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HIS PRAYER AFTER SERMON.
MOST Blessed, Glorious, Eternal and Incomprehensible Lord God, we desire to worship, and bumbly adore thy excellent Majesty, whose gracious and favourable presence is with all thine, that wait upon thee, and desire to serve thee in the beauties of holiness. Thou hast mercifully made known thyself in this day of thy power and love, to a willing people, that delight to worship thee in spirit and in truth; the desire of whose souls is to thee only, and to the remembrance of thy name, that hunger and thirst, and look, and long for thy appearance.Blessed God, thou hast appeared, and thy appear. ance is glorious: Thou hast wonderfully appeared in the beams of gospel-light and grace, and caused not only the blessed gospel to dawn upon us, but thou hast been pleased to make thy glory to shine upon us, in the face of Jesus Christ, the dear Son of thy love ; and by the mighty and powerful working of thy Holy Spirit, thou hast enlightened us with the saving knowledge of thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent, which is Life Eternal. The desire of our souls is after thee, more than after all things besides thee: Lord thou bast raised these living desires in our souls, and fervent breathings after thee, the living God. It is the most sincere and earnest desire of our souls to draw nighi to thee, that thou mayest draw nigh to us, and bless us ; and that our services may be accepted, and well pleasing to thee through Jesus Christ. Lord, be graciously pleased to bow down thy people by thy mighty power, to a holy submission and resignation to thy heavenly will; and lift up the light of thy countenance upon all those, that breathe after
communion with thee, tbat are thy peculiar people, and wbom thou has set apart for thyself, and whom thou hast raised up to be monuments of thy mercy, and instruments of thy praise. There are many here present can say, that thou bast been very good unto them ; thou bast caused joy to spring up in their souls in all the sorrows and troubles that have attended them. O how liberally hast thou distributed of thy light and love! thou bast opened a living fountain, and with living streams thou hast consolated and refreshed their souls, under their many trials and temptations. O God of my life, I beseech thee, bless all thy people, all that bave believed in thy dear Son, Jesus Christ; draw nigh to all those that desire to come into the fellowship of thy truth; open thy hand, and dispense tby mercies liberally to us, that every one of us may know, that we receive from thy infinite fullness, and bave all our supplies from thée. Let us be abundantly satisfied with thy loving kindness, which is better than life ; and fed with the bidden manna; and eat of the bread that came down from Heaven, that whosoever eats of it shall never die, but live for ever. Let thy mighty arm and power, O Lord, be revealed, and thy love shed abroad upon our hearts ! preserve us and all thy people in the hollow of thy band, and under tby Pavilion, from the fury and rage of the enemy, and from the strise of tongues. Compass us about with thy favour, as with a shield, and surround us with thine everlasting arms, that the enemy of our souls may not approach us. O Lord, frustrate the designs of that adversary, that like a roaring lion goes about continually seeking whom he may devour. Lord hear all those that cry to thee in the depth of their distresses and afflictions, and help, and succour. and comfort, and support them, and deliver them in the needful time: shew them the path of life ; keep them from every evil way, and lead them in the way everlasting; and let them walks therein, and not be weary and faint in their minds; looking up to Jesus, the author and finisher of their faith ; who for the joy, that was set before him, endured the cross, and despised the shame; who is a merciful high priest, that cannot but be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; that was tempted as we are, that he might succour those that are tempted. Let us follow the Captain of our salvation, who was made perfect through sufferings, baving the kingdom of grace in our hearts, and kingdom of glory in our eyes; and by a patient continuance in well doing, seek after glory and honour, immortality and eternal life. Let thy kingdom come in power, and thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven! we pray thee, sanctify all such opportunities, as these, unto thy people, and teach them to profit, and so to hear, that their souls may live.
We cannot open the hearts of men ; it is Thou, O Lord alone, that canst open their bearts : Thou bast the key of David, that canst open, and none can shut; and shut, and none can open. Man can do nothing of himself; it is thou, O Lord, that dost all. Prosper the labours of thy servants in the ministry of this nation, and in all the nations that are nigh, and afar off, where any are gathered to wait upon thee: Lord, be thou in the midst of them ; let every plant of thine own planting, grow, and bring forth fruit to thy praise. Send forth thy light, and thy truth, and let thy glorious gospel bave a free course, and be glorified. Be with those that cannot come to the solemn assemblies of thy people, let them be taught of God: those that lie upon beds of languishing, do thou beal and recover ihem; let them hear the voice of thy rod, and not only receive correction, but instruction, and be taught by thy Spirit to improve their afflictions, that they may thankfully and joyfully say, it is good for us that we were afficted. Pity those that are wounded will the sense of their sin, and pour oil into their wound
and speak peace unto them, and pardon, and wash them in the precious blood of Jesus, which cleanseth from all sin ; and prepare them for the everlasting enjoyment of thyself in the region of blessedness, where all tears shall be wiped from their eyes, and sorrow and sighing shall be no more. Let the knowledge of the
Lord cover the earth, as the waters cover the sea : finish transgression, and make an end of sin, and bring in everlasting righteousness! Lord, let the fear and
dread of thy blessed majesty fill the hearts of all the inhabitants of this Island, that thou mayest delight to dwell in the midst of us, and bless us. O Lord God Almighty, be pleased to go along with us, to the respective places of our abode, and let thy presence abide with us; and let salvation be for walls and bulwarks round about us! Lord, sprinkle the posts of the doors of thy servants, and sprinkle our hearts and consciences with the blood of the Immaculate Lamb, that the destroying angel may pass by: and preserve all thy people in the hollow of thy hand, and under the wing of thy love, that they may lie down in peace and safety, and extol and magnify thy great and excellent name, who hast extended thy favour to them and preserved them, when they have passed through the great waters, and mighty deeps, where thou hast shewed them thy wonderful power, and great salvation : let their souls magnify thy name, and their spirits rejoice in thee, their God and Saviour, who didst preserve thy people Israel at the sea, even at the Red sea, and caused the waters on the right hand and on the left, to stand up as a wall, while they passed through the sea on dry land, and made their hearts glad, and to rejoice in thy great salvation, and triumph in thy praise. Honour and glory be ascribed to thy great and holy name, for that thou hast of late delivered thy people as in days of old. Let them not go back again into Egypt; but be travelling on to the heavenly Canaan ; and in thy
good time do thou give them rest, after all their labours, travels, distresses and troubles; and let them sit down under their vines and fig-trees, and eat the fruits of their own labours; and of thy bounty and beneficence, and glorify thy name with solemn praises, and heavenly conversation. And, blessed God, satisfy the desires of their souls, with respect to their inward, and spiritual state and condition, whose minds are exercised, about making their calling ånd election sure ; that they may at last obtain life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Those that have been gathered, and brought to the knowl. edge of the truth, let them be continued in it, and enjoy beavenly fellowship and communion with thee, and the openings of divine life and love, while they are in their pilgrimage ; that they may lay down their heads in peace, and render to Thee, through thy dear Son, Christ Jesus, thy Lamb, and our Light and Leader, (who is both our priest and sacrifice,) glory, honour, dominion and praise, who alone is worthy, and is God over all, blessed for ever and ever! Amen.