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judged and condemned by thee, and that no unclean Person shall enter into thy Kingdom, and that for the Sake of these Things, the Wrath of God cometh upon the Children of Disobedience.
And that I may obtain the Grace of Chastity, make me, O God, careful and diligent in the Use of those Means that are necessary to this End. I know, Lord, that Purity is thy Gift; but I know likewise, that thou wilt not bestow it on such as be slothful and negligent, and will not ufe the Means which thou hast appointed for the Attainment of it. Let me be dili. gent and industrious in the Place and Station wherein thy Providence has set me, considering that Idleuefs is the Occasion of Impurity. Teach me to keep a strict Guard over my Senses, to refrain from all evil and corrupt Communication; and grant that my Speech may be fuch, as may minister to the Edification of those with whom I converse. Teach me to be sober in my Attire, moderate in my Diet, temperate in the Use of all Things, prudent in the Choice of my Company, disposed to practise the necessary Duties of Mortification and Self-denial, watchful over my
- own Heart, stifling and suppressing the very my first Motions to Impurity.
Let me abstain from seeing all such Sights, and refrain from reading all such Books, as are apt to excite in me any Loose
ness or Levity of Spirit; and let me be conwe stant and diligent in reading and meditating
on the Holy Scriptures, which are apt to cleanse the Heart, and to excite pious Af
fections in my Soul. . : li
• Make me mindful of the Dignity and HoAl liness of my Profession, and to remember
that if any one defile the Temple of God, DL him will God destroy.
Give me a just Esteem and Value for the honourable Estate of Marriage, which thou
hast ordained as a Remedy against Fornica-is is the tionin
tion; and grant that (when I enter into it) I may never abuse it, by allowing myself
such Liberties as are inconsistent with the EMUM 2 Purity of the Christian Religion.
Grant that my Soul and Body may be
preserved pure and undefiled, that glorifythe memorie ing thee in my Body, and in 'my Spirit my now, I may hereafter be glorified by thee.'
Give me a firm Faith in thy Power for the fubduing all Impurity, and whatever
is contrary to thy blessed Will, in my Soul. utchiwaLet no Discouragements keep me from pre
senting frequent and fervent Petitions to thee for this excellent and necessary Gift in the Name of our great Mediator Jesus Christ, to whom with thee, and the Holy Ghost, be all Honour and Glory, Thanks. giving and Praise, now and for ever. Amen.
A Prayer for Submission to the Will of God,
and for Contentment. 1. Almighty and All-wise God, the
Creator, Disposer, and Governor of all Things; from thee I have my Being, and of thy Fulness I have all that I poffels and enjoy. O God, grant that I may always adore and reverence thee as the fupreme Object of my Love, my Fear, my Hope, and my Trust; and that I may render thee all those religious and devout Affections, which are due to thee my Maker and Sovereign Lord.
II. Whatever thou pleaseft, that dost thou in Heaven and in Earth; from tbee cometh every good and perfect Gift, neither is there any Evil that cometh, that thou hast not appointed; thou makest poor, and makest rich; thou bringest low, and listest up; grant, therefore, I may reverence and
acknowledge thy Providence in every Thing that befals me, and from thence adore thy Goodness, and acknowledge thy Justice, and - pay all humble Submiffion to thy Sovereign - Will aud Pleasure, out of a firm Persuasion of thy infinite Wisdom and Goodness.
III. O God who in thy Wisdom haft ordained the several Orders and Degrees, the several different States and Conditions of Men in this World ; grant me full Con* tentment of Mind in that State thou hast
been pleased to place me, and Humility to acquiesce in thy Disposal of me, and Grace carefully and faithfully to discharge those Duties it requires of me. Grant me Pa. tience under all Losses and Disappointments, and remove all Repining and Envy
far from me. 5,5 IV. O God, I am thy Creature ; my enchattire. Dependence is on thee ; grant that anda therefore my Faith, my Hope and my Trust chie" may always be in thee, and that my Hope
and my Trust may not be in vain; and E, the grant I may always fear and obey thee, for com" then thou hast promised thou wilt never Gill leave me nor forsake mę. I will therefore eth, take no anxious Thought for my Life, eit what I shall eat, or what I shall drink, or 182 wherewithal I shall be cloathed, (as a Gen
tile that knows thee not) seeing thou know. eft I have need of all these Things, and that if I seek thy Righteousness, all these Things shall be added unto me, out of thy great Bounty and Fulness. Nor will I be dismayed at any Calamity thou in thy wife Providence shalt order for me, seeing a Things shall work together for Good t them that love and fear thee.
V. Take from me all Sorrow, that the Love of worldly Things may at any Time raise in me, from my unsuccessful Hopes and Designs in this World, or from any Evils or Calamities of this Life. Let me not hereafter wish for Prosperity, for Health, or Life ; but with the Prospect of spending them in thee, with thee, and for thy Glory. I pray not that thou wouldest give me either Prosperity or Adversity, Health or Sickness, Life or Death ; but that thou wouldest dispose my Prosperity and my Adverfity, my Health, my Sicknes my Life, and my Death, for thy Glory, and for my own eternal Welfare. Thou alone knowest what is most expedient for me; thou art my Sovereign Master and Lord, guide and govern me at thy Pleasure; give me, or take from me, as seemeft best to thy Providence, and in all Things con