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against the Knowledge of God, and bring into Captivity every Thought to the Obedience of Christ'; going forth conquering and to conquers to pull down the strong Holds and destroy the Domi: nion of Satan, and set up the Kingdom of Jesus in my Heart. Do thou .ever rule and reign there, and thou only; let me be wholly and only thine. Thou art of Right my Lord and my King, 0 let it ever be my Choice, and Defire, and Delight; let me ever esteem it my highest Honour and Happiness to have it fo, and to behave niyself as thy dutiful Subject and devoted Servant: So that neither Tribulation, nor Difress, nar Perfecution, nor Famine, nor Peril, nor Sword, nor Death, nor Life, nor Angels, nor Principalities, nor Powers,

nor Things present, nor Things to come, nor · Height, nor Depth, nor any other Creature,

may be able to separate me from the Love of God
which is in Christ Jefus our Lord", Amen.
This is now a proper Season to be mindful of

the Wants and Necessities of our Brethren ;
and we cannot better exercise our Charity thar
by recommending the whole State of Mankind*
to the Mercy and Goodness of God; and by
interceding with him, by the Virtue of this
Christian Sacrifice, for a Supply of whatever
they shall stand in Need of.
(1) 2 Cor. x, 5. (m) Rev. vi, 2. (n) Rom. viii, 35, &c.

*'Such Intercessions always made a Part of the publick • Liturgies of the ancient Church, as is well known to those ( who are conversant in Antiquity; and no Part of the Prayers • exceeded more in Length than that which related to this.

Subject.' Nelson's great Duty of frequenting the Christian Sacrifice, p. 140.

A Prayer for the whole State of Mankind. O

God, who art loving unto every Man, and

whose Mercy is over all thy Works , accept my Prayers and Intercessions as a Testimony of my Charity towards the whole Race of Mankind : Enlarge the Borders of thy Sanctuary, that the Heathen may fear thy Name P: Give thy Son the Heathen for his Inkeritance, and the utmost parts of the Earth for his Poleffion! O that the Heathen might know thee, and the People who have not called upon thy Name'! That ihy Way might be known upon Earth, and thy saving Health among all Nations! O that the Blood of Christ, which was fhed for all Men, might be effectual to the Salvation of all Men living in the World !

In a more special Manner I pray thee to bless that Church which thou hast gathered from among the Heathens!, thy holy Catholick Church ; fan&tify and cleanse it by thy Word, that it may become a glorious Church, not having Spot or Wrinkle, or any such Thing, but that it may be holy and without Blemish '. Give Grace to all Christians feriously to lay to Heart the great Sin of Division and Schism: Take away all Hatred and Prejudice, and whatsoever may

hinder us from godly Union and Concord, that as there is but one Body and Spirit, and one Hope of our Calling ; one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism; one God and Father of all*; so we

[O] Psal. cxlv, 8. [p] Ibid. cii, 15. [9] Ibid. ii, 8. [r] Ibid. lxxix, 6. [1] Ibid. Ixvii, 2. [t] Ibid. cvi, 45, Lu] Eph. v, 26, 27, "[x] Eph. iv, 4.

may,

against the Knowledge of God, and bring into Captivity every Thought to the Obedience of Christ'; going forth conquering and to conquer to pull down the strong Holds and destroy the Domi. nion of Satan, and set up the Kingdom of Jefus in my Heart. Do thou ever rule and reign there, and thou only; let me be wholly and only thine. Thou art of Right my

Lord and my King, O let it ever be my Choice, and Defire, and Delight; let me ever esteem it my highest Honour and Happiness to have it fo, and to behave myself as thy dutiful Sub-, ject and devoted Servant: So that neither Tribulation, nor Distress, nor Persecution, nor Famine, nor Peril, nor Sword, nor Death, nor Life, nor Angels, nor Principalities, nor Powers, nor Things present, nor Things to come, nor Height, nor Depth, nor any other Creature, may be able to separate me from the Love of God which is in Christ Jefus our Lord",

our Lord", Amen. This is now a proper Season to be mindful of

the Wants and Neceflities of our Brethren ; and we cannot better exercise cur Charity than by recommending the whole State of Mankind* to the Mercy and Goodness of God; and by interceding with him, by the Virtue of this Christian Sacrifice, for a Supply of whatever they fall

stand in Need of. (1) 2 Cor. x, 5. (m) Rev. vi, 2. (n) Rom.viii, 35, &c.

