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(4.) That we may be resolute and courageous in our duty, as those that know, that though we may be losers for Christ, we shall not be losers by him in the end.
Lord, teach us to endure hardness, as good soldiers of Jesus Christ a, that we may not fear the reproach of men b, or their revilings, nor be ashamed of Christ, or of his words c, knowing whom we have believed, even one who is able to keep what we have committed to him against that day d. . .
Though bonds and afflictions should abide us, Lord, grant that none of these things may move us, and that we may not count life itself dear to us, so we may finish our course with joy e...
Enable us in all things to approve ourselves to God, and then to pass by honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report, clad with the armour of righteousness on the right hand, and on the left g, as those that account it a very small thing to be judged of man's judgment, for he that judgeth us is the Lord h. ::
(5.) That we may be pleasant and cheerful in our duty.
Lord, enable us to rejoice evermore, to rejoice in the Lord always i, because he hath again said unto us Rejoicek; that we may go on our way rejoicingl, may eat our bread with joy, and drink our wine with a merry heart; as we shall have reason to do if God now accepteth our works mi
Give us grace to serve thee, the Lord our God, with joyfulness and gladness of heart in the abundance of all things n; and to sing in the ways of the Lord, because great is the glory of our Godo.
a. 2 Tim. ii. 3. ' ' b Isa. li. 7. , ., 'ċ Mark viïi. 38. d 2 Tim. i. 12. ?e Acts xx. 23, 24. g 2 Cor. vi, 4, 7, 8. h 1 Cor. iv. 3, 4. i 1 Thess. v. 16. k Phil. iv. 4. | Acts viii. 39. m Eccl. ix. 7. n Deut, xxviii. 47. o Psal. cxxxviii, 5.
Let us have that cheerfulness of heart which doth good like a medicine a, and deliver us from that heaviness which maketh the heart stoopb, and that sorrow of the world which worketh death c.
(6.) That we may do the duty of every condition of life, every event of providence, and every relation wherein we stand.
Lord, enable us in a day of prosperity to be joyful, and in a day of adversity to consider, because God hath set the one over against the other d, to add to our knowledge temperance, and to temperance patience e.
Give us grace to abide with thee in the calling wherein we are called g; and in all our ways to acknowledge thee, and be thou pleased to direct our steps h.
Let those that are called, being servants, be the Lord's freemen; and those that are called, being free, be Christ's servants i.
Let all in every relation dwell together in unity, that it may be as the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descends upon the mountains of Zion k. O that we may dwell together as joint heirs of the grace of life, that our prayers may not be hinderedl...
Give us grace to honour all men, to love the brotherhood, to fear Godm, and to be subject to the higher powers, not only for wrath, but also for conscience saken.
(7.) That we may be universally conscientious.
o that we may stand perfect and complete in all the will of Godo.
O that our ways were directed to keep thy command
a Prov. xvii. 22.
b Prov. xi. 25. c Cor. vii. 10.
g 1 Cor. vii. 24.
ments. And then shall we not be ashamed when we have respect to them all a. i
Teach us, O Lord, the way of thy statutes, and we shall keep it unto the end. Give us understanding, and we shall keep thy law, yea, we shall observe it with our whole heart. Make us to go in the path of thy commandments, for therein do we delight. Incline .our hearts unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness b. '
Grant us, we pray thee, according to the riches of thy glory, that we may be strengthened with all might by the Spirit in the inward man: that Christ may dwell in our hearts by faith, and we being rooted and grounded in love, may be able toʻcomprehend with all saints, what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height, and may know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, and be filled with a divine fulness, and may partake of a divine nature c.'!! i
And let the love of Christ constrain us to live not to ourselves, but to him that died for us, and rose again d.
8. We must pray for grace to make us wiser and better every day than another. .. Lord, give us to increase with the increases of Gode; to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christg; to hold on our way, and having clean hands, to grow stronger and stronger h. iris
Let our path be as the shining light, which shines more and more unto the perfect day i. Seperti Ini
We have not yet attained, nor are we already perfect; Lord, grant that therefore, forgetting the things that are behind, we may reach forth to those things that are before, the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus k.
a Psal. cxix. 5, 6. b Psal. cxix. 33–36. c Eph. iii. 16–19.. d 2 Cor. v. 14, 15. e Col. ï. 19. g 2 Pet. iii. 18. h Job xvii. 9. i Prov. iv. 18 k Phil. iii. 12, 13, 14
Be thou as the dew unto us, that we may grow as the lily, and cast forth our roots as Lebanon; that our branches may spread, and our beauty be as the olive tree a.. And let the sun of righteousness arise upon us. with healing under his wings, that we may go forth and grow up as calves of the stall b, 11!'... o ! : 9. We must pray for effectual support and comfort under all the crosses and afflictions that we meet with in this world. :
We know that we are born to trouble as the sparks fly upward; but in six troubles be thou pleased to deliver us, and in seven let no evil touch us.c.
Let the eternal God be our refuge, and underneath be the everlasting arms d, that the spirit thou hast made may not fail before thee, nor the soul that thou hast redeemede.
. Let us be strengthened with all might, according to thy glorious power, unto all patience and long suffering with joyfulness g. "; . '...!! anders to - Let thy statutes be our songs in the house of our pilgrimage ; and let thy testimonies, which we have taken as a heritage for ever, be always the rejoicing of our hearts h. : When we are troubled on every side, yet let us not be distressed, and when we are perplexed, let us not be in despairi, but as sorrowful, and yet always rejoicing; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things k. ',,:
10. We must pray for grace to preserve us to the end, and to fit us for whatever lies before usiłtwixt this and the garve. Siin riit
Lord, deliver us from every evil work, and preserve us to thy heavenly kingdomí, being kept from falling,
a Hos. xiv. 5, 6.
6 Mal. iv. 2.
c Job v. 17-19.
that we may be presented faultless, at the coming of thy glory with exceeding joy a.
Lord, make us to increase and abound in love, one towards another, and towards all men, that our hearts may be established unblamable in holiness, before God even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints b.
If Satan desire to have us that he may sift us as wheat, yet let Christ's intercession prevail for us, that our faith fail notc.
Till we are taken out of the world, let us be kept from the evil, and sanctified through thy truth : thy word is truth d.
Build us up, we pray thee, in our most holy faith, and keep us in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life e.
Grant that we may continue to call upon thee as long as we live g, and till we die may we never remove our integrity from us : and that our righteousness we may hold fast, and never let it go, and our hearts may not reproach us so long as we live h.
11. We must pray for grace to deliver us from death, and to carry us well through our dying moments.
Lord, make us to know our end, and the measure of our days, what it is, that we may know and consider how frail we are i; and that our days are as a handbreadth, and that every man at his best state is altogether vanity, and our days upon earth are as a shadow, and there is no abiding k.
Lord, teach us so to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdoml, and make us to consider our latter end m.
a Jude i. 24.