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5 Yea, more; with his own hand he seem'd Intent to aggravate my wo; Cross'd all the fair designs I schem’d, Blasted my gourds, and laid me low. 6 “Lord, why is this?” I trembling cried, “Wilt thou pursue thy worm to death?" "'Tis in this way,” the Lord replied, “I answer prayer for grace and faith: 7 “These inward trials I employ “From self and pride to set thee free, “And break thy schemes of earthly joy,
“That thou mayest seek thy all in me.”
310. Prayer of the Penitent. L. M.
1 Friend of the friendless and the faint!
2 Did ever mourner plead with thee,
3 That were a grief I could not bear, Didst thou not hear and answer prayer: O thou, prayer-hearing, answering God,
Take from my heart this painful load. Newton.
311. The JW arrow Gate. 7's.
1 Seek, my soul, the narrow gate;
2 God from mercy’s seat shall rise
3 Mournfully will they exclaim,
4 Wain, alas! will be their plea,
Christ will say, “I know you not.”
312. The Request. C. M.
1 Father, whate'er of earthly bliss
3 “Let the sweet hope that I am thine,
313. Prayer for Mercy. C. M. 1 Lord, I approach thy throne of grace, Where mercy doth abound, Desiring mercy for my sin, To heal my soul's deep wound. 2 O Lord, I need not to repeat What I would humbly crave, For thou dost know before I ask, The thing that I would have. 3 Mercy, good Lord, mercy I ask, This is the total sum: Mercy, through Christ, is all my suit; Lord, let thy mercy come.
314. Importunate Prayer. S. M.
3 Though unbelief suggest,
4 Jesus, the Lord, will hear
5 Then let us earnest cry,
315. The Lord's Prayer. C. M.
1 Father of all, we bow to thee,
2 For ever hallowed be thy name
4 Our wants with every morning grow,
5 Our sins before thee we confess;
6 Still let thy grace our life direct;
316. Private Devotion. L. M.
1 Return, my roving heart, return, And chase these shadowy forms nomore,
Seek out some solitude to mourn,
And thy forsaken God implore.
2 O thou great God, whose piercing eye Distinctly marks each deep recess, In these sequestered hours draw nigh
And with thy presence fill the place.