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habits of holy perseverance even to the end of my life. Let thy preventing grace preserve me from all evil, especially sin; and from all my spiritual enemies. If at any time I am overtaken in a fault, O grant that I may never continue in sin: but rouse me to a prompt and sincere repentance by thy quickening Spirit, and awaken my conscience that I fall not from one depth of sin unto another, until it get the dominion over me, and so thou be angry with me, and reject me, and I perish. Create rather a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me. Purify me from all uncleanness; sanctify my spirit, that I may go on unto perfection; and let me never provoke thine anger, nor presume upon thy goodness, nor distrust thy mercy; let me never defer my repentance, nor rely upon any vain confidence; but grant that I may by a constant, sedulous, and timely endeavour, make my calling and election sure by living to thee. Grant that, having sowed to the Spirit, I may of thy mercies reap in the Spirit eternal bliss, unchanging holiness, and everlasting life, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour, our hope, our might, and ever glorious Redeemer. To whom, with the
Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, blessed for evermore, be all honour and praise. Amen.
A Prayer for Faith.
ETERNAL GOD, Fountain of all truth and holiness, whom rightly to know, and in whom truly to believe, is life eternal, let thy grace descend powerfully into my soul, beating down every strong hold and vain imagination, and proud thought and confident understanding, to the obedience of Jesus, and belief of the eternal Trinity in unity. May I acknowledge thee to be the principle of truth, and thy word the measure of knowledge, and thy laws the rule of life, and thy promises the groundwork and satisfaction of my hopes, and an union with thee to be the perfection of love and the enjoyment of glory.
Holy Jesus, make me to acknowledge thee as my Lord and Master, myself thy servant and disciple. May I make proof of faith by holy obedience and love. Let that mind be in me which was also in thyself. As thou hast loved me, may I also love the brethren. May I put on bowels
of mercies, meekness, gentleness, longsuffering, forbearing and forgiving those who do amiss, even as GOD, for thy sake, hath forgiven me. And give unto me great boldness in the public confession of thy faith, and the truths of thy Gospel that thou mayst be glorified in me, and I in thee; that when thou who art the author and finisher of our faith, shalt come to make inquisition for faith, I may receive the promises laid up for them that believe in thee, O Lord Jesus, our only Saviour and Redeemer.
O holy and ever blessed Spirit, let thy gracious influence be the perpetual guide of my reasoning faculties. Inspire me with wisdom and knowledge, spiritual understanding and a holy faith, that it may rise to the confirmation of hope, and to the perfection of charity, and to the unity of the Spirit, which is the bond of peace. Mortify in me all peevishness and pride of spirit; whatever is contrary to sound doctrine, or in any respect to the principles, temper, or practice of a Christian. Keep me by the power of GOD through faith unto salvation, and cause my soul to become purified by obedience to the truth through thee.
And now to thee, Almighty Father, and to thee, most holy Jesus, and to thee, O blessed Spirit, one God eternal, be all honour and glory, dominion and power, adoration and praise, now and for ever.
Ejaculations on Approaching or Entering the Church.
HOW amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! Blessed are they that dwell in thy house, they will be always praising thee. My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living GOD. For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand years; I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my GOD, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
A Prayer to be said before or after the Prayers of the Church, as time shall admit.
IT is but too apparent, blessed LORD,
how apt we are to forget thy dear love to us, and thy bitter sufferings for us; our continual transgressions publish it, and our
former stupidity and indevotion plainly declare it. Praised, therefore, be thy goodness for the lively emblems thou hast given us of thy most meritorious cross and passion!
O that the characters of thy love may be so deeply imprinted upon my heart, that no time nor temptation may wear them out! May I now most affectionately call to mind the humility of thine Incarnation, the merits of thy Death, the power of thy Resurrection, and the glories of thy Ascension.
Oh! how much do we owe thee, most blessed Redeemer! how great is the price which thou hast paid for the ransom of us miserable sinners! what shall I render unto thee for the incomprehensible benefits thou hast bestowed upon me? Alas, my GOD! I have no return to make but a broken and contrite heart, which yet thou wilt not despise; and this is still a further instance of thy goodness, that thou requirest no other testimony of gratitude but my sincere affections in serving thee, the only true God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.