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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 Saviour'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 the travail of his soul and be satisfied. Amen, and Amen. Our Father, &c.
ANOTHER PRAYER FOR THE ENLARGEMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST.
O ETERNAL God, the Lord of glory, who hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm; the great, the mighty God, the Lord of Hosts is thy name; Thou, Lord, art good to all. and thy tender mercies are over all thy works; Thou art nigh unto all them that call upon thee, to all that call upon thee in truth.
We are bold, therefore, to come before thee in behalf of a world lying in wickedness. Behold, in thy infinite compassion, dying millions, who have changed the glory of the incorruptible God, into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts! behold them, without Christ, strangers from the covenant of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world; filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, and malignity! Lord, we know
that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Regard then, now, we beseech thee, in pity, the sad effects of sin, the miserable condition of these thy creatures. Regard, we beseech thee, thine own glory. How long shall thy name be thus profaned? How long shall the prince of darkness usurp the Saviour's promised inheritance and possession? Lord, how long shall the blessed hope that the kingdoms of this world are to be the kingdoms of our God and of his Christ, tarry, ere it come?
Thou shalt arise and have mercy upon Sion, for the time to favour her, yea, the set time is come. For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof. So the Heathen shall fear the name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.
Lord, we believe thy promises; help our unbelief. We are persuaded that thou hast brought the wretched state of the world before the eyes of thy people, that they may pity millions of guilty, accountable and immortal souls, without the knowledge of a Saviour; that while there is time they may pray, and give, and strive to make thy Gospel known among them. Our Saviour has commanded, "Go into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature; and thou hast promised, that thy word shall not return unto thee void; we confidently, therefore, ask thee to bless the cause of Christian missions, that it may advance and grow, and increase till every Christian heart become warmed with holy zeal for the spread of the Saviour's name, and kingdom, and glory; and the Gospel of Christ be preached to Jew and Gentile through the world.
Holy, holy, holy Lord, we acknowledge it to be owing to thy infinite mercy, that we were not left in the dark
ness of heathen lands. Thou didst incline thy servants of old to send faithful missionaries to preach thy glorious Gospel; thou didst support them in all their trials and difficulties, and at length this favoured country became a Christian land. And, Lord, how hast thou since blessed us, above other nations, in the enjoyment of the light of thy truth, and in the power and means to communicate it! We feel that our privileges imply duties. Give us grace then, to labour, that the word of the Lord may from us sound out in every place. We thank thee that thou hast given many the disposition to aid in this work, and that numbers of thy servants are united in societies, to send abroad the tidings of salvation. Lord bless them all. Lord greatly increase the number of all who have at heart the good of Sion.
We thank thee, O Lord, that thy holy word is translating into numerous different languages, and that now so many nations may hear in their own tongues the wonderful works of God. Give yet greater success to these efforts. Facilitate this work by imparting, more and more, peculiar talents to those engaged therein. As thou didst give to thy servants of old peculiar skill in erecting the tabernacle in the wilderness, and the temple at Jerusalem, so in this age of thy Church do thou grant special gifts to those engaged in building up thy spiritual temple.
Lord do thou prepare and call forth labourers. Qualify fit instruments to conduct missionary efforts, and give them faith, wisdom and judgment, uprightness, patience, and self-denial, a single eye and a single heart in all their proceedings. So incline their minds, that they may send none to labour among the heathen but those that are first chosen of thee: men anointed with the Holy Ghost. Do thou raise up meek, humble, patient, believing, laborious, and persevering men, counting their
work their wages, and looking for the recompense of reward hereafter men suited to the exigencies of the heathen, in their various degrees of civilization and knowledge, and adapted to meet their wants in each particular situation; men willing to spend themselves, and be spent for Christ. Lord, send forth, we beseech thee, send forth uch labourers.
REGARD, we beseech thee, O Lord, with thy infinite love, those who have gone forth in thy name, to Heathen lands, to labour in making Christ known to the Gentiles. Help them to be followers of thy Apostles. Grant that they may never lose that first love and ardour of mind which induced them, for Christ's sake, to leave country, home, friends, and relatives. Preserve them pure doctrine, and in life. In the faith of Christ, may they vanquish the world, the flesh, and the devil, and overcome apparently insurmountable difficulties. Give unto them utterance, that they may open their mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the Gospel. Give them grace to hope even against hope; and in thy own good time, remove every opposing obstacle to the universal diffusion of thy truth. Let the course of thy pro
vidence prepare the way for thy servants. Let every
fresh advance, either in commerce, science, or arts, aid the coming on of the Redeemer's kingdom; all things work together for good, till all shall know thee, the only true God, from the least to the greatest.
And for this we entreat the full out-pouring of thy Holy Spirit upon all flesh; upon kings of the earth, and all people; upon bishops, priests, deacons, and all Christian ministers; upon princes, senators, and magistrates; young men and maidens, old men and children. Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is excellent, his glory is above the earth and heaven.
O Lord, it is not our glory we seek, but thine. We long, we ask, we pray, that thy will may be done on earth, as it is in heaven; that all nations may come and worship before thee, and glorify thy name. Lord, thou knowest our desires: we know not how to express them as we should. Do for us and thy church exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, for thy great name's sake. Amen.
These prayers we offer up in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Our Father, &c.
EJACULATORY PRAYERS FROM THE
ON RISING IN THE MORNING.
I laid me down and slept; I awaked, for thou, Lord, sustained me. Ps. iii, 5.
At evening, and at morning, and at noon-day, will I pray, and that instantly. Ps. lv, 19.
ON GOING TO BED.
I will lay me down in peace, and take my rest, for it is thou, Lord, only, that makest me to dwell in safety. Ps. iv, 9.
AT GOING OUT.
Lord, bless my going out, and my coming in, from this time forth for evermore. Ps. cxxi, 8.
Prosper thou the work of my hands, O Lord; prosper my handy work. Ps. cx, 17.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be always acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. Ps. xix, 14.