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Produce in us that brokenness of heart, and I grateful under thy indulgences, incorrigible that self-despair, which will render the faith- under thy rebukes, and have improved none ful saying worthy of all acceptation; and of our religious advantages. We stand before make the Saviour precious to us as He is to Thee in our trespass, and are condemned by all them that believe. May He be delightful our own consciences as well as by thy word. to us in all his offices; may we love Him in Yet in the way of thine appointment Thou his commands, as well as in his promises; art waiting to be gracious, and hast said, that may we wear his yoke and carry his burden; whatsoever we ask, believing in his name, and find his yoke easy and his burden light. we shall receive. Make us in our views, principles, and dis Through Him display thyself in our expositions, new creatures; may we shine in all perience, as a God pardoning and subduing the beauties of holiness; and reflect the prais iniquity. Justify us freely from all things; es of Him who hath called us out of dark- and sanctify us wholly, body, soul, and spirit. ness into his marvellous light. Explain to May we be thy workmanship, created in us thy secret which is with them that fear Christ Jesus, and prepared unto every good Thee; and show us thy covenant in its pro-work. We groan within ourselves, longing visions and stability; and in every distress not only for deliverance from the wrath to may this be all our salvation and all our de- come, but from the sin that dwelleth in us; sire.

and praying not only for an interest in thy With affections weaned from the world, favour, but a participation of thy image. and with evidences bright for heaven, all. If thou hast begun the good work in us, the days of our appointed time may we wait carry it on unto the perfect day. Assure us till our change comes: may we die support- of present assistance and final success, whated by the consolations of the gospel, and sur- ever difficulties or oppositions we meet with; rounded with the glory of God; and have that we may go on our way rejoicing, and be an entrance ministered unto us abundantly strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. If into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and we feel little—and O how little do we feel!Saviour.

of the joys of thy salvation, uphold us by thy Prepare us for our passage as well as for free spirit; and enable us to persevere in the our end. While we are here may we fulfil path of obedience, and in the use of the the duties, and bear with firmness the trials means which Thou hast appointed, assured of our respective stations; may we glorify that none of those shall be ever ashamed that our Father who is in heaven, and serve our wait for Thee. And should we walk in darkgeneration according to his will.

ness and have no light, may we trust in the Continue thy goodness to us as a family. | Lord and stay upon our God-Yet suffer us Remember our absent friends. Let thy mi to implore that Thou wilt make Thy face to nisters enjoy thy presence, and thy churches shine upon us, and give us the full assurance be filled with thy glory. Let the British of hope—which hope may we have as an empire be under thy care, and ever prove the anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast in seat of learning and science; of civil and re- all the storms of life. ligious freedom; of social blessedness; and We bless Thee for all that is past. Unless of gospel privileges; and be the source of the Lord had been our help, our souls had usefulness to the ends of the earth.

almost dwelt in silence; but when we said, May princes come out of Egypt. May My feet slipped, thy mercy, O Lord, held us Ethiopia stretch forth her hands unto God. up. But we are still in the body and in the And may all nations whom Thou hast made wilderness. We need thine aid as much as come and worship before Thee.

ever. We have a growing sense of our ignoFor thine, O God, is the power; and thine rance, weakness, and danger. Withdraw not shall be the glory, through our Lord and thy presence, and take not thy Holy Spirit Saviour. Amen.

from us. Whether we are called to do thy will or to bear it, may we feel that our help

is in the name of the Lord who made heaven TUESDAY MORNING.

and earth. If our course conducts us through

rough and trying scenes, say to us, Thy shoes O LORD God of hosts, hear our prayer; shall be iron and brass, and as thy days so give ear, O God of Jacob: behold, O God, our shall thy strength be. In view of our enshield, and look upon the face of thine counter with our spiritual foes, clothe us Anointed.

with the whole armour of God; teach our Ti is in his dear and all-prevailing name we hands to war, and our fingers to fight; and come. We have nothing of our own to plead; in the midst of the conflict tell our hearts no works, no worthiness, no promises. We that we shall be more than conquerors have all like sheep gone astray. We have through him that loved us. been transgressors from the womb. We have And may we be concerned that the blessknowingly opposed thine authority, and ings we ask for ourselves may be imparted abused thy goodness. We have been un-I to others. Teach us to love our neighbour

as ourselves; and may we often examine our | be seen in our future alarm and endeavours, conditions in life, our offices, our talents, and and especially in our self-renunciation and our opportunities, to see how we may be ser- dependence upon another—for when we are viceable in our day and generation.

