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Lord, give us grace to walk worthy of the vocation wherewith we are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with long suffering, forbearing one another in love a. · Let anger never rest in our' bosomsb, nor the sun ever go down upon our wrath c; but enable us to show all meekness towards all men, because we ourselves also were sometimes foolish and disobedient d. 1
Let us be clothed as becomes the elect of God, holy and beloved, with bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness and long-suffering è, that being merciful, as our Father which is in heaven is merciful g, we may be perfect as he is.perfect h..
(8.) We must pray for the graces of contentment and patience, and a holy indifference to all the things of sense and time."
Lord, teach us whatsoever state 'we are in, therewith to be content; let us know how to be abased, and how to abound; every where, and in all things, let us be instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need i. And let godliness with contentinent be great gain to us k, and a little with the fear of the Lord, and quietness, is better than a great treasure and trouble therewithl. :'.
Lord, grant that our conversation may be without co"vetousness, and we may always be content with such things as we have m; still saying, The will of the Lord be donen.
Enable us in our patience to possess our own souls o; and let patience always have its perfect work, that we may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing p. ..
Lord, give us grace to weep as though we wept not, a Eph. iv. 1, 2., 6 Eccl. vii: 9. Eph. iv. 26. d Tit. iii. 2, 3. . e Col, ïï. 12. ' g Luke vi. 36. h Matt. v, 48. ' ¿ Phil. iv. 11, 12. k 1 Tim. vi. 6. 1 Proy, xv. 16. xvii, 1. m Heb. xiii. 5. n Acts xxi. 14. o Luke xxi, 19. . p James i. 4.
and to rejoice as though we rejoice not, and to possess as though we possess not, and to use the world as not abusing it, because the time is short, and the fashion of this world passeth away a. .
(9.) We must pray for the grace of hope; a hope in God and Christ, and å hope of eternal life.
Let patience work experience in us, and experience hope, such a hope as maketh not ashamed b. Through patience and comfort of the scriptures c, let us have hope and be saved by hope d.
Let the God of Jacob be our help, and our hope always be in the Lord our God e.
Let us be begotten again to a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ g, and let that hope be to us as an anchor of the soul, sure and steadfast, entering into that within the veil, whither the forerunner is for us entered h.
Let us have Christ in us, the hope of glory, and never be moved away from that hope of the Gospel i ; but enable us to give diligence unto the full assurance of hope unto the end k.
(10.) We must pray for grace to preserve us from sin, and all appearances of it, and approach towards it.
Now we pray to God that we may do no evil l, but may be blameless and harmless as the children of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation m.
Turn away our eyes from beholding vanity, and quicken thou us in thy way: Remove from us the way of lying, and grant us thy law graciously n.
Incline not our hearts to any evil thing, to practise
a 1 Cor. vii. 29-31. b Rom. v. 4, 5.. c Rom. xv. 4. !.
wicked works with them that work iniquity, and let us not eat of their dainties a.
O cleanse us from our secret faults, keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins: let not them have dominion over us, but let us be upright, and innocent from the great transgressions b; and grant that hereby we may prove ourselves upright before thee, by keeping ourselves from our own iniquity c. '. Let thy word be hid in our hearts, that we may not sin against thee d, and thy grace be at all times sufficient for us e, ready to us, and mighty in us, and never give us up to our own hearts' lust, to walk in our own counsels g.
.Enable us to walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise h, so circumspectly that we may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion to blaspheme that worthy name by which we are called i, and with well doing may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men k, and may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things l.
7. We must pray for grace to enable us both to govern our tongues well, and to use them well. . Lord, enable us to take heed to our ways, that we offend not with our tongue, and to keep our mouth as it were with a bridle m, that it may not be hasty to utter any thing n.
Set a watch, O Lord, before our mouth o, keep the door of our lips, that we may not offend in word p. ,' - Let our speech be always with grace, seasoned wish salt q, and enable us always out of the good treasure of. our heart to bring forth good things r. Let our mouth speak wisdom, and our tongue talk judgments; and let a Psal. cxli, 4. 1: 6 Psal. xix. 13. . c Psal. xviii. 23, d Psal. cxix. 11. `e 2 Cor. xi. 9. g Psal. lxxxi, 12. h Eph. y. 15. i 2 Cor. xi. 12. James i. 7. k 1 Pet, ii. 15. Titus ii. 10... m Psal. xxxix. 1. i ; n Eccl. v. 2. o Psal. cxli. 3. ; p James iii. 2. 9 Col. iv. 6. r Mat, xii. 35, S Psal. xxxvii. 30.
not thy words depart out of our mouth, nor out of the mouth of our seed, or our seed's seed, from henceforth and for ever a.
Enable us always to open our mouth with wisdom, and let the law of kindness be in our tongueb: give us to know what is acceptable c, that our tongue may be as choice silver, and our lips may feed many d. ..
7. We must pray for grace to direct and quicken us to, and to strengthen and assist us in our duty, in the whole course of our conversation.. .
Let the grace of God, which hath appeared to us, and to all men, bringing salvation, effectually teach us to . deny all ungodliness and worldly fleshly lusts, and to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world, looking for the blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works e. .i ii
(1.) That we may be prudent and discreet in our duty.
Thou hast said, If any man lack wisdom, he must ask it of God, who gives to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him g. Lord, we want wisdom, make us wise as serpents, and harmless as doves h, that wisdom may make our face to shine i, and may be better to us than the weapons of war. £! 'ons' .
Enable us to walk in wisdom towards them that are without, redeeming the time k..
Give us to order all our affairs with diseretion, and to behave ourselves wisely in a perfect way, with a perfect heart l. 1, iso .
(2.) That we may be honest and sincere in our duty. a Isa. lix. 21. € Prov. xxxi. 26...c Prov. x. 32: d Proy. X. 21.: e Tit. i. 11-14. g James i. 5 h Matt, x. 16. ¿ Eccl, viï. 1. ix. 18. k Col. iv. 5. | Psal, cxii, 5. ci. 2.
Let our wisdom be not that from beneath, which is earthly, sensual, devilish ; but wisdom from above, which is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy a.
o that we may always have our conversation in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of Godb.
Lord, uphold us in our integrity, and set us before thy face for ever c, and let integrity and uprightness preserve us, for we wait on theed.
Let our hearts be found in thy statutes, that we be not ashamede; and let our eye be, single that our whole body may be full of light g. ,,
(3.) That we may be active and diligent in our duty.
Lord, quicken us to work the works of him that sent us while it is day, because the night comes wherein no man can work h; and what good our hands find to do, to do it with all our might, because there is no work or · knowledge in the grave whither we are goingi.
Lord grant that we may never be slothful in any good business, but fervent in spirit, serving the Lord k; steadfast and unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as we know that our labour is not in vain in the Lordl. a
Lord, make us zealously affected in every good work m, and what we do, enable us to do it heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto menn. .
Lord, enable us to do the work of every day in its day, according as the duty of the day requires o, redeeming the time, because the days are evil p, that when our Lord comes he may find us doing a.. a James iii. 15. 17. 6 2 Cor. i. 12. c Psal. xli. 12. d Psal. xxv. 21. - e Psal. cxix. 80. g Matt vi, 22. h John ix, 4,
i Eccl. ix. 10. k Rom. xii. 11. 1 1 Cor. xv. 59. m Gal. iv. 18. n Col. iii. 23. o Ezra iii. 4.
p Eph. v. 16. 9 Luke xii. 43.