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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"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 23, 2024.

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IV. A Prayer for the Church.

O Blessed Lord, who in thine infinite mercy didst vouch∣safe to plant a glorious Church among us, and now in thy just judgment hast permitted our sins and follies to root it up; be plea∣sed at last to resume thoughts of Peace towards us, that we may do the like to one another. Lord, look down from Heaven, the Ha∣bitation of thy Holiness, and be∣hold the ruines of a desolate

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Church, and compassionate to see her in the dust. Behold her, O Lord, not only broken, but crum∣bled; devided into so many Sects and Factions, that she no longer represents the Ark of the God of Israel, where the Covenant and the Manna were conserved, but the Ark of Noah, filled withall various sorts of unclean Beasts: and, to complete our misery and guilt, the spirit of division hath insinuated it self as well into our affections as our judgments; that badge of Discipleship which thou recommendest to us, is cast off, and all the contrary wrath and bit∣terness, anger and clamour called in to maintain and widen our breaches. O Lord, how long shall we thus violate and defame that Gospel of Peace that we profess? how long shall we thus madly de∣feat our selves, lose that Christia∣nity which we pretend to strive for; O thou which makest men

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to be of one mind in an house, be pleased so to unite us, that we may be perfectly joyned together in the same mind, and in the same judgment. And now that in Civil affairs there seems some aptness to a Composure, O let not our Spiri∣tual differences be more unrecon∣cileable. Lord, let not the rongh∣est winds blow out of the Sanctu∣ary; let not those which should be thy Embassadours for Peace, still sound a Trumpet for War: but do thou reveal thy self to all our Eliah's in that still small voice, which may teach them to Echo thee in the like meek treating with others. Lord, let no unsea∣sonable stiffness of those that are in the right, no perverse obstina∣cy of those that are in the wrong, hinder the closing of our wounds; but let the one instruct in meek∣ness, and thou be pleased to give the other repentance to the ac∣knowledgment of the Truth. To

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this end do thou, O Lord, mollifie all exasperated minds, take off all animosities and pre udices, con∣tempt and heart-burnings and by uniting their hearts prepare for the reconciling their opinions: and that nothing may intercept the clear sight of thy truth, Lord, let all private and secular designs be totally deposited, that gain may no longer be the measure of our Godliness, but that the one great and common concernment of truth and peace may be unani∣mously and vigorously pursued. Lord, the hearts of all men are in thy hands, O be thou pleased to let thy Spirit of peace over-sha∣dow the minds of all contending parties; and if it be thy will, re∣store this Church to her pristine state, renew her days as of old; let her escape out of Egypt be so entire, that not an hoof may be left behind: But if thy Wisdom see it not yet a season for so full a

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deliverance, Lord, defer not, we beseech thee, such a degree of it, as may at least secure her a being; if she cannot recover her beauty, yet, O Lord, grant her health, such a soundness of constitution as may preserve her from dissoluti∣on. Let thy providence find out some good Samaritans to cure her present wounds: and to whomso∣ever thou shalt commit that im∣portant work, Lord, give them skilful hands and compassionate hearts; direct them to such ap∣plications as may most speedily, and yet most soundly, heal the hurt of the daughter of Sion; and make them so advert to the inte∣rests both of truth and peace, that no lawful condescention may be omitted, nor any unlawful made. And do thou, who art both the wonderful Counsellor and Prince of peace, so guide and prosper all pacifick endeavours, that all our distractions may be composed,

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and our Jerusalem may again be∣come a City at unity in it self; that those happy primitive days may at length revert, wherein Vice was the only Heresie; that all our intestine contentions may be converted into a vigorous op∣position of our common enemy, our unbrotherly feuds into a Chri∣stian Zeal against all that exalts it self against the obedience of Christ. Lord, hear us, and ordain peace for us, even for his sake whom thou hast ordained our peace-maker, Jesus Christ our Lord.

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