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friends, and benefactors, whatever they may stand in need of to support and comfort them here, and to fit them for eternal life hereafter. Let my enemies, to whom I would return good for evil, receive thy forgiveness ; and bring them and me to a happy union in the future abode of peace, harmony, and love.
To thee, the kind guardian of my past days, I now look for protection through the night before me. Grant me unruffled slumbers, and watch over me in the defenceless hours of sleep. Should it please thee to raise me up in the morning capable of discharging the duties of life, to thee may I gratefully renew the consecration of my restored powers, and in thy service henceforth employ them, that in the morning of the resurrection I may rise to dwell in thy blissful presence with Jesus and his saints for ever.
MORNING AND EVENING.
FOR THE MORNING.
O Lord, to whom I owe my life and every comfort of it, I most sincerely pray that I may live always mindful of my dependence upon thee, and the mercies I have received from thee. May I consider that no action, word or thought of mine is unknown to thee; and therefore be at all times careful to think, to speak and to do what is right. As I hope to be eternally happy, may I seriously attend to those duties which must qualify me for being
Grant that I may keep it always uppermost in my thoughts, that thy favour is only to be obtained by the holiness of my life, and by doing in it all the good in my power. Let it be ever in my heart to do all kind offices, and to promote peace and happiness among
my neighbours. May
May I be true and faithful to all my engagements ; especially to the promises and vows of obedience made to thee. May I be careful to govern my passions—to correct in myself every vicious inclinationto keep my body in temperance and chastity -to be true and honest in all my dealingsand to do to others what I should in their case expect them to do unto me. Give me health and strength cheerfully to go through the duties of my calling. Bless the labour of my hands,
of my honest industry, as a part of the duty I owe to thee, as well as to myself, my relatives and my country. Let no temptations of pleasure or of profit rob me of my honesty and virtue. In thy favour, and the hope of thy eternal mercy, I shall be happy in whatever station of life thou art pleased to place me. Let this hope, founded on the gospel of thy Son, be my comfort, my resuje, and support in all circumstances. Amen.
FOR THE EVENING.
O Lord, who hast preserved me this day, I bless' thee for thus continuing thy care of me, and thy goodness towards me. Grant that I may shew my thankfulness by my sin. cere endeavours to perform thy will in all things. I most humbly beg forgiveness of every sin that I have committed ; and it is likewise my most earnest prayer, that I may never so dangerously deceive myself, as to think thou wilt forgive my sins, if I do not forsake them. Let it be my firmest belief that nothing can recommend me to thy favour, if I do not lead an holy and useful life ; and that when I allow myself in any kind of guilt,
, even my prayers will be an abomination to thee. Enable me so to live, as always in thy presence: and since all my actions and thoughts are known to thee, let me neither in deed, or will, be guilty of any thing that can displease thee. Enable me to improve in virtue and goodness; to correct in myself every bad habit, and to resist every vicious inclination. Ilay nothing disturb my rest this night. Vouchsafe
me such refreshing sleep, as may fit me for the duties of the following day. Thou alone knowest how long I have to live; and as every day brings me nearer to death, grant that I may become every day fitter for it. Prosper all who have done me good : pardon all who have done me evil: and grant that we may at last meet in peace and love, in thy everlasting kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour; in whose name and words, I further pray: “Our Father, who art in heaven ; hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever,