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Lam.3.22. It is of the Lords mercy that we are
nòt comfumed, because his compaßions fail not. V.23. They are new every morning, great is aby
faithfulnesse. V.24. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul,
therefore I will hope in him. V.25. The Lord is good unto them thal wait for
him, to the soul that seeketh him. Psal.73.25. Whom have I in Heaven but thee?
and there is none upon the Earth that I defire
besides thee. Eph 5:14. Wherefore he faith, Awake thou that Reepest, and arise from the dead, and Chrif
shall give thee Light, Rom.13.0. And that knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake
out of sleep : for now is our salvation peerer, tban when we believed. V.12. The'night is far pent, the day is at band: let us therefore cast off the works of darknesle,
and let us put on the armour of Light.
not in rioting and drunkennelse, not in chambering and wantonnelle, not in ftrife axden. vying. V.14. But put ye on the Lord Ferres Chrift, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lufts theref.
Pfal.63.1, O God, thou art my God, early will I
seck thee : my soul thirstetb for thee, my flesh longeth for thee, in a dry, and thirsty Land,
where no water is. - Pfal.59.16. But I will fing of thing power : yea I
will sing alond of thy mercy in the morning, for thou baft beer my defence, and refuge in the day
of my trouble. - Pfal.35.28. And my tongue shall fpeak of thy righ
tcoufnejfe, and of thy praise all the day long. Pfal.3 s. I laid me down and fept; I awaked,
for the Lord sustained me. Pál.91.1. He that dwelleth in the secret place of
tbe mojft high, fhall abide under the shadow of the Almighig. V.4. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and
under bis wings shalt thou trust; his truth shall
be thy shield and buckler. Pfal.4.6. There be many that say, who will fhero us
any good? Lord lift then up the Light of thy
Countenance upon us. Pfal.32.8. I will infruct thee, and teach thee in the way
which thou shalt ge, I will guid thee Pfal.86.11. Teach me thy way, o Lord, I will
Dalk in thy Truth: unite my heart to fear thy
with mine eye.
Pfal.17.5. Hold sp my goings in thy paths, that
my footsteps flip not. Psal.90.17. And let the beauty of the Lord our
God be upon us, & establish thou the work of our hands upon us, yea, the work of our hands
, establish thou it.
Secondly, Omit not daily to poure forth thy Soul in secret and fervent prayer before the Lord, humbly confessing, and bewailing chy fins, with a deep sense and feeling of the evil, danger, and desert of them; begging earnestly (as for thy life) a ful and free pardon and difcharge of them all in the blood of Christ, and humbly imploring the aid and assistance of the holy Spirit, to enable chee co morrifie thy corruptions, to resist temptacions, and to perform in a right manner all the duties required of thee. Be much in this ducy of secret prayer,
if ever thou intendeft to save thy soul, co honour God here, or to be happy with him hereafter. And remember thac to pray unto God in an accepta. ble manner, is not to say over a few prayers
, or to utter a few peticions (Parrat-like) in a formal, cold, customary manner; where there is not a true sense and feeling of fin and misery; and where the defires of the soul are not carried out earnestly co seek for mercy, and relief from God through Chrift, there can be no trúc hearty praying, such as God will accept, though the outside and external part of the ducy be per:
formed never so speciously. God more regards the fighes, and tears, and broken expressions of a truly concrice and bumble heart, chat are powred forth in secret before him, than the most set, and exactly form'd devotions, that proceed either from formality or hypocrisie. If thou wouldest therefore pray aright, beg the affiftance of the holy Spirit of God, to help and enable thee ; for we knon not how to pray as we ought, except the Spirit help our infirmitics. Beg therefore the affidance of the Spirit, to work, and quicken in thy heart chose apprehensions, affections, and Graces, which are requisite for the right performance of this dory, And with chat gracious assistance labour to pray,
1. With humility, and reverence, having an high and awful apprehension of the Majesty of God.
2. With a deep sense and feeling of thy wants and necefsicies : and with brokennesse of heart, and true contrition for thy sias.
3. Offer up thy prayers and supplications to God in the Name of Christ, the only Mediacour between God and man, not barely mentioning his Name, but drawing thy encouragement to pray, and thy hope of acceptance in prayer, from bis Merits, Mediation, and Intercession
4. Pray in Faith, humbly trusting in Gods Power, Goodaeffe, Faithfulnesse, and graci
ous promises made in Christ ; not so much a Christians prayer, as his Faich in prayer prevaileth with God. And eis a great encouragement to Faich, to consider, there is not only bounty in God, but bounty engaged by promise. O how great are che priviledges of Saines? God is their Father willing to hear their prayers; Christ is their Advocate willing to present their requests; the holy Ghost is their helper and assister co draw up their requests for them.
5. Lift up pure hands without wrath, as the Apostle adviiech, 1 Tim.2.8. Before thou setcest thy self to this duty, labour to get thy heart purged of all malice, wrath, ill will, and desire of revenge, if chere be any such vile affection in thee towards any body. When thou goest to pray, thou goest to beg forgivenesle of thy manifold fins from God; which thou canst 'nos reasonably expect, if thou art noc willing to forgive ochers: Our Saviour bath caughi us to pray, forgive us our trespaßes, as we forgive them that trepasse against us. And chis is very remarkeable, he resumes chis perition of all the rest to explain and by a strong reason to enforce; Mat.6.14,15. For if you forgive men their trespaffes, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you ; but if ye forgive not men their trefalles, neither will your Father forgive your trespaßes. Remember cherefore, chat it is