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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Devotional exercises.
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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." In the digital collection Early English Books Online. https://name.umdl.umich.edu/A45408.0001.001. University of Michigan Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 26, 2024.

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A GENERAL FORM OF CONFESSION.

O Lord, the Great and Dreadful God, keeping the Co∣venant, and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his Commandments; we have sinned, and have committed ini∣quity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled: even by de∣parting from thy precepts, and from thy judgments.

By our impious and godless thoughts of Thee; our confidence

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in the arm of flesh; by placing our affections on earthly things, and neglecting to love and de∣light in Thee; by presuming of thy mercies, and yet continuing in our sins,

We have provoked and rebel∣led against Thee.

O Lord, righteousness belongs unto Thee, but unto us confusion of face, as at this day, Dan. 9. 7.

By our want of reverence to thy Service, not considering the awfulness of thy Presence, and that honour due to Thee in thy House; by our formal and hypo∣critical worship; by open profa∣nation and sacriledge; by shews and Pretences of piety to cover our worldly and wicked designs,

We have provoked and rebel∣led against Thee.

O Lord, righteousness belongs

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unto Thee, but unto us confusion of face, as at this day.

By our vain and rash oaths, blasphemies and perjuries; by our execrations on our selves, our brethren, and our enemies,

We have provoked and rebel∣led against Thee.

O Lord, righteousness belongs unto Thee, but unto us confusion of face, as at this day.

By undervaluing thy publick Service, and neglecting to bear a part in it; by mispending that time either there or elswhere in wanton or worldly thoughts or imployments; by not keeping the Spiritual Sabbath unto Thee, in serving Thee truly all the days of our lives; by not duly obser∣ving the times of Festivity or Fa∣sting appointed by just Authority,

We have provoked and rebel∣led against Thee.

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O Lord, righteousness belongs unto Thee, but unto us confusion of face, as at this day.

By not duly acknowledging thine ordinance and authority in the persons of our Superiours; by speaking evil of dignities, and reviling the Rulers of thy people; by groundless jealousies and suspi∣cions, mis-judging and censuring their actions; by being as a people that strive with their Priests, and not submitting our selves to those who by thy ap∣pointment watch over our souls; by neglecting those committed to our charge, not correcting those sins which have cried loud for examplary punishment,

We have provoked and rebel∣led against Thee.

O Lord, righteousness belongs unto Thee, but unto us confusion of face, as at this day.

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By rash anger, malice, hatred, revenge, and the bloudy effects thereof; by uncharitable con∣tentions and divisions, factions and animosities; by cruelty and unmercifulness, and communica∣ting in the sins of bloud,

We have provoked and rebel∣led against Thee.

O Lord, righteousness belongs unto Thee, but unto us confusion of face, as at this day.

By the manifold sins of unclean∣ness, by seeking or not avoiding the occasions thereof; by idle∣ness, intemperance and drunken∣ness, by immodest words and gestures, by shameless boasting or not blushing at those sins,

We have provoked and rebel∣led against Thee.

O Lord, righteousness belongs unto Thee, but unto us confusion of face, as at this day.

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By thefts, rapines, and op∣pressions; by vexatious suits pra∣ctised and countenanced; by ex∣actions, and unjust gains in bar∣gaining; by defrauding the la∣bourer of his hire, by want of due care in expending what we have, and a good conscience in acqui∣ring more,

We have provoked and rebel∣led against Thee.

O Lord, righteousness belongs unto Thee, but unto us confusion of face, as at this day.

By lying, detraction, and con∣tumely; by censuring and rash judgment; by false witness, and perverting the course of justice,

We have provoked and rebel∣led against Thee,

O Lord, righteousness belongs unto Thee, but unto us confusion of face, as at this day.

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By uncontentedness and desi∣ring change in our estates; by giving our selves over to lustful, covetous, and inordinate affecti∣ons; by neglecting acts of Chari∣ty, and doing as we would be done to, and not doing our duty in that state of life unto which it hath pleased Thee to call us,

We have provoked and rebel∣led against Thee.

O Lord, righteousness belongs unto Thee, but unto us confusion of face, as at this day.

