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in us the Fruits of a holy and religious Life, that we may not be Hearers of thy Word only, but Doers also, lest we deceive our own Souls.
Be with me, O Lord, this Day, in all Places, and upon all Occasions : Direct and guide me, sanctify and preserve me. Keep me both outwardly in my Body and inwardly in my Soul. Defend me from the Power and Malice of the Devil, from the Corruptions of my own sinful Nature, and from those Sins especially that do most easily beset and ensnare me. Free my Mind from the Disturbances ofPaffion and Anger, and all perplexing Thoughts and Cares; and so strengthen it by thy Grace and Holy Spirit, that nothing may hinder or discompose me in my Duty, or render me unsit for thy Service. Let me no Ways profane this thy holy Day, either in Thought, Word, or Deed; but give me Grace to spend it in such a holy and religious Manner, that everyDay of my Life may be the better for it; and when I come to the Conclusion of this D^y, I may look back with Joy and Comfort, in an humble Hope of thy Divine Acceptance, through the Merits and Mediation of my dear Redeemer, 6
deemer, Jesus Christ the Righteous. Amen. Our Father, &c.
A Master or Mistress of a Family may very firoperly add this JJiort Fray er.
MAKE me duly mindful, O Lord, of all those who are under my Care; and grant that none os my Family may, thro' any Neglect of mine, be ever wanting in their Duty towards thee. Let the Care of my own Soul be extended likewise to a Concern for theirs; and give me such a Zeal for thy Glory, such a true Regard for the Salvation of others, that I may endeavour (as much as in me lies)' to promote Religion and Piety in all about me. Convince me truly, O Lord, how much it is my Duty, as well as Interest, that I and my House mould serve thee; that we should daily offer up our united Prayers and Praises at the Throne of Grace, and especially upon this Day set apart more particularly for thy Service. Be in the Midst of us, O Lord, when we assemble ourselves together ; fend thy Blessing upon all our religious Duties; and grant that not only the Form, but the Power of true Religion, may be visible
among among us, to our great Comfort in this World, and our eternal Happiness in that •which is to come. Grant this, O merciful Farher, for Jesus Christ's Sake, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.
A Prayer for Sunday Noon, or any intermediate Time of the Day.:: .'.-»' ^
/"\ GOD! who art rich in Mercy to all ^-^ that call upon thee; and hast bid us pray without ceasing, and rejoice evermore: In Obedience to that Command, and encouraged by thy gracious Promises, I again approach thy Presence ; To renew my Re* quests unto thee; To bless thy holy Name; To make Profession of my Love to thee; and of my Readiness in all.Things to obey thee. Quicken my Affections, O Lord, that I may be excited to a more free jrad joyful Attendance upon thee in all holy and religious Duties; that noDulness nor Weariness may seize upon my Spirits ; but such a perfect Love to thee may possess my Heart, as may render all the Employments of Religion pleasant and delightful to me, and the doing thy Will my greatest Joy and Satisfaction. . .
Pardon, O Lord, I most humbly beseech' thee, all my Indispositions; accept my imperfect Services; and grant that my Attendance upon the publick Service of the Church, may dispose me to be more circumspect and watchful in the whole Course of my Life; more diligent and industrious in thy Service, and more forward and zealous in the Performance of every Part of my Duty: that being led by thy Counsel, governed by thy Spirit, and preserved by thy gracious Providence, I may at last be admitted into the Company of the blessed; there to perfect my Praises and Acknowledgments, and to receive the Reward of patient Continuance in well-doing, thro' Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Short Heads as Examination for every Evening.
* TI 'HAT your whole Life may. be more
* .*" conformable to the Gospel of Jesus 'Christ, by which we must be judged;
* and that you may have less to do, when 'you set a Time apart for more solemn 1 Examination., it has been advised by wise 'and good Men, that we mould every
Evening * Evening put some such Questions as these
* to ourselves, which are chiefly transcribed 'out of that excellent Book, entitled, " A "Companion for the Fejlivah and Fajis of u the Church."
How have I spent the Day past? What Sin have I committed?
Have I performed my Morning Devotions? and how?
Have I resigned myself to the All-wise Government and Disposal of God, to be ordered and ruled by him, and to do or suffer his Will?
Have I conversed with Candour, Affability, and Sincerity?
Have I kept at a Distance from Detraction, Slander, and Evil-speaking?
Have I had sufficient Care in my Commendation of others, so as to give no Encouragement to any evil Practice?
How have 1 employed or improved my Time?
With what Honesty and Fidelity have I discharged the Affairs in which I have been engaged?
If I have diverted myself, have I done it innocently, and in such a Manner and Measure