The daily practice of devotion, or, The hours of prayer fitted to the main uses of a Christian life also lamentations and prayers for the peaceful re-settlement of this church and state / by the late pious and reverend H.H., D.D.

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The daily practice of devotion, or, The hours of prayer fitted to the main uses of a Christian life also lamentations and prayers for the peaceful re-settlement of this church and state / by the late pious and reverend H.H., D.D.
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Hammond, Henry, 1605-1660.
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London :: Printed for R. Royston ...,
1684.
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A General Form of Prayer.

HEar my Prayer, O Lord, and hear∣ken to the voice of my supplicati∣on, when I cry unto Thee, when I lift up my hands toward the Mercy-seat of thy holy Temple.

O Holy Lord God, whose pure eyes will not behold iniquity, I the vilest of all thy Creation, and most sinful among all the sons of men, do yet presume to cast my self down before the foot-stool of thy Throne of Grace, humbly beseeching Thee to stretch forth Thy Gol∣den

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Scepter of Peace, that I may touch it, and not die, but live to praise thy mercy.

I confess, O Lord, that I was even concei∣ved in sin, and brought forth in iniquity; and though thou hadst wash'd me from that Original Pollution of Nature in the holy Fountain of Baptism, yet have I since again defiled my self with all manner of actual Abominations.

O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face unto thee, for mine iniquities are increased over mine head, and my trespasses are waxed great unto the Heavens. Since the days of my youth I am in a great trespass, and my whole life is nothing else but a continu∣ed transgression of thy Law, and provocation of thy wrath.

I have but slightly performed, or neglected, and wholly

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omitted, and even contemned those Duties and Services which thou requirest of me: but have greedily committed, and care∣lesly, and even presumptuously continued in those sins which thou hast strictly forbidden, and se∣verely threatned.

So that if thou shouldst enter into judgment with thy Servant, I could expect nothing but to re∣ceive my portion with hypocrites and unbelievers, and to be cast out into utter darkness, in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone for evermore.

But thou, O Lord, which desi∣rest not the death of a sinner, but rather that he should turn from his wickedness and live; turn thou me, O good God, turn me from all my transgressions, and let not iniquity be my ruine.

Open thou mine eyes, and awaken my dull and stony heart, that I may see and understand the

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vileness and misery of my sinful state; that I may hate, and abhor, and forsake all my evil ways, and turn to thee with all my heart and with all my strength.

Give me that Godly sorrow which worketh true repentance; forgive and put away all my sins and offences, nail them to the Cross of Jesus Christ, and bury them in his Grave, that they may never rise up in judgment against me.

Receive me, O my Father, and be reconciled unto me in the mercies and merits of thy dear Son: for his sake restore me again to thy grace and favour, and the light of thy countenance, and establish me with thy free Spirit, Psal. 51. 12.

Send down the dew of thy hea∣venly grace, the light of thy Holy Spirit into my heart, to lead me in thy way, and enable me to walk in it.

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Give me strength to resist all temptations, and to stand against all assaults of the World, the Flesh, and the Devil; that no Allurement may draw, no Ter∣ror may drive me from the streight path of thy Service, but that I may persevere in it to the end of my days; that having lived in thy fear, I may die in thy favour, rest in thy peace, rise in thy power, and reign with thee for ever in thy Glory.

And thou, O Lord, which hast promised to add all other necessaries to them which seek first thy Kingdom, and the righteousness thereof, remem∣ber me also with thy temporal blessings, as shall seem best un∣to thee, and may be most for the advancement of mine Eternal Interest.

Give me health of Body, sound∣ness of Mind, competence of means, comfort of Friends, peace

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in this world, and contentment of mind what state soever thou shalt please to call me to.

Give me grace to set my heart not on things below, but on things above; that I may chear∣fully expect when it shall please thee to translate me from thy blessings in this world to the joys of thy Eternal Kingdom.

And thou, O Lord, which hast commanded us to make prayers and supplica∣tions for all others as well as our selves, we beseech thee to extend thy mercy and goodness to all mankind in all the corners of the Earth.

Open and enlighten the eyes of them that sit in darkness and the shadow of death, and guide their feet into the way of peace: that thy way may be known upon earth, and thy saving health among all nati∣ons, Psal. 67. 2.

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Inlarge the bounds of thy Ca∣tholick Church: Unite and san∣ctifie all that are already received into her bosom, and restore her to her ancient purity and prospe∣rity.

Send such Priests whose lips may preserve knowledge, and make the People diligent to seek thy Law at their mouth; and so direct and rule both Priests and People, that by their holy con∣versation they may shine as Lights in the midst of a crooked and per∣verse generation.

