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Let my prayer be set forth before Thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice k.
Consider and hear me, O Lord, my God : lighten mine eyes, that I sleep not in death '.
O satisfy me early with Thy mercy, that I may rejoice and be glad all my days m.
Make Thy face to shine upon Thy servant; and teach me Thy statutes “.
Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.
For Thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from fallingo. · I will lay me down in peace, and take my rest; for Thou, Lord, only makest me to dwell in safety P.
I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved :
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth : my flesh also shall rest in hope ?
* Psalm cxli. 2. n Psalm cxix. 135.
'Psalm xiii. 3. m Psalm xc. 14.
Psalm cxvi. 7, 8. Psalm iv. 8. I Psalm xvi. 8, 9.
As for me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness : I shall be satisfied when I awake with Thy likeness".
I shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of Thy house; and Thou shalt make me to drink of the river of Thy pleasures :
For with Thee is the fountain of life: In Thy light shall we see light'.
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in Thy presence is fulness of joy : at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore!
Glory be to the Father &c.
Thanksgiving for the mercies of the day past ; and
Prayer for pardon, grace, and protection. Blessed be Thy holy Name, O Lord, my God, for Thy gracious protection and preservation of me the day past; for defending me from innumerable evils to which I have been exposed ; and for continuing to me the comforts of this life, and the hope of life everlasting.
O Heavenly Father! forgive, I humbly beseech Thee, for Jesus Christ's sake, whatsoever Thou hast seen amiss in me this day in my thoughts, words, or actions; and assist me with Thy Holy Spirit in making it henceforward my
" Psalm xvii. 15.
Psalm xxxvi. 8, 9.
Psalm xvi. 11. sincere endeavour to resist and conquer every evil inclination within me, and every temptation from without.
That which I know not, teach Thou me: instruct me in all the particulars of my duty, both towards Thee, and towards men; and give me grace always to think and to do those things that are good, and well-pleasing in Thy sight, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
And now, O Lord, I go to my bed, as to my grave; and know not but that I may awake in another world: but whether I live or die, I commend myself to Thy mercy and goodness. O Thou keeper of Israel, That neither slumberest nor sleepest, be graciously pleased to watch over me this night. . Keep me by Thy Grace from all works of darkness; and defend me by Thy power from all dangers. Grant me comfortable and refreshing sleep, such as may fit me for the duties of the day following. And, Lord, make me ever mindful of that time when I shall lie down in the dust: and because I know neither the day, nor the hour of my Master's coming, grant me grace that I may be always ready; that I may never live in such a state as I shall fear to die in; but that whether I live, I may live unto the Lord ; or whether I die, I may die unto the Lord; so that living or dying I may be Thine, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
DEVOTIONS FOR NOON;
wherein the practice of Christian Holiness is recommended and enforced from several considerations,—in passages wholly taken from Scripture divided into portions for the six days of the week,—with prayers suited to each portion.
Christian holiness enforced from a consideration of
the several parts of our baptismal vow.
1. That we renounce the devil, and all his works.
HE that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning : For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil .
There was war in Heaven : Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dra
a 1 John iii. 8.
gon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in Heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world : He was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him b.
Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the seas! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist stedfast in the faith ".
Resist the devil, and he will Alee from you.
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness; but rather reprove them.'
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices 8.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood; but against principalities, against powers, against
6 Rev. xii. 7, 8, 9.
e Jam. iv. 7.
Rev. xii. 12.
d 1 Pet. v. 8, 9, & 2 Cor. ii. 11.