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in the cultivation of a meek, pious, and resigned disposition, and by a life conformable to the precepts of thy holy Word.
Continue to me, if agreeable to thy divine
will, the blessings I now enjoy, the friends that I have, and the possessions which thou hast bestowed upon me. Supply me with what thou thinkest necessary, either for the sustenance of my body, the improvement of my mind, or the salvation of my soul. Do with me what thou seest good. Bestow upon me, during the remainder of my life, what thou approvest; "give me neither poverty nor riches;" but such a portion of this world's bounty, as shall keep me above the reach of want, and render my declining years neither a burden to myself, nor an offence to others.
Thy word, O Lord, is true, and thy
blessings and promises are sure and stedfast, and never fail; may I never feel the weight of poverty and despair, nor the sad effects of prolonged and painful misery, arising from those unfortunate and lamentable evils of human life.
I feel, at the same time, O gracious God, that I am undeserving of the least of thy mercies; that I am far from being perfect either in thought, word, or deed. But who is he that can claim to himself the enviable and blotless character of perfection? Who liveth and sinneth not? No one, O blessed Lord, no one is perfect; all are prone to sin "as the sparks fly upwards." "There is no one that doeth good and sinneth not.” "In sin our mother conceived us." Such are the truths that I find revealed in thy sacred Word; such are the imperfections of
our natural state, which can only be washed away, and finally eradicated by the "blood of Christ, which cleanseth from all sin." Let this be an atonement for all my follies and transgressions; and let it operate to make me wiser and better; more serious in my devotions, more attentive to thy word whenever I hear it read or preached, more circumspect in my conduct and behaviour, more kind to my Christian brethren, and more exemplary, moderate, and benevolent than I have hitherto been. Grant that a sense of these inestimable qualifications may be so deeply impressed upon my mind, that I may make it the great care and study of my whole life to please and obey thee in all things.
Inspire me with chaste and humble thoughts. Give me a wise and pious mind, and let me regard my eternal salvation as the most im
portant of all things. Pour down upon me thy blessings, and direct me "to run with patience the race that is set before me, looking unto Jesus as the author and finisher of my faith." Let not the cares and concerns of this world engross my attention too eagerly, and let not any murmuring or repining thoughts possess my heart. My entire dependance is on thee, for life and godliness; and however frail and erring I am, or may be, I feel persuaded that thou, O God, wilt not forsake me, so long as I put my trust in thee, do my duty in the best manner I can, and rely on thy mercy and goodness for the pardon of all my sins, through our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee, and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. AMEN.
MOST GRACIOUS AND BLESSED LORD GOD, thou art always present, "thou art about my bed, and about my path, and spiest out all my ways; thou art the author and finisher of every good work; without thee
nothing is holy, nothing is strong;” “in thee I live, and move, and have my being; and in thy hands are the issues of life and death." Before thee I bend my knees to implore the forgiveness of all my sins, and the protection of thy Providence from all the evils and dangers that are in the world. O what joy and happiness it is to be allowed to address thee under the endearing name of Father! I adore thee for this privilege. Thou hast created all things that are in hea