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tion may we look up to thee to know what thou wouldst have us to do. And may we hearken unto and obey thy Word on every occasion, through Jesus Christ our Lord, by whom we are instructed thus to pray, “ Our Father,” &c.
PRAYER XX. Almighty and most merciful Lord God, thou God of all grace and long-suffering, who art abundant in goodness and truth; thou hast indeed been unto us a Father of mercies, though we have so long and grievously sinned and rebelled against thee. While thou hast been acting towards us in all the tenderness and care of the father in the parable, we have acted the ungrateful, foolish, and sinful part of the prodigal son towards thee. Like him we have forsaken thee, and thy people, and thy house ; and sought to be happy in following our own ways with sinners who had not the fear of God before their eyes. Now, Lord, we would return unto thee; oh, draw our hearts to thy
self. Cause us to see and feel the error of our ways, and henceforth to cast in our lot with thy servants; to be found in thine house of prayer, and to enjoy thy service above all things. Give us, o Lord, true repentance for all past sin, and saving faith in the merits and atoning blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Give us, O Lord, that new heart and right spirit, without which no man can see the Lord. Henceforth may we never more feed on the husks of sin and wickedness, but on that living bread, that grace and consolation which come down from heaven. May those who have come to themselves and returned unto thee, be enabled to give themselves up more and more every day to thy service, even unto their lives end, for Jesus Christ our Redeemer's sake, by whom we are encouraged thus to pray, “Our Father,” &c.
Most blessed and gracious Lord God, who hast so kindly and repeatedly ex
horted us to watch and pray against the ever-surrounding snares and temptations that beset us in this sinful world, and against all the workings of the old Adam within our own bosoms, and against all the stratagems of the devil ; grant that we may be found obedient unto these thy kind and gracious warnings and exhortations. Thou, O Lord, desirest not the death of one sinner. Thou hast no pleasure in any man being cut off in the midst of his transgressions, and therefore thou commandest us all to watch. Oh pardon all our past neglect and disobedience ; and henceforth may we be continually on the look-out, and enabled to see when sin is near.
And do thou enable us in faith and godly fear to fly unto thee for succour, knowing that in us there is neither power nor skill to contend with the enemy. Lord, if there are any here who hitherto have shut their eyes against danger, and hardened their hearts against conviction, and rushed into sin as the horse rushes into the battle ; if there are any present who hitherto have gone with the instruments of Satan as a bullock to the slaughter, and as a fool to the correction of the stocks, oh, in mercy send conviction to their souls, send conversion to their hearts. Lead them unto true repentance, and give them faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, that they perish not, and thy name shall have all the glory, through him, by whom we are instructed thus to pray, “ Our Father,” &c.
O Lord God of all truth and righteousness, we have indeed done every thing towards the destroying of ourselves. We have left undone the things that we ought to have done, and we have done the things that we ought not to have done, and that in ten thousand times ten thousand instances beyond all our powers to sum up or to call to mind; but thou knowest them altogether. Oh, have mercy on us miserable sinners, for thy blessed Son Jesus Christ's sake. If we are saved from the wrath to come, it must, О heavenly Father, be through thine unmerited mercy and love, and through the all-prevailing merits and sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the sanctifying and renewing influences of the Holy Ghost. In thee, thou Triune Jehovah, must all our help, and all our salvation be found. Extend that salvation unto each and all of us here present. And grant us every needful help and guidance in every hour of temptation and danger, in
every season of distress and trial; and especially in the hour of danger, and in the day of judgment; then shall we hold on, and hold out unto the end. And having, through thy grace been kept among thy faithful, humble, believing servants, may we finally be admitted into thine everlasting kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord, by whom we are instructed thus to pray, “Our Father," &c.