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Deprecation of a particular evil. From the New
Manual. O God, our refuge and strength, Who art a present help in trouble, look with pity upon me, I most humbly beseech Thee. Thou dost not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men; to Thee, therefore, O my God, do I direct my supplication, and look up. I know, O Lord, that Thy judgments are right, and that Thou of very faithfulness dost cause us to be troubled; upon Thee, therefore, and the multitude of Thy mercies in Christ Jesus my Lord, do I rest all my hopes and all my fears. O let it be Thy good pleasure, blessed Lord, I humbly and earnestly pray Thee, to turn from me the evils most justly due unto my sins : nevertheless, not as I will but as Thou wilt: Thou, Lord, correctest in mercy, and for my profit, let Thy blessed will, therefore, be my choice and satisfaction; and in all the dispensations of Thy providence give me the consolations and support of Thy Holy Spirit; and if Thou rather seest fit to visit me with the evil I so justly fear, grant me to feel and know that in improving Thy fatherly corrections to the gracious ends for which only they are sent, these light afflictions which are but for a mo
ment, shall work out for me a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, through the all-prevailing merits and mediation of my blessed Saviour and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Amen.
For holiness of intention. From Bishop Taylor. O ETERNAL God, Who hast made all things for man, and hast made man for Thy glory, sanctify I pray Thee, my body and soul, my thoughts and mine intentions, my words and mine actions, that whatever I shall think, or speak, or do, may be by me designed to the glorification of Thy name, and by Thy blessing may be effective and successful in the work of God. Lord, let no pride or self-seeking, no impure mixture or unhandsome purposes pollute my spirit, or unhallow any of my words and actions; but let my body be a servant of my spirit, and both body and spirit be servants of Jesus Christ, that doing all things for Thy glory here, I may for His sake be partaker of Thy glory hereafter. Amen.
In a storm of thunder, lightning, &c. From the
New Manual. O GREAT and glorious God, Who sendest forth Thy commandment upon earth, and Whose
word runneth very swiftly, how wonderful art Thou in Thy works, how terrible in Thy doings towards the children of men ! Thou That makest the thunder, and causest the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth, making lightnings for the rain, and bringing the winds out of Thy treasures,-fire and hail, snow and vapours, wind and storms fulfil Thy word. Thy voice, O Lord, is a glorious voice—but frail and sinful man cannot hear it without trembling and fear. Be Thou, O Lord, our protector in all danger, and preserve us from the terrors of the storm. O let it not be a messenger of Thy wrath, but rather let it minister in Thy mercy to the refreshment of the air, and the fruitfulness of the earth.
We know, O Lord, that Thy judgments are just, and that we for our sins do worthily deserve to be punished, for we have broken Thy
nt and neglected Thy commandment; but, O Lord, we are heartily sorry for our misdoings, and earnestly desire to repent and turn unto Thee. Thy voice, O Lord, is a glorious voice--when Thou speakest, О let not man be inattentive, but let us all awaken from carnal security, and arise from the sleep of sin and death. Let not the salutary impressions we now feel of Thy power, and glory, and goodness wear away, but make them to sink deep
into our hearts—and by the operation of Thy Holy Spirit effectually to work in us such a fear and love of Thee, that we loving Thee above all things, may above all things fear to offend Thee, so that in the great and terrible day, when the elements shall melt with fervent heat, we may, through the merits of the full, perfect, and sufficient satisfaction made upon the cross for all our sins, mercifully be pardoned, and for our blessed Saviour's sake, graciously accepted. Amen. Amen. ..!!!!
Thanksgiving for a special blessing. From Bishop
Taylor. O Lord God, Father of Mercies, fountain of comfort and blessing, of life and peace, of plenty and pardon, Who fillest heaven with Thy glory and earth with Thy goodness, I give Thee the most earnest and most humble returns of my glad and thankful heart, for that Thou hast refreshed me with Thy comfort, and enlarged me with Thy blessing—for besides the blessings of all mankind, the blessings of nature, and the blessings of grace, the support of every minute, and the comfort of every day, Thou hast opened Thine hand, and at this time hast poured out an excellent expression of Thy loving kindness upon me Thy most unworthy servant in [here name the blessing.] Thou, Lord, hast not only spared me when I deserved punishment, but hast distinguished me by this and many other special acts of grace and favour. O enlarge my heart with thankfulness, and fill my mouth with praises, that my returns of love and duty may bear some proportion to Thy marvellous loving kindness and mercy; and grant me grace to improve all Thy blessings to the ends for which they are bestowed, even to the setting forth of Thy glory, and setting forward mine own salvation and the good of others, through the merits and mediation of our blessed Saviour and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Amen.