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ume; so that pious Chriftians, may, at a reasonable expense, distribute them

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fuch people, as either will not or cannot buy them; and the petitions, peculiar to the clergy, are thrown out.

The pious reader will find these Meditations and Prayers too long, according to the present division of them, to which there is no occasion of adhering. He may take them up, and lay. them down, at his own discretion and convenience. It is recommended to him to go thro' " them regularly, and to continué the use of them his whole life, selecting such parts for more frequent meditation, as are best adapted to his necessity and difposition.

As prayer is one of the most important works, in which a man can be engaged, and few find themselves able to discharge it in the manner, they wish to do; it is humbly hoped, that this book, if attended to, as it deserves, may with God's affiftance teach them to pray; may lead their thoughts to meditate on religious subjects; and habituate them to clothe their meditations in the language of decent, pious, and

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fervent prayer.

That this valuable book may have this effect, is the earneft

prayer of

THE EDITOR.

ON

DEVOTION AND PRAYER.

TRUE devotion condits in having our

hearts always devoted to God, as the fountain of all happiness; who is ready to hear: and help his otherwise helpless, miserable creatures. It is to be attained,

ist. By earnest prayer. He, THAT HUNGERS AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS, WILL CERTAINLY BE FILLED.

2dly. By possessing our hearts with a deep fense of our own mifery, wants, and dangers this is the grace of humility.

3dly. By considering God's goadness, powo er, and readiness, to help us ; this is called faith in God.

Lastly. By convincing our hearts of the insufficiency of every thing else to afford us any real help or comfort ; this is to be effected by self denial.

Dying perfons are generally more devout

than others, because they then see their own misery, that nothing in this world can help them, and that God is their only refuge. We must change our lives, if we desire to change our hearts.. God will have no regard to the prayers of those, who have none to his come mands. The Spirit of God will not dwell in a divided heart. We cannot feel the pleasure of devotion, while the world is our delight. Not that all pleasures are criminal ; but the close up is our union with God. A Christian there fore, who strives after devotion, should taste : sensual pleasures very sparingly; should make : necessity, not bodily delight, his rulé.

In order to dispose our hearts to devotion, an active life is to be preferred to a contemplative. Doing good to mankind disposes the foul most powerfully to devotion. Indeed we are surrounded by motives to piety and devotion, if we would mind them: Thie

poor are designed to excite our liberality; the miferable, our pity ; the sick, our asistance ; the ignorant, our instruction ; those that are fala len, our helping hand. In the vain we fee the vanity of this world; in the wicked, our own

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