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Friday Morning

0 ALMIGHTY GOD, the fountain of all wisdom, and the source of all happiness, I thank thee for the comforts and enjoyments of this life, and the hopes and expectations of a better. Guide my feet in the paths of peace and safety; pour into my soul the influence of thy Holy Spirit; and blot from the book of thy remembrance all my past sins and unavoidable transgressions. Preserve in my mind a powerful sense of thee, an ardent love to thee, and a constant desire to please and obey thee in all things. Purify my thoughts, sanctify my heart, “and amend my life according to thy holy Word.” Thou art my Creator, my Preserver, and my daily Benefactor;


from thee I receive all the blessings which can make me comfortable in this world, and happy in that which is to come; and 0, what can I do to merit so rich a store of thy heavenly bounty ?

Accept the grateful offerings of my heart for the manifold favours which thou hast conferred upon

I acknowledge thy loving-kindness, and adore thee for thy infinite goodness and mercy; but I deeply lament my unworthiness; and regret that I am so undeserving of thy manifold favours. Would, O Lord, that I were blameless in all my thoughts, words, and actions; but since this is impossible in poor human nature ; since I am “but dust and ashes,” and “ not able of myself to help myself; I entreat thy forgiveness, and hope thou wilt no longer remember the follies and miscarriages of my past life. “ Teach me so to number my days, that I may apply my heart to true wisdom.” Fill me with chaste and virtuous principles, kind motives, and benevolent designs. Let me be delighted with the ways of thy commandments, and made wiser and better by the conformity of my life to their sanctifying influence. Make me, O God, always mindful of my own failings; and let me not at any time, “ behold the mote that is in my brother's eye, without considering the beam that is in mine own eye.” Give me grace to be truly charitable (which is the very bond of peace, and of all virtues), and less prone to condemn what appears wrong in others, from the humble consideration of my own ignorance and imperfections. Let me rather hide or extenuate the faults which I fancy I see in my fellow creatures, and “judge not, that I be not judged.” Endue me with that wisdom which is from above; give me a comprehensive mind, and a retentive memory; root out of my heart all covetous desires ; and give me that just abhorrence of sin, that I


abstain from doing what is displeasing and reprehensible in thy sight all the days of my life. Let not any

known sin dwell in my bosom ; nor any evil thought prompt me to the commission of any thing sinful. Give thy holy angels charge over me; and let the consolations of thy Holy Spirit fortify my mind, dissipate my fears, and revive my hopes of future and unchangeable happiness.

Help me, O gracious God, to live under a constant sense of thy presence, of my entire dependance on thee, and of the obligations I am under to thee; and enable me by thy grace to make a right use of my time, and to work out my salvation in a manner acceptable in thy sight, and profitable to my own eternal interests. Let me be of the number of those happy persons who are daily advancing in piety and chastity, humility and meekness, contentment and resignation to thy will. Let me choose thee for my guide and guardian, my portion and felicity; and cheerfully resign myself to be governed and disposed of according to thine unerring wisdom, which alone can lead to satisfaction here, and glory hereafter. Teach me to live, from day to day, as I shall wish to have lived, when I come to die. And grant that every moment of my life may be so spent and improved, that I may become more worthy of thy protection, and more fit

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