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all our unbelief, negligence, indifference, and coldness of heart towards thee, and all worldly-mindedness. Cleanse our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee and worthily magnify thy holy name. Deliver our souls from all the entanglements of sin, and take us out of the mire and filthiness of this evil world, and place us firmly and immoveably on Christ, the rock of ages, the only sure foundation.
Be with us this day. Do us good, even the best good, good to our souls. Let all our hours be employed for thee, so that we may do nothing on which we cannot ask thy blessing, and in which we cannot enjoy thy presence. Especially may we be watchful to avoid evil, to do good, to be helpful to the souls of others, and also watch against all inconsistency of conduct in our high and holy calling as the children of God.
Bring back thy people Israel to their own land. Speedily gather in thine elect from all lands, and complete the first fruits unto God and the Lamb, in whose mouth shall be found no guile, and who shall be without fault before the throne of God. Prepare thy people to glorify thy holy name in the fires of tribulation, and keep them from the hour of temptation which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. And, at length, let the tabernacle of thee our God be with men, and do thou dwell with them; and let them be thy people, and the whole earth be filled with thy glory.
O gracious Father, thanks, eternal thanks, be unto thee for all the aboundings of thy grace and goodness towards us in what is past, and what is present, and what thou hast promised in the ages to come, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
CONFESSION OF DAILY SINS-PRAYER FOR ABSENT
Almighty Father, now present in the midst of us, and full of grace and goodness to all who seek thee, and who hast given so many precious promises to all who call upon thee, grant us grace to believe that thou art truly here, and that thou art the sure rewarder of them who diligently seek thee, through our one Mediator Jesus Christ.
We confess that however in the eyes of our fellow men we may have been blameless and faultless, we have sinned greatly against thee this day. Duties justly owing to thee have been omitted or negligently fulfilled; sins against thee and against each other have been committed in thy sight by each of us. By unbelief, by hardness of heart, by vain thoughts, by idle words, by mis-spent time and talents, by lost opportunities, we have all offended before thee. O deal not with us after our sins, nor reward us according to our iniquities, but deal with us according
to the abundance of thy tender mercies, and the multitude of thy loving kindnesses, and raise us at length to that blessed devotedness to thee which thy law has set before us.
Thou hast graciously declared, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. According, therefore, to thine own sovereignty and overflowing bounty have mercy, and have compassion upon us thy sinful creatures; give unto us thy heavenly grace to teach us our sinfulness, and to help us to look to our all-sufficient Saviour, to uphold our goings in his paths, to strengthen us against all our spiritual foes, and to bless us by turning every one of us from our iniquities.
Give us especially the spirit of knowledge and understanding, of faith and love. O grant us much true Christian love; love to God and love to man; that living in love we may dwell in thee, and thou thyself mayest dwell in us. Give us peace within and peace without; and let us as much as lieth in us live peaceably with all men, and follow after the things which make for peace, and the things whereby we may edify one another.
Take care of us all during the defenceless hours of the night. We desire to feel that we have no real safety, but as thou who never slumberest nor sleepest watchest over us; and that no evil can come nigh us while thou art our keeper. We commit, there
fore, ourselves, and all that are dear to us, unto thy watchful providence.
Bless all our relations and friends. Some are widely scattered from us; but all are under thine eye and in thy presence, so that while we are here praying to thee, thou who art with them canst at this moment, in answer to our prayers, do good to them and bless them. We entreat thee now to give to each that defence and succour, that help and blessing, which they severally need.
O Lord, who hast given us the gracious title of the Lord's remembrancers and watchmen, and hast charged us to give thee no rest till thou make Jerusalem a praise in the earth, give us a deep interest in that which is thus dear to thee; give us ardent desires for the restoration and salvation of thy people Israel. Fulfil all the rich promises given in thy word unto them, that so the heathen may fear thy name, and all the ends of the earth may see the salvation of our God.
We thank thee, O our Father, from the heart, for the full propitiation made by the death of Jesus for the sins of the whole world. We thank thee for the precious assurance that all the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord, and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. We bless thee for the promise which we look for, of new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. For the speedy return of our Re
deemer; for the future resurrection of the dead saints, and the glorious change of those that are alive; and for the eternal glory yet to be revealed in the last days, all praise, and honour, and adoration be unto thee, O Father, who livest and reignest with the Son and the Holy Ghost, one eternal God, for ever and Amen.
PRAISE FOR FAMILY WORSHIP-PRAYER FOR GIVING UP OURSELVES TO GOD.
O thou that art ever with us, and hearest the prayers of all that call upon thee, enable us now to partake of our highest privilege and blessing in this life, communion with thee through Jesus Christ. We cannot of ourselves attain it, but thy precious promise has assured to us the aid of thy Spirit. O may that Spirit now help our infirmities, and raise our inward affections to thyself, and may we come unto thee thirsting and longing after thy presence.
O Lord, what thanks we owe to thee that in thy goodness we have been drawn thus to meet together in family worship! Thou hast taught us that the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps; and thou hast revealed thy purpose of pouring out thy fury upon the families that call not upon thy name. We bless thee, then,