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trite heart, and renew a right spirit within me, that I may heartily bewail my sins, and have a godly sorrow unto salvation, not to be repented of; that confessing and forsaking my sins, I may be entirely converted unto thee, through Jesus Christ my Redeemer. Amen.

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A Prayer to be used on fasting Days.
God, the Father, who for our fakes didft send thy Son

into this world, and in our nature didft appoint him to faft forty days and forty nights ; give me grace to use such abstinence, that my flesh being subdued to the Spirit, I may ever obey thy godly motions, in righteousness and true holi ness, to thy honour and glory, and the salvation of my own foul, through the merits and mediation of the same thy Son Jesus Christ, who with thee, and the Holy Ghost, livest and reigneft one God, world without end. Amen.

A Prayer for true Mortification.


Lmighty God who madest thy blessed Son to be cir

cumcised and obedient to the law for man ; grant me the true circumcision of the Spirit, that my heart and all

my members being mortified from all worldly and fleshly lusts, I may in all things obey thy blessed will, through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Mediator and Advocate. Amen.


A Prayer for Asistance of Grace.
God, the strength of all them that put their trust in

thee; mercifully accept my prayers, and because, thro' the weakness of my mortal nature, I can do no good thing without thee; grant me the help of thy grace, that in keeping thy commandments, I may please thee both in will and deed, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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God! who art dreadful in thy justice, when thou exe

cutest vengeance on hardened and disobedient finners, whose wrath is flow, but in the end severe when provoked; give to thy servant a meek and gentle spirit, that I may always be slow to anger, and easy to help and forgive; grant, that I may not be moved to intemperate wrath on every triAing occasion. Oh! let not the fun


upon my wrath;
and let it never be raised, but upon a just cause; and so go-
verned by reason and charity, that my conscience may truly
say, I have been angry and sinned not. Preserve me from
a peevish and contentious spirit, and suffer me not so far to
give place to the devil, as to bear hatred and malice in my
heart; that I may be able, according to thy command, to lift
up holy hands in my prayers to thee without wrath. Grant,
that I may not be easily provoked, and that I may follow
peace with all men, being meek, humble and merciful, bear-
ing with the infirmities of others, and forgiving their offen-
ces, as I desire to be forgiven of thee, through the merits of
my blessed Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
A Prayer under Loses and Damages in our Goods and Estate.

Lmighty God! the Creator and Preserver of all man

kind, the world is thine and the fulness thereof. And fince thou hast made me to abound with many things which others want; so if hereafter thou makeft me to want what others abound with, teach me to be content as well when I am abased and suffer need, as when I abound : for, as it will profit a man nothing to gain the whole world and to lose his soul; loallthe losses in the world cannot undo him, whose soul is safe in thy hands. Oh! let me not grieve therefore, as if I were undone, for what I have lost, but incline

my heart to commit myselfchearfully unto thee, and to be content with the inheritance thou doft chuse for me, so that at Jaft I may see and obtain the joy of thy falvation, as knowing that I have in heaven a better and an enduring substance of good things to come. And seeing how little any thing is to be C

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confided in here on earth, let me be the more careful and industrious to lay up treasure in heaven : grant that I may look less on temporal things, and be most concerned that I lose not that blessed state of eternal life ; but that I may so provide for the good of my soul, and be so rich towards God, that when all here shall fail me, thou may ft be the strength

heart and my portion for ever; all which I humbly pray through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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A Prayer in our Prosperity.


Lmighty and most gracious God! thou are the portion

of my cup, thou maintainest my lot. Thou makest me to abound and to be full of thy good things, and furroundest me on every side with thy mercies, making my affairs succeed so well to my content, that I cannot but be pleased and satisfied with my condition. This raises in me a desire with all my soul, to acknowledge, bless, and praise thee for all thy special favours towards me ; but whereas I know not what shall be on the morrow, nor how soon the sun

may be hid from my eyes, I must not say in my profperity, I shall never be moved. And grant that in the time of my health, and peace, and prosperity, I may remember, and provide for the time of trouble, sickness and death, when the enjoyments of this world will be so far from being able to support and relieve me, that they will vanish away.

Oh! give megrace not to abuse the good things of this world, but always to use them in humility, sobriety, and thy holy fear, making many others to fare the better for thy bounty towards me ; and make me willing, as thou hast made me able, to refresh the bowels of such as want what I do enjoy ; and as freely to give, as I have received ; that riches may not be kept to my hurt; but as I have opportuni'y, enlarge my heart to do good unto all. Ichuse, O Lord! rather to be (urned out of all my earthly poffeffions, than that they thould lie in my way to stop my journey to heaven: werefore tho' thou shouldīt make me poor, or fend me any o‘ber aft etion, give me therewith a resigned and contented heari,!la. I may praise thy name always: and grant that whateve! 11:19


enjoy, may never draw my heart from its duty to the living God, who alone canst be a never-failing portion to my

immortal soul. Grant also, O my God! that all my other plenty may be blessed and secured to me with the fulness of thy grace, that so, being rich in good works, my foul

may profper, and be well in thy blessed favour, and made glad with thy saving mercy, and thy good acceptance of


in and through the merits of thy Son, our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Amen.

For a Prayer to be used in a State of Poverty, see Page 49.


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A Prayer under any injuries, abuses or provocations.

God, who knowest our necessities before weask, and our

ignorance in asking, I am sensible that even the best of men are often insulted and evil intreated; since thy own fon, by whom the world was made, did meet with cruel mockings and scourgings when upon earth; he was evil intreated, tempted, reviled, spit upon, mocked, and persecuted even unto death; and his blessed disciples had also trials of cruel mockings and scourgings, and of severe bonds and imprisonments: what then am Ithat I should expect to escape the injuries, abuses and provocations of this world! therefore Lord, such as my folly and miscarriage have made my enemies, incline my heart to peace and enable me to appease and gain them to my friendship; and such as hate me wrongfully, pardon their sin, open their eyes, purify their minds, and convert their hearts unto thee; that they may see their fault, be reconciled to thee, O God!and then live, as much as in them lieth, in peace with all men, that we may at last live together in heaven. But such as will not cease from hating, let thy power prevent their hurting me; or tho’they do hurt me, by thy wise permission, grant me such a measure of thy grace, that I may not only forgive them, but for their hatred I may be ready to return good-will; when they curse, let me bless, and reward their injuries with good works; and when they persecute, grant that I may follow the example and command of thy son, by praying for my persecutors. Grant moreover, that I may consider all injurious treatment as thy rod, and the punishment of my fins; that instead of en

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deavouring to revenge myself of my enemies, I may be dumb, meek and patient under all injuries; and for this end, mortify, I beseech thee, in all of us, the carnal mind, which is at enmity against thee, and all those lusts, which warin our members, from whence wars and fightings arise; and unite us all against the common enemy of our souls, and join all our hearts to thee, in thy true fear and love, that we may not meditate revenge, but study to be quiet; and this we humbly pray

in the name of that great pattern of meekness, thy Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

A Prayer for our Perfecutors.

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God! whose nature and property is always to have mer

cy and to forgive, shew mercy I most humbly beseech thee to all those that persecute me, tho’ they neither shew

justicenor mercy towards me: pity their ignorance, remove those prejudices that blind their eyes, 1weeten and soften their spirits, that they may no longer be carried


with malice and bitter passions ; but dispose them by humility and meekness, and by a sincere love of truth and righteousness, to a joyful receprion and acknowledgement thereof; that they niay lay aside their errors, and resolutely profess thy holy faith ; so that their repentance may turn away thine eternal vengeance, through the merits and mediation of thy Son Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

A Prayer against Covetousness.


Lmighty God, the Author and Giver of all that I en

joy, govern my affections towards the things of this world, that no greediness of gain may tempt me to the leaft injustice, either by fraud or oppression; but that I may commit myself to thy providence in the use of honest endeavours. Let not the concerns of this life make me negligent in my pursuit of the glory that is reserved in the next life for those that love God and keep his commandments; that while I am supporting a dying body, I may remember I have an immortal soul, which immediately deserves my greatest care;


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