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Thou shouldst take us out of the world, but crucified to the world; and there become dead keep us from the evil. We ask not for the indeed unto sin but alive unto God. There accomplishment of all our wishes, for we may we sink into the deepest humiliation; often know not what we ask; but we pray there may we find motives to patience, selfthat whatever may be denied us, we may be denial, active benevolence: there may hope blessed with all spiritual blessings in heaven- lift up its head; and faith lay hold on eternal ly places in Christ. May the joy of the Lord life; and love bind us to live not unto ourbe our strength. And let all those that put selves, but to Him that died for us and rose their trust in Thee rejoice: let them ever again. shout for joy, because Thou defendest them: Enable us to rejoice in Him whom Thoa let them also that love thy name be joyful in hast sent, not only as a Redeemer, but the Thee.
Sanctifier. We want holiness; and not only We love the communion of saints, and the reality of the principle and the practice, would be mindful of them in our prayers. but the increase. May we be more thankful Bless those with whom we are more imine- for thy mercies, more humble under thy cordiately connected in the fellowship of the rections, more zealous in thy service. Make us gospel. And bless thy church universal! more constant in duty, more watchful a gainst may peace be within her walls, and pros- temptation, more contented in our stations, perity within her palaces. Abba, Father, all more exemplary in our conduct, more useful things are possible to Thee. Take to thy- in our day and generation. May we do instself thy great power and reign; and let the ly, and love mercy, and walk humbly with exclamation be heard from earth and from our God. heaven, Hallelujah, for the Lord God omnipo-1 Teach us to be ready for affliction. In tent reigneth! The kingdoms of this world health may we think of sickness; and in our are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of brightest hours may we remember the dars his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and of darkness, for they may be many. We ever. Even so; Amen.
know that Thou wilt bring us to death and to the house appointed for all living: may me also know that when this earthly house of our
tabernacle shall be dissolved, we have a WEDNESDAY EVENING.
building of God, a house not made with hands, O God, thy greatness is unsearchable, and eternal in the heavens. We must all stand thy ways are past finding out. Before Thee before the judgment-seat of Christ: may we we are nothing, less than nothing and vanity, labour that whether present or absent we worse than nothing and iniquity. With shame may be accepted of Him. and sorrow we acknowledge our degraded and Ó Thou whose mercies are over all thy perishing condition. For sin has forfeited thy works, have pity upon all, men. Smile upon favour, stripped us of thy image, banished us our country, and fill our churches with thy from thy presence, and exposed us to the glory. Bless all the magistrates of the land, curse of thy holy law. And from this condi- and all the ministers of thy word. Be a fation we have no power to deliver ourselves: ther to the fatherless; plead the cause of the and we lie down in despair unless a resource widow; comfort the feeble-minded; support be found in thyself from whom we have so the weak; be the guide of the young, and deeply revolted, and who for our sins are so the solace of the old. In a peculiar manner justly displeased.
regard all those who are near and dear to us; But Thou, even Thou, without our desert, be their sun and their shield; give them without our desires, and ages before our ex-grace and glory, and withhold no good thing istence, wast pleased to accomplish a plan from them. extending from everlasting to everlasting, ho- | In how many dangers hast Thou preserved nourable to all thy perfections, and which the us, and by how many comforts hast thou inangels desire to look into. And the word dulged us through another day. Let the which announces all the glory of this good-night also praise Thee, and the morning reness is nigh us; and invites and beseeches us joice; as we implore it through the intercesto partake of all the fulness of God. O letsion of Him, in whose words we address Thee us not turn away from Ilim that speaketh | as Our Father, &c. froin heaven, and reject the counsel of God against ourselves: but as convinced and selfdespairing sinners may we receive it as a
THURSDAY MORNING. faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation ; | 0 Thou great and only Potentate; the soand find it to be the power of God to salva- vereign Ruler of heaven and earth; whose tion. And as the cross of our Lord Jesus mercies are over all thy works: we desire to Christ is the centre of all the parts, and the come before thy presence with thanksgivings. source of all the blessings of the gospel, may We bless Thee for all thy amazing goodness we repair to it, and there be relieved from a to the children of men, and of which we burden too heavy for us to bear; and there be have so largely shared ever since we have had a being. Thou hast made summer and with a shield. Establish the throne in rightwinter, and each of these revolutions sub- eousness. Bless all the branches of the serves our welfare. The day is thine, the royal family, and all the nobles of the land; night also is thine, and both these seasons are and may they remember that in the heraldry full of thy care and kindness. We see thy of heaven nothing is great but what is good. bounty in the relations that train us up, in the May the king's counsellors never be ashamed laws that defend us, in the houses that shel- to ask counsel of Thee: and let our magister us, in the fuel that warms us, in the food trates be the ministers of God for good; a and raiment that comfort us; in the continu- terror to evil-doers, and a praise to them that ance of our health, our members, our senses, do well. and our understandings—Thou givest us all And may he who said, I, if I be lifted up things richly to enjoy.