weak, then and then alone we are strong. Comfort those that mourn in Zion. Let May we every moment feel how necessary all the afflicted find Thee a very present and it is to be more intimate with Him who came, an all-sufficient help in the day of trouble. not only that we might have life, but that we Provide for the poor and needy. Guide those might have it more abundantly; whose grace that need instruction; and may integrity and is sufficient for us; whose Spirit helps our uprightness preserve them while they wait infirmities, and can strengthen in its the upon Thee.

things that remain, that are ready to die. Sanctify and continue to us, and to our We bless Thee for an advocate with the latest posterity after us, all our national Father, for a propitiation of intinite ralue; blessings, civil and religious; and may our for a fulness that filleth all in all. In Him country, by its institutions, character, and believing may we rejoice with joy unspeak. usefulness, continue to be a praise in the able and full of glory. And may we know whole earth.

| how to obtain relief for a guilty conscience, These are great blessings for such sinful without feeling reconciled to our imperfeccreatures as we are to ask; but Thou hast tions. May we abhor the thought of turning given us a Name to plead which is above the grace of our God into lasciviousness, or every name. Behold not our guilt, but that sinning that grace may abound. Because we blood which cleanseth from all sin ; not our are not under the law but under grace, may unworthiness, but that righteousness with we reckon ourselves to be dead indeed unto which Thou art well pleased. And accept sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ us in the beloved. Our Father, &c. Amen. our Lord—by thy mercies presenting our

bodies a living sacrifice, and asking, What shall I render unto the Lord for all his bene

fits towards me? Through sanctification of TUESDAY EVENING.

the Spirit and belief of the truth, may our afO God, we are Thine, and Thee we are fections be set on things that are above; and bound to worship. We grieve to think how | may this be the growing desire of our souls; many there are who cast off fear, and restrain that my feet were directed to keep thy prayer before Thee. But whatever be the precepts! determination of others, our purpose by thy We would not seek great things for ourgrace is taken; and as for us and our house, selves, but be content with such things as we will serve the Lord.

we have. Deliver us, O Lord, from the love We would not live a day or an hour with of money which is the root of all evil. May out Thee in the world, careless of thy favour we value our substance, not as the medium or regardless of thy glory. Impress us indi of pride and luxury, but as affording us the vidually and deeply with a sense of thine means of support and usefulness; and may omniscience; that Thou art about our path we guide our affairs with discretion, that we and our lying down, and acquainted with all may owe no man any thing, and be able to our ways. Especially may we feel it when give to him that needeth. Establish in us the we enter thy more immediate presence, and royal law: may we love our neighbour as engage in the exercises of devotion. Then ourselves; and feel it not only our duty but may we remember that thine eyes are upon our pleasure, as we have opportunity, to do us; that thou requirest truth in the inward good unto all men, especially unto them that part; and that nothing can screen even our are of the household of faith. motives and principles frorn thy penetration. Bless all the churches of the faithful. Thou

Too little we acknowledge has this been hast given them rest ; may they walk in the our experience in former engagements; we fear of the Lord, and in the comforts of the have often been careless, where we should Holy Ghost, and be edified and multiplied. have been full of reverence: we have been Display thy power and thy glory in the strangers to the powers of godliness, while sanctuary. Be with thy servants who show familiar with its forms. Thou hast been nigh unto men the way of salvation. Make them in our mouths, but far from our reins. Much wise to win souls: may they speak the things of our guilt has originated from our religious only that become sound doctrine; may they means and privileges; from the low estima- never expect success as the result of their tion in which we have holden them, the slight eloquence and reasonings, but from the eximprovements we have made of them, the cellency of the power that is of God. little they have contributed to our growth in Let the king live before Thee; and our grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and highly favoured country be safe and flourishSaviour.

| ing under the shadow of the Almighty. Over all this may we sorrow after a godly Regard our friends and relations. Those sort; and may the sincerity of our repentance) that are absent from us, we commend to the care and direction of an ever-present God. ) thy name. They are happy now, and are inLet those that know Thee not be made wise viting and encouraging us to taste and see unto salvation: let not those who are endear that the Lord is good. May a vital union be ed by so many ties, be separated from us for immediately established between IIim and us ever-How can we endure to see the des. —He the head, and we the members; He the truction of our kindred?

vine, and we the branches; He the shepherd, Keep us in all places and circumstances, and we the sheep of his pasture; Ile the Hide us this night in the secret of thy pavi-chief corner-stone, and we also as lively stones lion, and in the morning encompass us with built up a spiritual house, an habitation of songs of deliverance.

