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hast said, that whatsoever we ask, believing in his name, we shall receive.
Through Him, display thyself, in our experience, as a God, pardoning iniquity, and subduing it. Justify us freely from all things; and sanctify us wholly, body, soul, and spirit. May we be thy workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, and prepared unto every good work. We groan within ourselves, longing, not only for deliverance from the wrath to come, but from the sin that dwelleth in us: and praying, not only for an interest in thy favour, but a participation of thy image.
If Thou hast begun the good work in us, carry it on unto the perfect day. Assure us of present assistance and final success, whatever difficulties or oppositions we meet with ; that we may go on our way rejoicing, and be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. If we feel little,-and, 0, how little do we feel of the joys of thy salvation ; uphold us by thy free Spirit ; and enable us to persevere in the path of obedience, and in the use of the means which Thou hast appointed, assured that none of those shall be ever ashamed that wait for Thee. And should we walk in darkness and have no light, may we trust in the Lord, and stay upon our God-Yet suffer us to implore, that Thou wilt make thy face to shine upon us, and give us the full assurance of hope-which hope may we have, as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, in all the storms of life.
We bless Thee for all that is past. Unless the Lord nad been our help, our souls bad almost dwelt in silence : but when we said, My foot slippeth, thy mercy, O Lord, held us up. But we are still in the body, and in the wilderness; we need thine.aid as much as ever; we have a growing sense of our ignorance, weakness, and danger-0, withdraw not thy presence, and take not thy Holy Spirit 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 and earth. If our course conducts us through rough and trying scenes, say to us, Thy shoes shall be iron and brass, and as thy days, so shall thy strength be. In view of our encounter with our spiritual foes, clothe us with the whole armour of God; teach our hands to war, and our fingers to fight ; and in the heat of action tell our hearts, that we shall be more than conquerors, through him that loved us. · And may we be concerned that the blessugs we ask for ourselves, may be imparted to others. Teach us to love our neighbour as ourselves; and may we often examine our conditions in life, our offices, our talents, and our opportunities, to see how we may be serviceable in our day and generation.
Comfort those that mourn in Zion. Let all the afflicted find Thee a very present, and an all-sufficient help in the day of trouble. Provide for the poor and needy. Guide those that need instruction; and may integrity and uprightness preserve them while they wait upon Thee.
Sanctify and continue to us, and to our latest posterity after us, all our national blessings, civil and religious ; and may our country, by its institutions, character, and usefulness, be a praise in the whole earth.
These are great blessings for such sinful creatures as we are, to ask-but Thou hast given us a name to plead, which is above every name. Be- i hold not our guilt, but that blood which cleanseth from all sin; not our unworthiness, but that righteousness with which Thou art well pleased. And accept us in the beloved. Our Father, &c. Amen.
O God, we are thine, and Thee we are bound to worship. We grieve to think how many there are who cast off fear, and restrain prayer before Thee. But, whatever be the determinatiun of others, our purpose, by thy grace, is taken; and as for us and our house, we will serve the Lord..
We would not live a day, or an hour, without Thee in the world, careless of thy favour, or regardless of thy glory. Impress us, individually and deeply, with a sense of thy omniscience; that Thou art about our path, and our lying down, and acquainted with all our ways. Especially may we feel it, when we enter thy more immediate presence, and engage in the exercises of devotion. Then may we remember, that thine eyes are upon us; that Thou requirest truth in the inward parts; and that nothing can screen, even our motives and principles, from thy penetration.
Too little, we acknowledge, bas this been our experience in former engagements : we have often been careless, where we should have been full of reverence; we have been strangers to the power of godliness, while familiar with its forms. Thou hast been nigh in our mouths, but far from our reins. Much of our guilt has originated from our religious means and privileges; from the low estimation in which we have holden them ; the little advantage they have contributed to our growth in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour.
Over all this may we sorrow after a godly sort, and may the sincerity of our repentance, be seen in our future alarm, and endeavours; and especially in our self-renunciation, and dependence upon another--for when we are weak, then, and then alone, we are strong. May we every moment feel, how necessary it is to be more intimate with
Him who came, not only that we mignt nave life. but that we might have it more abundantly; whose grace is suflicient for us ; whose spirit helps our infirmities, and can strengthen in us the things that remain, that are ready to die..
We bless Thee for an Advocate with the Father; for a propitiation of infinite value ; for a fulness that filleth all in all. In Him, believing, may we .ejoice with joy unspeakable, and full of glory. And may we know how to obtain relief for a burdened conscience, without feeling reconciled to our imperfections. May we abhor the thought of turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, or sinning, that grace may abound. Because we are not under the law, but under grace, may we reckon ourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive into God, through Jesus Christ our Lord; by thy mercies, presenting our bodies a living sacrifice, and asking, What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits towards me? Through sanctification of the Spirit, and belief of the truth, may our affections be set on things that are above, and may this be the growing desire of our souls; 0, that my feet were directed to keep thy precepts.
We would not seek great things for ourselves; but be content with such things as we have. De' liver us, O Lord, from the love of money, which is the root of all evil. May we value our substance, not as the medium of pride and luxury, but as affording us the means of support and usefulness ; and may we guide our affairs with discretion, that we may owe no man any thing, and be able to give to him that needeth. Establish in us the royal law; may we love our neighbour as ourselves; and feel it, not only our duty, but our pleasure, as we have opportunity, to do good unto all men; especially unto them that are of the household of faith.
Bless all the churches of the faithful. Thou hast given them rest ; may they walk in the fear
of the Lord, and in the comforts of the Holy Ghost, and be edified and multiplied.
Display thy power and thy glory in the sanctuary. Be with thy servants, who show unto men the way of salvation. Make them wise to win souls ; may they speak the things only that become sound doctrine ; may they never expect success, as the result of their eloquence and reasonings, but from the excellency of the power that is of God.
May our highly favoured country be safe and flourishing, under the shadow of the Almighty.
Regard our friends and relations. Those that are absent from us, we commend to the care and direction of an ever-present God. Let those that know Thee not, be made wise unto salvation ; let not those, who are endeared by so many ties, be separated from us for ever-How can we endure to see the destruction of our kindred ?
Keep us in all places and circumstances. Hide us this night in the secret of thy pavilion, and in the morning encompass us with songs of deliv rance.
And now, blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things ; and blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and Amen.
0 Thou, that hearest prayer, and inhabitest the praises of Israel ; with Moses and Aaron among ihy priests, and Samuel among them that call upon thy name, we would, this morning, exalt the 'Lord our God, and worship at his footstool, for He is holy.
We thank Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for all thy inexpressible and inconceivable