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& confession of fins on Wednesday morning, pre
paratory to receiving the boly sacrament. If we say that we have no fin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us; but if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our fins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. i Jehn i. 8, 9. O
miserable finner, who am alloversinand pollution, dare to speak unto thee? O Lord, when I look back on my past life, I am astonished at thy mercy and long-suffering towards me; and am sensible, if I had been rewarded according to my misdeeds, that I had long before this been condemned to endless misery and torments. And lest I drop this opportunity of repentance, I flee unto thee and cry, Lord be merciful unto me a finner !
I have been a rebellious and disobedient sinner, a contemner of thy laws, and one of those wretched fools, that have made a mock at fin, and would not hearken to reproof; my mind has been overspread with blindness, ignorance and folly, and almost every power and faculty of mysoul has been corrupted and defaced. But now as thou hast vouchsafed me this light of thy spirit to fee mine infirmities, I flee unto thee, the author of my comfort, and say, Lord be merciful unto me a finner !
How have I preferred a life of folly and madness, of extravagance and disorder; a life that has yielded meshame and much remorse, forrow and affliction, before the peace and pleasure, and serenity of a fober, virtuous, and religious conversation! how have I preferred the pleasures and profits of this world to the ways of virtue and religion ! but now I repent, and say, Lord be merciful unto me a finner !
O Lord! I dare not plead, that I have spent any one day of my life folely to thy honour and glory; but how many days; nay, years, · have I spent in the service of sin? how many
are my Insts, and how great my intemperance? how oft have I profaned thy sabbaths, abused thy sacred name, ridiculed thy holy word, despised thy ministers, and made a jest of all that is serious! but now I flee unto thee by this holy facrament, and cry, Lord be merciful unto me a finner!
If I have been proud and envious, passionate and angry, full of hatred, malice, and revenge; if I have been guilty of slandering and abusing, injuring and defrauding of my neighbour, of lewd actions and obscene dilcourses; of profane and filthy jests, and of frequent cursing, swearing, and lying: 0 Lord be merciful unto me a finner!
More particularly, O Lord, I do most forruwfully confess, and lament before thee, to whom all things are naked and open, that I Have most grievously offended thee by -
[Here name particulars.] Lord! what fcandal have I brought to religion; what dishonour to thy name; what reproach to the christian profession, by thesemy wicked and sinful practices ! all which I furely trust shall be forgiven me, when now with a contrite heart I flee unto thee, and say, Lord be merciful unto me a finner ! Amen. A prayer to implore God's mercy and forgiveness of
The wages of fin is death: but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom. vi. 23. O
cy of thine, which thou hast manifested in the redemption of the world, by thy son Christ Jesus; that alone is the support of my soul under all its sorrow and anguilh. Iknow, O God, that thou sparest when we deserve punishment, and in thy wrath thinkest
upon mercy: spare me therefore, O good Lord! spare me, and be not angry with me for ever: wash away all my sins in the blood of thy dear fon, who came into the world to save sinners.
O Lord, pardon and forgive, I moft earnestly beseech thee, all the sins and transgresfions of my life past
, more particularly [Here mention the fins thou art guilty of ] cleansethou me; Omy God, from all my secret and unknown sins ; and O! be thou reconciled unto me, and receive me into thy favour, which though I have hitherto so foolishly abused, yet I now value and prefer above all the pleasures ofthisworld.
Give me, O Lord, I most heartily beseech thee, such an unfeigned repentance of all my past sins, such an hatred and abhorrence of my former evil
from this moment, take a final leave of all my darling lusts and finful pleasures. Give me that humble and contrite spirit, whose groans thou dost never despise, that faith whichovercometh the world, and which will enable me to conquer mymostinveterate habits; and that love which will make me afraid to offend thee, and which will inspire me with resolutions active and vigorous, honest and sincere; fuch as by the aflistance of thy grace and holy spirit may carry me through all difficulties, and be proof against all the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil.
O Lord, hear me, O Lord, help me, and have mercy upon me: grant me the blessing of
thy spirit, and of thy grace, that I may go du-
Here also observe the directions given on page 8, and more par. ticularly endeavour to improve your
soul by reading a lesson out of the Neto Whole Duty of Man, Sunday 4. Sections IV. and V.
The Meditation: Wednesday Evening.
worthy receiving of the holy facrament.
hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1 Cor. ii. 9. I. Ook Omy soul, and behold that glori
ous state, prepared above, for the fpirits of the just made perfect. But how shall we, poor dust and ashes, and laden too with the burden of our sins: how shall we hope to ascend those higher regions; or claim a portion in that holy land? fear not, my soul, alk