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That the pleasure of the Lord may prosper in their hand.
That they may see of the travail of the Redeemer's soul, and be satisfied. Isa. liii. 10.
That they may feed the flock of God, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. That when the chief Shepherd shall appear, they may receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. 1 Peter v. 2-4.
persons under awakening Convictions.
LET thy gospel come not in word only, but in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance. 1 Thess. i. 5.
Translate them out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of thy dear Son. Col. i. 13.
That they may ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward: saying, Come, and let us join ourselves to the Lord in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten. Jer. 1. 5.
Quench not the smoaking flax, nor break the bruised reed. Matt. xii. 20.
Despise not the day of small things. Zech. iv. 10. But let them be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and cause them to drink of thy pleasures as out of the river. Psalm xxxvi. 8.
Shew them wonderful things in thy righteousness, O God of our salvation; thou art the hope of all the ends of the earth. Psa. lxv. 5. 03.
And grant, Lord, that they who are by nature far off may be brought nigh through the blood of Christ. Eph. ii. 13.
Thou wilt feed thy flock like a shepherd: thou wilt
gather the lambs with thine arm, and carry them in thy bosom, and wilt gently lead those that are with young. Isa. xl. 11.
And grant Lord, that it may be but a little in passing the enquiries before they may find Him whom their soul loveth. Cant. iii. 4.
And may come up from the wilderness leaning upon her beloved, saying, I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine. Cant. viii. 5. and vi. 3.
Acknowledgments for sin-preventing Providences.
SURELY the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not. Gen. xxviii. 16.
Blessed be God, who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us. 2 Cor. i. 10.
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who hath kept me this day from this sin. 1 Sam. xxv. 32.
This is the Lord's doing; and it is marvellous in my eyes. Psalm cxviii. 23.
In hearing or seeing the Sins of others.
LORD, how is it that thou hast manifested thyself unto me, and not unto the world? John xiv. 22.
They that are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. 1 Peter i. 5.
Not unto us, but unto thy name be all the glory. Psalm cxv. 1.
For journeying Mercies.
LORD, keep me in the way I go, that no evil thing may befal me. Gen. xxviii. 20.
Grant that I may have a prosperous jouney by the will of God. Rom. i. 10.
And if thy presence go not with me, carry me not hence. Exod. xxxiii. 15.
Lord, I bless thee that thou hast said, My presence go with thee, and I will give thee rest. Verse 14.
After a Journey.
BLESSED be the Lord God who hath kept me in the way that I go. Gen. xxviii, 20.
So that I am come again to my house in peace, The Lord shall be my God. Ve:se 21.
It is presumed the above are sufficient examples for the purpose of forming prayers from Scripture, suited to the most general occurrences of life. More might certainly be added of a similar kind; but it were unecessary.
May the Lord sanctify what is here offered, and awaken from us a spirit of devotion in the heart to keep alive the flame of devotion, from the morning oblation to the evening sacrifice, that "God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ!"
WRITTEN ON THE MARGIN OF AN OLD bible.
"Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost."-JOHN vi. 12.
WHAT gave rise to this little publication was this: I have long been accustomed, when reading in the Bible, if a passage more than ordinarily struck my mind, to make memorandums of it in the margin. In process of time this hath amplified so much, that the Bible I commonly use, and which always stands on my table, is marked in most parts with these observations.
Some little time since, a young man intended for the ministry, happened to take it up as it lay before him, and observing what was written, requested permission to copy the remarks from the margin of my Bible into his own: and this having been followed by others, I have thought, if the same plan was more generally adopted, it might become, under the Lord's blessing, more generally useful. This is the history of these Fragments.
If God the Holy Ghost, the almighty Author and Giver of Scripture, shall graciously condescend, in a single instance, to shine upon it with his favour, the end for which it is sent forth into the church will be abundantly answered, and the name of the Lord be praised.
Plymouth, January, 1819.