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Another Paraphrase on the Lord's Prayer, in the Words
of the Assembly's Shorter Catechism.
UR Father in heaven, we come to thee as chil
We beseech thee, let thy name be sanctified ; enable us and others to glorify thee in all that whereby thou haft made thyself known, and dispose of all things to thine own glory.
Let thy kingdom come; let Satan's kingdom be deftroyed, and let the kingdom of thy grace be advanced ; let us and others be brought into it, and kept in it, and let the kingdom of thy glory be hastened.
Let thy will be done on earth as it is done in heaven ; make us by thy grace able and willing to know, obey, and submit to thy will in all things as the angels do in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread; of thy free gift let us receive a competent portion of the good things of this life, and let us enjoy thy blessing with them.
And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us. We pray that for Christ's fake thou wouldst freely pardon all our fins, and that by thy grace thou wouldst enable us from the heart to forgive 0. thers.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Either keep us, O Lord, from being tempted to fin, or support and deliver us when we are tempted.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever.
Lord, we take our encouragement in prayer from thyfelf only, and desire in our prayers to praise thee, ascribing kingdom, power, and glory to thee : And in testimony of our desires and afsurance to be heard through Jesus Christ, we say Amen.
Another Prayer drawn out of my plain Catechism for
Children, (which was first published in the Year 1703,) which will be easy to those Children who have learned that Catechifon. Lord, thou art an infinite and eternal Spirit, most
wise and powerful, holy, just, and good. Thou art the great God that madeft the world, and art my Creator; and thou that madeft me dost preserve and maintain me, and in thee I live and move and have my being. Othat I may remember thee as my Creator in the days of my youth, and never forget thee.
Lord, give me grace to serve and honour thee, to worship and obey thee, and in all my ways to trust in thee, and to please thee.
Lord, I thank thee for thy holy word, which thou hast given me to be the rule of my faith and obedience, and which is able to make me wise unto salvation.
I confess, O Lord, that the condition which I was born in is finful and miferable. -I am naturally prone to that which is evil, and backward to that which is good, and foolithness is bound up in my heart ; and I am by na. ture'a child of wrath, so that if thou hadît not raised up a Saviour for me, I had been certainly lost and un. done for ever.
I have been disobedient to the command of God, and have eaten forbidden fruit.
But, blefled, and for ever blefled be God for the Saviour Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, and the on. ly Mediator between God and man, who took our nature upon him, and became man, that he might redeem and save us.
Lord, I blefs thee for his holy life, give me to fola low his steps ; I bless thee for the true and excellent doctrine which he preached, give me to mix faith with it ; I bless thee for the miracles which he wrought to confirm his doctrine: And especially that he died the cursed death of the cross to satisfy for sin, and to recon
cile us to God; and that he rose again from the dead on the third day, and ascended up into heaven, where he ever lives, making intercession for us, and hath all power both in heaven and in earth : and that we are assured he will come again in glory to judge the world at the last day.
Lord, I thank thee that I am one of his disciples ; for I am a baptised Christian ; and I give glory to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, in whose name I was baptized.
Lord, be thou in Christ to me a God, and make me one of thy people.
Be thou my chief good, and highest end ; let Jesus Christ be my prince and Saviour ; and let the holy Ghost be my fanctifier, teacher, guide, and comforter.
Lord, enable me to deny all ungodliness, and worldly fleshly lusts, and live soberly, righteoufly, and godly, in this present world, always looking for the blessed hope.
Work in me repentance towards God, and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ : and give me to live a life of faith and repentance.
Lord, make me truly forry that I have offended thee in what I have thought, and spoken, and done amiss, and give me grace to sin no more.
And enable me to receive Jesus Christ, and to rely upon him as my prophet, priest, and king, and to give up myself to be ruled and taught, and saved by him.
Lord, grant unto me the pardon of my sins, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and eternal life.
And give me grace to manifest the fincerity of my faith and repentance, by a diligent and conscientious obedience to all thy commandments.
Enable me to love thee with all my heart, and to love my neighbour as myself.
Give me grace always to make mention of thy name with reverence and seriousness, to read and hear thy word with diligence and attention, to meditate upon it, to believe it, and to frame my life according to it.
Lord, grant that I may receive all thy mercies with thankfulness, and bear all afflictions with patience and fubmiffion to thy holy will.
Lord, grant that my heart may never be lifted up with pride disturbed with anger, or any sinful passion ; and that my body may be never defled with intempefance, uncleanness, or any fleshly lufts; and keep me from ever speaking any finful words.
Lord, give me grace to reverence and obey my pa. rents and governors; I thank thee for their inftruc. tions and reproofs : I pray thee bless them to me, and make me in every thing a comfort to them.
Lord, pity, help, and succour the poor, and those in affliction and distress.
Lord, bless my friends, forgive my enemies, and enable me to do my duty to all men.
Wherein I have in any thing offended thee, I humbly pray for pardon in the blood of Cbrift, and grace to do my duty better for the time to come, and to to live in the fear of God, as that I may be happy in this world, and that to come.
Lord, prepare me to die, and leave this world; O fave me from that state of everlasting misery and torment, which will certainly be the portion of all the wicked and ungodly, and bring me safe to the world of everlasting reft and joy with thee and Jesus Christ.
And give me wisdom and grace to live a holy, godly life, and
to make it my great care and business to serve thee, and to save my own soul.
All this I humbly beg in the name, and for the sake of Jesus Christ, my blessed Saviour and Redeemer, to whom with thee, O Father, and the eternal Spirit, be honour, glory, and praise, henceforth and for evermore. Amen,
A Morning Prayer for a Family. O
Lord our God, we desire with all humility and
reverence to adore thee, as a being infinitely bright, and blefled, and glorious ; thou hast all perfection in thyself, and art the fountain of all being, power,
Morton, and perfection. Thou art good to all, and thy tender mercies açé over all thy works; and thou art continually doing us good, though we are evil and unthankful.
We reckon it an unspeakable privilege, that we have liberty of access to thee through Jesus Christ, and leave to call thee our Father in him. O look upon us now, and be merciful torus, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy.name.
O give us all to account our daily worship of thee in our family, the most needful part of our daily business, and the most pleasant part of our daily comforts.
Thou art the God of all the families of Israel, be thou the God of our family, and grant, wliatever others do, we and ours may always ferve the Lord; that thou mayeft cause the blefling to rest on our house, from the lunginning of the year to the end ofit. Lord, oless us, and we are ble fred indeed.
We humbly thank thee for all the mercies of this night past, and this morning, that we have laid us down and fept, and waked again, because thou hast sustained us; that no plague has coine nigh our dwelling; but that we are brought in safety to the light and comforts of another day.
It is of thy mercies, O Lord, that we are not confumed, even because thy compassions fail not; they are new every morning, great is thy faithfulness We have rested and are refreshed, w
have been full of tossings to and fro till the dawning of the day: we have a safe and quiet habitation, when many are forced to wander, and lie exposed. We own thy goodness to us, and ourselves we aca