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that they are at their wit's end, deliver them out of their distrefies, make the storm a calm, and bring them to their desired haven: And, that those who are de. livered may praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men w.

CHAP. VII.

Of the Conclusion of our Pragers.

WE

E are commanded to pray always, to pray with

out ceasing, to continue in prayer, because we must always have in us a disposition to the duty, must be constant to it, and never grow weary of it, or throw it up; and yet we cannot be always praying, we must come down from this mount: nor may we be over long, so as to make the duty a task or a toil to ourselves, or those that join wiih us. We have other work that calls for our attendance. Jacob wrestles with the angel; but he must go, for the day breaks : We must therefore think of concluding. The prayers of David the son of Jeffe must be ended. But how thall we conclude ? so as to have the impressions of the duty kept always in the imagination of the thought of our heart.

1. We may then sum up our requests in some comprebenfive petitions, at the conclusion of the whole matter.

Now the God of peace that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make perfect in every good work to do his will, working in us that which is well-pleasing in his fight, through Christ Jesus a

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w Pfalm cvii. 25, 27, 28, 29, 30.

a Heb. xiii, 20

Now the Lord direct our hearts into the love of God, and into a patient waiting for Christb.

And the God of all grace, who hath called us to his eternal glory by Clirist Jesus, after that we have suffered a while, make us perfect, ftablish, strengthen, fettle us.

And now, Lord, what wait we ford ? Truly our hope is even in thee, and on thee do we depend to be to us a God all sufficient e.

Do for us exceeding abundantly above what we are able to ask or think, according to the power that worketh in ušf: And supply all our needs according to thy riches in glory by Christ Jesus &.

2. We may then beg for the audience and acceptance of our poor weak prayers for Chrif's fake.

Now the God of Israel grant us the things we have requefted of him h.

Let the words of our mouths, and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in thy fight, O Lord, our strength and our Redeemer i

Let thine eyes be open unto the supplication of thiy servants, and unto the supplication of thy people Ifraei, to hearken unto them in all that they call unto thee for ; for they be thy people, and thine inheritance k.

O our God, let thine ears be attent unto the prayers that we have made : O turn not away the face of thine anointed ; remember the mercies of David ihy servant ; even Jesus, who is at thy right hand making intercefsion for us.

Lord, thou hast assured us, that whatever we ask the Father in Chrift's name, he will give it us m.

We ask all these things in that name”, that powerful name which is above every name ", that precious name which

b 2 Theff. jii 5: ci Pet. v. jo. d Psalm xxxix. 7. e Gen. xvii. 1. f Eph. iii. 20. Phil. iv. 19. b . Sam. i. 17. i Palm xix. 14. & 1 Kings viii. 51, 52. / 2 Chron: vi, 40, 42, m Joha xvi. 23.

n Phil. ii. 9.

. Cant. i. 3.

is as ointment poured forth P. O make thy face to shine upon us for the Lord's fake, who is the Son of thy love, and whom thou hearest always"; good Lord, give us to hear him, and be well pleased with us in him.

3. We may then beg for tbe forgiveness of what has been amiss in our prayers.

Lord, we have not prayed as we ought t; who is there that does good, and fins not? Even when we would do good, evil is present with us, and if to will be present, yet how to perform that which is good we know not; for the good that we would, we do not ", so that thou mightelt justly refuse to hear, even when we make many prayers *. But we have a great HighPriest, who bears the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Israel hallow in all their holy gifts ; for his fake take away all that iniquity from us, even all the iniquity of our holy things, and receive us graciously, and love us freely z ; and deal not with us after our folly a.

4. We may then recommend ourselves to the condx), protection, and government of the divine grace, in the further services thai lie before us, and in the u bole course of our conversation.

And now let us be enabled to go from strength to strength, until we appear before God in Zion; and while we pass through the valley of Bacca, let it be made a well, and let the rain of the divine grace and blefling fill the pools b.

Now speak, Lord, for thy fervants hear. What faith our Lord unto his servants a ? Grant'that we may not turn away our ear from hearing the law ; for then

Col. i. 13

xvii. S.

p Dan. ix. 17. 9

r John xi. 42. S Mat. * Rom. viii. 26. Eccl. vii, 20. w Rom. vii. IQ. a Isa. i. 15: y Exod. xxviii. 38. % Hos. xiv. 2. a Job xlii. 8.

6 Pialm lxxxiv. 6, 7. ci Sam. iii. g. d Jcfh, P. 146

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our prayers will be an abomination ; but may hearken unto God, that he may hearken unto us f.

And now, the Lord our God be with us, as he was with our fathers ; let him not leave us, nor forsake us, that he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his fta. tutes, and his judgments : And let our hearts be per. fect with the Lord our God all our days, and continue so till the end bes, and then we nay rest, and may stand in our lot, and let it be a blessed lot in the end of the days.

s. We may conclude all with doxologies, or solemn praif es of God, ascribing honour aud glory 10 the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghol, and fealing up all our praises and prayers with an affectionate Amen.

Now blefled be the Lord God of Israel, from ever. lafting to everlasting , Amen and Amen.

For ever blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doth wondrous things, and blefled be his glorious name for ever, and let the whole earth be filled with his glory, Amen and Amen k Yea, let all the people say, Amen, hallelujah 1.

To God only wise be glory, through Jesus Christ, for ever m, Amen.

Now to God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our fins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father, be glory for ever and evern, Amen.

To God be glory in the church by Christ Jefus, throughout all ages, world without endo, Amen.

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever P, Amen: To him be honour and power everlasting, to him be glory and dominion , Amen.

e Prov. xxviii. 9. f Judges ix. 7. & 1 Kings viii. 57,

i Psal. xli. 13. & lxxii. 18; 19. l Plal. cvi. 48. m Rom. xvi. 27. * Gal. i. 3, 4, 5.

o Eph. iii, 21, p Tim. i. 17. 9 vi. 16. p i Pet. v. 11.

58,61.

Now, unto him that is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, beg lory and majesty, dominion and power, now and ever s, Amcn.

Hallelujah, salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God, Amen, hallelujah

And now, we prostrate our souls before the throne and worship God, saying, Amen, blessing, and glory and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour and power, and might, be unto God, for ever and ever v, Amen,

Blefling, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that fitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever; and let the whole creation say, Amen, Amen we

6. li is very proper to sum up our prayers in that form of prayer wbich Cbrif taught bis difciples.

Our Father which art in Heaven; hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trefipaffes, as we forgive them that trefpass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever, Amen *.

CHAP. VIII.

A Paraphrafe on the Lord's Prayer, in Scripture

Expreffions.

"HE Lord's prayer being intended not only for a

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s Jude xiv, 25. ! Rev. xix, I, 41 Rev, yüi., 11, 12, wv, 13. Mat. vi. 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.

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