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III. Let them set up the practise of true Religion in good earnest in their families. Lec chem worship

God together morning and evening, offering up the spiritual Sacrifice of prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving. For let them consider,

1. Is it not the duty of all sincere Christians to make Religion the main businesse of their lives? Should not Governours of Families endeavour to make their Families Godly, to win the souls of those under their Government to Christ ? And can this be done by them who neglect to pray in their Families ?

2. Does not the very light of Nature seem to suggest we should begin and end the day with God?

3. Was not Family Worship the first Worship performed to God in the world, for a long time?

4. Did not God declare his pleasure under the Law, by the evening and morning Sacrifice ? And does not the Apostle in Analogie to this continual and daily sacrifice, bid us pray continually? 1 Thes, 5.17. Col.4.2.

5. Is not the neglect of prayer made a branch of Atheism? Psal.14. 4. Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge ? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord.' And are not Heathens described to be Families that call not on Gods Name? Jer.10.ult. Pear out thy fu



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ry upon the Heathen that know thee not, and upon the Families that call not on thy Name, &c.

6. If Job offered Sacrifice, and prayed for his Children, when they were absent, Is it not more then probable he did the like with them mben

preJent? seeing 'cis said, thus did Fob continually,

7. Did not Queen Esther, and her maids pray and fast together, Exh.4.16. Go gather together all the Fems that are present in Shushan, and faft ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three daies, night nor day; 1. also and my maidens will faft likewise,

8. Did not Christ pray with his Family, Luke 9.18? And it came to paß, as he was alone pray' ing, his Disciples were with him-- As he was slone, noc fingly, but privately alone; as appears by comparing this place with Mark 4.10. And when he was alone, they chac were about him, with the twelve, asked of him the Parable.

9. Does not our Saviour in the Lord's Prayer, plainly teach that Christians should pray joymily, as well as severally ? Our Father, &c. Give us this day our daily bread, &c.

10. Does not the Apostle bid us pray with all prayer, Eph.6.18. 1.6. With all manner of law. ful prayer, cherefore with Family prayer.

11. 13 there wot a blessing promised tojogntprayer, Macch. 18. 19? Again I say wwia yox,



that if two of you fball agree on earth, as touching Any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in Heaven ; V.20. For where iwo or three are gathered together in my Name, there am I in the midst of them.

12. Should not every Christian Family be a little Church of Chrift? And is not a Church to pray together, Acts 12. 5 ? Peter therefore was kept in prison, but prayer was made without ceasing of the Church for him. V.12. And when he had confidered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of Fohr, whose Sir- name was Mark, where many were gathered together, praying. Acts 2.42. And they continued stedfastly is the Apostles Dock rine, and fellowship, and in breaking of bread and

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13. Do not the necessities of a Family require it. They are jognd in mercies, in judgments, and often in fins; should they not therefore joyn in humiliations, prayers, and thanksgivings?

14. Can a Family expect to be blessed by God, that lives in a constant neglect of this duty? The favour of Providence is a mans beft inheritance. Family Piety is usually attended with Family pror sperity, Prov.3.33. The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked; but he' blefleth the habitation of the juft.

15. Were not houses as well as Temples to be dedicated to God, by the inhabitants, at ibeir first entrance into them, Deut.10.5. And the officers


shall peak unto the people, saying, What man is there that hath built a new house, and hath not de dicated it ? let him go and return to his house, left he die in the battel, and another man dedicate it. Pfal.30. Title. A Psalm and song at the dedication of the house of David. And why should they noc afterward be used for places to pray in, to read the Word, to sing Psalms in, as well as to eat, and drink and sleep in? Is there not as good fellow/bip in holy duties, as in merry company, and idle commurication ? Why should a Family do notbing joyntly

, that tends to the good of their souls ? Are we Christians, and shall we not be willing God should be the Master of our houses ?

16. Does not the neglect of prayer expose a Family to many judgments, and many sins ? Where prayers are shut out of any house, there usually the door is opened wide to prophanenesse, and all licentiousnesse: And what follows thereupon, best the wrath and curse of God?

Let not Family prayer cherefore morning and evening be neglected, upon any pretence whatfoever; and let all persons be carefall they be not fight and formal in the performance of it. And besides prayer, lec there be reading the holy Scriptures, and other good books; singing Psalms, Catechizing and private instruction; a due care to sanctifie the Lords day, a diligent free guenting the publick Ordinances, a reviving by repetition in privase, what they have heard in the


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publick ; religious conference, and whatever else I may conduce to the encreasing true Piety and Godlii nesse among them.

IV. Let Governours of Families call upon and charge those under their Government, to pray prii vately and in secret, and not to content themselves S only with the Family-prayer, as too many are

V. Let them keep out ( as much as they can lewd company out of their Families. When swear

ers, drunkards, Atheists, scorners of Godlineffe, ; may have free acceß, entertainment, and countea nance in a Family, Religion is not like to thrive there, nor any ihing that is of good report or praise-worthy:

VI. Let them also be careful to preserve their Families from seducers, and forb 'deceivers , 2 Epift. John v. 10. If there come awy unto you, and bring not this Do&trine , receive him not into your house, neither bid him God. speed.

VII. Let them watch over their families. The wint of vigilancy in the Governour, is ufus. ally the fountain of most disorders in the Family. Lec chere be Family-Discipline. Let them admonish the unruly, and seek to reclaim them, and if they prove incorrigible, cast them out; if they be Separable members : Let them incourage those thac do weil; leccing them fee, chey take notice is readily of their well-doing, aś of their faults : When chere is caufe to rebuke any offender, lec ic



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