** Such Intercessions always made a Part of the publick • Liturgies of the ancient Church, as is well known to those

who are conversant in Antiquity; and no Part of the Prayers ' exceeded more in Length than that which related to this Subject.' Nelson's great Duty of frequenting the Christian Sacrifice, p. 140.

A Prayer for the whole State of Mankind. O

God, who art loving unto every Man, and

whose Mercy is over all thy Works', accept my Prayers and Interceflions as a Testimony

of my Charity towards the whole Race of Mankind : Enlarge the Borders of thy Sanctuary, that the Heathen may fear thy Name P: Give thy Son the Heathen for his Inkeritance, and the utmost parts of the Earth for his Poffeffion. O that the Heathen might know thee, and the People who have not called upon thy Name'! That ihy Way might be known upon Earth, and thy saving Health among all Nations! O that the Blood of Christ, which was fhed for all Men, might be effectual to the Salvation of all Men living in the World !

In a more special Manner I pray thee to bless that Church which thou haft gathered from among the Heathens', thy holy Catholick Church ; fan&tify and cleanse it by thy Word, that it may become a glorious Church, not having Spot or Wrinkle, or any such Thing, but that it may be holy and without Blemish ". Give Grace to all Christians seriously to lay to Heart the great Sin of Division and Schism: Take away all Hatred and Prejudice, and whatsoever may hinder us from godly Union and Concord, that as there is but one Body and Spirit, and one Hope of our Calling ; one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism; one God and Father of all*; fo we

[0] Psal. cxlv, 8. [P] Ibid. cii, 15. [9] Ibid. ii, 8. [r] Ibid. lxxix, 6. [1] Ibid. lxvii, 2. [t] Ibid. cvi, 45, [u] Eph. v, 26, 27, "[x] Eph. iv, 4.

may,

may, in thy good Time, be all as the first Christians were, of one Heart, and of one Soul', and may with one Mind and one Mouth glorify thee the Father of our Lord Jesus Chrifty, the Prince of Peace.

Have Mercy upon the sound Part of thy Church, which thou hast planted among us, and graciously preserved hitherto against the Rage and Malice of all her Enemies. Perfect whatever is wanting in her, and make her a Praise in the Earth a : Let not the Gates of Hell prevail against her, but continue her a Bulwark to thy true Faith, and a Protector of the Reformed Churches. O thou who art the most high, and ruleft in the Kingdom of Men 1b, bless him whom in thy Providence thou haft placed over us to be the nursing Father of our Zion, our Sovereign. Lord King George ; prevent him with the Blessings of Goodness, and make him exceeding glad with thy Countenancecc. Give the King thy Judgments, O God, and thy Righteousness unto the King's Sons, and to all the Royal Family ; and grant that there may never fail him a Man worthy to fit on the

Throne of these Kingdoms. Teach our SenaŠtors Wisdom', and grant that our Rulers may

not be a Terror to good Works, but to the Evil; that they may be the Ministers of God for Good, and not bear the Sword in vain; and that the People may be subject not only for Wrath, but also for Conscience Sake &.

[y] Acts iv, 32. [yy] Rom. xv, 6. [2] Isaiah ix, 66 [aj Zeph. iii, 20. [0] Matth. xvi, 18. (bb] Dan. v, 32 • (c) Ir. xlix, 23. [cc] Psal, xxi, 6. [d] Ibid. lxxii, 1, &c. [e] 1 Kings ii, 4. "It ] Psal. cv, 22. [&] Rom. xiii, 3, &c.

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