that solemn end; and before I die, let my sins be blotted out for the sake of Jesus Christ, our blessed Lord and Saviour. AMEN.

Our Father, &c.

grace of our Lord, &c.


Sunday Evening. O THOU GREAT AND GLORIOUS GOD, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! how kind and merciful art thou to the children of men! And yet, ( blessed Lord, how often is thy holy name taken in vain, and how little do the generality of mankind regard thee with the reverence that is due to thy greatness, thy power, and thy dominion. Give me very different thoughts, and implant in my mind the utmost humility, and the most unfeigned devotion. Let me be unalterably persuaded, that “thy service is perfect freedom," and that, without thy favour and love, “ I am of all creatures the most miserable !" Earnestly do I wish, O Lord God, that I was a blameless Christian. But, alas! how prone I am

that my

to offend thee, and how frequently do I forget the vows and resolutions which I have made to serve and obey thee. 0

“conscience were void of offence both towards thee, and towards men !" O that I could be what I ought to be! But thou knowest whereof I am made, thou knowest that I am but dust. From “ dust I came, and unto dust I must return." Have mercy upon me, and grant that I may sincerely repent of my past errors. Let the atoning blood of Jesus wash me thoroughly from my sins; let thy Holy Spirit descend into my soul; so that I may be enabled to persevere


Christian course, and finish it with joy, and hope, and everlasting felicity.

Give me such a zeal for thy service, and such a strong and ardent hope of attainin

the "one thing needful,” that I may never hesitate or slacken in my duty, nor for the sake of any thing that this world can offer, be unmindful of the great and important concerns of eternity.

Root out of my heart whatever militates against the sacred cause in which I am engaged. Let all pride, and envy, and covetousness; all bitterness, anger, and malice, and whatever else is contrary to the laws and precepts of the Gospel, be ever banished from my mind; and instead of such unholy and unamiable qualities, infuse therein the more mild and endearing excellencies of “ love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, and temperance.”

Teach me, O Lord, to do what is right in thy sight; to “abhor that which is evil; ”

and to « cleave to that which is good.” Let all my past follies and youthful transgressions, be for ever obliterated from the book of thy remembrance. Let them not appear in array against me at the awful day of judgment. I invoke, for Christ's sake, this mark of thy divine favour. Impress upon my mind the folly of vice, and the dangers to which it inevitably leads, both to body and soul. I am an imperfect creature, and encompassed about with many trials and temptations. I am undone if thou wilt not forgive me. 0 do thou vouchsafe to strengthen my faith, to assist my fidelity, and to enable me to withstand the allurements of this vain and transient world. Help and govern me every day and hour of my life; into thy hands I commend myself, beseeching thee to make all things con


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