God through the spirit. And now, blessed be the Lord God of Is- Let us not walk as other gentiles, in the rael, who only doeth wondrous things; and vanity of our minds, and having our underblessed be his glorious name for ever, and let standings darkened ; but may we estimate the whole earth be filled with his glory. things according to the testimony of thy Amen and Amen.

word, and feel a persuasion that to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, is a concern

in comparison with which every other interWEDNESDAY MORNING.

i est is a shadow and a dream. O THOU that hearest prayer, and inhabitest And O Lord save us from presumption. the praises of Israel! with Moses and Aaron Keep us from suspending our attention to the among thy priests, and Samuel among them things of eternity on a more convenient seathat call upon thy name, we would this morn- son, or any future period which may never ing exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his arrive; but reflecting upon the shortness and footstool, for He is holy.

uncertainties of life, and knowing how frail We thank Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven we are, may we seek the Lord while He may and earth, for all thy inexpressible and incon- be found, and call upon Him while He is ceivable goodness to the children of men, of near. May we immediately begin to live the which our own history and experience afford life of the righteous, that we may die the death such numberless proofs. In thy works of of the righteous, and that our last end may creation we read thy name the Lord God Al- be like his. mighty ; in the dispensations of thy provi- ! And () save us from the delusion of those dence we acknowledge Thee as the only wise who go far, but not far enough in religion; God; but in the gospel of thy grace we be- who are convinced but not converted; who hold Thee as the God of love, and so loving have another heart, but not a new one; and the world as to give thine only begotten Son, who with all their light and zeal and confithat whosoever believeth on Him should not dence, have not the spirit of Christ, and thereperish but have everlasting life. In Him fore are none of his. May we judge of our

Thou hast provided for our deliverance from Christianity not only by our dependence upon all the effects of sin; for the justification of Christ, but our love to Christ, and by our conour persons, the sanctification of our natures,formity to Christ. May we know that He and our perseverance in the path of life, till dwelleth in us and we in Him, because He we receive the end of our faith-the salvation hath given us of his Spirit. of our souls.

Let our religion not only be real but proWe bless Thee, that exposed as we are to gressive; let us not only hold on our way, but the terrors of thy law which we have so often wax stronger and stronger. May we live transgressed, here we have a refuge from the and may we walk in the Spirit. May we storm; and learn that there is no condemna-profit by every correction, and be injured by tion to them that are in Christ Jesus. We no indulgence. bless Thee, that while we are compelled to Accept of our personal and combined acexclaim, Unclean, unclean ! here is an open knowledgments, that Thou hast been our fountain, the efficacy of which--for it has salvation in the night watches; and that often been tried-cleanseth from all sin. We we are not only the living to praise Thee bless Thee, that while in us dwelleth no good this morning, but have all things richly to thing, and all creatures are cells of emptiness, enjoy. there is a fulness accessible to all, and inca-l Bless the word which we have been readpable of reduction, from which we can re-ing. Let not the cares of this life, or the deceive and grace for grace.

ceitfulness of sin render it unfruitful. May O Lord, we ask not for worldly riches or thy word abide in us and operate. May it honours, but pray that we may be blessed attend us in all the businesses of the day, that with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places we may not sin against Thee; and that whein Christ. We envy not those whom thether we eat or drink, or whatever we do, we multitude admire; they will soon be cut down may do all to the glory of God as the grass, and wither as the green herb; To whom be glory in the church, by Christ but look Thou upon us, and be merciful to Jesus, throughout all ages, world without us, as Thou usest to do unto those that fear end. Amen.

