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ber the wants of our neighbors, beseeching thee, who knowest the hearts and the wants of all men, to give them what they need. So far as thou shalt see it to be fitting, and that it will promote their best good, give them, we pray thee, health and prosperity and peace. Chiefly we pray that they may be brought to know and to love thy truth, and to be partakers of thy grace and of thy salvation in Jesus Christ.

Have mercy upon all who are erring and straying from thy righteous ways, having no sure hope and without God in the world. May thy Spirit convince them of their evil ways, and fetch them home to thy flock, and to the fold of the one Shepherd, Jesus Christ.

Extend, we entreat thee, the blessings of useful knowledge, rational freedom and true religion to all the people of the earth. May harmony and friendly intercourse unite all nations. Preserve them from injustice, contention and pride, and so rule their hearts and direct their ways, that they may walk in love and dwell in peace. O hasten the time when wars shall cease in all the world; when nation shall no more lift up sword against nation, nor kingdom against kingdom; when all shall submit to thy righteousness, and learn war no more.

Let thy blessing attend thy word, wherever it is preached throughout the world. From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same may thy name be great among the Gentiles, and in every place incense be offered unto thy name and a pure offering. Send thy word and the means of grace to all who are yet destitute, and make thy truth to them a savor of life. Arrest the progress of ungodliness and wrong, till the wickedness of the wicked shall come to an end.

Bless all our institutions designed for the spread of the gospel in foreign lands and for the promotion

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of truth and righteousness and peace among ourselves.

And now we desire, O thou Keeper of Israel, who never slumberest nor sleepest, to commend ourselves and all that appertains to us to thy merciful care and keeping. Thy power has preserved us through the day past; by thy great mercy defend us, we beseech thee, from all perils and dangers of this night, for the love of thy only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

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O ETERNAL God, mighty in power, and of majesty incomprehensible, whom the heaven of heavens cannot contain, and who yet, in thy wonderful mercy, dost vouchsafe to hear the prayers of those whom Christ has redeemed from sin and death, look in mercy upon us the chief of sinners. Grant us the aid of thy Spirit, that we may approach thee with humility, with lips unfeigned and with hearts sincere, and in the name of Him who died for our sins and rose again for our justification. May our reliance be on his merits, and on thy promise of pardon and peace through faith in him. Help us to pray according to thy will, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help us in every time of need. Let the words of our mouth and the desires of our heart be acceptable in thy sight.

And wilt thou impress upon our minds a deep and permanent sense of thy goodness. Abundant are the mercies, temporal and spiritual, which are our happy portion. Through many dangers and deaths, seen and unseen, hast thou conducted us from the commencement of our lives to this present time. Many blessings do we enjoy, of which others

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are deprived. What shall we render unto thee, O Lord, for all thy benefits! Help us to take the cup of salvation, and to call upon thy name, as the Giver of all good, and our only refuge in time of need. May thy goodness which sustained us through the silent watches of the night, be our guide and protection during the active labors of the present day. Defend us from sin, and from every danger. May all our conduct be ordered by thy governance and righteous in thy sight.

Thou hast taught us to make prayers and supplications, and to give thanks for all mankind, and we humbly beseech thee for all sorts and conditions of men, that thou would be pleased to make thy ways known unto them, thy saving health unto all nations. They are the work of thy hand and the creatures of thy care: may they know that thou hast so loved them, as to give thy Son to die for their sins, and may they rejoice in thy salvation.

We ask for the continuance of thy blessings upon this our favored country. Thou hast distinguished us by unnumbered mercies, and given us a great name among the nations of the earth. We would call to remembrance thy mercies, which have ever been of old. We have heard with our ears, and our fathers have declared unto us the noble works which thou didst in their days, and in the old time before them. Be with us, O God, and make us a nation fearing thee. Be thou our safeguard and defence. May salvation be to us for walls; our officers be peace, and our exactors righteousness: surely trusting in thy defence, may we not fear the power of any adversaries. Bless the government and all the people of the United States, and of this State especially in which we live, with wisdom, righteousness and peace. Give counsel to our counsellors, and teach our senators wisdom. Bless all who are set in authority over us, and so guide their counsels and

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strengthen their hands, that the hearts of the disobedient may be turned to the wisdom of the just, and our people serve thee in quietness and peace.

And grant, O Lord, that a sense of the many and great blessings which, as a people and a nation, we enjoy, may engage our hearts and lives in the ways of thy laws, and in the works of thy commandments. May we not forget that it is thou who makest us to differ from others. May we not be high-minded, but fear. Preserve us from a vain confidence of boasting; from self-dependence, and from party dissensions. May we not use our liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but follow after charity, and the things which make for peace. Help us to enjoy the bounty which thy hand bestows, with temperance, sobriety and thankfulness to thee. Defend us from pride, selfishness, and love of the world. Dispose us in all things to give that measure to others which we exact from them, and to live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world.

We ask too for thy blessing upon all our churches and religious institutions, that they may be conformed to thy will and instruments of promoting thy truth. Give them grace to look with a single eye to thy glory, and to the best interests of mankind. May they follow after the things wherewith one may edify another. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; and let there be no divisions among us, but help us rather to stand fast in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for the faith of the gospel. May thy truth spread and godliness increase throughout the earth, and all who profess the faith of Christ walk worthy of their vocation. Enlarge the borders of the Redeemer's kingdom, till to the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, and all the ends of the earth shall rejoice to call him Lord.

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Hear our prayers, O Lord, and behold us [of this family] with thy love and favor. Enlighten our minds with the truths of the blessed gospel; graft in our hearts the love of thy name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness, and of thy great mercy guide and bless us in all we do, that in this world we may live to thy glory, and in the world to come enjoy eternal life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

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ALMIGHTY and everliving God, unto whom all hearts are open and all desires known, let our prayers, we beseech thee, be as incense and as an evening sacrifice. Cleanse our hearts and sanctify our affections, and let thy ears be attentive to our supplications. May thy Spirit help us to ask for such things as are fit for us to receive, and which we truly need.

We are unworthy, through our manifold sins, to offer unto thee any sacrifice, or to ask for any blessing, and our humblest prayers and sincerest supplications will need thy pardon. Daily and often have we offended against thee, who art holy, good and merciful. Trusting not in our own righteousness, but in thy great mercy through Jesus Christ, we would bow this evening in humble supplication before thy throne. Create and make in us new and contrite hearts; grant us, through thy grace, repentance not to be repented of, and pardon and remission of our sins.

Make us truly sensible of our wants and of thy goodness, and help us to cry earnestly unto thee, to whom belong mercy and forgiveness. Grant unto us a hearty desire to pray, and let thy Spirit direct

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