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hope, and holy love, with all that in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord : Lord, bless them all, and particularly that congregation with which I am to join in this solemn ordinance, Good Lord, pardon every one that engageth his heart to seek God, the Lord God of his fathers, though not cleansed according to the purification of the fanctuary. O hear my prayers, and heal thy people.
Lord, meet me with a blessing, a Father's blerfing, at thy table ; grace thine own institutions with thy presence; and fulfil in me all the good pleasure of thy goodness, and the work of faith with power, for the fake of Jesus Christ my blessed Saviour and Redeemer, to whom, with the Father and the etersal Spirit, be everlasting praises. Amen.
Another after the Receiving of the
LORD'S SUPPER. O
Lord, my God and my Father in Jesus Christ
I can never sufficiently admire the condescena fion of thy grace to me; what is man, that thou doft thus magnify him, and the son of man, that thou visiteft him! Who am I, and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto ? haft brought ne into thy banqueting house, and thy banner over me has been love? I have reason to say, that a day in thy courts, an hour at thy table, is better, far better, than a thousand days, than ten thcusand hours elsewhere ; it is good for me to draw near to God. Blessed be God for the privileges of his housc, and those comforts with which he makes his people joyful in his house of prayer. But I have reason to blush and be ashamed of myself, that į
have not been more affected with the great things which have been set before me, and offered to me at the Lord' stable. O what a vain, foolish, trifling heart have I! when I would do good, even then evil is present with me : Good Lord, be merciful to me, and pardon the iniquity of my holy things, and let not my manifold defects, in my attendance upon thee, be laid to my charge, or hinder my profiting by thine ordinance.
I have now been commemorating the death of Christ; Lord grant that by the power thereof sin may be crucified in me, the world crucified to me, and I to the world ; and enable me fo to bear about with me continually the dying of the Lord Jesus, as that the life also of Jesus may be manifested in my mortal body,
I have now been receiving the precious benefits which flow from Christ's death, Lord grant that I may never lose, may never forfeit those benefits; but as I have received Christ Jesus the Lord, give me grace fo to walk in him, and to live, not as my own, but as bought with a price, glorifying God with my body and spirit, which are his. I have now been renewing my covenant with thee, Lord, give me grace to perform my vow; keep it always in the imagination of my heart, and establish my way before thee. Lord, preserve me by thy grace, that I may never return again to folly ; after God hath spoken peace, may I never by my loose and careless walking undo what I have been doing to day: But having
my heart enlarged with the confolations of God, give me grace to run the way of thy commandments with cheerfulness and constancy, and Hill to hold fast my integrity,
This precious soul of mine, which is the work of thine own hands, and the purchase of thy Son's blood, I commit into thine hands, to be fanctified by thy Spirit and Grace, and wrought up into a conformity to thy holy will in every thing. Lord, fet up thy throne in my heart, write thy law there, shed abroad thy love there, and bring every thought within me in obedience to thee, to the commanding power of thy law, and the constraining power of thy love. Keep, through thine own name, that which I commit unto thee, keep it against that day when it shall be called for. Let me be preserved blameless to the coming of thy glory, that I may then be presented faultless with exceeding joy.
All my outward affairs I fubmit to the disposal of thy wife and gracious providence ; Lord, save my soul, and then as to other things do as thou pleasest with me: Only make all providences to work together for my spiritual and eternal advantage : Let all thögs be pure to me, and give me to taste covenantlove in common-mercies; and by thy grace let me be taught both how to want, and how to abound, how to enjoy prosperity, and how to bear adversity, as becomes a Christian : And at all times let thy grace be fufficient for me, and mighty in me, both to will and to do that which is good of thine own good pleasure.
And that in every thing I may do my duty, and stand complete in it, let my heart be enlarged in love to Jesus Christ, and affected with the height and depth, the length and breadth of that love of his to me, which passeth all conception and expression.
And, as an evidence of that love, let mouth be filled with his praises. Worthy is the Lamb that was Nain to receive blessing, and honour, and glory, and power; for he was Nain, and hath redeemed his
people unto God by his blood, and made them to him kings and priests. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and may all that is within me bless his holy name, who forgiveth all mine iniquities, and healeth all my difeafes; who redeemeth my life from destruction, and crowneth me with loving-kindness and tender mercy; who having begun a good work, will perform it unto the day of Christ. As long as I live I will blefs the Lord, I will praise my God while I have my being. Olet me be born up in everlasting arms, and carried from strength to strength, till I appear before God in Zion, for Jesus's take, who died for me and rose again; in whom I desire to be found living and dying. Now to God the Father, Son, and Spirit, be ascribed kingdom, power, and glory, henceforth and for evermore. Amen.
A PRAYER for CHRISTIAN GRACES.
OLY, holy, holy Lord God Almighty, who
art, and wait, and art to come; who is a God like unto thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises doing wonders > Thou art the blessed and only Po. tentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who only hafte immortality; dwelling in that light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath feen or can fee. Thou art a God at hand and a God afar off; none can hide himself in secret places that thou canst not see him ; for thou fillest heaven and earth; thine
every place, beholding the evil and the good : Thou searchest the heart, and trieft the reins; even the thoughts and intents of the heart are naked and ope: before thee.
I know, O Lord, that thou canfi do every thing; power belongs to thee, and with thee nothing is im
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poslible : what thou hast promised, thou art able also to perform. Thou art good, and doft good; good to all, and thy tender mercy is over all thy works : O that thou wouldit cause thy goodness to pass before me, that I may taste and see that the Lord is good, and have his loving-kindness always before mine eyes.
O my God, I am alhamed, and blush to lift up my face before thee, my God; for mine iniquities are increased over my head, and my trespass is grown up unto the heavens; behold I-am vile, what Thall I answer thee; I will lay my hand upon my mouth, and put my mouth in the dust, if so be there may be hope ; crying out unclean, unclean : “ If “ I juftify inyself, my own mouth shall condemn “ me; if I say I am perfect, that also hall prove
me perverse; for if thou contend with me, I am “ not able to answer thee for one in a thousand; “ Behold I was shapen in wickedness, and in fin “ did my mother conceive me ; for who can bring
a clean thing out of an unclean ? My understanda
ing is dark, being alienated from the life of God, " through the ignorance that is in me, because of " the blindness of my heart."
I have within me a carpal mind, which is enmity against God; my neck has been as an iron finew, and I have made my heart as an adamant ; I have refused to hearken, have pulled away the shoulder, and stopped my cars like the deaf adder. O how have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof? I have forgotten God, lived as without God in the world ; my heart has walked after vanity and become vain : I have set my affections on things beneath, have followed after lying vanities, and forsaken my own mercies; have forsaken the fountain