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of human infirmities, so that it is most reasonable to conclude, that, in the course of this life, they will sometimes unavoidably surprise and betray us into fome fins. Against there, therefore, we must continually strive, and we may reasonably hope, that by God's grace, and our own diligent and careful endeavours, we may every day more, and more prevail against them. For,
8. However God may think it fit; for our humiliation, and a farther trial of us, to leave us ftill exposed to some of the common infirinities of our nature ; yet, in respect of all habitual or deliberate fins, we may assure ourselves, that he is faithful, and will not suffer us to be tempted above that we are able, but will with the temptation also make a way for us to escape, that we may (if it be not our own fault) be able to bear it. Nor will he fail to draw nigah to us; while we continue careful to draw nigh unto him. Let us then but steadfaftly resolve to be hearty and industrious in doing what lies in our own power; and then, though our fins be as Scarlet, or as red as crimson, yet we need not be discouraged ; for God is ready, upon our repentance, to make them as white as wool and snow. 8. Yet, at the same time, it stands with
a great deal of reason, that the greater our fins have been, and the cftener we have relapsed into them, the deeper our forrow, and the more laborious our repentance must be, in order to obtain our pardon. But since there is a pollibility of pardon even in the case of the most profligate and abandoned finner, we must not make the contrary fear fuggeiled by the devil, a pretence for keeping ourselves back from any of the ordinances of God, and from a more im. mediate and intimate communion with him. On the contrary, let us flee to them in the time of our temptation, as the ready means to deliver us from all evil, and established by God to confirm us in every thing that is good.
The Hymn on Monday Evening.
A holy resolution to approach the Lord's table.
I Shall stand for ever good :
and jealed the grace with blood. To this clear cou’nunt of thy word,
I let my worthlejš nime;
and make my humble claim.
Thy light, and strength, and pard'ning grace,
And glory shall be mine ;
And all my powers are thine.
Which Jesus did bequeath ;
And ratify'd in death.
Who bless'd us in his will,
The Prayer on Monday Evening. For pardon and forgiveness of those fins, which derer us
from approaching the Lord's lable. M OST great, most holy, and inost IVT glorious Lord God! I know that thou delightest in the ways of mercy, that thou art'a tender lover of fouls, and not only permittelt, but invitest us, miserable creatures, to come unto thee; therefore I ain convinced of the necessity of that holy institution, which thou haft ordained by thy Son our Lord, in that holy facrament of the Lord's supper, whereby we are raised from a death of sin unto a life of righteousness.
With humble confidence then, O Lord, I lift up my soul unto thee, beseeching E 3
thee, in thy great mercy, to look upon me, and to ease me of the burden of my corrupt and sinful inclinations : oh! cait me not away from thy presence, but, for the sake of my dear Redeemer, receive me graciously to thy mercy; and let the merit of his bitter death and passion atone for all the follies and miscarriages of my life past ; forgive, I meek. ly beseech thee, whatever I have done amiss this day and all my life past, either against thee, my neighbour, or myself.
Oh! what ain I, that I should presume to speak unto thee, or to lift up mine eyes to that place of purity where ibine ho- B noir dwelleth. Oh! cleanse me from allt iny secret and unknown transgreflions ; and, most merciful Father, who upholdest all things by the power of thy word, grant that I may seriously consider and reflect upon the foulness and deformity of my sin, and what dreadful threatenings thou haft de. nounced against it; that I may become a true and sincere mourner for my past sins; and, as far as is poffible, redeem my misspent time, by employing the remainder of my days in thy service and to thy glory. O Lord ! give ine a new heart, new af. fections, and new desires, that I may love thee with more sincerity and serve thee with greater faithfulness, than I have ever
yet done; convince me of the vanity and uncertainty of all things here below; and grant that I may make thee, who art the Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things therein, my only joy and my de
light, my stay and my trust, my guide hand my counsellor; and be so delighted
with the ways of thy commandments, co that one day in thy service may be dearer than a thousand spent in vanity and folly.
Grant that in the days of health and i prosperity I may consider my latter end, e and remember and provide for that great m account, which I must one day give bei forethe judgment-feat of Christ; that o when the hour of my departure shall & come, I may meet death without fear and
amazement, and with a well-grounded : hope of thy mercy and goodness (tenj; dered to me in this holy sacrament) I may
cheerfully relign up my soul into thy - hands; and may be willing, and even de
firous to leave this world when thou, my God, shall please in thy gracious good nefs to call me hence unto thy glory. Take me and all * that belongs * Here mention
those you intend to me this night under the care to pray for. and protection of thy good providence ; preserve us from all perils and dangers, and all apprehensions or dread of any; give us such refreshing rest and sleep, as
nels to call Preale in thy when thou, m