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and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
HEBREWS iv. 9.–There remaineth therefore a rest for the people of God.
O God, whose mercies are renewed to us day by day, we desire to offer the continual sacrifice of praise, in the name of that blessed Saviour, through whom alone sinners may approach thee even with the voice of thanksgiving. Accept our unfeigned thanks for thy preservation of us during the past night, for all our past comforts and privileges, and for adding another day to our lives, while so many of our fellow men have been cut off in an unprepared state.
Make us, O Lord, more and more sensible of thy condescension and grace, in regarding the services of so unworthy creatures, and in continuing thy mercies to the unthankful and the evil. Teach us to know and to feel our exceeding sinfulness in thy sight, that we may be filled with a due sense of all thy mercies. Save us, O Lord our God, and gather not our souls with the ungodly; but set us apart for thine own kingdom. May we strive to enter in at the strait gate. May we not be of the number of those who, seeking to enter in, shall not be able; but of those who believe to the saving of the soul. And, we pray thee, O Lord, to show forth thy great power, both in pardoning our sins, and in enabling us to bring forth the fruits of
righteousness, which are, by Jesus Christ, to thy praise and glory. As thou hast given him to be unto us both a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life; give us grace thankfully to receive that his estimable benefit, and to endeavor daily to follow his blessed steps.
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Our eyes are now directed unto thee, from whom cometh all our help. Guide us in all our actions, sanctify our conversation, and defend us from all dangers. Dispose us to enter upon the various duties of this day, with the spirit of those whom thy mercy hath spared, and thy grace hath quickened to newness of life. Deliver us from spiritual sloth and negligence. Make us active in the discharge of all that lieth before us. Help us to press forward in the way of life, and so to run, that we may obtain the prize of our high calling. Incline and enable us to abound in those good works which thou hast prepared for us to walk in; to watch and wait all the days of our appointed time, till our change come; and, by patient continuance in well-doing, to seek for glory, and honor, and immortality ; that so, by thy mercy, we may, in the end, obtain eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Our Father, &c.
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2 Tim. iii. 16.—All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17.—That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
Romans x. 17.-Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Rev. i. 3.—Blessed be he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein.
Heb. iv. 12.–For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Romans i. 16.—The gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation, to every one that believeth.
James i. 21.-Receive with meekness the ingrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
22.—But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
Psalm xix. 7.—The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
Isaiah lv. 3.-Incline your ear, and come unto me; hear, and your soul shall live; and I will be an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not
thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth; it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto ] sent it.
JAMES i. 21.–Wherefore lay apart all filthiness, and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the ingrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
Romans i. 16.-I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.
2 Tim. iii. 15.—The holy scriptures are able to make thee wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
O Lord our God, infinitely great, and infinitely good, whose glory is above all our thoughts, and whose mercies are over all thy works, we adore, and bless, and praise thee, for that goodness which thou hast been pleased to vouchsafe unto us, who are the daily objects of thy bounty, and the living monuments of thy patience and forbear
While thy glorious perfections would forbid our approaches, thy gracious covenant emboldens us to look upon thee, as a merciful and forgiving Father in Jesus Christ.
O Lord, who didst create us after thy own image, in a holy and happy estate, we have made ourselves vile and miserable, unlike that which came out of thy hands; averse to good, prone to evil, and full of daily provocations and rebellious against thee. It is through thy wonderful patience that thou hast not, long before this time, cut us off
in our sins, and shut us up in final despair of thy mercy. Praised be God, that, willing to be reconciled even to thine enemies, thou hast sent thy only Son into the world upon the great errand of our salvation; and that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life. Lord, we believe, help thou our unbelief; and give us true repentance towards God, and right faith in our Lord Jesus Christ; that we may be of the number of those who indeed repent and believe, to the saving of the soul.
And save us, o good Lord, from our sinful frailty and corruption ; from the love of this evil world; and from every wicked custom which we are tempted to follow. Make us a way to escape out of all the snares of temptation, wherewith we may be entangled. Make thy way plain before us, and so full of pleasantness, that, convinced of its excellence, we may cheerfully give up ourselves to follow it ; that our own experience in the way
of godliness may have more power to attach us to it, than all the allurements of the world to divert us from it. Establish, O Lord, and strengthen, and settle us; that going forth in thy strength, we may rejoice to do thy will, and continue in thy fear and love to our lives' end.
These things we beg not for ourselves alone, but for all whom we should remember in our prayers. Obring nigh unto thee all those that are yet afar off; that such as yet sit in darkness and