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serve Thee henceforth in newness and holiness of life. And grant, O Lord, that the remembrance of my former miscarriages may make me more modest and humble for the future, more sensible of my own weakness and dependence, more thankful to Thee for preventing me by Thy grace from running into those evils which I have not committed; and more charitable and compassionate with regard to the failings of others.
Imprint on my soul, I most humbly beseech Thee, such a lively and lasting sense of the important transactions of that great and terrible day of the Lord, wherein all mankind must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, as may continually influence all my designs and actions, and make me careful always so to live that I may never be unprepared for the most sudden death, but may be in constant readiness to give up my accounts at what hour soever my soul shall be required of me; and when I appear at Thy tribunal, I may be able to lift up my head with joy before Thee, in full assurance that Thou art perfectly reconciled to me through the blood of Thy Son; and that from thenceforth I shall be for ever with Thee in Thy blessed kingdom; where, with angels, and arch-angels, and all the company of heaven, I shall praise Thee incessantly, and rejoice in Thee everlastingly, with joy unspeakable and full of glory. · Bless, I pray Thee, Thy holy catholic church dispersed over the face of the earth; and especially that part of it which Thou hast planted in these islands. Bless more particularly Thy servant George our king, and all who by Thy providence are set in authority under him : grant that both they and all other the inhabitants of this land may faithfully and painfully serve in their several stations, to Thy glory, the maintenance and advancement of Thy true religion, and the good of this Thy church and people. Be gracious to all my relations and friends, especially to those most near and dear unto me; to all who have done me any good, and to those also who have done or wished me any evil: give to them and me, and to all Christians, and particularly to those who are in any distress or trouble, whatsoever Thou knowest to be best for us, in reference to our spiritual, temporal, and eternal welfare.
And now, O Lord! I desire with the humblest prostration of my soul to adore Thy Majesty, and to praise Thy incomprehensible goodness for all Thy great and manifold mercies vouchsafed' to me, the unworthiest of Thy servants, and to all mankind. I bless Thee for Thy general mercies of creation, preservation,
and providence; and more especially for Thine astonishing love in reconciling the world to Thyself, by the death of Thine only begotten Son Jesus Christ. I bless Thee for our redemption by his blood; for our vocation, illumination, and sanctification by His Word and Spirit; for our hope of justification and eternal life by His resurrection, and ascension, and continual intercession for us. I bless Thee for those measures of Thy preventing, restraining, and assisting grace, which Thou hast been pleased to bestow upon any of us, whereby we have been enabled to do any thing that is good and acceptable unto Thee; and have been kept from those sins we should otherwise have committed. Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy Name be the praise for whatever good Thou hast been pleased to work in us, or for us, or through, or by us, out of Thy great mercy and goodness. I bless Thee for my health and strength; my peace and safety; and for the competent provision Thou hast made for me and mine of all things necessary both to this life and a better.
Finally, I bless and praise Thy holy Name for Thy merciful preservation of me the day past: and I most humbly beseech Thee to continue Thy mercy and goodness towards me this night : defend me from all dangers, ghostly and
bodily; grant me quiet and refreshing sleep; and if Thou art pleased to add another day to my life, give me grace to employ it in Thy service, and to Thy glory : All which I beg for Jesus Christ's sake ; in Whose most blessed name and words I offer up, and conclude my imperfect prayers.
Our Father, Which art in Heaven &c.
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Prayer that God would be pleased to assist us in
Let Thy merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of Thine unworthy servants; and that we may obtain our petitions, make us to ask such things as shall please Thee, and to offer up our supplications at the throne of Thy grace with humble, lowly, penitent and obedient hearts; not trusting in our own righte
ousness, but in Thy manifold and great mercies, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayers for pardon and peace.
Almighty God, and most merciful Father! Who, for our many and grievous sins from time to time committed against Thee, mightest most justly have consumed us long ago, but in the multitude of Thy mercies hast hitherto spared us; accept, we most humbly beseech Thee, our unfeigned sorrow for all our former transgressions; and grant that we may never so presume on Thy mercy, as to despise the riches of Thy goodness; but that Thy forbearance and long suffering may lead us to repentance and amendment of our lives; to Thy honour and glory, and ourowneverlasting salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Lord, we beseech Thee, grant us pardon and peace; that we who for our evil deeds do worthily deserve to be punished, by the comfort of Thy grace may mercifully be relieved ; and being cleansed from all our sins, may serve Thee with a quiet mind, through Jesus Christ our Lord. : Amen.
Our Father, Which art in Heaven; Hallowed be Thy Name: Thy kingdom come: