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Let us Pray. O Ever blessed and most gracious God, the Lord and giver of our lives, and of all the blessings we enjoy; to whom we owe ourselves and all that we are capable of rendering unto thee; for by thee, O Lord, we were created, and through thy good providence we have been spared and provided for unto this present time; we humbly acknowledge thy great and daily goodness to us, and our own exceeding unworthiness of the least of all thy mercies.
We have cause to be ashamed that we have s little improved, and so much abused, all thy patience with us, and the various instances of thy bounty to us. But we desire, O Lord, to be humble for our offences; and we entreat thy gracious favour in Christ Jesus for the pardon of them. Forgive us, we pray thee, for his sake; and grant that, being justified by faith, we may have peace with thee, through out Lord Jesus Christ.
Make us, we humbly beseech thee, followers of thee in all holy love and obedience; ever jealous over our hearts, and watchful over our ways; continually fearing to offend, and endeavouring to please thee; and enable us to keep our hearts with all diligence, that they may never be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. O Lord, who knowest our weakness, and our danger from the temptations to which we are continually exposed, strengthen us, we humbly pray thee, and uphold us with thy free Spirit, and evermore watch over us for good.
Teach us, O our God, to know the day of grace, and to see the things of our peace before they be hidden from our eyes: and while we have time, enable us to use and improve it to those great ends for which thou art pleased to continue it to us.
And seeing thou art pleased yet to spare us, and to make us find, by every day's experience, how abundantly gracious and merciful thou art, give us hearts more sensible of thy love, more affected with thy mercy, and more thankful for thy continued favours. And help us to show forth thy praise, not . only by speaking good of thy name, but by ordering our conversation aright, and by adorning the Gospel of God our Saviour in all things.
And now, most merciful Father, we humbly commend ourselves, and all that we have, to thy care and protection; beseeching thee, for thy dear Son's sake, to preserve and defend, to bless and keep us, both in soul and body. Be with us through the night season, and grant us comfortable rest; that, our frail nature being refreshed, and our decayed strength renewed, we may rise again better fitted for the duties of the following day, if thou shalt be pleased to add another day to our lives.
And as thou daily multipliest thy mercies to us, be pleased, also, to increase our repentance, and to renew us daily after thine image; that every day may not only bring us nearer to thy kingdom, but may make us fitter for the enjoyment of that glory which thou hast prepared for them that love thee.
Accept these our prayers, we humbly beseech thee, most merciful and gracious Lord God: and for all the good things which we have received, or at present enjoy, or hope for in future from thy bountiful hands, enable us to render our grateful thanks: and may it be our employment now, as we hope it shall be hereafter, abundantly to utter the memory of thy great goodness, and to sing of thy praise without ceasing, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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Let us Pray.
O Lord our God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, thou keepest mercy for thousands, pardoning iniquity, transgression, and sin; thou retainest not thine anger for ever, because thou delightest in mercy. How excellent is thy loving-kindness, O God! therefore do the sons of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings: and therefore do we desire still to look up to thy bountiful hand, from whence we have received all the good things we enjoy.
O Lord our God, be pleased to look down mercifully upon us, and be favourable to us, as thou usest to be unto those that love thy name. Look not upon the sin of our nature, nor the sins of our hearts and lives, which are more than we can remember, and greater than we can express: but look upon us in mercy, through the merits and mediation of thy Son our Saviour, who was manifested to take away our sins: by Him may we have access to thy divine Majesty, and for His sake bestow upon us the blessings which we so greatly need. May we receive out of His fulness grace sufficent for us; those gifts which are the purchase of His blood, and the necessary means of our salvation. Pardon all our sins, renew and sanctify our souls, and so transform us into thy blessed image, that we may be meet to be partakers of the inheritance of thy saints in light.
Teach us, O Lord our God, to use this world without abusing it, and to enjoy the things of it without suffering them to engross our affections. Whatever we have of the world, let it be sanctified to us by the word of God and prayer: and whatsoever we may want of the things of this life, O Lord our heavenly Father, leave us not destitute of those things that accompany salvation, but adorn our souls with all the graces of thy Holy Spirit, that we may glorify thee in all things, and that our conversation may be such as becometh the Gospel of Christ.
Help us, 0 gracious Lord, in the whole of our duty to thee, our God, and also in the discharge of all the duties which we owe to men: enable us to walk wisely toward them that are without, and kindly toward them that are within. Let us never cause thy holy name to be blasphemed through our misconduct, but may we pass the time of our sojourning upon earth in thy fear; that having glorified thee here, we may be glorified by thee in the great day of our Lord Jesus Christ.