By fretting our selves because of the ungodly, and being envi∣ous against the evil-doer; by not loving our enemies, not blessing them that curse us, not doing good to them that hate us, nor praying for those that despight∣fully use us, and persecute us,

We have provoked and rebel∣led against Thee.

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O Lord, righteousness belongs unto Thee, but unto us confusion of face, as at this day.

By presuming to do evil that good may come thereof; by pla∣cing piety in opinions; by strain∣ing at Gnats, and swallowing of Camels, scrupling at things in∣different, and making no consci∣ence of known sins,

We have provoked and rebel∣led against Thee.

O Lord, righteousness belongs unto Thee, but unto us confusion of face, as at this day.

By running into open profane∣ness, under colour of avoiding Superstition; by guiding our con∣science by humours and phansies, and not by the certain rules of thy Law; by having itching ears, and heaping to our selves Teach∣ers, and by having mens persons

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in admiration because of advan∣tage,

We have provoked and rebel∣led against Thee.

O Lord, righteousness belongs unto Thee, but unto us confusion of face as at this day.

By impatience under thy cor∣recting hand, not endeavouring our amendment by it, and reflect∣ing on our own sins as the causes of it; by despising thy chastise∣ments, and not rejoycing in tri∣bulations, nor glorifying Thee that hast counted us worthy to suffer for righteousness sake,

We have provoked and rebel∣led against Thee.

O Lord, righteousness belongs unto Thee, but unto us confusion of face, as at this day.

By our want and neglect of

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those necessary Christian duties of Humiliation and godly sorrow for sin, of indignation and re∣venge upon our selves for it, of confessing and forsaking, of re∣stitution and satisfaction to others; and not by bringing forth fruits worthy of repentance,

We have provoked and rebel∣led against Thee.

O Lord, righteousnnss belongs unto Thee, but unto us confusion of face, as at this day.

WHO can tell how oft he offendeth? O cleanse Thou us from these, and from our secret sins, Psal. 19. 22.

Try us, O good God, and search the ground of our hearts; prove us and examine our thoughts.

Look well if there be any other way of wickedness in us; and lead us in the way everlasting, Psal. 139. 23, 24.

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Behold, O Lord, we are here before Thee in our sins; we stand guilty of these and many more, not only of all sorts, but of all de∣grees also; and we know and con∣fess, that the least of these de∣serves no less than the wages of eternal death.

But if Thou, Lord, shouldst be extreme to mark what is done amiss, O Lord, who may abide it? If Thou shouldst thus severe∣ly proceed in judgment against us, our spirits should fail before Thee, and those souls which Thou hast made.

Deal thou with us therefore, O Lord, not after the multitude of our sins, but accord∣ing to the multitude of thy mer∣cies. Turn away thy face from our sins, and behold that Son of thy Love in thine own bosom,

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that doth not only intercede, but hath satisfied; not only request and intreat, but even require and challenge Thee to have mercy up∣on us.

For his sake therefore, we beseech Thee, have this mercy upon us, to make us capable of thy mercies. Send down the dew of thy Hea∣venly grace, that may melt and mollifie our frozen and stony hearts, that we may see and con∣fess, and hate, and forsake, and sincerely repent us of all our past sins and abominations, and turn from the evil of our former ways, to Thee that art the Way, the Truth, and the Life, John 14. 6.

And then, O Lord, do Thou return to us also; forgive the Debt which hath been discharged by the precious bloud of thy dear Son, and seal to us our pardon by the gift of thy holy Spirit, which for the time to come may prevent, excite, and enable us to

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walk before Thee in holiness and rigtheousness all our days: that having cast off the works of darkness, and put on the ar∣mour of light, we may like va∣liant Soldiers fight that good fight against all tempta∣tions of the world, the flesh, and the Devil; that having finished our course, we may receive of Thee that crown of life which Thou hast promised to them that continue faithful unto death, Rev. 2. 10.

And all for his sake, who by his death hath overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life. To him, with Thee, and the Holy Spirit, be all Honour and Glory, world with∣out end, Amen.

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