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it, that we may lie down to-night-at peace with God, and our souls may comfortably return to him, and repose in him as our rest.
And give us grace to repent every day for the sins of every day, so that when we come to die, we may have the sins but of one day to repent of, and so we may be continually easy.
Do us good by all the providences we are under, merciful or afflictive; give us grace to accommodate ourselves to them, and by all bring us nearer to thee, and make us fitter for thee.
We commit ourselves to thee this night, and desire to dwell in the secret place of the Most High, and to abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Let the Lord be our habitation, and let our souls be at home in him.
Make a hedge of protection (we pray thee) about us, and about our house, and about all that we have round about, that no evil may befal us, nor any plague come nigh our dwelling. The Lord be our keeper, who neither slumbers nor sleeps : Lord, be thou a sun and a shield to us.
Refresh our bodies (we pray thee) with quiet and com fortable rest, not to be disturbed with any distrustful disquieting cares and fears; but especially let our souls be refreshed with thy love, and the light of thy countenance, and thy benignity, which is better than life..
When we awake grant that we may be still with thee, and may remember thee upon our beds, and meditate upon thee in the night watches, and may improve the silence and solitude of our retirements for communion with God and our own hearts; that when we are alone, we may not be alone, but God may be with us, and we with him.
Restore us to another day in safety, and prepare us for the duties and events of it; and by all supports and comforts of this life, let our bodies be fitted to serve our
souls in thy service, and enable us to glorify thee with both, remembering that we are not our own, we are bought with a price.
And forasmuch as we are now brought one day nearer our end, Lord enable us so to number our days, as that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom : Let us be
minded by our putting off our clothes, and going to * sleep in our beds, of putting off the body, sleeping the
sleep of death, and of making our bed in the darkness shortly, that we may be daily dying in expectation of it, · and preparation for our change, that when we come to die indeed it may be no surprise or terror to us, but we may with comfort put off the body, and resign the spirit, knowing whom we have trusted.
Lord, let our family be blessed in him, in whom all the families of the earth are blessed, blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly things, by Christ Jesus, and with temporal blessings as far as thou seest good for us ; Give us health and prosperity, but especially let our souls prosper and be in health, and let all that belong to us belong to Christ, that we who live in a house
together on earth, may be together for ever with the • Lord.
Look with pity upon a lost world, we beseech thee, and set up Christ's throne there where satan's seat is ; send the gospel where it is not,- make it successful · where it is ; let it be mighty through God to the pulling down of the strong holds of sin.
Let the church of Christ greatly flourish in all places, and make it to appear that it is built upon a rock, and that the gates of hell cannot prevail against it: and suffer not the rod of the wicked any where to rest upon the lot of the righteous.
Let the land of our nativity be still the particular care of thy good providence, that in the peace thereof we may have peace. Let the glory dwell in our land, and upon all the glory let there be a defence. . .
Rule in the hearts of our rulers. We pray thee continue our chief magistrate's life and government long a public blessing ; make all that are in places of public trust faithful to the public interest; and all that bear the sword, a terror to evildoers and a protection and praise to them that do well. Own thy ministers in their work, and give them skill and will to help souls to heaven.
Be gracious to all that are dear to us : Let the rising generation be such as thou wilt own, and do thee more and better service in their day than this has done.
Comfort and relieve all that are in sorrow or affilic. tion: lay no more upon them than thou wilt enable them - to bear, and enable them to bear what thou dost lay upon them.
Do for us, we pray thee, abundantly above what we are able to ask or think, for the sake of our blessed Saviour Jesus Christ, who is the Lord our Righteousness. To him with the Father and the eternal Spirit, be glory and praise, now and for ever. Amen.
A Family Prayer for the Lord's Day Morning. Most gracious God, and our Father in our Lord Jesus Christ; it is good for us to draw near to thee; the nearer the better; and it will be best of all when we come to be nearest of all in the kingdom of glory.
Thou hast thy being of thyself, and thy happiness in thyself: We therefore adore thee as the great Jehovah : We have our being from thee, and our happiness in thee, and therefore it is both our duty and our interest to seek thee, to implore thy favour, and to give unto thee the glory due to thy name.
We bless thee for the return of the morning light, and that thou causest the day-spring to know its place and time. O let the day-spring from on high visit our
dark souls, and the Son of Righteousness' arise with healing under his wings. · We bless thee that the light we see is the Lord's: that this is the day which the Lord hath made, hath made for man, hath made for himself, we will rejoice and be glad in it: that thou hast revealed unto us thy holy sabbaths, and that we were betimes taught to put a difference between this day and other days, and that we live in a land, in all parts of which God is publicly and solemnly worshipped on this day.
We bless thee that sabbath liberties and opportunities are continued to us; and that we are not wishing in vain for these days of the Son of man; that our candlestick is not removed out of its place; as justly it might have been, because we have left our first love.
Now we bid this sabbath welcome ; hosanna to the Son of David, blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord, hosanna in the highest. Othat we may be in the Spirit on the Lord's day; that this may be the sabbath of the Lord in our dwelling; in our hearts a sabbath of rest from sin, and a sabbath of rest in God. Enable us we pray thee, so to sanctify this sabbath, as that it may be sanctified to us, and be a means of our sanctification : that by resting to-day from our worldly employments, our hearts may be more and more taken off from present things, and prepared to leave them; and that by our employing our time to-day in the worship of God, we may be led into a more experimental acquaintance with the work of heaven, and be made more meet for that blessed world.
We confess we are utterly unworthy of the honour and unable for the work of communion with thee, but we come to thee in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is worthy, and depend upon the assistance of thy blessed Spirit to work all our work in us, and so to ordain peace for us. ..
We keep this day holy, to the honour of God the Father Almighty, the Maker of heaven and earth, in remembrance of the work of creation, that work of wonder, in which thou madest all things out of nothing by the word of thy power, and all very good; and they continue to this day according to thine ordinance, for all are thy servants. Thou art worthy to receive blessing, and honour, and glory, and power; for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. O thou who at first didst command the light to shine out of darkness, who saidst on the first day of the first week, Let there be light, and there was light; we pray thee shine this day into our hearts, and give us more and more of the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ; and let us be thy workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works, a kind of first fruits of thy creatures.
We likewise sanctify this day to the honour of our Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, and our exalted Redeemer, in remembrance of his resurrection from the dead on the first day of the week, by which he was declared to be the Son of God with power. We bless thee, hat having laid down his life to make atonement for sin, he rose again for our justification, that he might bring in an everlasting righteousness. That the stone which the builders refused, the same is become the head stone of the corner; this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes. We bless thee, that he is risen from the dead, as the first fruits of them that slept, that he might be the resurrection and the life to us. Now we pray, that while we are celebrating the memorial of his resurrection with joy and triumph, we may experience in our souls the power, and virtue of his resurrection, that we may rise with him, may rise from the death of sin to the life of righteousness, from the dust of this world to a holy, heavenly, spiritual and di