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GOD and Father, who hatest iniquity, and

knowest our infirmitiés, leave us not 10 the malice and power of the evil one, the devil, to deal with us as he pleaseth; nor to ourselves, and to our own corrupt heart and lusts, lest we rashly run into temptation. Keep us out of the way of temptations, and under the protection of Thy good Spirit: suffer us not to be surprised by them, nor tempted above what we are able to bear. Give us grace to resist them, and to watch and pray daily, that we enter not into temptation.



HE whole creation is Thine, and under I'hy govern

ment. Thine is the power: Thou canst do whatever we pray for. Thou canst cause Thy Name to be sanctified in all the earth, and set up Thy kingdom in all the world, and in all our hearts. Thou canst cause Thy will to be done on earth as it is in heaven; and incline us all to submit to it. Thou canst give us all things needful both for our souls and for our bodies. Thou, and Thou alone, canst forgive us our sins, and dispose us to forgive one another. Thou canst secure us in the day of temptation, and deliver us from the power of the devil. To Thee, to Thee alone, be the glory, to all eternity.




Morning Prayer for a family. Josh, xxiv, 15. As for me and my house, we will servo

the Lord. THIS ought to be the sincere resolution and constant

practice of every Christian master of a family. Without this, none can reasonably expect to have dutiful children or faithful servants; nor justly hope to have God's blessing in this world, or in the world to


Let some one of the family devoutly read or say what

followeth, the rest seriously attending: TH 'HE Lord hath brought us safe to the beginning of

this day; let us give Him thanks for this and for all His mercies.

Let us pray that we may live in the fear of God, and continue in love and charity with our neighbours :

That His Holy Spirit may direct and rule our hearts, teaching us what to do and what to avoid :

That the grace of God may ever be with us, to support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations:

That the Lord may bless all our honest endeavours, and make us content with what His providence shall order for us :

And that we may continue His faithful servants this day, and all the days of our life.

For all which blessings let us devoutly pray.

Then all devoutly kneeling, let one say, O MOST gracious and merciful God, by whom the

world is governed and preserved, we give Thee humble thanks for Thy fatherly care over us; in preserving us from the dangers of the night past, and in bringing us safe this morning to see another day.

We gratefully acknowledge our dependence upon Thee for all the necessaries, conveniences, and comforts of our life ; for all the means of our well-being here, and of our everlasting happiness hereafter.

We give Thee thanks for the light of Thy Gospel, and the help of Thy Grace, and for the promise Thou hast made us of pardon and forgiveness through Thy Son, Christ Jesus, on our sincere repentance and amendment.

Give us, we beseech Thee, such a sense of these and all Thy other mercies to us, as may make us truly thankful to Thee for them.

Give us grace that we may ever walk as in Thy sight, make a conscience of all our ways, and, fearing to offend Thee, may never fall into the sins we have repented of.

Enable us to resist and overcome the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil : to follow the motions of Thy gocd Spirit; to be serious and holy in our lives; true and just in our dealings; watchful over our thoughts, our words, and our actions; diligent in our business, and temperate in all things.

Give us grace honestly to improve all the talents which Thou hast committed to our trust : And may no worldly business, no worldly pleasures, divert us from the concerns of the life to come!

May Thy blessing be upon our persons, upon our abours, upon our substance, and upon all that belongs to us; and may we never undertake any work, which we dare not beg of Thee to prosper !

May Thy grace defend us in all assaults of our enemies; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings may be ordered by Thy governance, to do always that which is righteous in Thy sight.

Give us, gracious God, what is needful for us, and grace not to abuse Thy favours. Give us, we beseech Thee, contented minds, and make us ever mindful of the wants of others.

Give us, in this world, the knowledge of Thy truth; and in the world to come, life everlasting. Amen.

Hear us, O merciful God, not according to our imperfect petitions, but according to the full meaning of that form of prayer which Jesus Christ hath taught us, and for His sake :

Our Father, which art in heaven; Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, And the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.

Amen. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.

On Sunday Morning, let the following Prayer be

added to your daily Prayers. O LORD, who hast consecrated this day to Thy

service, give us grace so to observe it that it may be the beginning of a happy week to us; and that none of Thy judgments may fall upon us for profaning it. Fix in our hearts this great truth, that here we have no abiding place, that we may seriously and timely provide for another life; and grant that this great concern may make us very desirous to learn our duty, and to do what Thou requirest of us. And blessed be God, that we have Churches to go to; that we have such times set apart for the more public worship of our Creator: and that we have Pastors to teach us! The Lord prosper their labours, and give us grace to profit by them, that they and we may enjoy an everlasting Sabbath with Thy saints in heaven, for Jesus Christ's sake! Amen.

Evening Prayer for a family. Let one of the family read or say distinctly what

followeth; the rest seriously attending. BY

Y the favour of God we are come to the evening of

this day; and we are so much nearer our latter end.

Let us seriously consider this, and pray God to prepare us for the hour of death,

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