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O Thou that stillest th.s noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people; we bless Thee that Thou hast made peace in our borders, and called us to adore Thee as the repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in.
We lament the evils of war, both natural and moral ; and confess with shame that ever since man became an apostate from Thee, he has been an enemy to his brother, and that from the death of Abel our earth has been a field of blood. O let thy word be speedily accomplished. Let the nations learn war no more, but beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hool's; and only emulate each other in husbandry, and commerce, and science, and religion.
O Thou Prince of Peace, preside in every council. May all public teachers recommend peace. In private life may we follow peace with all men; and cherish the principles and the dispositions which will prepare us for that world where we shall enter into peace, and the sound of war will be heard no more.
FOR A SAFE RETURN FROM A JOURNEY.
-As the keeper of Israel Thou hast been with us, not only in the house, but by the way. We might have been injured by wicked and unreasonable men. We might have been left groaning under the pain of bruised or frac tured limbs. Our lives might have been spilt like water on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; and the first tidings that reached our friends might have plunged them into anguish.
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But all our bones can say, Who is a God like unto Thee? Thy secret too in our absence has been upon our tabernacle, and secured it from all evil. Q that it may be the tabernacle of the righteous; and be ever filled, not only with the voice of rejoicing but of praise.
And be with us in all the future journey of life. Guide us by thy counsel. Uphold us by thy power; and supply all our wants till we come to our Father's house in peace.
FOR RECOVERY FROM SICKNESS.
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-All our times are in thy hand. All diseases.come at thy call, and go at thy bidding. Thou redeemest our life from destruction, and crownest us with loving kindness and tender mercies. We bless Thee that Thou hast heard prayer, and commanded deliverance for our friend and thy servant, who has been under thine afflicting hand. He (or she) was brought low, but Thou hast helped him. Thou hast chastened him sore, but not delivered him over unto death. May he not only live, but declare, the works of the Lord.
As Thou hast delivered his eyes from tears, his feet from falling, and his soul from death, may he daily inquire, What shall I render unto the Lord for all his bene. fits towards me? and resolve to offer unto Thee the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and to call upon the name of the Lord
And may we ever remember that a recovery is only a reprieve; that the sentence which dooms us to the dust is only suspended; and that at most, when a few years are come, we shall go the way whence we shall not return. May we therefore secure the one thing needful, and live with eternity in view.
FOR SAFE DELIVERY IN CHILD-BIRTH.
-We bless Thee on the behalf of thine handmaid, who is now saying, I love the Lord, because He hath heard my voice and my supplication Thou hast been with her in the hour of pain and peril, and made her the joyful mother of a living and well formed infant. Complete thy goodness by the renewal of her strength, and her ability to appear again in all the duties of her important station.
Let the impressions produced by recent mercies be rendered as durable as they are lively. May she remember, and pay Thee the vows which her soul made when in trouble.
May the life spared, and the life given, be dear in thy sight, and devoted to thy glory; and may every addition made to the world of creatures be found an accession to the church of the living God.
FOR THE RETURN OF A FRIEND FROM SEA.
- What shall be done unto Thee, 0 Thou Preserver of men? We offer to Thee the sacrifice of praise, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to thy name, for thy goodness towards our friend and thy servant, whom Thou hast delivered from the dangers of the pitiless deep. Thou wast with him when trouble was nigh; and at thy command were the issues from death. Others have found a watery grave, till the sea shall give up her dead; but he has returned alive and in comfort. Many are weeping over the loss of those for whom they long anxiously waited; but we have embraced the desire of our eyes; and in the multitude of thy tender mercies we pay Thee the vows of renewed intercourse.
PRIVATE MORNING PRAYER.
ALMIGHTY and heavenly Father, who art about my path, and about my bed, and spiest out all my ways; I come to Thee in the name of thy beloved Son, and in obedience to his direction, to enter my closet, and shut to my door, and pray to my Father which is in secret. Thou seest in secret: O now hear me.
Thou, O Lord, art a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. I laid me down and slept; I awaked, for Thou, Lord, sustained me. For restored light, for life, and health, and strength, I praise and bless Thee. Thou, Lord, only, keepest me in safety and free from evil. Chou providest for all my wants. May my soul, and all that is within me, magnify God for all his goodness, and especially for his wonderful mercy in redeeming sinners by Jesus Christ; for the light of that Sun of righteousness which ariseth with healing in his wings on benighted souls; for all the blessings of free salvation through Him, all the means of grace and the hope of future glory.
But, sad are the returns that I have made for so many mercies. How ungrateful have I been! I acknowledge and bewail my manifold sins and rebellions. I was born in sin, and a child of wrath, and I find continually the flesh lusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh, so that I cannot do the hings that I would. I am guilty
sinful, and weak. Lord, save me, or I perish. I entirely depend on thy mercy in Christ Jesus, for the gift and continuance of every good, and for deliverance from all those evils which I have justly deserved. For that mercy I now look.
Remember me O Lord with the favor that Thou bearest unto thy people. O visit me with thy salvation; that I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance. May the grace of God which bringeth salvation, teach me, and all men, to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. Enable me now, and ever hereafter, to seek the glory of thy holy name, by fulfilling every duty of my station conscientiously and diligently. Give me grace to be continually looking to Thee, through this day, for direction, assistance, and strength. Be Thou in all my thoughts, and let me acknowledge Thee in all my ways. Give me the same rnind that was in Christ Jesus, that I may be humble, patient, gentle, and full of love, even as he was. Teach me to be poor in spirit, and meek; to mourn for sin, and to hunger and thirst after righteousness; and thus shall I obtain the blessings of the kingdom of Christ. Grant that I may love that Savior whom I have not seen, and believing in Him, may I rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
And here, constrained by thy mercies, I would afresh present my body a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto Thee, which is my reasonable service, I renew in thy presence all the solemn vows I have made, renouncing the world, the flesh, and the devil! and steadfastly purposing, by thy help, to keep thy holy will and commandments, and walk in the same this and every day of my life. I take Thee, my God, for my portion, and thy laws as my relvi and thy service as iny duty, entreating Thee to give no grace that I may be wholly thine.