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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.

Tuesday Evening.

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 heaven, 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 my 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.

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or advantage prevail over me to induce me to depart from my integrity. Give me grace to “set thee always before my eyes;” to fear and love thee; to take pleasure in praising thee; to delight “in thy sacred courts;” to rejoice in thy sabbaths; and to spend every day of my life in the enjoyment of thy favour, the esteem of my acquaintance, and the approbation of my own heart. Let thy Holy Spirit warm and purify my soul, and let it restrain me from the commission of those “ sins which most easily beset me. Banish from my mind every improper and unworthy thought; keep me in health and safety, in peace and innocence, in love and charity, in a cheerful state of mind, and a tranquil resignation to thy will in all the dispensations of thy wonderful Providence. While I am passing “through things temporal,” suffer me not to lose sight of “ the things eternal,” through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, our blessed Lord, and only Saviour; in whose name and words, I commend to thy mercy and protection myself and all mankind.-Our Father, &c.

Wednesday Morning. O MOST GRACIOUS GOD AND MERCIFUL FATHER, I humbly beseech thee, for the sake of thy Son Jesus Christ, to pardon my sins, to remove my fears, and to strengthen my faith.

I bless and praise thy holy name for the life that I enjoy, the health which I feel, and the gratification arising from the dear connexions of my regard and esteem. Foster in my mind those sweet satisfactions which spring from the un

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