from the earth, will draw all men unto me, But all these benefits Thou hast eclipsed, reign from sea to sea, and from the river to as the stars disappear before the rising of the the ends of the earth. May all kings fall sun. O lead us to adore the wisdom that down before him, and all nations serve him. planned, and the grace that purposed the re- And blessed be his glorious name for ever, demption of the world by our Lord Jesus and let the whole earth be filled with his Christ. ( blessed for ever be that abundant glory. Amen and Amen. mercy that laid help on one that is mighty, and one that is as willing as he is able to save unto the uttermost them that come unto
THURSDAY EVENING. God by him. Make us deeply sensible of our need of the influences and blessings he has O God of all grace; the heavens declare to impart. May we value, as weary and thy glory, and the firmament showeth thy heavy laden, the rest he has promised, and handy work. Day unto day uttereth speech, sigh in our bondage for the liberty where- and night unto night showeth knowledge. with he makes us free indeed. Give us a There is no speech nor language where their full interest in that blood which cleanses from voice is not heard. We adore Thee for all sin; the complete imputation of that making thy ways known unto Moses; thine righteousness which can justify the guilty, acts unto the children of Israel. At sundry and give them a title to life everlasting; and times and in divers manners Thou spakest in the entire possession of that Spirit which can times past unto the fathers by the prophets ; renovate our nature, and make us meet for but Thou hast in these last days spoken unto the inheritance of the saints in light
us by thy Son. At His feet may we sit, May we not only discern the all-sufficiency and receive of his words; and be led into all of the Saviour, but by appropriation render | truth. it our own, and be able to exclaim with Tho May we admit the testimony that we are mas, My Lord and my God!
fallen, guilty, depraved, perishing creatures; And may we not only be replenished our and be driven to that self-despair which will selves, but concerned also that our fellow-urge us to seek after the hope of the gospel, creatures may be partakers of the benefit. and endear us to that Saviour in whom is all Thou hast commanded us to pray for others, our help found. All we like sheep have gone and we rejoice in the command as an evidence astray; we have turned every one to his own • of thy benevolence, and as the resource of way; but Thou hast laid on Him the iniquity
our own. We are perpetually meeting with of us all. Surely he hath borne our grief and wants which we cannot relieve, and distress carried our sorrow : the chastisement of our es which we cannot remove: but we can im- peace was upon Him, and with his stripes we plore and gain the attention of Omnipotence; are healed. It is well for us that He died for prayer has power with Thee and prevails; the ungodly; that He makes intercession for and success depends not on our rank or our the transgressors; and that from the pitiabletalents. Thou despisest not the prayer of the ness of his great goodness he is now saying, destitute, but wilt hear their prayer. Him that cometh unto me, I will in no wise
Sanctify the aflictions of the afflicted; turn cast out. We have nothing to recommend us, the curse into a blessing; and let the effects and we want nothing. We have no money, of sin be the fruits to take away sin. Pre- and we are called to buy without money and serve the prosperous from the folly that will without price. destroy them; may they possess as if they! While we love the freeness of his salvation, possessed not, and rejoice as if they rejoiced we also rejoice in the holiness of it. Our sins not; and ever use this world as not abusing are our worst enemies, and never does he it. Reward those who have done us good or appear more worthy the name of Jesus, than wished us good; and forgive those who have when engaged to save us from them. May injured or wished to injure us. May all our he accomplish in us the new creation; and dear connexions be bound up in the bundle uphold us with his free Spirit; for where the of life with the Lord our God.
Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. Put Compass our country with thy favour as thy fear into our hearts, that we may never depart from Thee. We know that only as
FRIDAY MORNING. we walk in the fear of the Lord can we walk in the comforts of the Holy Ghost. We O LORD God Almighty. Thou dwellest in have made the trial, and can say from expe- light inaccessible to men and angels. Thou rience, that no joy can be compared with hidest thyself behind the elements of thrown that which arises from serving and fearing creation. None can find Thee out unto bere the Lord.
| fection. Possess our minds with the grande ar May we therefore feel more dedicated to of thy nature and perfections. There is no Him in all the obedience of faith: and while searching of thy understanding: it is infinite. we live, may we increasingly live unto the There is no staying of thy arm: it is almighty. Lord, and when we die, die unto the Lord, Thy agency extends through all space, and that living and dying we may be only and all worlds hang on thy care. One day with entirely the Lord's.
Thee is as a thousand years, and a thousand We bless Thee for the exceeding great years are as one day. The most elevated and precious promises upon which Thou hast beings Thou hast made are continually crycaused us to hope. They provide for every ing, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts, exigency we feel, and every evil we fear. the whole earth is full of thy glory. Thy wis May we be more familiarly acquainted with dom is a holy wisdom; thy power is holy; thy them: may we take them as our heritage for mercy is holy. Thou art holy in all thy ways, ever; and make them our song in the house and righteous in all thy works. of our pilgrimage. May they yield us such How then, O God, can we stand before satisfaction that our hearts may be kept from Thee! How numberless and how aggravated straying after forbidden pleasures; that the have been our offences! How often have we world may lose its power of allurement; that said, if not by our words, yet by our disposiwe may learn in whatsoever state we are tion and conduct, Depart from us, we desire therewith to be content.
not the knowledge of thy ways. May thy providential will bound all our O how have we loved darkness rather than wishes; for we know not what is good for us | light; how have we observed lying ranities, in this vain life which we spend as a shadow: and forsaken our own mercies; how hare we but Thou knowest. To thine unerring care trampled under foot the Son of God. The therefore, we resign all our concerns, re providence has restrained us; but we have membering that Thou art able to make all done evil as we could. We have had our things work together for our good : and hast religious convictions and excitements; but proved thy regard for our welfare in not we flattered Thee with our lips, and lied unto sparing thine own Son, but delivering Him | Thee with our tongue; for our heart was not up for us all.
right with God, neither were we steadfast in We are in a vale of tears in a world of tri- his covenant. bulation, and among creatures that prove And why are we not beyond the reach of reeds and broken cisterns: in the multitude I hope? Why are we not exclaiming, The of our thoughts within us, may thy comforts harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we delight our souls. And since we are daily are not saved ? It is because thy compassions told that this is not our rest, may we arise fàil not, that we are not consumed. O let us and depart; may we seek a better country; not add to all our iniquities impenitence; but and lay hold on eternal life. Make us sensi- let thy goodness lead us to repentance. Let ble of our weakness, that we may be strong us not seal up our doom for ever by despair; in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. Secure but grievously as we have offended, may we us from all those temptations which in every come to thy footstool, renouncing, condemnstate of life arise from a wicked world and a ing, loathing ourselves for our abominations, wicked heart. May we, under the belief of but hoping in that grace which flows to the thy all-seeing eye and thy awful tribunal, dis-chief of sinners through the obedience and charge faithfully the duties arising from our sufferings of thy dear Son. May we receive various relations in life.
the atonement; and know the blessedness of As a family, may we keep sin from our ta- the man whose transgression is forgiven, and bernacle, and dwell together in unity and in whose spirit there is no guile. love. We present Thee our evening sacri- If Thou hast begun a good work in us, perfice of thanksgiving for the preservations, the fect that which concerneth us. Strengthen supplies, and the indulgences of the day; and us in the name of the Lord, that we may run into thy hands we commit our spirits and our and not be weary, and walk and not faint. bodies for the night. Cover us with thy fea-' 0 Thou hope of Israel, the Saviour thereof thers, and under thy wing may we trust: and in the time of trouble, why shouldst Thou be in every fiture period may thy truth be our as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring shield and buckler. And to the blessed and man that turneth aside to tarry for a night? only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord / What will become of us if we are left to ourof lords, be honour and power everlasting. I selves? But Thou hast said, I will never Amen.
