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complishing their several ends, and to prosecute them diligently, with a zeal directed by wisdom and prudence; so that being free from all worldly interests, they may steadfastly pursue the advancement of thy glory and the good of mankind. And grant, O God, that no good Thou shalt vouchsafe to bring about by their poor endeavours may tempt them to think highly of themselves, but modestly and humbly. Remove all unreasonable prejudices against their designs; shed forth thy love abroad in their hearts, that they may cheerfully embrace all opportunities of doing good to the souls and bodies of men, and not to be discouraged at any difficulties or oppositions they may meet with.
O God, hear their prayers for themselves and others; defend them from the rage of Satan, and from the malice of evil men; perfect holiness more and more in their hearts; unite them finally to one another in thy truth, and in the bond of love, and make them zealous in all good works, according to the command and example of Jesus Christ who went about doing good; for whose sake we beseech Thee to hear us. Amen.
FOR A BENEVOLENT SOCIETY.
O Thou who art the Father of the fatherless, and the Judge of the widow, who hast declared it to be pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father, to visit the fatherless and the widow in their afflictions, bless all thy servants in any way engaged in supporting and carrying on this work of mercy and love. May those that have pity on the poor, find, by happy experience that they have lent unto the Lord, and that He pays them again what they have given.
Ilelp us to remer:ber what a responsible duty is commit
ted to our charge, rightly to divide and apportion those alms which have been entrusted to us, among those m real necessity; and give us grace to act wisely and faitnfully. In all our visits to the poor and afflicted do Thou go
Enable is to speak to them, and act towards them, both in fidelity and in tenderness. With whatever difficulties, disappointments, or reproaches, we may meet, let us never be weary of well-doing. Enable us, in all things, patiently to follow his example who went about doing good.
Bless us and all men in every endeavor to reclaim the wicked, instruct the ignorant, comfort the mourner, and confirm the believer; and make true religion every where spread, till the earth be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR THE ENLARGEMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST.
ALMIGHTY GOD, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the God of the spirits of all flesh, the earth is thine and the fulness thereof, the round world and they that dwell therein.
We come as sinners, but trusting in thy beloved Son, our Advocate, and the propitiation of our sins, and looking for the promised spirit of grace and supplication.
Lord, we confess before Thee our own sins and those of our country. Like thy people of old, while we have been greatly distinguished by privileges, we have also been a sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evil doers, children that are corrupters. We have for. saken the Lord and have provoked the Holy One of Israel And chiefly now we would confess our coldness and indif. ference in extending the blessings of that glorious Gospel which Thou hast intrusted to us. How slothful and uncon. cerned have we been to communicate to others the privileges which we enjoy, and to use all the means which Thou hast given unto us of imparting the knowledge of Christ to distant lands. To us belong shame and confusion of face, because we have sinned against Thee. But to the Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him.
We beseech Thee give us a zeal for thy glory. Fountain of light and life and grace, pour upon us thy quickening Spirit, to animate and excite us to devote ourselves to Thee. Raise up, we pray Thee, those who shall unceasingly pray, and give, and think, and labor, for the spread of thy truth. Revive the days of the primitive church, when thy people, walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.
May the true light come more and more to thy church. and the glory of the Lord rise upon her, and may she arise and shine ; and may the Gentiles come to this light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
Lord, we plead the glory of thy great name, the faithfulness of thy promises, and the happiness of thine own crea
and with these pleas, we ask, that the heathen may be given to Christ for his inheritance and the uttermost parts of the earth for his possession.
O Lord, the king of glory, hast Thou not said, “ It shall come to pass in the last days, that I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh ?" Behold! in these last days: give now to us that ask. With Thee is the residue of the Spirit; and the Lord's hand is not shortened that it cannot save. nor his ear heavy that it cannot hear.
Have respect unto the Covenant, for the lark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty. May the Bun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings, on
those people now sitting in darkness and the shadow of death.
We pray Thee to hasten the coming on of that time when it shall not be asked, Who hath believed our report, and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed ? but it shall be said, The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the sight of all nations, and all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
And grant, gracious Lord, that while the fulness of the Gentiles is come in, all Israel may also be saved. May the veil which remains upon their heart when Moses is read, be taken away by their turning to the Lord May this branch, which has so long been broken off, at length be grafted into its own Olive-tree.
O let the Deliverer come out of Zion, and turn away ungodliness from Jacob.
And while we thus pray, we thank Thee, good and gracious Lord, for all the blessed signs of the times in which we live. We bless Thee for the beginning of a general desire to spread thy truth through the world, and that societies have been raised in these latter days among all denominations of thy servants, for evangelizing the heathen, and for their conversion from dumb idols to the living God. We thank Thee for any success given to these efforts, and would thereby be encouraged to persevere in more zealous labors and more fervent
prayer. O Father of lights, and giver of all wisdom, bless every society formed for the conversion of Jews or Gentiles, and for the spread and advancement of thy truth at home or abroad. Guide the minds of all who conduct their affairs. In all their difficulties and trials comfort and support them. Especially direct them in the choice of fit instruments. Give them the discerning of spirits, that none may be sent forth but such as thou nast called, prepared, and qualified for the blessed yet arduous office
of proclaiming the unsearchable riches of Christ. Great ly increase the number of such laborers. Give, o give Thou the word, and great shall be the company
preachers. Bless all who support thy cause at home. May they that love thy Jerusalem prosper in body and soul; in endeavoring to water others, may their own souls be watered.
Look with thy favor on all missionaries now among the heathen. O prepare the way in the wilderness. May every valley be exalted, every hill made low; may the crooked be made straight, and the rough places plain; and the word of the Lord every where have free course and be glorified. May thy doctrine, constantly preached by thy servants, drop as the rain and distil as the dew, and thy word never return unto Thee void, but prosper
abundantly, and accomplish all that for which Thou dost send it. Give thy servants health and strength, vigor of mind, and devotedness of heart; and may they all be chosen vessels to bear thy name before the Gentiles. May the deadening influence of climate, heathen customs, and loss of means of grace, be more than counteracted by a special supply of thy Holy Spirit. May it have to be recorded of each one of them, He was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith ; and much people were, through him, added to the Lord. Give them grace to be faithful unto death, and may they receive from the Savior's hands the crown of life and glory. Grant that thousands and tens of thousands may rise up to call them blessed. May the little leaven leaven the whole lump; and all nations whom Thou hast made fall down and worship before Thee,
O Lord hear; O Lord, forgive ; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not for thine own sake, O our God. For thy dear Son's sake answer
May He see of the travail of his soul and be satisfied
Amen, and Amen.