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thy ducy, heartily to forgive those that bave done chec any wrong; and to pray for them, that God would pardon them in his Son, and give them such a frame of heart, that they may please him, and be blesfed by him, boch here and hereafter. This is a good signe of Grace, Lo pray for a blessing on our very enemies.

6. Pray in sincerity; Looke that thy end be right, and chat chy aim be ac the Glory of God.

There is a great deal of difference becwixe a carnal desire, and a gracious fupplication, Fam.4. 3. Te ask and have not, because ye ask amife, to spend it on your lists. Praiers that want a good aim, do usually want a good issue. When thou findest chy heart running out by a perverse aim, check it, and disclaim it the more solemnly. If our praiers be not directed to the Glory of God, there is little hope that when we receive the same lent we pray for, we shall employ it to our

, Misters use. They that cannot ask a mercy well, feldome use it well.

7. Labour co pray with zeal, fervency, warmth, and holy importunity, with sensiblenesse, and strong workings of affection. 'Tis easie to say a prayer in a formal, cold manner, when the heart is noching affected with it, buc possibly wandring, while the lips are praying: But that is true prayer, when the soul reaches our after those things it praies for, in holy, ardent, and spiritual desires. Sighs and groans



are the Language God understands. When God meanech co bestow any blessing, he usually ftirs up the hearts of his people earnestly co pray for it. And the effufion of the Spirit of fupplication, that holy, yec humble imporcunity, that spiritual violence, and wrestling and striving, and pleading with the Almighty, is a happy presage of an approaching blefling.

8. Beg spiricual bleffings, and the chings appertaining to the soul primarily, and with greateft earnestneffe: Beg temporall mercies, and such as concern this life, and thy welfare here, with an humble submission unto God; resigning thy will to his most holy will; earnestly begging, that, what he sees not good for thee, nor fic to be granted thee, he would make thee willing and contented to be without.

9. To supplication, forget not to adde praises and thanksgivings to che Lord for all his benefits; for his innumerable favours confer'd on thee in the course of thiy life past, and also for thy presenc cnjoyments. Especially quicken and provoke and awaken thy soul to lift up the high praises of God; for his inestimable love in fending his Son, to be a ransome for fin, and fending his Holy Spirit to convince of fin, and ofrighteousneffe, and to perfwade, and enable thy heart to close with Christ. And lastly, upon the receipt of any new mercy and favour from God; offer up a cheerful and hearty facrifice of praise and chanksgiving, in and through the mediation of Christ, by whom alone our Persons, and Sacrifices are accepted with God.

And to direct and quicken thee to this dury, of rendring praises to the Lord; Consider,

1. Thac praise is Gods Tribute, his Custom, 'cis all the import he sets upon his Blessings. There are three chings to be considered in a mercy. 1. The mercy it self. 2. The Comfort, and sweetnesse chat may be enjoyed in the use of it. 3. The G'ory, Honour, and Praise that is due for it. The cwo former God freely gives us ; he only reserves the lascer as a tribute and homage to himself.

2. Praising God for former mercies, invites him cobestow new mercies. God will be boontifuil co chose that he sees thankfull; and from whow he receives Glory and acknowledgment.

3. Praising God is the beginning of Heaven, 'cis che employment of the holy Angels, and glorified Saints chere,

4. To have a heart delighting in praising God, is a great evidence (in conjunction with others) of fincerity ; self-love forceth prayer oftencimes from us, buc co praise God aright, comech from a more heavenly affect on, and fanctified frame of heart.

5. To sec upon chis duty of praismg God is one of the best waies to mitigate any forrowes that at any cime are upon us. If we can work

our hearts to praise him for the mercies that are continued to us, it will exceedingly abate che sense and feeling of any present Croffe, or affliEtion that lies upon us.

6. Consider who they are that are the most unthankfull to God, even Devils, and damlined Spirits, who are full of envy, malice, and

pride; they will not praise God, but do wretchedly blaspheme him; and wicked men, who imitacc cheir Father the devil. And wouldest chou be like there?

Upon chese Confiderations ftir up thy heart to be much in this heavenly duty of praising God, and remember 1. To praise him with thy heart. 2. To praise him with thy congue. 3. To praise him with thy life.

Let there be an abiding sense of his favours on thy heart, and let thy life and conversation praise him alfo. Let the works praise him, that others seeing thy good works, may glorifie thy heavenly Father. Labour to secure thy itate in Grace, and thy incereft in Gods tavour through Christ, and then thou maist be affured, that wbatever God gives thee, he gives it thee in pure Jove - all comes swimming to thee in the blood of Christ, and chis Confideracion will exceed

: ingly raise thy heart to thankfulnesse, and make thy tongue round forth the praises of the most High. These Directions may help thee in the per


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formance of that great Christian duty of praier, and thanksgiving,

After thou hast praied, Consider

1. What thou hast praied for. As before praier we should conlider and labour to find out

So after prayer we should consider of our pecitions, and whac we have begged of

2. Humbly expect a gracious answer, and return to thy praiers, not for any worchinesle or desert in chy self, or praiers, but for Christ's fake alone.

3. Serve Providence in the use of fair and lawful means, for che attaining those good things thou haft prayed for.

4. To Prayer add waschfulnesse. If chrough Grace thy hearc hach been wrought to a good temper, ia

and holy frame in prayer ; labour co keep ic afterward; labour co preserve chose apprehensions and chose aftections in thy soul, which chou foundest in time of prayer; And therefore one well advisech, chat for some licfle tiine after we have prayed, we should keep our selves silent, and quiet ; nor presently (and in the next moment as some do,) buc fair and softly removing our hearts from our prayers to Qur worldly bufinesses and occasions. Zach, 12.10. And I will poure upon the House of David, apd spon the inhabitants of Ferula.


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