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learn to live above it, seeking for those better things which are laid up with God in Christ Jesus.
Be with us this day in all that lies before us. Leave us not, nor forsake us, O God of our salvation, lest we fall an easy prey to the enemies of our souls.
Endue us with wisdom and grace to conduct ourselves as becomes the disciples of the Lord Jesus : and preserve us from ever being ashamed of Him, or his Gospel, in this sinful and adulterous generation.
Keep us, O Lord, amidst our lawful engagements and necessary connections with the present world, from being tainted with the spirit and temper of such as fear not thee. Preserve us from undue compliances with the maxims and customs of the age; that we may not be carried away by the torrent of fashion, nor be prevailed upon to do any thing which may grieve thy Holy Spirit, or wound our own consciences.
And now, O Lord, while we pray to thee for the blessings of which we stand in need, help us to praise thee sincerely for those which we are continually receiving
Blessed be thy name for sleep and protection by night, and for mercies and comforts by day. Thanks be to thee for blessings upon our persons, upon our substance, and upon our friends. Thanks be to thee for health of body, and the use of our reason; for the good word of thy grace, and the ordinances of thy house..
But above all we desire to praise and adore thee for Jesus Christ, and
redemption through Him. Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.
Accept, merciful Lord, this our tribute of prayer and praise; and enable us now to commend ourselves altogether into thy hands. Be our God, our Guardian, and Guide unto death; and finally, be thou our portion, our exceeding and eternal great reward, through Jesus Christ our Mediator and Redeemer, in whose name and words we would further call upon thee, saying,
Our Father, &c.
EVENING PRAYER IV.
O THOU that hearest and answerest prayer, it is meet and right that unto thee all flesh should come. As
thou hast consecrated a way of access unto thyself, it is our duty, as well as our interest, to draw near unto thee. O Lord, pardon our neglect of this reasonable service. Pardon our backwardness to it, and the deadness and formality with which we often perform it.
We do not presume to draw near to thee, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies in Christ Jesus. We are assembled together in his name; fulfil thy gracious promise; be with us, and bless us.
Surely thou only, O God, canst satisfy the desires of our souls. O manifest thyself unto us; visit us with thy mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad in thee. . We are brought, by thy kind hand
upon us, to the close of another day. Goodness and mercy have followed us hitherto through life. Fresh favours have been heaped upon us. Fresh deliverances have been wrought for us. O write a law of gratitude upon our hearts, that we may praise thy name unfeignedly.
And may the remembrance that we are one day nearer our latter end, stir us up to serious recollection and fervent prayer. O Lord, teach us to redeem the time that remains, and so to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Quicken us in our pursuit of eternal things, and make us more lively and active in the discharge of every appointed duty. Forgetting the things which are behind, may we press forward to those which are be