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our dealings, watchful over our thoughts, words and actions, diligent in our business, and temperate in all things.
Give us grace honestly to improve all the talents committed to our trust; and may no word. ly business, no wordly pleasures divert us from the concerns of the life to come.
May thy blessing be upon our persons, upon - our labours, and upon all that belongs to us; and may we never undertake any work which we dare not beg of thee to prosper.
May thy grace defend us in all assaults of our enemies ; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither into any kind of danger, but that all our doings be ordered by thy governance, we may always do that which is righteous in thy sight.
Give us gracious God, what is needful for us, and grace not to abuse thy favors. Give us, we beseech thee, contented minds, and make us ever mindful of the wants of others. Give us in this world, the knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come, life everlasting.
Hear us O merciful God, not according to our imperfect petitions, but according to the full meaning of that form of prayer which our Saviour hath taught.
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name : Thy kingdom come : Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven : Give us this day our daily bread : And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors : And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Let this prayer be frequently repcated immediately before the Lord's prayer: "Masters give unto your servants that which is just and equal, knowing that ye also have a niaster in heaven.”
O heavenly master, bless me with good
and faithful servants; and grant that I may per, form all the duties of a Christian master; that I may have a tender concern for the welfare both of their bodies and souls, and be an ex. ample to them of sobriety, justice and piety; and that we may be an household fearing God. And may thy blessing be upon them, and upon all my affairs committed to their trust, for the sake of thy beloved Son,
The great benefit and duty of evening prayer.
Sleep, said a great man, is so much like death that I dare not trust it without saying my prayers : and indeed for fear of the worst, a thoughtful Christian will take care to make his peace with God before he goes to sleep, and put himself under God's protection every even. ing of his life; that he may be safe from the fear of evil.
Let one of the family read distinctly what followeth, the rest seriously attending
By the goodness of God we are come to the
evening of this day, and we are 60 much nearer our latter end.
Let us seriously consider this, and pray God to prepare us for the hour of death.
Let us with penitent hearts beseech him to pardon our offences, and to deliver us from the évils which they have deserved.
Let us resolve to amend whatever we have done amiss, and pray God that his grace may keep us from returning to those sins which we have repented of. .
. And that we may be safe under his protection. who alone can defend us from the powers of darkness. For all which blessings let us devoutly pray.
Evening Praper. O Lord and heavenly father we acknowledge thy great goodness to us, in sparing us when we deserved punishment.....in giving us the necessaries of this life and setting before us the happiness of a better,
O merciful God, pardon our offences, correct and amend what is amiss in us; that as we grow in years, we may grow in grace and the nearer we come to our latter end the bet ter we may be prepared for it. s
“ In the midst of life we are in death." Lord grant that these thoughts may make us careful how we live that we may escape the bitter pains of eternal misery.
Take from us all ignorance, hardness of heart; and too much carefulness for things of this life.
Make us of an household fearing thee o God, submitting ourselves to thy good pleasure and putting our whole trust in thy mercy.
Give us a true knowledge of ourselves, of the corruption of our nature, and the necessity of thy gracious help to save us from ruin.
And may the spirit of Christ ever live and rule in us, possess our souls with a sincere love of thee O God, with an earnest desire of pleasing thee and a great dread of offending thee.