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the redemption of the world, by the death of thy dear Son. For thy name's sake therefore, O Lord! and for thy beloved. Son's fake, pardon, I most humbly befeech thee, all my past sins, and let not: iniquity be my ruin. Forgive the deadness of my devotion; the coldness of my affections; the wanderings of my prayers; and whatever thou hast seen amiss in me.
Oh! pity my weaknesses and forgive my infirmities, and lay: not to my charge the imperfections of my religious duties. But enable me, O Lord, by the assistance of thy good: fpirit, to'amend whatever has been: amiss, and to endeavour more and after the attainment of all those graces and good dispositions, which are necessary to render our prayers and praises accept- .. able in thy sight.
And whereas I have so lately.renewed ; my baptismal covenant with thee, in the Lord's fupper, let me never fall into a careless and unconcerned state of mind; into a coldness and indifferency toward the duties of religion ; but animate and enliven my sluggish heart, and cleanse ir from all its defilements. Oh! root out of my heart, by the powerful efficacy of thy gráce, O God! all pride, and envy, and covetousness; all bitterness, anger, and : malice; and whatever else is contrary to
the laws and precepts of the gospel; and replenish my soul with the graces of thy, Holy Spirit, that I may become fruitful in every good word and work, and that my whole life may be one continued act of a humble and dutiful obedience to thy divine commands. To which end,
O blessed Lord ! strengthen my faith, fortify my mind, and give me a honest and upright heart, that nothing may be ever able to shake my integrity. Give me such a lively sense and conviction of the shortness and uncertainty of this life, and of the momentous concerns of eternity, that I may not be fo foolish as to waste my precious time in an eager pursuit after the things of this world ; but grant that I may employ it in such a Inanner as may best promote thy honour and glory, and set forward mine own falvation.
O make me fo wise as to fee, and know, and follow the things that make for my peace, left they be hid from mine eyes, and all opportunities of reconciling myself to thee, my offended God, be far from me: let the falvation of my precious soul be my constant care and concern.
Grant that I may never forget the one thing needful, but give all diligence to make my calling and election sure; that, en
deavouring in all things to approve my
self thy faithful servant, I may, from serve sing thee here upon earth, be admitted, in
thy good appointed time, to the praising Ed: thee eternally in thy everlaiting kingdom, o through the merits of my compaslionate
Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ, thy
In the Evening:
| searcher of all our hearts, and a discerner of the very thoughts, and in whose fight all things are naked and open, be pleased to impart a ray of thy heavenly light to discover all the sins and infirmities of my past life, and whatsoever thou knowest wherein I have done amifs, that henceforward no secret fin may lie undiscovered and corrupted in my soul; that by examining my life and conversation by thy law, the rule and measure of my duty, 'I may understand the true state and condition of my soul, and from a just fense and sight of all my transgressions, with the assistance of thy grace and heavenly benediction, I may be enabled to reform my life, and to turn my feet unto thy testimonies; so faithfully to search
and examine iny own conscience, that I may return again holy and clean to that heavenly feast, and be received as a worthy partaker of that holy table which thou hast called me to: grant this for thy mercies' sake in Christ Jesus. Amen. THAT your whole life may be more conformable to
the gospel of Jesus Christ, by which we must be judged at the tribunal in the last day; and that you may be better prepared for more folemn examination, it has been advised by wise and good men, that we should every evening pot fome such questions as these to ourselves." Short heads of examination for the Evening.
In what company have I spent this: day past ?
What sin have I committed ?: • What good have I omitted?
When and in what manner have I performed my morning devotion?
What mercies have I received ? How thankful have I been, and am I, for them?
What temptations have I refifted ?
What ground have I got of my babie tual fins ?
How have I governed my passions ?
Have I not been easily provoked by little accidents which daily happen?
What opportunities have I had of doing good, and how have I improved them?
What opportunities have I had of discouraging evil, and how have I opposed it?
“To these questions you may add such others as you find recessary. If you recollect the whole time of the day from
your rifing, (for which a few minutes before your evening devotions will suffice,) you will very easily be enabled to anlwer the preceding questions; and, when you have done this, you must heartily beg God's pardon for any fin you have been guilty of, and now yourselves thankful for those blellings, respecting either this or another life, which he hath bestowed on you."
"Some have written down the fins they have been guilty of, that they might again humble themselves at the time of their most folemn humiliation ; which may be further useful ; for, by comparing one time with another, you will better discern the aniendment of your life and growth in Christian virtue ; but this is only advice ; for every person is left to judge for himself of the usefulness and expediency of this metnod.”
The Sinner's Complaint. : IN deep distress and troubled thoughts,
• To thee, my God, I rais'd my cries. F: If thou severely mark our faults,, . 1 No flesh can stand before thine eyes. But thou hast built thy throne of grace,
Free to dispenje iny pardon ilere : ? That finners may approach thy face,
And hope, and love, as well as feare
And long wish for breaking day;
IVhen will our God his face display?
Nor phall I trust thy word in vain :
And find relief from all their pain.
Thro' the redemption of his Son,
And pardons what our hands have done.