« السابقةمتابعة »
And now, O Lord, we come unto thee for ourselves, who are' here at this time upon our sinful knees before thee, Lord, open our eyes, that we may seriously consider of that last and solemn hour of our departure: Lord, sanctify our hearts, that while we are encompassed with sinful flesh, we may lament our often failings, and infirmities, and every day be more and more desirous to go home to thee, who art the God of spirits.
Lord give us grace, that we may walk soberly, and righteously, and holily, as becometh thy children ; that at the resurrection of the just, our souls and bodies may enjoy the blessed consummatson of their endless happiness. Lord, hear our prayers, and let our cries come unto thee, for thy name's sake, for thy promise sake, for thy blessed Son's sake.-. AMEN.
OT A MINISTER OF GOD'S WORD, LALE OF WEST
THOROCK IN ESSEX.
I HE Lord hath laid a gracious and a gentle visitation on me; I do acknowledge (with a thankful heart) that this weakness of body, this languishing of nature, these painful days and nights are from him: for misery cometh not out of the dust, neither doth affliction spring out of the earth, Job 5. 6. Ah (iny friends) little do men think how much the great disturbances of sickness, how much the pains and infirmities of a decaying body, distract these blessed thoughts, . those sweet and happy meditations, which the troubled soul desires; the spirit is willing, but the
i nis vocit, wu si it very ia:dad catto Take his calling er.d caction sure: I bare eamest's desired to kaye do COTTEI CE my soul unsearched, and I find myself to be a very great and wretched sinner, I have committed griev. ous sins, very grievous sins, such sins as are not fit to be named before God's saints, I have exainined my soul by each particular commandment, and I find myselt guilty of the breach of all, and that in an high manner, especially considering
that weighty function God's providence, hath called me unto: I have not only sinned against mine own soul, but against the souls of others too, when I have corrupted by my ill example, and that very often.
And now, when I look upon the glass of the law, and there see mine own vileness, I find God's justice, and mine own deserts, even ready to surprize and cast me down into the nethermost hell, and that most righteously.
But O see the goodness of a gracious God! I now come to lay hold upon the promises, but how? not without repentance, not presumingly; I apply them noti in a general, but a particular 'way; I do not only believe that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, hut I believe also that he died for my sins, and rose again for justification. God hath promised (and all his promises are yea and aman) that he will not forsake those which
trust in him, nay it hath bound himself unto it by an oath, by two immutable things which cannot fail, his truth and his holiness, Heb. 6. 18. and God hath said, that he which confesseth and forsaketh his sins shall find mercy, 1 John 1. 9.
Nay, I can go yet a little further, to strengthen my assurance, that my peace is made with God; I every day and every hour, do pray unto my Saviour to intercede his Father for me; and if I implore him, he will intercede his Father; and if he intercede his Father, he cannot be denied.
: O my God, impute my sins to him, transfer his righteousness to me, and then I know I shall appear a glorious soul before thee. AMEN.