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heart, by the assistance of thy grace, never again to return to folly. ..
“ The heart is deceitful above all things, “ and clesperately wicked, who can know it."
I cannot answer for my own heart, but there is nothing, O Lord, impossible with thee. In thee do I put my trust; let me never be put to conflision; keep it ever in the heart of thy servant, that it is indeed an evil and a bitter thing to sin against the Lord.
« All things are naked and open unto the “ eyes of him with whom we have to do."
Grant that I may always live and act as having thee the constant witness of my conduct, for Christ's sake.
. “ Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it " with all thy might, for the night cometh, “ when no man can work."
Make me O Lord, ever sensible of the great evil of delaying the work in its season, which thou hast appointed, lest the night surprise me unawares.
“ All things are possible to him that be« lieveth.”
O Lord, we beg that faith in Jesus Christ who can enable us to do all things: that we may be able to discover, to avoid, to resist, and to root out whatever is evil in us.
“ Give thyself wholly to these things."
God grant that I may do so ; and I pray preserve me from ease, idleness, and trifling away my precious time.
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out “of your mouth.” ,“ Speak not evil one of another,"
Set a watch O Lord, before my mouth and keep the door of my lips. is.'
Grant O God, that my conversation may be truly christian ; may I never hear with pleasure, nor ever repeat such things as may dishonour God, in jure my neighbour or my own character.
“ If any man sin, we have an advocate with * the Father.”
* Jesus Christ the righteous, and he is the propitiation of our sins.".
O most powerful advocate, I put my cause into thy hands, let thy blood and merits plead for me, and by thy mighty intercession procure for me a full discharge of all my sins.:
“ Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unte 46 thee."
Lord the frailty of man without thee, cannot but fall. In all temptations therefore, I do bea seech thee to succour me, that no sin may ever get the deminion over me. ::
“ Set your affections on things, not on things “ on the earth.”
And may Almighty God, who alone can do it, effectually convince me of the vanity of all that is desirable in this present life, that I may not, like an unbeliever, look for my happiness here.
Give me O Lord, a perfect indifference for the world, its profits, pleasures, and all its idols. ...
Ecclus. XVIII, 20. “ Before judgment examine thyself, and in “the day of visitation thou shalt find mercy.” · Discover to me, O thou searcher of hearts, whatever is amiss in me in life or principle. ..
John vill, 28. * Which of you convinceth me of sin?”
O Jesus, the only being free from sin, make me thy scrvant, as blameless and holy as the frailty of my naiure will allow.
.. . Ecclus. XVIII, 31.
~ If thou givest thy soul the desires that “ please her, she will make thee a laughing "stock to thine enemies, that malign thee.” i
Ecclus. XIX, 5. “ He that resisteth pleasures, crowneth his “ life.”
Vouchsafe me gracious God, the graces of mortification and self denial, thạt my affections and flesh being subdued unto the spirit, and my heart and all my members being mortified from all carnal and worldly lusts, I may ever obey thy blessed will, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Mark v, 4. “ And they laughed him to scorn.”
O my Lord and master, let me never be driven from my duty by the infidulity and scoffs of the world.
John xvii, 16.
* They are not of the worll, even as I am < not of the world."
O Lord make us truly sensible how very different our lives ought to be, from the lives of the worldly people, that we may avoid their maxims, all that is curious, useless, light and yain, and live up to our character..