WEDNESDAY EVENING. | ing in the work of the Lord. And let us O Thou that inhabitest eternity, and with not be slothful, but followers of them who whom a thousand vears are as one day. If through faith and patience inherit the pro

mises. we were angels we should veil our faces as we approach Thee, and exclaim, Holy, holy,

O how great is the goodness which in thy holy is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is pro

promises and in thy kingdom Thou hast laid full of his glory. With what emotions then up,

up for them that fear Thee!-Number us should we enter thy presence, who are but W

who are hurt with them; and enable us to say, Thou bast sinful dust and ashes! Give us grace where

given me the heritage of them that fear thy by we may serve Thee acceptably, with re

name. This assurance, O God, we want to verence and godly fear.

animate us in duty; to support us under our May we always combine thy majesty with

trials; and to raise us above the fear of death thy mercy, that we may not tritle before

and the dread of eternity. For we know that Thee, or incur the reproach of the hypocrite

we are not to live here always, nor to live and the formalist, who draw nigh unto Thee

! here long. Dangers surround us; within with their mouth, and honour Thee with

us are sown the seeds of disease ; our breath their lips, while their heart is far from Thee.

is in our nostrils; and there is but a step

R0W soon is And may we always connect thy goodness between us and the grave. with thy greatness, that we may draw near

another day gone! and how solemnly does it in full assurance of faith. May our con

remind us, That all our days are as a shasciences at this moment believe that Thou

dow! Great God, so teach us to nurnber art good, and ready to forgive, and plenteous

our days, that we may apply our hearts unto in mercy to all that call upon Thee.

wisdoin. Amidst all the uncertainties of time, And do Thou have mercy upon us, O God,

may we know in ourselves that in heaven according to thy lovingkindness, according to 1 we have a better and an enduring substance: the multitude of thy tender mercies. Thou

and when the earthly house of this tabernaart under no obligation to save us! we lie as

cle is dissolving, may we see prepared to guilty at thy sovereign disposal. Thou bast

receive us a building of God, a house not a right to exercise thy mercy in thine own

made with hands eternal in the hearens. way; and Thou hast sent thine own Son into

We feel our weakness and our wants. We the world, not to condemn the world, but

depend on all the elements for our subsistthat the world through Him might be saved.

ence, and there is no creature but can be Thou hast made him to be sin for us who our help or our hurt. We need day by day knew no sin, that we might be made the

our supplies of food. We labour for a few righteousness of God in Him. We bow, O

| hours, and we feel ourselves exhausted, and God, to thine appointment; and gratefully

require weary nature's sweet restorer balmy comply with thy command, for this is thy

sleep. We would not say to Him that made commandinent, that we believe on the name

us, Why hast thou made me thus ? but bless of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. We would

Thee for a season of repose and refreshment; flee to no other refuge; we would wash in no

for the promise we have that when we lie other fountain; we would build on no other

down, Thou wilt make us to dwell in safety; foundation; we would receive from no other

and for a state where we shall feel no languor fulness.

and need no rest; where there shall be no May the life that we henceforth shall live

night, and they need no candle, neither light in the flesh, be by the faith of Him who loved

of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them us and gave himself for us. In his name may

light, and they shall reign for ever and ever. we rejoice all the day, and in his righteousness

Receive and bless us in the name and for may we be exalted.

the sake of our adorable Redeemer. Amen. May we feel a growing conformity to the image of thy Son, and like Him, learn obedience to the things we suffer. May the law of

THURSDAY MORNING. the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus inake us free 0 Thou, who wast, and art, and art to from the law of sin and death.

come, the Almighty. Thou art the creator In all our dealings with our fellow-crea- of all the ends of the earth. Thou art our tures, may we do justly; in all cases requir- maker, and not only the framer of our bodies, ing relief and compassion, may we show that but the former of our souls. For there is a we love mercy; and with regard to all the spirit in man, and the inspiration of the Aldispensations of thy providence and grace, mighty giveth him understanding. May we may we walk humbly with our God. remember that Thou madest us upright, but

