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A profession of godly sorrow for our sins,
and a resolution of new obedience towards God, to be made on Monday evening:
I will rise and go to my Father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. Luke xv. 18, 19.
LORD! I call my ways to remembrance
with a troubled heart; my evil doings are before mine eyes ; they are a burden upon my spirits, a sore burden, too heavy for me to bear. But now, O my God, with a heart truly sorrowful and penitent, I turn from my evil ways, resolving by thy grace to become a new creature; from this day forward I am fully determined to betake myself to a religious course of life; O let not iniquity be my ruin.
O Lord, I am not worthy so much as to lift up mine eyes unto thee; but whither should a wretch in guilt and misery look but unto thee, the fountain of all mercy? Whither, but to a God, whose mercy is greater than my wickedness? To a God, whose property it is to be kind to his enemies; and whose pati. ence to bear with my sins, is as great as his power to punish them; and who had much rather be reconciled to me, than take venge. ance upon me? Whither indeed, but to thee, O God of all grace and comfort! who showest mercy to the unworthy, and invitest me, with
all the tenderness and bowels of a compagsionate father, to turn from my evil ways, that my soul may live, and be for ever happy in thy eternal kingdom ?
Therefore, encouraged by thy goodness, O Lord, I address myself unto thee, who am ready to sink under the heavy load of guilt and misery; and yet I make no plea, but for thy mercy: nor have any pretence to claim it, (for, alas ! I must with shame acknowledge, I have very much abused it,) but through thy inexpressible love. I know I have a 'most merciful Saviour, who died to purchase salvation for me, and who now powerfully intercedes with thee for the pardon of true penitents. O! for the sake of his blessed name, receive me graciously to thy mercy, and be not angry with me for ever! · Forgive me, o merciful Father, for I am heartily sorry for all the evils which I have done. I have sinned, O Lord God, I have sinned against thee, by—[Here recollect and conta fess those sins you have committed against God, with the aggravations that accompany them, as set down in the preceding heads for the examinatiön of conscience, contained betwixt pages 15 and 19, both inclusive. For instance, Lord, I have committed this sin, or these sins, frequently, against checks of conscience, &c. and then add] Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: O pity, and cleanse, and forgive, and save me, for thy mercies' sake. I have sinned, O Lord God, I have sinned against thee and against my neighbour by- Here confess those-sins you have como mitted against your NEIGHBOUR, with their aggravations, &c. as contained betwixt pages 19 and 23, and betwixt 26 and 33, and then add,] Father, I have sinned against heaven and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: O pity, and cleanse, and forgive, and save me, for thy mercies' sake. I have sinned against thee and against my ownself by- [Here confess those sins you have committed against YOURSELF, with their aggravations, &c. as contained betwixt pages 22 and 26, and then add,] Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: O pity, and cleanse, and forgive, and save me, for thy mercies' sake. Forgive all my sins, for I am fully resolved, by thy grace, to love and serve thee. Forgive me, 0 most gracious God, for I forgive all that have offended me, and do entreat thee to forgive them likewise. O Lord God, my wickedness is great, and my iniquities are ina finite; they are more in number than the hairs of my head; and my heart would fail me, but that I well know thy mercies are more numberless than my sins. O do not exact punishment of me 'for my sins; but extend thy mercy and pardon to my soul, for my dear Redeemer's sake, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen,
Then say, · Turn thee, O Lord, and deliver my soul : O save me for thy mercies' sake. Psalm vi. 4. HEAR me, ( gracious God and Father,
I and breathe into my heart that spirit which renews us after thine own image, in righteousness and true holiness. · Blessed Jesus, who seekest out sinners to make them good, do not reject me now, when I seek to thee to make me better. I am poor and naked, O! clothe me with thy righteousness. My good thoughts are changeable and inconstant; but, O! do thou establish and fix them by thy grace: set up thy kingdom, O Jesu, in my heart: for to become thy faithful servant is more to me than to have the empire of this world. Keep me steadfast in serving thee, till thou takest me finally to thyself. A prayer of resignation to the will of God. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Matt. vi. 10. -
LORD Jesu, I give thee my body, my
soul, my substance, my friends, my liberty, and my life; dispose of me, and of all that is mine, as it seemeth best to thee, to the glory of thy holy name. Lord, I am not now mine, but thine; therefore claim me as thy devoted right; keep me as thy charge, and love me as thy child ; fight for me when
I am assaulted; heal me when I am wounded; and revive me when I am fainting. Amen. :: 0 Saviour of the world, save me; who by thy cross and passion hast redeemed me; help me and save me, I beseech thee, O my God.
Give me, O Lord, spiritual wisdom, that I may discern what is pleasing to thee, and follow what belongs unto my peace; and let the knowledge and peace of God, and of Jesus Christ our Lord, be my guide and my portion all the days of my life, Amen.
To the King eternal, immortal, invisible, and only wise God, who is the ever blessed and adorable Trinity, be all honour and glory, thanksgiving and praise, now and for ever more, Amen, ....
A prayer to conclude our devotions upon this
day, and every day in the week. Verily, verily, I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. John xvi. 23. ALMIGHTY God, who hast promised to
hear the petitions of them that ask in thy Son's name; I beseech thee mercifully to incline thine ears unto me, who have now made my prayers and supplications unto thee! and grant that those things which I have faithfully asked, according to thy will, may be effectually obtained, to the relief of my necessities, and to the setting forth of thy glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen,