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goodness, in the firm persuasion that it is for the best, either as to my welfare here, or my happiness hereafter. Leave me not destitute at any time of those things that contribute to my salvation; nor deny me thy favour, which is better than life itself, In all the troubles, perplexities, and disappointments of this world, be thou my only refuge, my hope, and my support, my Saviour, and my God. Amen.
ALMIGHTY AND MOST MERCIFUL FA
THER, I beseech thee to sanctify my heart, and to preserve me from all the dangerous, ensnaring, and corrupt examples that I meet with in the world. Give me wisdom and prudence to perform the duties of a Christian
life, and a mind disposed to yield perfect obedience to thy divine commands. Increase in me the endearing qualities of meekness and benevolence, justice and integrity, humility and patience, piety and equanimity of temper. • Create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me.” thoroughly from my offences, and purify my soul from all evil thoughts, all bad intentions, and all improper designs. Let no temporal advantages, or any thing I could have or gain in this world, prompt me to forsake or disregard the more important employment of doing my duty, seeking thy favour, and being just and true in all my ways. Teach me to act faithfully towards all men. Give me a spirit of forgiveness; and let me rather return good for evil, than incur the reproaches of my own conscience, or injure the character and reputation of my neighbour by any slur or ill report which might prevail against him.
Assist me to discharge the duties of my station in a circumspect, regular, and conscientious manner.
Make me a useful member of society, a disinterested friend, and a kind master. Above all, O blessed Lord, let me be guided by the spirit of true holiness, and the example and instructions of my
crucified Saviour, and thereby be made fit for “ the inheritance of the saints in light,” through his unspeakable merits, and prevailing intercession. AMEN and AMEN.
() GRACIOUS AND HEAVENLY FATHER, thou art the Creator and Governor of the world; thou art from everlasting to everlasting; and thy kingdom will have no end. How great is thy power, wisdom, and goodness; and how good thou art to the children of men! Mercifully look down upon me, thine unworthy servant, and forsake me not, O Lord God of my salvation! Incline my heart to obey thy commandments, and grant me such a sense of thy goodness, forbearance, and long-suffering towards me, may excite in my heart a sincere love to thee, and a real determination to please and obey thee in all things. Let me never forget the many obligations I am under to thee for all that thou hast done for me ever since I came into the world ; and incline my thoughts so piously towards thee, that I may constantly use the utmost care not to do any thing to offend thy Divine Majesty ;
but whenever I am so unfortunate as to incur
thy disapprobation, let my repentance reach the throne of thy mercy, and let my errors and infirmities be no longer a hindrance to the love which thou hast shewn me, or the care which has preserved me ever since I knew what it was to seek thy favour, and to bless and praise thy holy name.
Keep me stedfast and unmoveable in the discharge of my Christian and social duties; and give me a disposition “to do unto others, as I wish them to do unto me." Let me not be tempted to do any thing contrary to thy commandments; nor to take advantage of any one whose judgment and penetration may not be so quick as my own. Grant that I may be honest in all my dealings, just in all my actions, and faithful in all my engagements. Endue my mind with