May we be strong and of good courage to that we have sought out many inventions. to follow our convictions, regardless of the Let us not forget what we are, what we deopinions of others, and obey God rather than serve, and what we want in our present man. Having obtained the knowledge of state. thy will from thy word, may we go forth Nor let us be ignorant of the provisions of and be steadfast, unmoveable, always abound- I thy mercy and grace; nor of Him in whom

it hath pleased Thee that all fulness should spirit, serving the Lord. And O preserve
dwell. In all our outward troubles, and in the young from the snares and temptations of
all our spiritual distress, He is the hope and youth. May they be sober-minded. If sinners
the consolation of Israel. May we receive entice them, let them not consent. With
the record, that Thou hast given to us eter- the infidel and the vicious, and the despiser
nal life, and that this life is in thy Son. To of the sabbath, may they not go, lest they
Him may we always look for relief, and to learn of their ways, and get a snare to their
Him only ; persuaded that there is none other souls. Let them say, I am a companion of all
name given under heaven among men, them that fear Thee, and choose that good
whereby we must be saved. We know from part which shall not be taken away from
thy word, that he came by water and by them.
blood; as these were not served in their ef Bless us as a nation, in our sovereign,
fusion from the cross, may they never be senators, and magistrates; in all the depen-
separated in our creed and our experience. dencies and interests of the country; in all
May we be equally convinced of the guilt its civil and sacred institutions. Let glory
and the pollution of sin; may we alike feel dwell in our land, and upon all the glory
our need of the Prince and the Saviour, and may there be a defence.
implore of Him repentance as well as for- We rejoice that Thou wilt have all men
giveness. May we love holiness and be pure to be saved and come to the knowledge of
in heart. Othat our feet were directed to the truth ; and that Jesus Christ gave him-
keep thy statutes! O that we had the same self a ransom for all to be testified in due
mind in us which was also in Christ Jesus, time.
and were enabled to tread in his steps, who call in the Jews with the fulness of the
has gone before us in every path of duty and Gentiles. Say to the north, give up, and to
trial !

| the south, Keep not back; bring my sons As long as we are in the world, keep us from far, and my daughters from the ends of from the evil; and may we be always alive the earth. Bless all those who by their exand awake to discharge every obligation re- ertions and sacrifices are proving the sinsulting from our condition in life and the cerity of their prayers for the spread of the particular events of thy providence.

Redemer's cause; and let many run to and We would not be at our own disposal, but fro, and knowledge be increased, till all shall rejoice to think we are under the care of know Thee, from the least even to the greatone who is too wise to err, and too kind to in- est. jure. However ignorant of the future, we Our Father, &c. Amen. will trust and not be afraid; and begin even in this vale of tears, the song we hope for ever to sing-Marvellous are thy works,

THURSDAY EVENING. Lord God Almighty, just and true are all thy GIVE ear to our words, O Lord; consider ways, O Thou King of saints.

our meditation; and enable us to approach 'Thou hast been pleased again to renew Thee with becoming conceptions of thy naour time and our strength and our comforts, ture, relations, and designs. help us to renew our purposes and resolu- Thou inhabitest eternity ; but our age is as tions to obey and serve Thee. In all our nothing before Thee. Thou dwellest in the ways may we this day acknowledge Thee, heaven of heavens, and this cannot contain and do Thou direct our paths. Let thy pre- Thee; but we dwell in houses of clay, whose sence go with us, and thy free spirit uphold us. foundation is in the dust. Thy power is al

May we scandalize none by our temper or mighty; but we are crushed before the moth. conduct, but recommend and endear the reli- Thy understanding is infinite, but we know gion we profess to all around us. May we nothing as we ought to know. Thou art of decline no opportunity of usefulness that our purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not circumstances may present. May we not look upon iniquity ; but we are vile-What withhold good from him to whom it is due, shall we answer Thee? We cannot answer when it is in the power of our hand to do it. Thee for one of a thousand of our iniquities; May we dread the sentence, Whoso stoppeth and had we listened to the language of our his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall guilty consciences alone, we could not have cry himself and not be heard. May we entered thy sacred presence. therefore be merciful, ready to communicate, But Thou hast called us to thy footstool; feeling the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, Thou hast shown us a new and living way who when rich for our sakes became poor, into the holiest by the blood of Jesus; and we that we through his poverty might be rich. have boldness and access with confidence by

Let those who are advanced in years be the faith of Him. We therefore draw nigh anxious to bring forth fruit in old age. Let in full assurance of faith, believing that we those who are in the midst of life abide with are as welcome as we are unworthy, and that God in their calling; and while they are not the blessings we are come to implore are as slothful in business, may they be fervent in free as they are great and numberless. O re

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