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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.
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 undeviating practice of Christian charity, mutual sympathy, and honest intentions towards all with whom I have any intercourse. Give me a sincere and ingenuous disposition ; not given to suspicion, anger, or malevolence; but “easy to be entreated; full of good works; without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”
Impart to me a full share of thy heavenly grace, that I may uniformly make a right use and improvement of all thy blessings; and be thou graciously pleased to take me under thy Fatherly protection, not only in the day, but in the night; not only when I go out, but when I am at home; or wherever I may be engaged at any time during my stay on earth. Give me such a due sense of all thy mercies that I may unfeignedly love thee, and never wilfully do any thing either to offend thee, or that may be contrary to thy commandments.
Grant, O Lord, that I may ever withstand the temptations of this wicked world, and with true Christian fortitude support myself under the trials and difficulties that abound in it. Teach me to walk in the sacred paths of real and unaffected piety, and to conform myself to the precepts which my blessed Lord and Saviour has so benevolently and condescendingly left for my guidance in this life, and for my direction to that heavenly world, “ where sin and sorrow will be known no more.”
Let my behaviour and conversation be always such“ as becometh the Gospel of Christ.” In that sacred and invaluable treasury of divine knowledge, are the purest examples, the wisest precepts, and the most
pious exhortations to a holy and religious life. O that I may never neglect the perusal of those sacred records, or be so thoughtless as to let the remembrance of them escape my daily contemplation and suitable devotion.
Give me a truly honest and upright heart; mortify my depraved inclinations; cleanse me “ from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit;" and shew me the way that leads to heaven and heavenly enjoyments. Let no worldly terest, no lucrative advantages, no personal inducement, tempt me to abandon the broad and even road of justice and integrity. Let me, O God, depend on thy Providence for the success of all my enterprises; and if I do not succeed in my endeavours to benefit myself, my family, or any of my fellow creatures, grant that I may rest contented under all the dispensations of thy infinite wisdom and