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ASSISTANT TO FAMILY RELIGION.
MORNING AND EVENING PRAYERS FOR EVERY DAY FOR TWO
WEEKS, TOGETHER WITH OCCASIONAL PRAYERS.
O thou Lord of the sabbath! enable us, on this morning of thy holy day, to worship thee in spirit and in truth. May we find it good to draw nigh to thee in prayer. We thank thee for the consecration of one day in seven to thine immediate service, and that there remaineth unto us the keeping of Sabbaths. This is the day, which the Lord hath made, we will rejoice, and be glad in it. Grant us thy gracious presence and blessing. Take off our thoughts from the vanities of time and sense, and place them upon divine and heavenly things. We would cease from our own works, as God on the seventh day did from his, and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honorable, and honor him, not doing our own ways, nor finding our own pleasure, nor speaking our own words; but delighting ourselves in the Lord.— -We confess before thee, O God! our manifold transgressions. With the leper under the law, we cry, Unclean, unclean, and with the humble publican, God! be merciful to us sinners. Like penitent Job, we would abhor ourselves, and repent in dust and ashes. O thou God of salvation! have mercy on us. Make bare thine almighty arm for our deliverance; save us, or we perish. Make us the trophies of thy victorious grace. Wilt thou, who didst at first command light to shine out of darkness, shine in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. --We bless thee, O God! for our creation and preservation; for the kind care thou hast taken of us from the commencement of our existence to the present moment.
We thank thee especially for the gift of thy Son to a lost world, and for the method of salvation by him. What shall we render unto the Lord for all his benefits towards us? We will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and call upon the name of the Lord. We would present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service. When permitted to wait upon thee in thine earthly courts, grant us thy blessing. If thy presence go not with us, wherefore should we go up to thy house? Help us to keep our feet, when we go to the house of God, and to be more ready to hear, than to offer the sacrifice of fools. Be with all thy worshipping assemblies every where this day. Give them fellowship with thee in thine ordinances, and, while they are in thy banquetinghouse, may thy banner over them be love. Let none be disposed unnecessarily to forsake the assembling of themselves together, as the manner of some is. Impart, unto the Ministers of the Gospel, a double portion of thy Spirit. May they show themselves approved unto God, workmen that need not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Bless the Minister of this church and people. Make him wise to win souls unto Christ. May this sabbath be a spiritual birth-day to thousands. Open thou blinded eyes, unstop deaf ears, and break hard hearts. Instruct the ignorant, reclaim the wandering, and edify thy people. Bless our Sabbath schools. May they be greatly instumental in training the rising generation for God and heaven. Bless too parental instruction, that our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth! and our daughters as corner stones polished after the similitude of a palace. We thank thee, gracious Father! for the mercies of the past night, and for the light and blessings of this holy morning. Let thy good providence
preserve and defend us this day, and thy Holy Spirit guide and comfort us. Prepare us for all the duties and events of subsequent life, and, especially, for death, judgment, and a happy eternity. And now, O thou prayer
O hearing and prayer, answering God! hear our supplications, and grant us an answer in peace through Jesus Christ; to whom as the Lamb, that was slain to redeem us to God by his blood, be blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, forever and ever. Amen.
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come! thy name endureth forever, and thy memorial unto all generations. Help us, at the close of this thy holy day, to bow before thee with profound veneration. We thank thee for the sabbath, and its sacred privileges; that we have been permitted to worship thee in the family, and in the house of our holy solemnities. Accept through the mediation of the heavenly Advocate, our praises and thanksgivings; hear our supplications; and sanctify to us the instructions of thy word. May what we have this day heard, read, and meditated upon, of a religious nature, deeply impress our minds and do us good, as thy word doth the upright in heart. If we have misspent or profaned in any degree thy holy day, pardon us we beseech thee. May the services of thy people, in all parts of Christendom, come up in acceptable remembrance before thee. Wherein their worship has been defective or defiled, forgive. Let what they have this day learned of God and his law, their depravity and ruin, Christ and his gospel, powerfully impress their hearts, and influence their practice. May thy word, this day dispensed, be quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow.
Cause a heavenly wind to blow, that dry bones may be enlivened, and the dead in trespasses and sins be quickened.
Bless all thy churches. Build them up in the faith, order, and purity of the gospel. May all, who minister at thy holy
altar, be richly furnished for the services of the sanctuary, and be inspired with an ardent love to the souls of men. Bless the Minister of thy gospel in this place. May he be instant in season, out of season, laboring abundantly in word and doctrine, not teaching for doctrines the commandments of men, but the pure word of God. Succeed all attempts to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth, and to save a perishing world.- O Lord! graciously regard us, who are now worshipping before thee. Behold! we are vile, what shall we answer thee? Our sins are more numerous, than the hairs of our heads, and testify against
But, O Lord! enter not into judgment with us, for in thy sight shall no man living be justified. With the disciples of Christ we pray, Lord! save us; we perish. O thou, who art exalted to give repentance to Israel and remission of sins! give us godly sorrow, which worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of.
Pardon us we beseech thee, and accept us in the Beloved.
-We thank thee, heavenly Father? that thou hast so tenderly loved us, as to give thine only begotten Son to die for us. Praised be thy name, that eternal redemption may be obtained through the blood of sprinkling. We give thee thanks, O God! for the blessings of life, and of the past day in particular.—We commit ourselves into thy hands for keeping this night, O thou Shepherd of Israel, who never slumberest nor sleepest! May we lie down to rest in peace and safety, and in favor with God and man. Having been refreshed with sleep, bring us to behold the morning, rejoicing in its light and in thy loving kindness. Ever may we act in thy fear, and live to thy glory. When the evening of life shall arrive, and we are called to close the day of toil and trouble, may we fall asleep in Jesus, and, in the morning of the resurrection, awake to a glorious and blissful immortality. Hear our prayer, O Lord! give ear to our supplications; in thy faithfulness answer us, and in thy righteousness. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
Our voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord! in the morning will we direct our prayer unto thee, and will
Teach us to pray in faith, for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them who diligently seek him. O thou eternal Father! we have sinned against heaven and before thee, and are no more worthy to be called thy children. We have acted the part of prodigals. We have strayed far from our heavenly Father's house, and indulged ourselves in the vanities and follies of the world. We would repent and return; that thou mightest have compassion on us. Hide thy face from our sins, and blot out all our iniquities. Enable us to lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and to run with patience the race, that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Fulfil in us all the good pleasure of thy goodness, and the work of faith with power. Help us to set our affections on things above, and to withdraw them from things on the earth; and to lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where
ves do not break through, nor steal. Ever may we live mindful of the day of judginent, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flanning fire, taking vengeance on them, that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, and when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe in that day.- -Bless all our dear absent friends and connections with the same favors we ask for ourselves. Forgive our enemies, and reward our benefactors. Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion; build thou the walls of Jerusalem. Rectify every thing, which is amiss in the Christian church, in doctrine, practice, and discipline. Give unto them, who mourn in Zion, beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Have compassion, O God! on impenitent sinners. Show them, that they stand on slippery places, and turn their feet into thy testimonies,