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ing convinced of the Vanity and Emptiness of this World, I may more and more delight myself in thy Love, and in the Practice of true Religion,
And do thou, o God, quicken and enlarge my Desires, after spiritual Happiness, and those Pleasures which are at thy Right Hand for evermore; that through Faith and Patience, having finished the Race which thou hast set before me, I may be received into the Joy of my Lord. Grant this, 0. merciful Father, for the Sake of my Redeemer, the ever blessed Lefus. Amen.
A Prayer for a meek and quiet Spirit,
Blessed Lord God, thoy most com
passionate Lover of Souls:; look with thy tenderest Pity upon me,a weak and frail Creature; who am encompassed about with many and great Infirmities; my Nature is corrupt, my Passions are strong and violent, and so prone am I to Peevishness and Anger, that almost every flight Provocation disorders my Mind, and makes me froward, and impatient, and many Times (alas ! with Sorrow. I confess it) I have been hurried away into foolish and unreasonable Passions. -.
O Lord, I lament and bewail this I wretched Corruption of my Nature, hum
bly beseeching thee, for the Sake and Merits of my blessed Saviour, to pardon and forgive all that Sin and Folly that it has betrayed me to; and I beg of thee, O merciful Father, to give me a meek and
quiet Spirit, a patient and forgiving Tem1 per, an humble, charitable, and Christian
Disposition; that my Mind may at all i Times be quiet and easy, my Carriage
gentle, kind, and obliging' to all Men, and the whole Conduct and Deportment of my Life, such as becomes the Servant of the meek and blessed Jesus.
Convince me truly, O Lord, of the great Folly of Passion and Anger; how contrary it is to the Spirit of thy most holy Religion, which commands us to put away all Bitterness of Wrath, and Anger; what an Enemy it is to our present Happiness, and how much it unfits us for the Duties which we owe to thee, our Neighbour, and ourselves.'
Let the Example of my blessed Saviour be powerfully present to my Mind, and inspire me with an humble, charitable, and
forgiving forgiving Temper. Let me consider, with what Meekness and Patience he endureid the Contradictions of Sinners, and the In. sults and Reproaches of wicked and unreasonable Men; that, like him, I may be meek and lowly in Heart, and find that Rest unto my Soul, which he has promised to thofe that will be taught of him.
O my God, it is my fincere Desire, and it shall be the hearty Endeavour of my Life, to be free from the Bondage and Dominion of Sin! but alas! I am a weak · and feeble Creature: I find a Law in my Members warring against the Law of my Mind, which, without the Affiftance of thy Holy Spirit, will bring me into Captivity to the Law of Sin: o let the mighty Power of thy Grace strengthen my feeble Wishes and Endeavours, and enable me to conquer my most inveterate Habits: Let the sweet and gentle Influences of thy blessed Spirit calm the Passions, and compose the Storms and Disorders of my Soul; and ( do thou save me from the Dangers of this troublesome and tempestuous Life.
Root out of my Heart, O merciful God, all Pride and Vanity, all Malice, Hatred, and Ill-will, and give me a low and humble Opinion of myself, that the Sense of my
. A Prayer, &c. 381 own Unworthiness, and of the many Offences which I have been guilty of towards thee, may move me to pity the Weaknesses and Infirmities of others, and to forgive the greatest Injuries and Provocations, which I shall meet with; remembering how much more I stand in Need of Pity and Forgiveness at thy Hand.
Take away from me, O Lord, the Spirit of this world, and fill me with that Spirit of Love and Charity, that suffereth long, and is kind; that beareth all Things, and is not easily provoked; that being full of that Peace of God, which passes all Understanding, I may live with Comfort, and die with Joy, and may hereafter. dwell in those peaceful Regions of everlasting Bliss, where thou o blessed Jesus, who art the Prince of Peace, liveft and reignest with the Father, and the Holy Spirit, one God, World without End.
| A Prayer to be used in Time of Temp
O God our Refuge and Strength, who art a present
Time of Need, I fly unto thee for Succour against the Face
of my Enemy, who has now lift up bi Hand against me: His Strength is mighty, and his Malice great; and I, alas! weal and unable to withstand his Affaults: But, O thou, who art greater than all Things, send down thy Help from above, and rescue me out of the Jaws of the devouring Lion; save me, and deliver me from the Temptations I am now under. In thee, O Lord, have I put my Trust, o let me never be put to Confusion; and how. ever thou mayest think fit to make Trial of my Love and Obedience, yet fuffer me not, I beseech thee, to be tempted above 'what I am able to bear; but make me a Way to escape, that I may not fin against 'thee. • Lord, I have no Strength of my own, but all my Hope, and all my Dependence, is in thy Almighty Power and Goodness; thou art the Rock of Ages, and the Help of all that put their Trust in thee: I know thy. Grace is sufficient for me: O deny it not then to thy Servant, who now needs it, and most earnestly defires it; and though I am not worthy of the least of all thy Mercies, yet, O merciful Father, have Compalfion on me, and help me that I may not be