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LANGUAGE OF SCRIPTURE.
PART. I. PRAYERS.
FOR THE GUIDANCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT..
God is a Spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth St. John iv. 24.
O THOU that hearest prayer, unto the shall all flesh come (a)! Lord, teach me to pray (b): teach me what I shal say unto thee; for I cannot order m (a) Psalm lxv. 1. (b) St. Luke xi. 1,
speech by reason of darkness (c). Let thy Spirit help mine infirmities; for I know not what I should pray for as I ought (d). For who am I, O Lord God (e), that I should take upon me to speak unto thee, which am but dust and ashes(f)? O give unto thy servant an understanding heart (g); pour upon me the spirit of grace and supplication (h); then will I pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also (i). Open thou my lips, O Lord, and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise (j).
O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that
(c) Job xxxvii. 19. (d) Rom. viii. 26, (e) 1. Chron. xvii. 16. (f) Gen. xviii. 27.
(g) 1. Kings iii. 9.
walketh to direct his steps (k). O send forth thy light and thy truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to the holy hill, and to thy tabernacles (1). Teach me to do thy will, for thou art my God: thy spirit is good, lead me into the land of righteousness, and quicken me for thy name's sake (m).
Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips (n). Make me wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil (o); holy in all manner of conversation (p); slow to speak; slow to wrath (q); and guide my feet into the way of peace (r). Search me, O God, and
know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts; and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting (s).
PRAYER FOR THE MORNING.
The sun ariseth: man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening. Psalm civ. 22, 23.
O God, thou art my God, early will I seek thee (a): my voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up(b).
The Lord is my keeper: the Lord is my shade upon my right hand (c).
(s) Psalm cxxxix. 23,24. (b) Psalm v. 3.