I leave thee nor forsake thee. May we there
fore say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not subject to the law of God, neither indeed not fear.
can be. May we live out of the world, as to its spirit Ohow glorious is the grace that was mindand maxims and manners, but never may we ful of us in this desperateness, and devised refuse to enter it as the sphere of action and means for our rescue. Thou wouldst not at of usefulness. At every call of duty may we an infinite expense have provided salvation be alive and awake. May we leave Thee to for us, had we not been entirely lost; and determine the nature of our service, without Thou wouldst not have laid help on one that murmuring and disputing; as we have oppor- is mighty, could we have been our own detunity may we do good unto all men; and liverers. We bless Thee for the designs of especially unto those that are of the house- thy goodness, and for the accomplishment of hold of faith.
them by the Son of thy love; that he came We are now in the wilderness, but, blessed between and laid his hands upon us both; be thy name, all is not briers and barrenness. that he made peace by the blood of his cross; We are not without the bread from heaven, that he opened the kingdom of heaven to all and the streams of the rock, and the pillar, believers; that he received gifts for the reand the tabernacle, and the ark. We are bellious also, that the Lord God might dwell sometimes discouraged because of the way, among them; that in Him surely we have but the way, though winding and trying, is righteousness and strength. safe and short. Jordan often dismays us, but May we be found in Him, that we may be the feet of our High Priest, standing himself freed from all condemnation, and possessing a in the waters, will open for us a passage; and new source of influence, may we walk not beyond it there is a better, even a heavenly after the flesh but after the spirit. And may country. Many have reached it, and some we mind the things of the spirit; may we we once called and still call our own; and savour the things that be of God; may we we believe that through the grace of the call the Sabbath a delight; may we love the Lord Jesus Christ, we shall be saved even as habitation of thy house; may we find thy they. While we live may our lives be ex- word and eat it, and may it be to us the joy emplary; and when we die, may our end be and the rejoicing of our heart peace. May we give diligence to make our Spare around us, if it please Thee, our outcalling and election sure; that doing these ward comforts, though we are unworthy of things we may never fall; and so an entrance the least of them; but keep us from abusing may be ministered unto us abundantly into them, from idolizing them, from being satisthe everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Sa- fied with them, without the hope of having viour-To whom be glory and dominion for in heayen a better and an enduring substance. ever and ever. Amen.
May we never act, never feel as those who make flesh their arm, and the world their
portion, and earth their rest ; but may we FRIDAY EVENING.
declare plainly that we are heirs of immor
tality, and that our utmost anxiety is to lay O THou Most High, we bow before Thee. hold on eternal life. It becomes us to lie very low in thy presence. Thou dost not afflict willingly, nor grieve We are nothing compared with Thee as crea- the children of men, but Thou art concerned tures. Yet we would not despise ourselves for our profit; and thy regard for our welfare as we are the work of thy hands; or because often compels Thee to adopt a painful disciwe do not occupy the rank and possess the pline. May we be concerned to gather from powers of angels. We acquiesce in thy so it the peaceable fruits of righteousness. Let vereign pleasure which has placed us where tribulation work patience, and patience exwe are, and made us what we are: yea we perience, and experience hope. "How many thank Thee that in this embryo stage of our hast Thou allured and brought into the wilendless being, we are rendered capable of so derness, and given them their vineyards from much knowledge and improvement; that we thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of can bear thy own image, and not by subser- hope. May we be also thy witnesses, and be viency only but by design, can be workers able to testify that it is good for us that we together with God, and advance his cause and have been aflicted. his glory.
