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hid ; cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of Thy Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love Thee, and worthily magnify Thy holy name; through Christ our Lord.
FOR HEAVENLY DESIRES.
O Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men ; grant unto me, that I may love the thing which Thou commandest, and desire that which Thou dost promise ; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, my heart may surely there be fixed, where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
FOR GENERAL GUIDANCE. O Lord, I beseech Thee mercifully to receive the prayers of Thy servant, which calleth upon Thee; and grant that I may both perceive and know what things I ought to do, and also may have
grace and power faithfully to fulfil the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
FOR PROTECTION. Almighty God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; keep me both outwardly in my body, and inwardly in my soul; that I may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul ; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
O Lord, who hast taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth ; send Thy
Holy Ghost, and pour into my heart that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whosoever liveth is counted dead before Thee : grant this for Thine only Son Jesus Christ's sake.
FOR GUIDANCE IN ESPECIAL CASES. O God, forasmuch as without Thee we are not able to please Thee; mercifully grant that Thy Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule my heart (especially in --]; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
STUDY OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES. Blessed Lord, who hast caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; grant that I may
in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of Thy holy Word, I may embrace, and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which Thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ.
FOR SEASONS OF ABSTINENCE.
O Lord, who for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights; give me grace to use such abstinence, that, my flesh being subdued to the Spirit, I may ever obey Thy godly motions in righteousness and true holiness, to Thy honour and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.
May the power of the Father
and tect me! May the wisdom of the Son teach and enlighten me! May the influence of the Holy Spirit renew and quicken me! O Lord, I beseech Thee,
Watch over my soul ;
Prevent me in what is to come. “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the Church by Christ Jesus, throughout all ages, world without end.”
FOR GUIDANCE. Thou art good and gracious, 0 teach me Thy statutes !
Teach me Thy way, O Lord !
O learn me true understanding and knowledge; for I have believed Thy commandments.
O let my heart be sound in Thy statutes, that I may live!
Make me to understand the way of Thy commandments, and so shall I talk of Thy wondrous works.
My soul melteth away for very heaviness ; comfort Thou me according unto Thy word.
O that my way were made so direct that I might keep Thy statutes.
O let me not go wrong out of Thy commandments.
I know, O Lord, that Thy judgments are right, and that Thou of very faithfulness hast caused me to be troubled.
0 let Thy merciful kindness be my comfort, according to Thy word unto Thy servant.
Be merciful unto me, O God, for I will call daily upon Thee.
Comfort the soul of Thy servant, for unto Thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
For Thou, Lord, art good and gracious; and of great mercy unto all them that call upon Thee.
Give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer, and ponder the voice of my humble desires.
In the time of my trouble, I will call upon Thee, for Thou hearest me.
O turn Thou unto me, and have mercy upon me; give Thy strength unto Thy servant, and help the son of Thine handmaid.
O Lord God of my salvation, I have cried day
and night before Thee; O let my prayer enter into Thy presence, incline Thine ear unto my calling
Ps. lxxxvi. lxxxvüi.
FOR HOLINESS. Teach me, O Lord, the way of Thy statutes, and I shall keep it unto the end.
Give me understanding, and I shall keep Thy law; yea, I shall keep it with my whole heart. Make me to
go in the path of Thy commandments, for therein is
desire. Incline my heart unto Thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.
O turn away mine eyes, lest they behold vanity; and quicken Thou me in Thy way.
O stablish Thy word in Thy servant, that I may fear Thee.
Take away the rebuke that I am afraid of, for Thy judgments are good.
Behold, my delight is in Thy commandments, O quicken me in Thy righteousness.
Ps. cxix. 33–40.
COMMUNION WITH GOD. O God, Thou art my God, early will I seek Thee: : my soul thirsteth for Thee, my flesh also longeth after Thee, in a barren and dry land, where no water is !
Thus have I looked for Thee in holiness, that I might behold Thy power and glory,
For Thy lovingkindness is better than the life itself. My lips shall praise Thee.
As long as I live I will magnify Thee in this manner, and lift up my hands in Thy Name,