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with thee for the Pardon of true Penitents! O! for his dear Sake, receive me graciously to thy Mercy, and be not angry with me for ever. Forgive me, O merciful Father, for I am heartily sorry for all the Evils which I have done; forgive all my Sins, for I am fully resolved, by thy Grace, to love and serve the'e: Forgive me, O most aracious God, for I forgive all that have offended me, and do intreat thee to forgive them likewise. O do not exact Punishment of me for my Sins, but extend thy Mercy and Pardon to my Soul, for my dear Redeemer's Sake, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
VI. And having thus utterly renounced my Sins, O holy Father, I desire above all Things to partake of thy Righteousness; having defaced and corrupted myself, I would fain be made new by thee: having hitherto miscarried, whilst I would be in my own Hands, I desire now to be altoo-ether in thine, and never more to wander from thee; and therefore, whatever else I lose, my earnest and longing Prayer is, that'I may recover thy Likeness, and'be made conformable to thy "Will in all Things, through Jesus Christ my blessed Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.
VII. I know, O Gracious Lord, that I cannot receive tKis, but from thyself; O therefore be thou both the blessed Giver, and the Gift: I confess that I am utterlyunworthy to have thy divine Image stamp'd upon my Soul, but alas! I extremely need it, and extremely value it; and I dearly love thee, O my God, or else 1 should not be thus desirous to be like thee.
Hear me therefore, O gracious Father, and breathe into my Heart that Spirit which renews us after thine own Image, in Righteousness and true Holiness.
Blessed Jesus, who seekest out Sinners to make them good, do not reject me now when I seek to thee to make me better. I am poor and naked, Oh! clothe me with thy Righteousness; my good Thought* are changeable and inconstant; but Oh I do thou establish and six them by thy Grace: Set up thy Kingdom, O Jesu, in my Heart; for to become thy faithful Servant is more to me than to have the Empire of this World. Keep me stedfast in' serving thee, till thou takest me sinally to enjoy thee.
VIII. O Saviour of the World! save me, who by thy Cross and Passion hast redeemed me: Help me, and save me, I heieech thee, O my God.
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IX- Grant, O Lord, that at all.Times J may account my Sins to be rriy Shame, and make thy Laws to be my Rule, and thy blessed Will in every Thing my Choice and Satisfaction. O let thy Promises be my Hope, thy Providence my Guard, thy Grace my Strength, and thy blessed Self my Portion both now and evermore. Amen.
X. The Lord bless me and keep me; the Lord lift up the Light of his Countenance upon me; the Lord give me Peace, even that Peace of his, which passes all Understanding, through the Merits and Mediation of my dear Redeemer Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom, with the Father, and the Eternal Spirit, be all Honour, Glory, Love, Service, and Obedience, throughout all Ages. Amen.
Our Father^ &c.
'It may be convenient before you pro
* ceed any farther, to read and meditate
* on such Portions of Scripture as you sind 'yourself most affected with; or to con
* sid er the Nature and Attributes of God;
* or the Fall and miserable State of Man,
* and his Redemption by Jesus Christ; or 'to meditate on such particular Duties'as you sind yourself to have been defective
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4 in; or on the Rewards promised to good
* Men, and on the Punijlirnents denounced
* against the Wicked, as those Things arc ■ laid down in the Holy Scriptures, which 6 are our only infallible Guide; on which
* Occasion, the Book iutitled, The Chrif'tian Institutes, or the sincere iVord of God, 'will be very usesul, it containing the
* whole Faith and Duty of a Christian di'gested under proper Heads, and delivered
* in the Words of Scripture, so that the 'Reader may sind there together those 'Scriptures, which may concern any Ar
* tide of Faith, or particular Duty, toge
* ther with the Scripture-Motives for the
* Practice thereof. After the devout Chris
* tian has spent some little Time in Read
* ing and Meditation, as aforesaid, he may
* use the following Prayers.'
A Prayer consisting of Petitions for the Virtues of a Christian Life.
I. A/TOST merciful and gracious God, •^ who of thy great Goodness didst give thy Son Jesus Christ to take upon him our Nature, and to humble himself to Death, even the Death of the Cross;
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I beseech thee, by his insinite Condescension, by his perfect Obedience, and by his meritorious Sufferings; not only to pardon my past Sins, but to endue me with Power and Strength to resist them for the Time to come.
Replenish me with such supernatural Gifts and Graces of the Holy Spirit, as may enable me not only to a6t conformably to the Light of my own Mind, but make me readily obey thy Heavenly Motions, and constantly follow the Precepts of the Htfly Scriptures.
Give me a zealous Sense of Piety towards thee, my great Lord and Sovereign, and a due Regard to all thy sacred and Divine Truths.
Let me reverence thy Word and WorJJiip, and all Things and Persons dedicated, and devoted to thy peculiar Service.
Let me submit to all the Afflictions thou shalt think sit to lay upon me, with Patience and with Meekness.
\ Let me trust to thy Providence, to supply me under all Dangers and Necessities.
And let me thankfully acknowledge thy Bounty, for all those good Things which thou so freely hast bestowed upon me.
II. Give me, O Lord, that Divine Wisdom, which proposes the pleasing thee, as