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Another Morning Prayer for a Family. ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, in 11 whoin we live, and move, and have our Being, and whose Merey is over all thy Works; we thy needy Creatures, in a thankful Sense of thy good Providence over us, do render thee our humblest Praises for thy Preservation of us from the Beginning of our Lives to this Time. Blessed be thy holy Name for the continual Protection of thy Hand, by which we have been defended amidst the Changes and Miseries of this mortal Life, and delivered from innumerable Dangers, and particularly, from any evil Accident of the
Night past. To thy watch* When Dif- ful Providence we wholly owe turbances of any Kind betala na it, * that no Disturbance hath Family, instead come nigh us, or our Dwellof this, Jay, ing: but that we have enjoy. [That not
ed quiet and refreshing Sleep, our Fears and and are brought in Safety to Dangers, we are frought in the Beginning of this Day. Safety to the For these and all other thy Beginning of Mercies, ourSouls do bless and this Day.) magnify thy glorious Name,
humbly beseeching Thee to accept this our Morning Sacrifice of Praise and Thanksgive ing, for the Sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour.
And fince it is of thy Mercy, O gracious Father, that another Day is adding to our Lives ; let us dedicate both our Souls and Bodies to Thee and thy Service, to promote thy Glory and our own Salvation, in a fober, righteous, and godly Life.
But, Lord, thou knowest the Weakness and Corruption of our Nature, and the manifold Temptations that we daily meet with, we therefore humbly beseech thee to have Compassion upon our Infirmities, and to give us the constant Aslistance of thy Grace and Holy Spirit, that we may be efa fectually restrained from Sin, and excited to our Duty. Suffer us not to be tempted above what we are able ; and when thou feeft us giving Way to any Temptation, stretch forth thy helping Hand to save and deliver us. Imprint in our Hearts such a Dread of thy Judgments, and such a Love of thy Goodness towards us, as may make us both afraid, and ashamed to offend thee. And above all, keep in our Minds a lively Remembrance of that great Day in which we must give a ftrič Account of our Thoughts, Words, and Actions, and ac
cording to the Works done in the Body, be either eternally rewarded or punished by him whom Thou hast appointed Judge of Quick and Dead, Jesus Christ our Lord. · Wherefore, we beseech Thee, give us Grace to have Thee and thy Law always before our Eyes, that we may walk therein according to thy Will, with Watchfulness and Circumspection. Keep us fober and temperate, and diligent in the leveral States and Conditions which thy Providence hath appointed for us. Grant us Patience under any Affliction thou shalt see sit to lay upon us, and Minds always contented. with our present Condition. Give us Grace to be just and upright in all our Dealings, quiet and peaceable, full of Compassion towards the Needy and Afflicted, and ever ready to do good to all Men, according to the Abi-.. lities and Opportunities which Thou shalt give us ; that so walking faithfully before Thee all our Days, and being found watching whenever our appointed Time shall come, we may from a Life of Righteousness, be translated to Life and Bliss eternal.
And we humbly beg thy Blessing this Pay upon our honeit Deligns and Under: täkings. Direct us in all our Ways, and prosper the work of our Linds. Let thy
good Providence watch over us, and pres Terve us in our Going out and Coming in, Defend us from all Dangers and Adversities, and be thou graciously pleased to take us, and all Things belonging to us, into thy Fatherly Care and Protection. These Things, O Lord, and whatever else Thou feest needful and convenient both for our Souls and Bodies, we humbly beg of Thee for the Sake of thy Son Jesus Christ ; in whose most holy Name and Words we pray unto thee for ourselves and all Mankind. in' ineisiin . .
Our Father, &c. ';:.... '
Another Evening Prayer for a Family. M OST Gracious and Merciful God,
M who art of purer Eyes than to behold Iniquity, and hast -promiled Mercy aud, Forgiveness to all them who confess and forsake their Sins; we come beføre Thee in au humble, Sense of our own Unworthiness, acknowledging our manifold Transgressions of thy righteous, Laws, in Thought, Word, and Deed; we have dorię thole Things which thou hast forbidden, and (left undone i the, Things
which Thou haft commanded; so that when we look back upon our past Lives, and remember that Thou art privy to our most secret Sins, we are afraid of Thy: Judgments, and ashamed to lift up our Eyes unto Thee. But, O gracious Father, who desirest not the Death of a Sinner, Look upon us, we beseech Thee, in thy Son Jesus Christ; for the Merits of his Sufferings, be Thou merciful to us, in the Pardon of our Sins ; make us deeply fenfible of the great Evil and Danger of them, and work in us a hearty Contrition : And grant that the Remembrance of them may be more grievous and afflicting to us, than of any other Evil whatsoever; that we worthily lamenting our Transgressions, and being brought to a hearty Repentance and Amendo ment of Life,may obtain Forgiveness at thy Hands, who art ever ready to receive humble and penitent Sinners, for the Sake of thy Son Jesus Christ, our only Saviour and Redeemer.
And left, through our own Frailty, or the Temptations that encompass us, we be drawn again to our former Sins, vouchfafe us, we beseech. Thee, the Direction and Affistance of thy Holy Spirit, that as thou haft put into our Hearts good Desires, so by the al 119