These returning periods remind us of the But so much the more deplorable is the progress of our time. We lament over opconfession we are constrained to make; the portunities now alas gone, and gone for ever, crown is fallen from our head; wo unto us, in which we could have glorified our Saviour, for we have sinned. We mourn over the de- and been blessings to those around us. How pravity of our nature; that we are alienated few remain; and these how short and uncerfrom the life of God through the ignorance tain! Enthrone and keep divinely alive in that is in us; that the heart is deceitful above each of our souls the conviction, I must work all things and desperately wicked ; that the the work of Him that sent me while it is day: carnal mind is enmity against God, for it is the night cometh wherein no man can work. Regard this household. May all the mem- | nature; in loosening us from the present er! bers of it be the charge of thy providence, world; in supporting us under the trials of and the subjects of thy grace; and in their life; in enabling us to abide with God in our several stations may each daily ask, Lord, callings; and in exercising ourselves always what wilt thou have me to do? Bless all to have a conscience void of offence towards the families of Israel. Favour all the churches God and towards man. of thithful, however denominated among 1 In all our affairs may we learn to distismen. Rule and govern thy church univer- guish between duty and anxiety. May we sally in the right way. And let all the dis- diligently and dependently use the means pensers of thy truth, both by their preaching which Thou hast appointed; but cast az and living, set it forth and show it according- care upon Him who careth for us. May our ly. Let the king live before Thee, and his character rather than our circumstances, subjects be the happy people whose God is chiefly engage our attention ; remembering the Lord. And from the rising of the sun to that if we seek the Lord, we shall not want the going down of the same, may thy name any good thing; and if we love Him, all be great among the gentiles, and in every things will work together for our good. place incense be offered unto Thee, and a Give us compassionate hearts that we may pure offering. Our Father, &c.
feel the distresses of others, and never refuse our aid when it is in the power of our band
to give. Is any afflicted! Teach him to SATURDAY MORNING.
| pray; and let him find Thee a Tery present
| help in trouble. Awaken the careless and O THOU whose name alone is Jehovah. especially alarm those that are at ease in From everlasting to everlasting Thou art Zion. Preserve the awakened froin those God. One generation passeth away, and an- betrayers and murderers of souls who never other cometh; and Thou hast appointed us cry, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and bounds which we cannot pass : and every day thou shalt be saved. Meet those who are upon which we enter, brings us nearer the asking the way to Zion with their sces thiend of our course. But thou art the same, therward, with the assurance, I will lead thee, and thy years shall have no end. Verily I will guide thee, I will direct thee with mine Thou art à God that hidest thyself, yet Thou eye. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, art the God of Israel, the Saviour: and by Be strong; restore them that have gone means of thy word we know that Thou art astray, and help them much who have be not far from any one of us, and that Thou art lieved through grace. not only able to relieve all our wants, but we forget not the millions of our fellowwilling to hear our supplications: yea, Thou creatures who are sitting in darkness and in hast commanded us to ask and receive, that the regions of the shadow of death; and to our joy may be full.
every empire, every province, every village, O these wretched hearts of ours, these evil say, Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and hearts of unbelief, in departing from the liv- the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. ing God instead of trusting in Him! How Raise up and send forth many more laboarfuil of suspicions are we; how backward to ers; for the harvest truly is great. May approach Thee in full assurance of faith, those who remain at home aid in this blessed though we know Thou art pacified towards cause by their property and their prayers; us, and waiting to be gracious, and exalted to and in their own spheres of action, mar they have mercy upon us. Work in us, O God, to be careful to hold forth the word of life, not will and to do: fulfil in us all the good plea- only by a verbal testimony, but by an actual sure of thy goodness, and the work of faith exemplification. with power. May we believe the record that! To Thee, the God of our mercy, we afresh Thou hast given to us eternal life; and dedicate this morning the lives which Thou knowing that this life is in thy Son, and hast spared, the strength which Thou bast that he who hath the Son hath life, may we renewed, and the comforts which Thou hast receive Him as He is presented to us in the continued. May we be in the fear of the Gospel; and having received him continue Lord all the day long : and whether we eat to walk in Him.
Tor drink, or whatever we do, may we do all to May we feel far more powerfully than we thy glory: through our adorable Redeemer. ever have felt the importance of religion; Amen. may we regard it as the one thing needful. If ever we are negligent, or if ever we trifle, may it be in the concerns of time and sense;
SATURDAY EVENING, not in those which pertain to the soul and eternity, and for which the Lord of all bled / O THOU, in knowledge of whom standeth and died.
lour eternal life, and whose service is perfect And may we feel more of the power of freedom, cleanse the thoughts of our heart by godliness, in subduing the corruptions of our the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, and give