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mission of God. That he loves us better than we do ourselves, and knows the best Methods of making us happy. And that therefore we should acquiesce in all Events, how contrary soever to our own Inclinations, and how much soever they may thwart those Schemes of Happiness and Enjoyment which we have framed to ourselves.
Q. Wherein confifts our entire Dependance upon God?
A. In expecting in all our Dangers, temporal and spiritual, by a serious and diligent Discharge of our own Duty, Relief from his Almighty Power, which is able to help us ; and from his infinite Goodness, which has promised to assist us. And therefore not to disquiet ourselves with the Apprehensions of Dangers and Calamities that may never happen; or, if they do, may be over-ruled to our Advantage.
Q. Wherein consists the Contempt of the World ?
A. In looking on all worldly Enjoyments as little and inconsiderable ; meer empty Nothings, in Comparison of that Happiness which God hath prepared for those that love him. In being content with that Portion of the good Things of this Life, which the wise Providence of God hath allotted to our Share ; without purchasing the Enjoyment of them by the Commission of any Sin; without being anxiously concerned for the Increase of them, or extremely depressed when they make themselves Wings and Ay away. In a moderate Use of all those lawful Pleasures and Enjoyments which relate to the Gratification of our Senses and fleshly Appetites ; as becomes Persons who expect 5
their Portion not in the Pleasures of this World, but in the Happiness of the next. In a low Esteem of thofe Idols of the World, Riches and Honour ; being ready to forsake them whenever they come in Competition with the Performance of our Duty. In bearing the Affictions and Calamities of this Life with Pacience and Constancy ; looking unto Jesus, who, for the Joy that was set before him, despised the Cross; and confequently in fixing our Minds upon our chiefest Good, and earnestly defiring and longing for the Poffesion of it.
Q. What is the Benefit of this humble, resigned, and depending Frame of Mind?
A. It is the proper Disposition for Devotion, and the Parent of religious Fear. It is the Seed-plot of all Christian Virtues. It makes us ready to receive the Revelations of God's Will to Mankind, and as careful to practise what he enjoins. It makes us greatest in the Kingdom of God, either as that imports our being Members of Christ's Church here upon Earth, or our being Members of the Church triumphant, in Poffeffion of eternal Bliss in Heaven.
Q. How does a Freedom from covetous and ambitious Desires dispose us to be true Members of Christ's Kingdom ?
A. Not only by setting us at a Distance from the most dangerous Temptations of Life, which are Riches and worldly Grandeur ; but by giving our Minds Leilure to attend the Conlideration of Religion, and Liberty to judge and diftinguish the true Nature and Value of Things. For while the Jews expected a temporal De
liverer, and were fed with the Hopes of Power
The PRAYER S.
I. ForPower to glorify
Almighty God, who out of the Mouths
of Babes and Sucklings hast ordained God.
Strength, and madest Infants to glorify thee by
For the GOD, the Strength of all them that put
of my mortal Nature, I can do no good Thing without thee; grant me the Help of thy Grace, that in keeping thy Commandments, I may please thee in Will and Deed, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
perfect Pattern of thy Humility, and haft mility. commanded me to copy out so fair an Original ; enable me by thy Grace to imitate thy wonderful Condescension; that I may not by my Pride and Vanity lose that Happiness thou haft purchased for me by thy Humility. Make me sensible of my own Vileness by Reason of my Sins, which are evident Proofs of my Weak nefs and Folly; of my Baseness and Ingratitude, which make me contemptible in thy Sight, and ought to cover my Soul with Shame and Confusion. Let this Prospect check all vain and aspiring Thoughts, and wean me from any fond Opinion of myself. To thee be the Glory of all the Good I enjoy; for it is from thee I receive it. To thee be the Glory of all the Good I think or do; for it is thy Grace enables me, it is thy Holy Spirit that works in me both to will and do thy good Pleasure. Let me never purchase the Praise of Men by mean Flatteries and sinful Compliances : Let me never entertain their Applause upon the best Account with too great Delight ; left it corrupt the Purity of my Intentions, and beguile me of that Reward thou hast promised to all those that serve thee in Spirit and Truth. Make me patiently to bear the Indignities I may receive from others, because I have deserved
them from thee, and because thou haft suffered the same upon my Account: Grant this, O blerfed Jesus, who, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, livest and reignest one God, World without End. Amen.
IV. For Sub
OST gracious God, who governest the mission
World with infinite Wisdom and Goodto God's Will.
ness, and doft not affli&t willingly, nor grieve the Lam. 3. Children of Men; teach me contentedly to sub33. mit to the Difpenfations of thy Providence, how
contrary soever they may be to Flesh and Blood. Thou knoweft the fureit Ways of making me happy, and art infinite in Loving-Kindness and Mercy; therefore let thy blessed Will in every Thing be my Choice and Satisfaction. Let all my Dangers, either temporal or fpiritual, awaken me to a careful Performance of my own Duty, and to a lively Sense of thy Power, which nothing can refift, and of thy Goodness, which endureth continually; that being armed with this Defence, I may serve thee quietly with a devout Mind, and in thy due Time be made Partaker of thy everlasting Kingdom, through Féus Chrift. Amen.