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in sincerity of heart and fervency of desire, praying always with all prayer, and watching thereunto with all perseverance. And, after having done all, may I ever consider myself an unprofitable servant.
Grant me thy Holy Spirit to help my infirmities, for I know not what to pray for as I ought; grant me thy Holy Spirit to make intercession for me with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Give me, O give me this great gift, the spirit of grace and supplication, for thy dear Son's sake, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
PRIVATE MORNING PRAYER.
MERCIFUL God, give ear unto me when I cry unto thee, in the name of Jesus Christ. My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. Lord, help me to pray.
Great is the need that I have to seek the Lord while may be found, and to call upon him while he is near. I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing. The things of the world, the lust of the eye, and the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life, are continually tempting me, and leading me astray from thee. My affections towards thee, my God, are cold and dull; my life is barren and unfruitful. My tempers are often unsanctified. I am prone to depart from thee, and lukewarm and indifferent when I ought to have a holy zeal. I often feel a sinful backwardness and shame when I ought to speak the truth in love. I too much neglect and trifle with my own salvation, and the salvation of my relatives and friends. I
have little of that spiritual mind which is life and peace. My temptations are many, I often yield to them, I have no strength of my own to resist them.
Lord, have mercy upon me. God be merciful to me a sinner. Incline and enable me to come to Jesus Christ, weary and heavy laden as I am, and may I find rest in him. Teach me to rely on his blood, and build all my hopes on his righteousness. God grant that I may be grafted in Christ, and live to him. Suffer me not to deceive myself by a mere form and profession of religion, but give me true faith that I may really abide in Christ, and bear much fruit. Quicken thou my soul. Grant me a devout heart, a holy conversation, a heavenly life. Thou art my rock and my strength, stablish and strengthen me. Help me to live near to thee all the day long, and do thou preserve me from that sin which does so easily beset me.
Give me grace this day to overcome temptation, and to mortify all my corrupt affections. Grant unto me the abundance of thy Holy Spirit. Lord, I deserve not the blessing. I have forfeited the mercy: but, O thou with whom is the residue of the Spirit, for the glory of thy name, and according to thy faithful promise, give me thy Spirit, that I may walk worthy of the gospel of Christ, and no longer dishonour thee by inconsistency and unfruitfulness. Enable me to begin anew this day, in seriousness, and entire dedication of heart to give myself to thee.
Lord, help me this day to live in prayer, to watch against the peculiar temptations of my station, to embrace every opportunity of doing good, to redeem the time, and to make steady advances in that narrow way which leadeth to eternal life.
And while I pray to thee for those mercies which I need, I would, from the heart, thank thee for all those great blessings which I have received, and do from day to day enjoy. The benefit of quiet repose, the renewal of my strength, the light which I enjoy, and the better light of life; these, and all the mercies which surround me on awaking, call for my unfeigned thanksgiving, and I do praise and bless thee for them. Blessed be thou for redeeming mercy. Blessed be thou that Jesus died for sinners, even for me. Thanks be unto thee that grace, pardon, peace, strength, the Holy Spirit, and eternal life, are given to sinners, through faith in Christ. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us to be kings and priests unto God and his father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
O Lord God, let the bright glory and happy dominion of our Lord Jesus Christ spread through the world. Increase the number of those seeking the good of Sion,and the enlargement of thy Son's kingdom. Grant thy blessing to every effort to make the unsearchable riches of Christ known to the Gentiles. Give unto thy people Israel the new heart and the new spirit. Bless our favoured Country, so that it may be a highly honoured instrument in diffusing the light of truth abroad; and grant that every exertion for that end may be a means of reviving true religion in all our hearts at home. Bless all in authority over us. Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness, and thy people sing for joy. May peace and mercy be granted to all my relatives, and rest on my own soul, and in my own family. May we, and all
thy people, be united in one heart and mind in thy service and love, praying for each other, bearing one another's burdens, and so fulfilling the law of Christ. Hear me for his name's sake. Amen. Our Father, &c.
ANOTHER PRIVATE MORNING PRAYER.
ALMIGHTY and heavenly Father, who seest me in secret, who art about my path, and about my bed, and spiest out all my ways, in obedience to the direction of thy beloved Son, who has taught me when I pray, to enter my closet, and shut to my door, and pray to my Father in secret, and looking for the help of thy Holy Spirit, I would now approach to worship thee.
Thou, O Lord, art a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. I laid me down, and slept, I awaked, for thou Lord sustained me. For restored light, for life, and health, and strength, I praise and bless thee. Thou, Lord, only keepest me in safety, and free from evil. Thou providest for all my wants. May my soul, and all that is within me, magnify God for all his goodness, and especially for his wonderful mercy in redeeming sinners by Jesus Christ; for the light of that Sun of righteousness which ariseth with healing in his wings on benighted souls; for all the blessings of free salvation through him, all the means of grace, and the hope of future glory.
But, sad are the returns that I have made for all thy mercies. How ungrateful have I been! I acknowledge and bewail my manifold sins and rebellions. I was born in sin, and a child of wrath, and I find continually
the flesh lusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh, so that I cannot do the things that I would.— I am guilty, sinful, and weak. I cannot save myself; Lord, save me, or I perish. I entirely depend on thy mercy, in Christ Jesus, for the gift and continuance of every good, and for deliverance from all those evils which I have justly deserved. For that mercy I now
Remember me, O Lord, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people. O visit me with thy salvation; that I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance. May the grace of God which bringeth salvation, teach me, and all men, to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world. Enable me now and ever hereafter to seek the glory of thy holy name by fulfilling every duty of my station, conscientiously and diligently. Give me grace to be continually looking to thee, through this day, for direction, assistance, and strength. Be thou in all my thoughts, and let me acknowledge thee in all my ways. Give me the same mind that was in Christ Jesus, that I may be humble, patient, gentle, and full of love even as he was.Teach me to be poor in spirit, and meek; to mourn for sin, and to hunger and thirst after righteousness; and thus shall I obtain the blessings of the kingdom of Christ. Grant that I may love that Saviour whom I have not seen, and believing in him, may I rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
And here, constrained by thy mercies, I would afresh present my body a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable