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ing waters for cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. My heart is bent to slide back from the living God, and it is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; it starts aside like a broken bow : “ the whole head is sick, the whole heart faint ; from the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in me, but wounds, and bruises, and putrefying sores."
Lord, I come to thee as the poor publican, and I pray his prayer," God be merciful unto me, a sinncr !". The God of infinite mercy be merciful to me. O wash me thoroughly from my wickedness, and cleanse me from my sin; for I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. O purge my conscience with the blood of Jesus and I shall be clean ; wash me in that purple fountain, and I shall be whiter than snow; hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Let me be justified freely by thy grace, through the redemption of Jesus; take away all mine iniquities, and receive me graciously; heal my backslidings, and love me freely; and let thy anger be turned away from me, for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy. I will say unto God, do not condemn me, but deliver me from going down into the pit, for thou hast found a ransom. I have sinned, Father, against Heaven and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son; but I have an advocate with thee, Jesus Christ the righteous, and he is the propitiation for my sin. Lord, remember the true David, even Jesus, and all his troubles; remember all his sufferings, and accept his burnt-sacrifice; and turn not away the face of thine Anointed, who by his own blood is entered into Heaven itself, now to appear in the pres gence of God for men. Remember the covenant in his blood, and be merciful to mine unrighteousness; and my sins and my iniquities re. member no more.
Let me be justified by faith, and have peace with God through Jesus Christ; and through him let me have access to that grace wherein believers stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. O make me hear of joy and gladness, that the bones which sin has broken may rejoice. Let the blood of Christ speak better things than that of Abel ; let it speak pardon and peace to my soul; let it purge my conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Let thy spirit witness with my spirit that I am a child of God, and a joint heir with Christ ; say to my soul, I am thy salvation,
Lord, give me a wise and understanding heart; that which I know not, teach thou me; let the Spirit of truth guide me into all truth, and make me to anderstand wherein I have erred. Make thy way plain before my face, because there are many that watch for my halting; and by teaching of thy Word and Spirit, make me wise unto salvation. Unto me, Lord, let it be given to believe ; for the faith by which I am saved is not of myself, it is the gift of God: Lord, increase my faith, and perfect what is lacking in it, that I may be strong in faith, giving glory to God. Let every word of thine profit me, being mixed with faith; and enable me to look above the things that are seen, which are temporal, to the things that are unseen, which are eternal; let my heart be purified by faith, and
enable me by faith to overcome the world, and to resist the Devil, and to live continually upon Jesus, drawing out of his fulness grace for grace. Unite my heart to fear thy name, that I may keep thy commandments: O put thy fear into my heart, that I may never depart from thee, and let me be in the fear of the Lord all the day long. De. liver me from all slavish fear that hath torment, and give me a filial fear, that I may never wilfully offend against thee more.
Give me grace, I beseech thee, to love thee, the Lord my God, with all my heart, and soul, and mind, and strength; to delight myself always in thee; and therein shall I have the desire of my heart. Circumcise my heart to love thee, and shed abroad thy love abundantly in my heart, by the Holy Ghost. May Jesus be very precious to me, as he is to all that believe. Let me delight in him as the chief of ten thousand, and altogether lovely ; and though I have not seen him, yet may I love him, and, by believing in him, may rejoice with joy unspeakable, and full of glory. Let the love of Christ to me constrain me to live, not to myself, but to him that died for me, and rose again.
Lord, put upon me that charity which is the bond of perfectness, that I may keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, and may live in love and peace, that the God of love and peace may be with me. Give me to love my neighbour as myself, with that love which is the fulfilling of the law ; to love him with a pure heart fervently, Giva
me, O Lord, the love of the brethren; and enable me to be kindly affectioned towards them in brotherly love, that I may know I am passed from death unto life, and all may know that I am thy disciple. Lord, maké me able to love mine enemies; to bless them that curse me, and to pray for them that despitefully use me ; forbearing them and forgiving them, as I trust thou for Christ's sake hast forgiven me.
Lord, give me grace to deny myself, to take up my cross daily, and to follow Christ; to keep under the body, and to bring it into subjection ; let me learn of Christ to be meek and lowly in heart, that I may find rest to my soul; hide pride from me, and clothe me with humility; and put upon me the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which in thy sight is of great price; let anger never rest in my bosom, nor the sun do down upon my wrath, but enable me to show all meekness towards all men: let me have bowels of mercy, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness and long-suffering, that the same mind may be in me which was in Christ Jesus my Lord.
Lord, teach me in every state to be content ; let my conversation be without covetousness; may I always be content with such things as I have; still saying The will of the Lord be done. Lord, give me grace to weep as though I wept not, and to rejoice as though I rejoiced not, and to buy as though I possessed not, and to use this world as not abus. ing it --because the time is short, and the fashion of this world passeth away. May the very God of peace sanctify me wholly ; and I pray God my whole spirit, and soul and body, may be preserved blameless
unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let goodness and mercy follow me all the days of my life; when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, be thou with me, that I may fear no evil; let thy rod and thy staff comfort me. Redeem my soul from the power of the grave, and receive me: guide me by thy counsel, and afterwards receive me to glory, through Jesus Christ my blessed Lord and Saviour ; to whom, with Thee and the Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, thanksgiving and praise, for ever and ever. Amen,
A PRAYER FOR THE GRACE OF PERSEVERANCE. · ETERNAL God, with whom is everlasting strength, thou art able to
w keep us from falling, and to perform the good work begun in us till the day of Jesus Christ. But, Lord, thou knowest how weak and changeable I am ; how wavering and bent to backsliding ; how apt to shrink back or start aside after I have been hopefully set in the way towards Heaven ; and in what danger I still am of running myself, after all the great things thou hast done for me. O Lord of love, have pity on my infirmities, and strengthen me in my weakness. Preserve me, thou blessed Guardian of thy people, who keepest the feet of thy saints; O preserve me from the danger of apostacy, and falling away from any good beginnings, which thy grace has wrought in me; and put thy fear in my heart, that I may not depart from thee. Make me so firmi