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own consciences, to dishonour our profession, or to unfit ourselves for presenting our evening sacrifice of solemn worship. But grant, that “ whether we eat or drink, or whatever we do; we may do all to the glory of thy great name.”
We beseech thee, O heavenly Father, to accept with mercy these our supplications; and to do for us exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think, through Jesus Christ, our great High Priest and Advocate. To whom with the Father and the Holy Spirit, be honour and glory, throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
A Family Prayer for Saturday Evening.
O Thou eternal God, in whom we live, and move, and have our being; enable us we beseech thee to close this week in that manner, which shall be most profitable to ourselves, and most honourable to thy name.
We have no occasion, O most righteous and holy God, to review the years which are past, in order to find cause of humiliation in thy sight: every day and every week suggests abundant matter for painful reflections, and adds to our conviction, that “we are all as an unclean thing,
" and all our righteousnessés as filthy rags.” Lord, if thou shouldest mark iniquity, who could stand ? Enable us, therefore, to confess our sins with ingenuous and unreserved sorrow and shame; to own that they are more in number than the hairs of our head, and a sore burden too heavy for us to bear; and to present ourselves, in deep contrition at thy throne of grace,
in humble faith and reverent boldness, through our great and compassionate High Priest, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Do thou apply the atoning blood to our consciences this evening, to purge away the guilt of the past week; that we may go to rest in peace, and not carry the guilt of any unrepented, unpardoned sin, into the ensuing week, to mar our comfort, or blast our endeavours to glorify thy name. O thou Author and Finisher of faith, help us against all the incursions of unbelief: leave us not to a dead faith and presumptuous hope; and let us not be discouraged by needless fears and scruples. Grant us peace and joy in believing; and let the love of God, shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, assure us that our hope shall never cause us to be ashamed.
While we would thus seek forgiveness of all that is past, through the blood of sprinkling; enable us also to return thee our unfeigned thanks for the mercies of the past week, and of our whole lives. Blessed be thy name, O Lord our God, for the
continuance of life; the preservation, (or recovery] of health; exemption, [or relief,] from pain; the use of our limbs, senses, and faculties; the plentiful supply of our wants; the kindness of our friends, and the restraints put upon our enemies and upon
for our domestick comforts; and our privileges in this land, still favoured with liberty, peace, and the light of heavenly truth. Oh that we were more disposed to bless thee for thy goodness, and for thy wonderful works toward the children of men ! We thank thee, for our abundant opportunities of religious improvement; for every degree of inclination to attend on them; and for all the benefit we have thus received. We ascribe it to thy special grace, that we have ever attended to thy gospel; and that we have been kept from turning back into the world, cr from being entangled in any destructive or injurious delusion : nay, that we are not at this moment sitting in the seat of the scornful, or walking in the paths of vice and impiety. Another week háth now been added to the season of thy long-suffering, and to our season of preparation for eternity! through another week we have obtained help of God, and been in some measure enabled to cleave to thee! Accept our cordial thanks and praises for all thine unnumbered inercies, and grant that our future lives may evince our sincerity.
Whatever any of us, O gracious Father, have attempted in thy service during the past week, do
thou render effectual by thy blessing. If [by conversation, or letters, or] in any way we have endeavoured to be useful to our brethren, or our fellow-sinners; give, we beseech thee, the desired success. . Though the seed sown may have been " as bread cast upon the waters;" let it not perish, but “ be found after many days.” And prosper the labours of those, who with greater zeal and ability, or more favourable opportunities, have sown the good seed of divine truth in any part of the world,
If, O Lord, we have presented any believing and fervent prayers before thy throne of grace; either in the closet, the family, or in publick worship; for ourselves, our beloved relatives and friends, and our Christian brethren dispersed abroad in the world; for our country, our rulers or teachers, and the different orders and ranks of men in the community; for the distressed in mind, body, or estate; for the oppressed and enslaved; for the peace of the world, the success of the gospel, and the establishment of thy kingdom: do thou graciously remember and answer all these our supplications; pardon the sinfulness cleaving to them, and far exceed them all, for the sake and honour of thy beloved son.
Bless to us, we beseech thee, the means of grace we have this week enjoyed: and grant that, through thine assistance, we may remember and be edified by all we have read or lieard from thy
holy word, Sanctify also to us the dispensations of thy providence: teach us to profit by all thy chastisements; and to learn gratitude and confidence in thee, by all thy mercies: and may even the experience we have of our own weakness and folly, excite us to more fervent prayers for wisdom, strength, and grace, according to thy precious promises.
And now, merciful God, we beseech thee, to prepare our hearts for the approaching day of sacred rest : and teach us so to arrange all our temporal concerns, that our thoughts may not be occupied, our attention distracted, nor our minds ruffled by them, when we would wait on thee in thy holy services. Let us not deem thy sabbaths a weariness; but our delight, our privilege, and great advantage. May the care of our own souls, and of the souls of those who belong to us, sweetly oecupy the hours of the day. By self-examination, and meditation on thy word, may we obtain increasing acquaintance with ourselves, our spiritual estato, the progress we have made, or the loss we have sustained, in this important concern. Enable us, we beseech thee, 'to humble ourselves before thee in true repentance, and cordially to renew our acceptance of thy salvation; and, while we wait on thee, may our strength be repaired; may every grace be brought into vigorous exercise; and our knowledge of thy truth and will in all respects enlarged. Assist us in thy publick worship,