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A Prayer far a Master or Mistress.
s\ GOD, make me, I beseech thee, a
^^ kind and gentle Master, forbearing all cruel and severe Usage towards those thou hast placed in Subjection under me, as knowing: I have a Master in Heaven with whom is no Respect of Persons. Let me never be so wicked as to put my Servants upon Cheating or Lying, or any other base or unworthy Practices; but give me a tender Care and Concern for their Souls, that they may never perish through any Neglect or Fault of mine.
Let me imitate the Example of thy Servant Jo/hua, and resolve that both I and my House will serve thee. To which End, give us Grace daily to offer up our joint Prayers, and Praises, to thy Divine Majesty, and to be frequent in attending .upon the Public Offices of Religion, and to spend some Part of the Lord's Day together in Prayer and other holy Duties. Grant this for the Sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.
R 5 A Prayer
A Vray er for a Person in Private, upon any Day o/Publick Fasting and Humiliation; which may be used after the ^Morning Ser- j vice of the Day is over.
r\ Most great and mighty God! Thou ^.^ art a consuming Fire to all disobedient and impenitent Sinners, but a most tender and compassionate Father to such as truly repent and turn unto thee: Thou art a God of insinite Power, Holiness, and Purity: Thou lovest Righteousness, and hatest Iniquity, and who can stand in thy Sight when thou art angry? O Lord, when I consider the Greatness of thy Majesty, and reflect upon my own Nothingness and Vileness, I am afraid to speak unto thee. But, O blessed God, thou hast vouchsafed to declare thyself a God gracious and merciful, forgiving Iniquity, Transgression, and Sin.
Hear me therefore, O most merciful Father, and look with Pity upon me, who, in the Behalf of myself, and of the sinful People of this Land, fall low on my Knees before thee, begging for Mercy and Pardon at the Throne of Grace.
O Lord, I do most sorrowfully confess,
that we are a wicked and rebellious People, notwithstanding the manifold, and often repeated Mercies, which thou hast vouchsafed us. Thou hast shewn us wonderful Things in thy Goodness, O God of our Salvation, and hast hitherto protected both our Church and Nation from secret Treachery and open Violence. Thou hast continued to us the Light of thy glorious Gospel, the Benesit of thy Word and Sacraments; thou hast preserved to us our holyReligion, reformed from those Errors and Corruptions which prevail in many other Nations; and hast blessed us with Liberty,Safety, and Plenty; whilst so many of our Brethren Abroad are persecuted and enslaved, and whilst other Countries have groaned under the Miseries and Calamities of Tyranny, Bloodshed, and Ruin. Thou hast given us fruitful Seasons, and many other great and invaluable Blessings; and for many Years hast preserved us from Famine, Pestilence, and Earthquakes, and from Civil and Intestine Wars; and when thou hast corrected us, it has been like a kind and tender Father, in Mercy and Gentleness, letting us fee, that not our Ruin, but our Amendment was intended thereby. . . \. .
R 6 And
And now, O Lord, aster all these Obligations, all these Blessings, what Manner of Persons ought we to have been in alLholy Conversation and Godliness? But, alas! to our Shame and Confusion it must be confessed, that we have shewn ourselves very unworthy of these thy Mercies; and instead of making suitable Returns for thy Goodness and Loving-Kindness, have by a long Course of Sin and Rebellion, greatly provoked thy Wrath and Indignation against us. We have blaA phemed that holy Name whereby we are called, and by our enormous Practices, have made our Lives as notorious for Vice, as they should have been eminent for Virtue and Piety.
We have abused our Plenty., by Riot and Luxury; our Liberty, by Licentiousness; our Ease and Safety, by Strife, aud Envying, and Divisions amongst ourselves. We have not expressed a due Sense of the inestimable Benesirs of the Gospel, nor brought forth Fruits worthy of it; but while we call ourselves Christians, com^ mit such Things as ought not so much as to be named among us. Nay, O Lord, so little do We retain of the Power of Godliness that many among us have now cast off the
very Form thereof, denying the Lord that bought them, and all the Revelations that he has made of his Will; trampling upon all that is sacred* and not only think, but say, There is no God.
This, O Lord, is the fad and deplorable State of this sinful Nation; which 1 unfeignedly grieve for, and lament before thee; and the more, because my own Sins (with Sorrow I confess it) have contributed to sill up the Measure of our Iniquities.
I confess, O God, that I have grievously offended thee by [Here you may name your particular iSVrtJ.j
It is of thy Mercy, O God, that we are not consumed, and because thy Compassions, fail not: For shouldest thou have dealt with us after our Sins, and rewarded us according to our Iniquities, we had long before this been like as Sodom and Gomorrah, or swept away by some other sudden and severe Destruction.
But, O merciful Father, thou hast shewn thyself to be a God gracious and merciful, stow to Anger, and of great Kindness, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to Repentance: thou hast spared us when we deserved Punishment,