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pity what thou canst not approve: and wilt not leave us destitute, though we have no right to thy favour. Relying, therefore, on that gracious disposition, whose nature and property is ever to have inercy, we farther request thee to give us this day our daily bread. Bestow upon us, little as we deserve them, the necessaries and convepiences, of a mortal body, which, day by day, our various wants and infirmities oblige us to call for ;-and still more especially, give us, day by day, that better bread of life, which is necessary for the support of our immortal souls here, and without which we must die eternally.
And whilst we thus bend the knee to thee for a supply of our own wants, () melt our hearts to a tender cunsideration of the wants of others. Teach us to pity and comfort those afflicted thousands, whose hard lot is misery and distress, and whose unsheltered nakedness is exposed to the cold winds of heaven, and the piercing calls of unsatisfied hunger,
And, since in this mortal state we cannot be free from sin, suffer us to request from thee the forgiveness of that sin :--Forgive us our trespasses, -our trespasses against thee a God, even as we forgive the trespasses and infirinities of men, weak and fallible like ourselves, P 3
I know, O gracious Father, that my transgressions against thee are many: I feel, therefore, the necessity of thy forgiveness, without which I can have no comfort here, and misery must be my portion hereafter. I know, too, that thou hast promised that forgiveness on the condition only of my forgiving others their trespasses : I do, therefore, with gratitude and joy, accept the gracious condition : I do now in thy presence, to whom all hearts are open, from the bottom of my heart forgive all those, who have injured ine in thought, word, or deed; and I resolve to make this readiness to forgive, the leading principle of my conduct through life, even as I hope to find forgiveness at that awful hour, when naked and defenceless before thy throne, I can have no hope or refuge,-no anchor of my soul, but in that mercy, which thou hast promised through Christ to the gentle and forgiving
But ah!' what have I said? Can I hope, then, to preserve this unsinning obedience ? Dare I presume thus far on the frailty of human nature? Alas! whilst I do in all sincerity thus profess to make thy law the rule of my conduct, I know, O God, whereof we are made, -I remember that we are but dust. O strengthen me, therefore, by thy aid in these holy resolu
tions ;--suffer me not to be tried above what I
And deliver us from evil:-- from that evil one, who is daily seeking whom he may deyour; —from the evil and mischief of sin ;~and from the evil of misery; that is, thy wrath and everlasting damnation, which is ever the conse
quence of sin.
And this, we acknowledge, thou art able to do : For thine is the kingdom; the authority and right of dominion over all, whether men or things :—Thine is the power; the ability and strength to command all :- Thine is the glory; the glory and honour of all that is perfect, excellent, or amiable in the world; and that, not only at present, but through all ages, --from everlasting to everlasting, for ever and ever.
Let all the people, with united hearts and voices, say, Amen!
And may that God, who sitteth supreme in heaven, ever condescend to hear and grant our petitions, whenever we address him in the words of this divine prayer, through the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord.
2 KINGS V. 1, 2, 3.
Now Naaman, the captain of the host of the king
of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable ; because by him the Lord had given deliverance to Syria; he was also a mighty man
in valour; but he was a leper. And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and
had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid, and she waited on Naaman's
wife. And she said unto her mistress, Would God my
lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria ; for he would recover him of his leprosy !
THE penman of the holy scripture is God:
is God: the design of them is the instruction of man.
We may, therefore, be assured, that there is no part of them but may be turned to our