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that, by thy holy inspiration, we may think those things that are good, and by thy merciful guiding may perform the same.
Hear our prayers also in behalf of mankind in general. May thy blessed Gospel be truly preached and truly received in all places, to the breaking down the kingdoms of sin and death.
Protect and save the land in which we dwell. Bless our rulers whom thy wise providence hath set over us, and direct them in all their doings to the promotion of thy glory and the good of thy Church. Finally, we beseech thee to guide and govern, sanctify and bless those who are faithful in the land, and grant that they may avoid those things which are contrary to their profession, and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O GOD, whose mercies are renewed to us day by day, we will sing of thy power and grace every morning. Let them give thanks whom thou hast preserved.
But what shall we render unto thee for all the benefits which thou hast done unto us? Our goodness extendeth not to thee. When we have done all, we are unprofitable servants. Our highest praises can add nothing to thy glory, and are alto
gether unworthy of thy notice. Help us, O Lord, daily to think on thy condescension and grace, in regarding the services of such unworthy creatures, and in continuing thy mercies to the unthankful and the evil. Teach us to know and to feel our exceeding sinfulness in thy sight, that we may be filled with a due sense of all thy mercies. Help us to magnify the riches of thy grace, and exalt the honour of thy nanie, by humble trust and confidence in the Son of thy love.
And we pray thee, O Lord, that thy power may be great, both in pardoning our sins, and in enabling us to bring forth the fruits of righteousness, which are, by Jesus Christ, to thy praise and glory. Give us grace that we may always most thankfully receive his inestimable benefit, and also daily endeavour ourselves to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life.
Our eyes are now directed unto Thee, from whom cometh all our help. Dispose us to enter upon the various duties of this day, with the spirit of those whom thy mercy hath spared, and thy grace hath quickened. Deliver us from spiritual sloth and negligence. Make us active in the discharge of all that lieth before us. Help us to press forward in the way of life, and so to run, that we may obtain the prize of our high calling. Incline and enable us to abound in those good works which thou hast prepared for us to walk in; and, by patient continuance in well-doing to seek for
glory and honour, and immortality; that so, by thy mercy, we may, in the end, obtain eternal life.
Grant also, we pray thee, O Lord, that all who are called Christians, may thus adorn the doctrine of God their Saviour. Bless thy whole Church, and order all things for its increase and prosperity. Sanctify and cleanse it, that it may be a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it may be holy, and without blemish.
Pour down thy special blessing on the neighbourhood in which we dwell. Grant that all who profess thy holy name may truly and faithfully serve thee in their various callings and relations.
Lastly, we pray thee to regard with thy favour this family. Look down upon us in mercy. Refresh us abundantly with the dew of thy blessing. May we be followers of thee, as dear children, walking in love, as Christ also loved us, and gave himself for us.
These prayers, for ourselves and others, we humbly offer up to the throne of grace, in the name, and through the mediation of Jesus Christ, our only Lord and Saviour.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, we desire to close this day with serious reflection and fervent
prayer; and grant that we may be always ready to perform this reasonable service.
Thy merciful kindness is ever more and more toward us. Thou loadest us daily with thy benefits, and givest us richly all things to enjoy. We praise thee for continuing to us our life, with all its comforts; for blessing us in our families, in our persons, and in our friends. Help us to see thy hand, and to own thy providence, in all our concerns; and with all thankfulness of heart, to trace up every stream of earthly comfort to the fountain of eternal love. But chiefly, we bless thee for Jesus Christ, through whom all thy mercies are vouchsafed to us. We adore thee for having delivered him up for us all, that with him also thou mightest freely give us all things.
O Lord our God, who is like unto thee, that pardonest iniquity, and passest by the transgression of thine heritage; that retainest not thine anger for ever, because thou delightest in mercy? Mercifully grant that we may be made partakers of this great salvation. Justify us freely through the redemption that is in him. Though sin hath abounded in us, let thy grace abound much more.
Grant that Christ may be formed in our hearts, the hope of glory; and that, having this blessed hope, we may purify ourselves, even as he is pure. Show unto us all things, in our hearts and lives, which are displeasing in thy sight. Pre
serve us from every practice, and mortify in us every desire, which would cause thee to withdraw thy presence from us. Make us holy in thought, and word, and deed; abhorring that which is evil, and cleaving to that which is good.
May thy good providence vouchsafe unto us rest and protection this night. Thou, Lord, art our refuge, in whom we do trust. May we abide safely under thy almighty shadow. Let thy truth and faithfulness be our shield and buckler. May no evil befall us, nor any plague come nigh our dwelling. And grant, that thy goodness and mercy may follow us all the days of our life. Be thou our continual ruler and guide; and teach us so to pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal.
With these prayers for ourselves, we offer up our earnest intercessions for our friends, relations, and neighbours, and for all our fellow creatures. We humbly beseech thee for all sorts and conditions of men, that thou wouldest be pleased to make thy ways known unto them, thy saving health unto all nations.
We pray for all who profess and call themselves Christians that they may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of Spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally, we commend to thy fatherly goodness all those who are any ways afflicted or distressed; that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them