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Almighty God, mercifully hear and answer these our supplications. Shed abroad thy love and mercy upon all the creatures of thy hand. Sanctify the dispensations of thy providence, and prosper the means of grace. And grant us thy peace all the days of our life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. men.
Our Father, &c.
Ezek. xxxiii. 11.—As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked: but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye, from your evil ways; for why will ye die, 0 house of Israel? (Ezek. xviii. 21.)—But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. (1 Cor. xii. 7.)-The manifestation of the Spirit is given to EVERY Man to profit withal. (2 Cor. xii. 9.) - He said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness. (Mal. ii. 10.)—Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? (Acts x. 34.)—God is no respecter of persons; (2 Peter iii. 9.)— but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (1 Tim. ii. 5.)-For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for ALL.
(1 John ii. 2.)—He is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the WHOLE WORLD. (Rom. v. 18.)—As by the offence of one, judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life: (Rom. xi. 32.)—for God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out—(Heb. ii. 9.)—that he, by the grace of God, should taste death FOR EVERY MAN!
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, by whose kind providence the darkness of night is turned to the light of day, and who hast graciously devised a way of salvation for us miserable sinners, we praise thee for adding to the number of our days, and for giving us another opportunity of imploring thy fatherly forgiveness. O the depths of the riches of thy wisdom, thy knowledge, and thy love! Thou, O God, the merciful and gracious Lord, has so done thy marvellous works, that they ought to be had in remembrance. Thou hast sent redemption unto thy people ; thou hast commanded thy covenant for ever; holy and reverend is thy name. It is a good thing to give thanks unto thee, O Lord; and to sing praises unto thy name, O thou Most High; to show forth thy loving-kindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night.
Teach us, O Lord, always to consider this life as the only season of preparation for another. Suffer us not to waste it in unprofitableness and vanity; and graciously continue it to us, till the work is finished which thou hast given us to do. Take away from us the spirit of slumber; and quicken us to greater diligence and activity. Forasmuch as the night is far spent, and the day is at hand, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and to put upon us the armor of light. Make us to count all things but loss, for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord ; and dispose us gladly to suffer the loss of all things,
that we may win Christ and be found in him. O Lord, raise up, we pray thee, thy power, and come among us, and with great might succor us; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness, we are sore let and hindered in running the race that is set before us, thy bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us.
(Here may be used any appropriate Collect.)
Defend us, O Lord, from day to day, with thy heavenly grace, that we may continue thine for ever, and daily increase in thy Holy Spirit, more and more, until we come unto thy everlasting kingdom. Strengthen us in every conflict with the enemies of our souls; and comfort our hearts with the full assurance of faith that they shall not finally prevail against us. May we not trust to a form of godliness, and deny the power thereof; but be faithful and sincere in thy service, keeping our hearts with all diligence, and laboring to bring every thought and intent thereof in captivity to the obedience of Christ, that so, at the last, an entrance may be ministered unto us abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, in whose name we offer up our imperfect prayers. Amen.
Our Father, &c.
(Or, with a Collect, for the Morning or Evening.)
2 Cor. xiii. 3.—Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates ? (Heb. xi. 1.)—Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (HEB. xi. 6.)—But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (ROMANS X. 9.)-If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thy heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart, man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation. (2 Peter ii. 1.)—But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. (Eph. ii. 8.)—For by grace are ye saved, through faith ; and that not of yourselves : it is the gift of God; (Rom. iii. 22.)—the righteousness of God, which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all, and upon all them that believe. For there is no difference, for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus; whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation, through faith in his blood, lo declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God. (ROMANS V. 10.)-For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son: much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. (Romans v. 1.)—Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ.