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blessings and promises are sure and stedfast, and never fail ; may
never feel the weight of poverty and despair, nor the sad effects of prolonged and painful misery, arising from those unfortunate and lamentable evils of human life.
I feel, at the same time, O gracious God, that I am undeserving of the least of thy mercies; that I am far from being perfect either in thought, word, or deed. But who is he that can claim to himself the enviable and blotless character of perfection ? Who liveth and sinneth not? No one, O blessed Lord, no one is perfect; all are prone to sin “as the sparks fly upwards.” " There is no one that doeth good and sinneth not.” “ In sin our mother conceived us.” Such are the truths that I find revealed in thy sacred Word; such are the imperfections of our natural state, which can only be washed away, and finally eradicated by the “ blood of Christ, which cleanseth from all sin.” Let this be an atonement for all my follies and transgressions; and let it operate to make me wiser and better; more serious in my devotions, more attentive to thy word whenever I hear it read or preached, more circumspect in my conduct and behaviour, more kind to my Christian brethren, and more exemplary, moderate, and benevolent than I have hitherto been. Grant that a sense of these inestimable qualifications may be so deeply impressed upon my mind, that I
may make it the great care and study of my whole life to please and obey thee in all things.
Inspire me with chaste and humble thoughts. Give me a wise and pious mind, and let me regard my eternal salvation as the most im
portant of all things. Pour down upon me thy blessings, and direct me "to run with patience the race that is set before me, looking unto Jesus as the author and finisher of my
faith.” Let not the cares and concerns of this world engross my attention too eagerly, and let not any murmuring or repining thoughts possess my heart. My entire dependance is on thee, for life and godliness; and however frail and erring I am, or may be, I feel persuaded that thou, O God, wilt not forsake me, so long as I put my trust in thee, do my duty in the best manner I can, and rely on thy mercy and goodness for the pardon of all my sins, through our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee, and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. AMEN.
Most GRACIOUS AND Blessed LORD
God, thou art always present, “thou art about my bed, and about my path, and spiest out all my ways; thou art the author and finisher of every good work; without thee
nothing is holy, nothing is strong;” “ in thee I live, and move, and have my being; and in thy hands are the issues of life and death.” Before thee I bend my knees to implore the forgiveness of all my sins, and the protection of thy Providence from all the evils and dangers that are in the world. O what joy and happiness it is to be allowed to address thee under the endearing name of Father! I adore thee for this privilege. Thou hast created all things that are in hea
and on earth * ; thou art “the Lofty One that inhabiteth eternity; “ great and marvellous are thy works;" and yet thou sufferest thy creatures to call upon thee for help, and wait thy appointed time for their deliverance from their afflictions. Glory be to thee, O Lord, for these thy unspeakable mercies. Make me deserving of them, and grateful for their continuance. Bless and
all my undertakings; direct me in all my ways; avert misfortune and disease from
habitation; inspire me with just ideas, and humble thoughts; and let no worldly interest
* The first chapter of The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Colossians, is well worthy of serious perusal ; also the fifty-third chapter of the Prophet Isaiah. It was this chapter which convinced that wild and atheistical nobleman, the Earl of Rochester, in the last age, of the truth of the Gospel, when he compared the words of the Prophecy of Isaiah with the twenty-sixth and following chapters of St. Matthew, and he became a real penitent.