Another praier, for the accomplishing of Gods will reuealed in his lawe.
SUCH truelie are to be accounted right happie amongst mortall men, O most good and mercifull God, as haue thy sacred lawe alwaie set out before the eies of their mind, which they make as a patterne to begin their life by, and as a rule to proceed by, when they haue begun: so that if they shall happen to go astraie, their fault may both Page 550 be amended thereby, and they also leade a more vertu∣ous life, according vnto iustice. These shall liue blame∣lesse, and when their dooings shall be examined by vp∣right iudgement, they shall not be ashamed; which will greatlie auaile, if it be diligentlie practised from the tender age. But I hartilie acknowledge, and earnest∣lie confesse, O most deere father, that all mans policie is altogether vnprofitable, and none accompt at all to be made thereof, vnlesse thou be present with thy bles∣sed spirit, and dooest direct our minds. For otherwise, what gaine may we haue, by hearing or meditating of thy holie lawe, than a cold and verie hurtfull know∣ledge? Wherefore, my earnest request is, that thou wouldest not onlie minister strength vnto vs by thy grace, for the accomplishing of these things, which thou commandest in thy diuine lawe; but also to bring this vnto good effect, so that we may haue more felici∣tie in them, than in all our owne deuises, and take a greater delight in the continuall practise, and due exe∣cution thereof, than in anie fleshlie or worldlie plea∣sures, through Iesus Christ our Lord,