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It is one of my highest privileges, and of my greatest mercies, that thine ear is ever open to the prayer of those that call upon thee. Give me, then, thy Spirit, that I may at all times call upon the name of the Lord. At evening, at morning, and at noon-day, will I pray, and thou shalt hear my voice.
I am, indeed, a sinful and a needy creature. My wants and my necessities are urgent. Lord help my unbelief. My faith is weak, my repentance imperfect, my affections are wandering; my heart is hard, my pride is great, and my sins are innumerable. I fail in love to thee and my neighbour. I continually sin against thee. I am verily guilty before thee.
But this is my hope, I have an advocate with thee, Jesus Christ the righteous, who is the propitiation for our sins. O grant me faith in him, that I may be justified freely by thy grace, through his redemption; be accepted in that beloved Son; and be a partaker of his Spirit.Lord, make me hate and loathe every iniquity. Strengthen me to resist every temptation.
Give me grace to put my whole trust in thee, to love thee supremely and constantly, to honour thy holy name and to serve thee truly all the days of my life. Teach me to do thy will, for thou art my God; thy Spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. Give me grace to love my neighbour as myself, to reverence my superiors, to hurt no one, to be temperate and chaste.Let me not be slothful in business, but fervent in spirit serving the Lord.
Lord, hast thou not said, when the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth
for thirst; I the Lord will hear them, I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. O Lord, I am poor and needy, and my soul thirsteth for thee. Hear me: Let me drink of the waters of life-never leave me, nor forsake me. Let me find thee, and live in thy presence, where alone is fulness of joy.
Grant, Lord of all power and love, that thy glory may be revealed to the Heathen, and that all flesh may see it together. Lift up the light of thy countenance upon thy people. Build up the waste places of Sion. Send labourers into thy vineyard. Let thy blessing rest upon the Government of this nation in all its departments, upon the ministers of thy gospel and upon all the people. Impart thy mercy and grace to my dear relations, to all who pray for me, and all for whom I ought to pray. Be gracious to those in distress. Grant to mine enemies, if I have any, thy pardoning mercy and sanctifying Spirit, and reward seven-fold into their bosom those from whom I have received benefits and kindness.
Lord God of my salvation, every day will I bless thee, and I will praise thy name for ever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger, and of great mercy. Thou keepest me from day to day in safety, and hast blessed me with innumerable mercies. I thank thee for every prayer heard and answered, and for every good received. But thou hast commended thy love above all, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. He shed his blood for me; and how can I love, and praise, and serve thee as I ought! O help me to live in all things to thy
glory, for the only sake of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour.
Our Father, &c.
[As some may be desirous to give the whole time of mid-day prayer to intercession, the following intercessory prayer is added.]
INTERCESSORY PRAYER AT NOON.
ALMIGHTY Father, who would have all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth, permit me now to approach thee, through Jesus Christ, in behalf of all those for whom I ought to pray.
Lord, bless thy church throughout the world. Let the glory of the Lord rise upon it in every place. I humbly pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Grace be with all them that love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Grant that they that believe in him may stand fast, in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for the faith of the Gospel, and send them now prosperity.
Bless that particular branch of thy Church to which I belong. May it continue to be favoured with the advantages which it now enjoys. God of all grace, grant that thy ministering servants in all the earth may be dead to the world and alive to Christ, and faithfully and continually preach the doctrines of his salvation. If any preach themselves and not the Lord Jesus Christ, O God change thou their hearts, shew them their danger, teach them thy truth, and enable them to proclaim it to others.Give wisdom, grace, and every blessing to that minister from whom I hear thy word.
And I pray thee, great Lord of the harvest, who seest and knowest all men, and hast the hearts of all in thy
control, bless all Universities, Seminaries, and Schools, that in them, the young may be trained up in the fear of God and the faith of Christ. Give thy Holy Spirit to all preparing for the ministry. Send forth into thy vineyard, both in our own country and in every land, men of an enlightened mind and a devout heart, men of patient perseverance, of firm resolution, of entire dedication of body and soul to their work, of a wise and sober judgment, and of unquenchable love to immortal souls.
Give thy blessing to Kings, Queens, and all in authority, that they may be nursing fathers and nursing mothers of thy church, and use the means which thou hast given them in the spread of true religion. Lord, instruct our Magistrates, and teach our Senators wisdom, that judgment may run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. Grant that every where such men as Nehemiah and Daniel may be raised up to offices in the state-men who shall disinterestedly labour and pray for the advancement of righteousness, and truth, and peace.
Our national sins call indeed for judgment; but grant that mercy may rejoice over judgment, and grace abound over sin. Give us, I beseech thee, those temporal and spiritual blessings which we deserve not, for to thee belongeth mercies and forgiveness of sins.
Grant that the doctrine of Christ crucified may be every where preached. Let such as now are Christians in name only, being taught the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, seek the life and power of religion; may the Jews, hearing of Christ Jesus, look unto him whom they have pierced, and mourn; and may the Gentiles be given to him. So let the earth be filled with the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
May such an effusion of thy Spirit be shed on all flesh,
that every tongue may joyfully sing the angelic song, "Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, good will towards men."
Bestow thy grace abundantly on my brethren and kinsmen according to the flesh, my parents, brothers and sisters, and all my relatives, my servants, my Christian friends, neighbours, and connexions. If any hate or revile me, Lord teach me to bless them-if any despitefully use me and persecute me, I now pray to thee in their behalf. Father forgive them, and do them good.
Look on the destitute and afflicted, let their afflictions lead them to thee, that they may find God their refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble; and though the chastening be grievous, may they experience that it yieldeth the peaceable fruits of righteousness.
Finally, O Lord God, quicken all those that are dead in trespasses and sins, grant that those beginning to know the truth may follow on to know the Lord, those that are weak in faith may wax strong, those that have backslidden may be healed, those that are strong may be confirmed more and more, and go from strength to strength till they appear in Sion. Thanks be to thee for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear. Shortly accomplish the number of thine elect, and hasten thy kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen. *
* Some have found it advantageous to give particular days for particular parts of Intercession as follows:
SUNDAY-Ministers and Christian Congregations.
TUESDAY-Relations, friends, and enemies.
WEDNESDAY--The Government and Nation.
THURSDAY-Benevolent and religious Societies.
FRIDAY-The Church throughout the world.
SATURDAY-Jews, Gentiles, and unconverted persons.