And thou who hast promised to make Kings and Queens the Nursing Fathers and Nursing Mothers of thy Church, protect all the Go∣vernments of the world, especi∣ally Christian Kings and Princes, and more particularly Him whom thy particular Providence hath placed over us.

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Preserve and prosper him in all his ways; give him success in all his undertakings and actions, that having lived and ruled here in justice, piety, prosperity, peace, and happiness, he may quietly pass from this earthly and transi∣tory to a heavenly and eternal Crown.

Bless his Illustrious Family, and the whole State under him. Di∣stribute thy blessings to every one as thou shalt judge most meet, and as may best fit, and enable, and encourage them in their seve∣ral Places and Callings, in the performance of their duties of Worship and Obedience to thee, and of justice, and Honesty, and Charity to their Brethren,

Bless all those to whom I am bound by any special Relation.

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    • Parents,
    • Freinds,
    • Kindred,
    • Benefactors,
    • Family.

    Thou, O Lord, knowest the Name and place of every one, Thou knowest our several desires and wants: We beseech Thee to proportion thy reliefs and bles∣sings to every one, that we may be mutual helps and comforts to each other in our passage through this vale of misery and tears.

    Have mercy and compassion up∣on all that are under any calamity in body, or mind, or outward condition, especially those that suffer for righteousness sake: Give them Patience to bear, and Prudence to make a right use of all their Afflictions; and in thine own good time relieve and restore them here, or take them away from these temporal miseries to thine eternal rest in Heaven.

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    And let not my Lord be angry, and I will speak but this once, and that in obedience to thy com∣mand, for our Ene∣mies, Slanderers, and Oppres∣sors, especially those that have caused or increased the publick Distractions: Lord, restrain their malice, and open their Eyes and Hearts, that they may see the crookedness of their own ways, and return into the streight path of meekness and Charity; that we may live together in Peace here, and reign together in thy Glory hereafter.

    And that our Ingratitude for Thy former Blessings may not make us more unworthy and un∣capable of the future, we humbly desire to offer up our sacrifice of Praise and Thansgiving for all thy goodness and loving-kindness multiplied and continued upon us.

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    That Thou hast been pleased to create us men after thine own Image, the most excellent of all the works of thy hands.

    And when by our own sin and fall we had made our selves worse than the vilest of all thy Creation, Thou wert yet pleased to find out a means of Redemption and Re∣conciliation, by the death and sa∣tisfaction of thine own only Son.

    And hast farther vouchsafed in some measure to shed abroad in our hearts the good gifts and gra∣ces of thy holy Spirit, to excite, inable, and incourage us in the performance of thy Service here, and to seal to us the good hope of eternal happiness with Thee hereafter.

    That Thou hast vouchsafed me to be born of Christian Parents, and brought up in the bosom of thy Church, and nourished with the sincere milk of thy word, and to live under the glorious

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    Sun-shine of thy Gospel:

    That Thou hast bestowed on me sufficient endowments and abi∣lities of Nature, as soundness of mind, and health of body; and withal a competence of means, comfort of friends, and other conveniences and contentments of life:

    That Thou hast preserved me from my Childhood until now from all mischiefs and dangers, and hast not cut me off in the midst of my sins, but allowed me space of Repentance, and brought me safe thus far of my life to this present day.

    These and all other thine innu∣merable and inestimable mercies, O Lord, as we had nothing in us to deserve them, so have we no∣thing to return for them, but an acknowledgment of our extreme unworthiness of any the least of them.

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    We therefore offer up our selves unto Thee, beseeching thee graciously to receive us, and sanctifie thy mercies to us, and us to thy service; that we may make use of them to the honour and glory of thy Name, and the eternal good of our own Souls.

    O Holy Lord God, that know∣est our necessities before we ask, and our ignorance in asking, have mercy upon our infirmities, pass by and pardon the imperfe∣ctions of our Prayers; bow down thy gentle ear, and hear, and grant these our requests as shall seem good to Thee.

    And whatsoever else thou knowest more useful or expedient for me or any of thy servants:

    Thou that knowest to give good gifts, we beseech Thee chuse for us, and give us those things:

    And all for His sake who hath given us confidence to come unto

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    Thee, and ask in His name, and hath taught us to summ up all our Prayers in his own words, say∣ing,

    OUR Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy Name, Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done in Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily Bread, and forgive us our Trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but diliver us from Evil. For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory for ever and ever. Amen.

    Numb. 6. 24.

    The Lord bless us, and keep us;

    The Lord make his face to shine upon us, and be gracious unto us.

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    The Lord lift up his counte∣nance upon us, and give us Peace.

    2 Cor. 13. 14.

    The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Love of God, and the Communion of the Holy Ghost be with us all. Amen.

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