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on them, a spirit of love and charity, mutual forbearance and condescension, that with one shoulder and with one consent, all may study to promote the common interest of our great Master, and the common salvation of precious souls.
We pray thee prosper the trade of the nation, and our coasts, disappoint the devices of our enemies against us, preserve the public peace, and keep all the people of these lands in quietness among themselves, and due subjection to the authority God hath set over us; and let the Lord delight to dwell among us, and to do us good.
Bless the fruits of the earth, continue our plenty, abundantly bless our provisions, and satisfy even our poor with bread. · We bless thee for all the mercies of this thine own holy day; we have reason to say that a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. How amiable are all thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! Bless the word that we have heard this day, to us, and to all that heard it; hear our prayers, accept our praises, and forgive what thy pure eye hath seen amiss in us and our performances.
Take us under thy protection this night, and enable us to close the day with thee, that we may lie down, and our sleep may be sweét. Be with us the week following in all our ways; forgive us that we brought so much of the week with us into the sabbath, and enable us to bring a great deal of the sabbath with us into the week, that we may be the fitter for the next sabbath if we shall live to see it. · Make us meet for the everlasting sabbath which we hope to keep within the veil, whén time and days shall bé no more; and let this day bring us a sabbath day's journey nearer heaven, and make us a sabbath-day's work fitter for it. :
As we Began this Lord's day with the joyful memorials of Christ's resurrection, so we desire to conclude
it with the joyful expectation of Christ's second coming, and of our own resurrection then to a blessed immortality, triumphing in hope of the glory of God.
Bless the Lord, love the Lord, O our souls, and let all that is within us love and bless his holy name, for he is good and his mercy endures us for ever. In praising God we desire to spend as much of our time as may be, that we may begin our heaven now; for in this, we hope to be spending a happy eternity. .
Now unto the king eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, and our God, in three persons, Father, "Son, and Holy Ghost, be honour and glory, dominion and praise, henceforth and for ever. Amen. A Prayer proper to be put up by Parents for their Chil
dren. O Lord our God, the God of the spirits of' all flesh ! All souls are thine, the souls of the parents, and the souls of the children are thine, and thou hast grace sufficient for both.
Thou wast our fathers' God, and as such we will exalt thee; thou art our children's God, and also we will plead with thee, for the promise is to us and our children, and thou art a God in covenant with believers and their seed.
Lord, it is thy good providence that hath built us up into a family: we thank thee for the children thou hast graciously given thy servants; the Lord that hath blessed us with them, make them blessings indeed to us, that we may never be tempted to wish we had been written childless.
We lament the iniquity which our children are conceived and born in ; and that corrupt nature which they derive through our loins.
But we bless thee there is a fountain opened for their cleansing from that original pollution, and that they
were betimes by þaptism dedicated to thee, and admitted into the bonds, and under the blessing of thy covenant: that they are born in thy house, and taken in as members of thy family upon earth.
It is a comfort to us to think that they are baptized, and we desire humbly to plead it with thee; they are thine, save them; enable them, as they become capable, to make it their own act and deed, to join themselves unto the Lord, that they may be owned as thine in that day when thou makest up thy jewels.
Give them a good capacity of mind, and a good disposition; make them towardly and tractable, and willing to receive instruction; incline them betimes to religion and virtue; Lord give them wisdom and understanding, and drive out the foolishness that is bound up in their hearts.
Save them from the vanity which childhood and youth is subject to, and fit them every way to live comfortably and usefully in this world. We ask not for great things in this world for them; give them, if it please thee, a strong and healthful constitution of body, preserve them from all ill accidents, and feed them with food convenient for them, according to their rank.
But the chief thing we ask of God for them is, that thou wilt pour thy Spirit upon our seed, even thy blessing, that blessing of blessings upon our offspring; that they may be a seed to serve thee, which shall be accounted unto the Lord for a generation : give them that good part which never shall be taken away from them. · Give us wisdom and grace to bring them up in thy fear, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, with meekness and tenderness, and having them in subjection with all gravity. Teach us how to teach them the things of God as they are able to bear them, and how to reprove and admonish, and when there is need to cor
rect them in a right manner; and how to set them a good example of every thing that is virtuous and praisewor. thy, that we may recommend religion to them, and so train them up in the way wherein they should go, that if they live to be old, they may not depart from it:
Keep them from the snare of evil company, and all the temptations to which they are exposed, and make them betimes sensible how much it is their interest as well as their duty to be religious: and, Lord, grant that none of us may come short of eternal life, or be found on the left hand of Christ in the great day.
We earnestly pray that Christ may be formed in their souls, betimes, and that the seeds of grace may be sown in their hearts while they are young, and may have the satisfaction of seeing them walking in the truth, and setting their faces heaven-ward. Give them now to hear counsel and to receive instruction, that they may be wise in their latter end: and if they be wise, our hearts shall rejoice, even ours.
Prosper the means of their education ; let our children be taught of the Lord, that great may be their peace; and give them so to know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent, as may be life eternal to them.
O that they may betimes get wisdom, and get understanding, and never forget it: as far as they are taught the truth as it is in Jesus, give them to continue in the things which they have learned. .
It is our heart's desire and prayer that our children may be praising God on earth when we are gone to praise him in heaven, and that we and they may be together for ever, serving him night and day in his temple.
If it should please God to remove any of them from us while they are young, let us have grace submissively to resign them to thee, and let us have hope in their death.
"If thou remove us from them while they are young, be thou thyself a Father to them, to teach them, and provide for them, for with thee the fatherless findeth mercy. · Thou knowest our care concerning them, we cast it upon thee; ourselves and ours we commit to thee. Let not the light of our family religion be put out with us, nor that treasure be buried in our graves, but let those that come after us do thee more and better service in their day than we have done in ours, and be unto thee for a name and a praise.
In these prayers we aim at thy glory: Father, let thy name be sanctified in our family, there let thy kingdom come, and let thy will be done by us and ours, as it is done by the angels in heaven; for Christ Jesus's sake, our blessed Saviour and Redeemer, whose seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven. Now to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, that great and sacred name, into which we and our children were baptized, be honour and glory, dominion and praise, henceforth and for ever. Amen. A Prayer for the use of a particular Person before re
ceiving of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. Most holy, and blessed, and gracious Lord God, with all humility and reverence, I here present myself before thee, to seek thy face, and entreat thy favour, and as an evidence of thy good will towards me, to beg that I may experience thy good work in me.
I acknowledge myself unworthy, utterly unworthy of the honour; unfit, utterly unfit for the service to which I am now called. It is an inestimable privilege, that I am admitted so often to hear from thee in thy word, and to speak to thee in prayer; and yet, as if this had been a small matter, I am now invited into communion with thee at thy holy table, there to celebrate the me