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patient, and submissive spirit in myself, to practise cheerfulness and meekness, to promote peace, and love and good-will among those around me, to forgive others, as I would wish to be forgiven, and to do unto them as I would that they should do unto me?

To these inquiries, you will continually find yourselves compelled to acknowledge in the language of the penitent prodigal, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son;" implore therefore the forgiveness of God for your past transgressions, and His grace to sustain you in your future conduct, in some of the following supplicatory expressions:

“Have mercy upon me, O God, after thy great goodness: according to the multitude of thy mercies do away mine offences.

"For I acknowledge my faults, and my sin is ever before me.

"Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

"Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon me, and save me for thy mercy sake.

"Comfort the soul of thy servant, for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul, from this time forth for evermore. Amen.

At suitable times and seasons, it will be found highly salutary, my dear young friends, to you who are more advanced in age, to enter with greater explicitness into this most useful exercise of self-examination, rightly termed the first step in the formation of a christian character. Take, therefore, the commandments as your guide, and implore the assistance of God's Holy Spirit, to enable you to search into your own infirmities, in the following, or similar, language.

Prayer previous to Self-Examination

O Almighty and most merciful Father, who art of purer eyes than to behold iniquity; yet who desirest not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness and live, mercifully enable me, by the assistance of thy Holy Spirit, to discern the evils of my nature, to acknowledge them in truth, to deplore them in all humility, to search out their very origin, to examine my thoughts as well as words, my motions as well as actions. For thou, O Lord, seest not as men seeth; thou lookest on the heart; thou understandest my thoughts afar off; "there is not a word on my tongue, but thou, O Lord, knowest it altogether." Give me grace then, that I endeavour not to deceive myself, that I hope not to deceive thee; let me duly reflect, that thy all-seeing eye is before

me, both now and for ever; that all which I conceal here will be revealed hereafter; and that it is only as I endeavour to purify myself, in this my state of earthly trial, that I may be rendered capable of accepting the precious gift of salvation, held out to me and all other sinners, through thy mercy, as manifested by the redemption of the world in Jesus Christ our Lord for ever and ever. Amen.


“Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments."---Ps. cxii.




God spake these words, and said, I am the Lord thy God: thou shalt have no other God but me.

Have I believed in one only God, the First Cause and Maker of all things, the eternal Jehovah. "The first and the last, the beginning and the ending, the Alpha and Omega.” "The Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come." Have I ac


knowledged his wisdom and love, his power and might? Have I considered him as a just God, and a Saviour;" as my "Father and Redeemer, whose name is from everlasting?" Have I endeavoured to worship him “in spirit and in truth," to entertain at all times an awful sense of his divine presence; to keep my soul pure and undefiled, fitting for the temple of God, that the Spirit of God may dwell in me, and to present my body " a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God," as my 66 reasonable service;" to have faith in Him, "without which it is impossible to please God;" and to believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him?" Have I trusted in the Lord at all times, acknowledged Him in all my ways, committed all my works to Him, and endeavoured in all my thoughts, words, and actions, to set forth his honor and glory, to excite others to do the same, and to shew my love of Him by keeping His commandments?


Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down to them nor worship them; for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, and visit the


sins of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, and shew mercy unto the thousandth of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Am I sufficiently thankful for being born in a Christian country, and in an enlightened age, whereby I am relieved from the darkness of idolatry, and the superstition of worshipping images, or invoking angels or saints, or any created being, thereby giving the glory of God to another? Have I separated myself from Thee, O Lord, by setting up idols in my heart, by greedily desiring gold or honours, or pleasures, more than Thy favour; by suffering" other lords beside Thee to have dominion" over me; by honouring the creature more than the Creator, and by fearing "them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul," more than "Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell?"


Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Have I endeavoured at all times to hallow in my heart the name of our Father which art in Heaven, as I daily pray with my lips for it to be hallowed?

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