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God teach us to honour our rulers; and a sense of our duty to thee keep us within the bounds of our duty to them; that we may not bring an evil report upon our holy profession; but put to silence the ignorance of foolish men, by well-doing. And may all rulers so rule, and subjects so obey; and every one of us, from the highest to the lowest, understand and seek after God (seeking thee, Lord, whilst thou mayest be found, and calling upon thee while thou art near,) that thou mayest not root us out from being a people (as we have justly merited,) but be still our God, and do us good in the accustomed ways of thy loving-kindness to us, through the Son of thy love, our blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
PRAYER FOR THE COMING OF CHRIST'S KINGDOM.
O God of all grace, who hast called out of this present evil world, a chosen generation to know thy will, to seek thy face, to follow thy ways, and to inherit thy glory, pour out thy blessings upon those who are yet in darkness and the shadow of death: make bare thine arm, and exert thy power, that all the ends of the earth may remember themselves, and turn to the Lord, and that all flesh may see the salvation of God. Call home to thee again thy once-favoured people, the Jews: and take the veil from their hearts, that they may see and own their Messiah. Let the blood of Christ, which they so profanely imprecated upon their own heads, cleanse them from the guilt of shedding it; yea, let it cleanse them from all their sins. Bring in, O God, the fulness of the Gentiles; and give thy Son the heathen for his inheritance, and the utmost parts of the earth for his possession. O give thy gospel a free course throughout the world; let it be propagated where it has not yet reached; and let the joyful sound be heard, even where Christ is not yet named. Give success to it, where it shines already; let all who have received it sincerely obey it: cause every one that names the name of Christ, to depart from iniquity; and grant that all who make a profession of godliness may be constrained by the love of Christ to live unto thee, and to adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. Convince and convert both the avowed enemies of Christ, and also the enemies of his own house. Beat down all antichristian powers, both in the false church, where Christianity is so foully corrupted, and also beyond the borders of Christendom, where it is openly opposed. Show unto all of them the light of thy truth, that they may know it, as it is in Jesus: dispel their prejudices together with their darkness, and bring them to receive thy truth in the love of it, that they may be saved. O that the true religion of our Lord Jesus may prevail powerfully, and gain more proselytes daily throughout the world. O that Jerusalem may soon become the joy and praise of the whole earth; and that we may see the good of it all the days of our life! 0 thou Father of lights, grant that all errors in doctrine, and all ungodliness in practice, may be more and more exposed and suppressed, till they be utterly abolished! Let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but let truth and holiness increase in credit and au
thority, till they reign and flourish even to the ends of the earth: grant this, we most humbly beseech thee, through the abundant grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
I LAID me down and slept: I awaked; for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness, because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face. . . . .
Gracious God, cause me to be in the fear of the Lord, all the day long.
I will both lay me down in peace and sleep; for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.
As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord shall save me. Evening and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud, and he shall hear my voice.
My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
O Lord, preserve me from all evil; preserve my soul.
Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee, because of thy righteous judgments. The darkness hideth not from thee, but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. In the multitude of my thoughts within me, may thy comforts delight my soul! The night is far spent, the day is at hand: cause me, O Lord, to cast off the works of darkness, and to put on the armour of light.
IN SUDDEN DANGER.
Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me; for my soul trusteth in thee. Yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. - Give us help from trouble; for vain is the help of man. Through God, we shall do valiantly; for He it is, that shall tread down our enemies. Show thy marvellous loving-kindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee, from those that rise up against them! Our soul waiteth for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. Forsake me not, O Lord; O my God, be not far from me. Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation. God be merciful to me a sinner! Whether I live, may I live unto the Lord; or whether I die, may I die unto the Lord! When my flesh and my heart faileth, be thou the strength of my heart and my portion for ever !
In the hour of death, Lord Jesus, receive my Spirit !
O Lord, my heavenly Father, hear the prayers of a weak and sinful child. Thou art a holy God, and hatest sin. Forgive me all my sins, for the sake of Jesus Christ my Saviour. Give me a new heart, that I may praise thee for all thy goodness to me; and that I may love and serve thee all the days of my life. In all I do, and speak, and think, may I remember that thou, O Lord, seest me. Bless my father, my mother, and all my dear relations and friends, and make me affectionate and obedient to them. Keep me from all evil by day and by night; and when I die, may I go to heaven, to be with thee for ever. Hear me for the sake of Jesus Christ, my only Saviour. Amen.
AccEPT my humble thanks, O Lord my God, who hast provided a help meet for me, to be my partner in the nearest of all relations. O teach and enable me, in all things, to conduct myself towards her as it becomes me in this station. May I be enabled to cherish her as my own flesh. Let me never on any account despise her, or be bitter against her; but may I bear with her infirmities, and forbear her in love