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fure as is fuitable to my Christian Profesfion?
Have I been guilty of any Excess in Eating, or Drinking, or Sleep?
What Mercies have I received? How thankful have I been, and am I, for them? What Temptations have I refifted ?
What Ground have I got of the Sin that doth most easily beset me?
How have I governed my Passions ? Have I not been too easily provoked by little Accidents which daily happen?
What Opportunities have I had of doing Good ? and how have I improved them?
What Opportunities have I had of difcouraging Evil, and how have I opposed
. To these Questions, you may add such • others as you find useful. If you recol- lect the whole Time of the Day from • your rising (for which a few Minutes be• fore your Evening Devotions will suffice)
you will very easily be enabled to answer • the preceding Questions; and when you • have done this, you must heartily beg • God's Pardon for any Sins you have been • guilty of, and shew yourself thankful for · those Blessings, respecting either this or
s another Life, which he hath bestowed on • you. 1Some have written down the Sins they • have been guilty of, that they might again « humble themselves at the Time of their
more solemn Humiliation ; which may be • farther useful: for by comparing one Time + with another, you will better discern the • Amendment of your Life, and Growth
in Christian Virtue; but of the Urefulness 6 and Expediency of this Method, every • Person is left to judge for himself!'
A Prayer for Sunday Evening.
MOST Great, most Glorious, and
Eternal God! Thou art the Sovereign Lord of Heaven and Earth; in whom we live, and move, and have our Being, and from whom are derived all the Comforts and Conveniences of this Life, and all our Hopes and Expectations of a better.
With what Awfulness and Humility, with what Fear and Reverence, ought I to appear before thee, when I consider the Greatness of thy Majesty ,and the Purity of thy divine Nature ; that thou hast no Plealure in Wickedness, but hateft all the
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Workers of Iniquity, and that such as be foolish shall not stand in thy Sight. ; ..O Lord! I acknowledge that I am not worthy to come into thy Presence, nor to lift up my Eyes towards the Throne of thy Mercy-feat. My Sins and Transgressions are many, and divers of them have been often repeated'; the Corruption of my Heart, and the Sinfulness of my Thoughts are perfectly known to thee ; and the Punishment due unto my Sins, is greater than I am able to bear.
I confess, O Lord, that I have not loved thee with that Sincerity, nor served thee with that Faithfulness that I ought to have done. The Interests of this Life have been - so much my Care and Concern, as to make me negligent and remiss in the great and important Work of my Salvation. .
How many Duties have I omitted, or performed with Coldness and Indevotion ! How often have I been a Hearer of thy Word only, and not a Doer! How often, both in publick and private, have I prayed, when my Heart has been far from thee?
This very Day, O Lord, thou hast given me an Opportunity of serving Thee in thy House ; but alas ! my Services there have been accompanied with so many Failings, fo many Imperfections, that I have just Caufe to humble myself before Thee. : O Lord ! if thou shouldst deal with me as I have deserved, how justly mayest thou deprive me of all those Means of Grace, and Opportunities of working out my Salvation, which thou hast hitherto vouchsafed me! But, O merciful Father! Thou hast declared thyself to be a God merciful and gracious, forgiving Iniquity, Tranfgreffion, and Sin. My only Hope, there fore, is in thy tender Mercies, which have been ever of old; and in that Pity and Compassion, which Thou hast shewn to Mankind in the Redemption of the World, by the Death of thy dear Son. For thy Name's Sake then, O Lord, and for thy beloved Son's Sake, pardon, I most humbly beseech Thee, all my past Sins, and let not Iniquity be my Ruin. Forgive the Deadness of my Devotion; the Coldness of my Affections; the Wanderings of my Prayers; and whatever else Thou hast seen amiss in me. O pity iny Weaknesses, and forgive my Infirmities, and lay not to my Charge the Imperfections of my religious Duties.
Enable me, O Lord, by the Assistance of thy good Spirit, to amend whatever has men amils, and to endeavour more and
more after the Attainment, of all those Graces and good Dilpolitions ; which are necessary to render our Prayers and Praises acceptable in thy Sight.. .
O let me never fall into a careless and unconcerned State of Mind; into a Cold, ness and Indifferency towards the Duties of Religion ; but animate and enliven my fluggish Heart, and cleanse it from all its De filements : O! replenish my Soul with the Graces of thy Holy Spirit; that I may become vigorous and active in thy Service, and fruitful in every good Work.
Give me, O Lord, such a lively Sense and Conviction of the Shortness and Uncertainty of this Life, and of the momentous Concerns of Eternity, that I may not be fo foolish, as to waste my precious. Time in an eager Pursuit after the Things of this World; but grant that I may employ it in such a Manner as may best promote Thy Honour and Glory, and set forward mine own Salvation. O make me so, wise, as to see, and know, and follow the Things that make for my Peace, left they be hid from mine Eyes, and all Opportunities of reconciling myself to thee, my offended from me.
God, be far from me.