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Hear us, O Lord our Governor, from heaven, thy dwelling place; and when thou hearest, have regard to our petitions. They are offered up to thee in the fullest confidence that thy goodness will dispose, and thy power enable thee to grant, whatever thy wisdom seest to be convenient for us, and conducive to our final happiness.
See Bishop Porteus's valuable and instructive Lectures on the Gospel of St. Matthew.
() MOST GRACIOUS LORD God, and merciful Father in Christ Jesus, who hast
* For many excellent observations and devotional reflections in these prayers, the author is indebted to the pure and elegant pen of Melmoth.
prepared for them that love thee such good things as pass man's understanding, and hast promised to give eternal life to them who " patient continuance in well-doing, seek for glory, honour, and immortality; give me, I humbly beseech thee, a firm and unshaken faith in all thy promises, that being fully persuaded of those important truths which thou hast revealed to us in the Gospel, I may make it the principal care and concern of my
whole life to please and obey thee in all things. And that I may obtain those things which thou dost promise, make me to love that which thou dost command; and grant that by the assistance of thy Holy Spirit, I may be enabled to persevere in the practice of a holy life, even to the last moment of my days.
Let the hopes and expectations of that unspeakable happiness hereafter, which thou hast prepared for those who live in obedience to thy commandments, enable me to pass through this vale of tears and misery with cheerfulness and submission to thy blessed will; and to bear with patience whatever troubles, thou, in thy great wisdom, shalt see fit to lay upon me.
O Lord, give me a heart raised above the vanities and enticements of this world, and free from all its pollutions and defilements. Fix my thoughts, my hopes, and my desires, upon heavenly objects; that, having always in view that " crown of glory” which thou hast promised to thy faithful servants, I may
press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God, in Christ Jesus.” And being strengthened by thy grace, and supported by thee in all I think, and say, or do,
with patience the race thou hast set before me,” that when the Great Day of retribution shall come, I
to my most merciful Judge with joy and comfort, and never more be separated from Him in that glorious and heavenly world, “where true joys are to be found," and where there is an endless succession of felicity, which no words can describe, and no tongue can express. Grant this, O merciful Father, through the merits and for the sake of our eternal advocate and mediator Jesus Christ. AMEN.
O MOST GRACIOUS God, the Father and the friend of all creatures here below, give me wisdom and understanding, that I may not be carried away by the deceitful pleasures of this world; but may see, and know, and choose," the things which belong
to my peace,' before they are hid from my
Convince me, more and more, that sin is the greatest of all evils; that guilt and misery are always inseparable; and that there is no other solid and substantial happiness to be obtained in this life, than that which results from the testimony of a good conscience, and the hopes of thy favour and acceptance. Grant that these solemn and important truths may be so deeply impressed upon my mind, that I may make it the constant study and sincere endeavour of my life, to please and obey thee; for thou art the only sure foundation of all my hopes, both here and hereafter; and in comparison of this heart-felt truth, this cheering and holy expectation, all the honours, riches, and enjoyments of this world, are as nothing.