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shortly have an end; and let us attend upon the great concern of that far better life, which is to last for ever. Give us awful and affecting thoughts of thy divine majesty, and a lively sense of our own wants, that our prayers and praises, and all our services, may be offered up in such a serious and devout manner, as may render them acceptable in thy sight, and conducive to our spiritual improvement. Make us attentive to thy holy Word, and to all the good instructions that may this day be given us by thy ministering servant; (to whom be thou pleased to impart grace, and faith, and humility), and grant that we may not rest in mere outward performances; but by a right use of thy holy ordinances,* may grow in grace, and become
Happy are they who “ delight in the ordinances of the Lord,” and who keep holy the Sabbath day.”
every day better Christians, and be so improved in all virtuous and godly living, and in the knowledge of Christ Jesus, that when this vain and transitory life shall have an end, we may dwell with thee in life everlasting, and praise thy name for ever and AMEN. Our Father, &c. The grace of our Lord, &c.
Happy are they to whom God has given a taste for these pure and spiritual joys; and who can with pleasure exclaim with the Psalmist, “ as the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God ! A day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of Hosts! a day spent in thy courts is better than a thousand otherwise employed.”
An Evening Prayer for a Family.
O MOST GRACIOUS AND MERCIFUL LORD God, the creator, preserver, and governor of the world, the head of all principalities and powers, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; thou, who art always present, who seest all our actions, and knowest all our thoughts, look down upon us, we humbly beseech thee, and forgive us the multitude of our offences. We acknowledge that thou art a God greatly to be feared for thy power and justice, infinitely to be beloved for thy perfections and goodness, and greatly to be praised for thy bounty and loving kindness. But we confess, O Lord,
are weak and sinful creatures, “ unable of ourselves to help ourselves ;”
that we have, in many instances, acted contrary to thy most holy will, and have neither loved thee, served thee, nor obeyed thee as we ought. 0, if thou shouldst“ be extreme to mark what we have done amiss," we should incur nothing but thy wrath and indignation.
But, О mighty and eternal God, “ who willest not the death of a sinner,” let the sufferings, and death of our adorable and blessed Saviour atone for our many errors and transgressions; and, for his sake, pardon our sins, remove our infirmities, amend our lives, according to thy word; and grant that, for the time to come, we may be more careful to please thee, more circumspect in our ways, and more sincerely devoted to thy service.
Convince us of the danger of sinful habits,
and make us so afraid of offending thee,
« abstain from all appearance of evil,” and do nothing but what is pleasing and acceptable in thy sight. Let the salvation of our precious souls be our chief care and concern; and grant that we may live as becomes the servants of Christ, “ denying all ungodliness and worldly lusts, and living soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.”
Give us, O Lord, the assistance of thy grace and heavenly benediction, that we may pass through all the temptatious of this world with peace, innocence, and safety. Enable us to resist the great adversary of our souls, who, “as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” Lengthen our days, if it be thy will; give us humane and benevolent dispositions; warm and gene