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2 Thes. ii. 12. Rom. viii. 13.
Psal. xl. 8.
2 Tim. iii. 15. 2 Thes. ii. 10.
Let us be heartily and entirely thy Eph. v. 2, 4. subjects ; believing that thou art just, Heb. xi.6. and the rewarder of them that diligently Eph. ii. 2, 3. seek thee. Keep us from atheism, idolatry, and disobedience; from infi- Psal. xix. 13. delity, ungodliness, and sensuality ; from Rom. viii. 24. security, presumption, and despair.
Let us study to please thee in all Col. i, 10. things. Let thy law be written in our Heb. viii. 10. hearts, and let us delight to do thy Isa. viii. 20. will ; let our faith and lives be ruled Acts xxviii. 32. by thy word, which is able to make us wise unto salvation ; let us love it, John v. 39.
Luke xxiv. 25, search it, and understand it, and meditate in it day and night.
Let us not please ourselves, or other Rom. xv. 1, 2. men, against thee; nor be led by the Gal. i. 10. wisdom or desires of the world and 2 Cor. i. 12. flesh; nor regard lying vanities ; nor, through carelessness, rashness, or pre- Psal. xix. 11, sumption, offend thee.
As all nations must be judged by Rom. ii. 16. thee, let them be ruled by thy laws, Matt. xv. 3, 6, 9. and not make them void by men's tra- Deut. xxxi. ditions ; nor worship thee in vain,
1 Cor. iii. 19.
Rom. viii. 13.
Micah iv. 2.
Exod. xx. 7.
teaching for doctrine the commandments of men. But whatever thou commandest, let them take heed to do; let them add nothing thereto, nor take aught therefrom.
Let us not take thy holy name in vain, but use it in truth and reverence. Keep us from all blasphemy, perjury, profane swearing, from lying before the
God of truth, and from contempt and Acts v. 3; viii. forgetfulness of thy presence ; from
20. Mal. i. 6, 7, 12;
false, unworthy, unreverent thoughts ii. 2, 7, 8, 9. or speeches of God and holy things, and from neglecting or abusing thy holy word and worship.
Help us to keep holy thy day, in remembrance of the blessed work of our redemption; and reverently to attend
thee in public worship, and obediently Acts iii. 42, 46. to receive thy word, and fervently to
call upon thy name ; and to delight Josh. xxiv. 15. ourselves in thanksgiving and joyful Exod. xx. 10. praises to thy holiness in the communion of thy saints : and let us carefully see that our households, and all within our gates, do serve thee, and not abuse thy holy day.
Rev. i. 10.
1 Cor. i. 26.
2 Chron. xix. 6.
Have mercy on the kings and rulers 1 Tim. ii. 2. of the earth, that they may escape Jer. v. 5, 6. the temptations of worldly greatness, Luke xviii. 24, honours, and prosperity, which would 25. captivate them to the flesh, and draw Luke sxi. 12. their hearts from thee, thy laws and John vii. 48.
Ezra ir. 12, &c. ways, and would engage them against Rom. xiii. 2, 4. thee and thy servants. And as they Isa. xlix. 23. are thy ministers, and magistracy is thine ordinance, sanctify and dispose them to be nursing fathers to thy Church, to own thy interest, and rule for thee.
Especially, have mercy on thy ser- Lam. iv. 20. vant Charles our King : illuminate and 1 Kings iii. 9, sanctify him by thy Holy Spirit, that, Psal. li. 10. above all things, he may seek thy 1 Sam. 1. 9.
2 Kings xviii. glory, the increase of faith, and obe
3, 4, 6. dience to thy laws, and may rule us as Rom. xiii. 4, 5. being thy minister for good, not to be a terror to good works, but to evil; that, under him, we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
Have mercy upon all the Royal Psal. lxxii. 1. Family, the Lords of the Council, and Pros, viii. 16, all the nobility, the Judges, and magis- Job xxix.
1 Tim. ii. 2.
Exod. xviii. 17.
Isa. xvii. 23.
1 Pet. ii. 13. 1 Tim. ii. 2.
trates of these lands. Cause them to Luke i. 51,52, 53. fear thee, and to be eminent in sobriety, righteousness, and godliness, to protect the innocent, and be a terror to the wicked, hating injustice, covetousness, and pride. Rom. xiii. 1, 6. Let every soul be subject to the
higher powers, and not resist. Let
them obey the king, and all that are in authority under him, not only for wrath, but for conscience sake, as knowing that they rule by thee, and for thee.
Give all the churches able, holy, faithful pastors, and cause them labori
ously to preach, and rightly to divide 2 Tim. iv. 2; ii. the word of truth; to feed thy people
with knowledge, and lead them in the 1 Pet. v. 1, 2, way of faith and love, of holiness and 3, 4.
peace, and to watch for their souls as those that must give account: overseeing and ruling them, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; not as being lords over thy heritage, but as the servants of all, and ensamples to the flock: that when the chief Pastor shall appear, they may receive a crown of glory. 1 Thes. v. 12, 13. Let the congregations know those
2 Cor. iii. 6.
22 ; i. 13. Heb. xiii. 17.
Eccles. xii. 1.
that have the ruling of them, and are Heb. xiii. 17. over them in the Lord ; that labour 1 Tim. v. 17. among them, preaching to them the word of God. Let them submissively and obediently hear, and esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake, and account them worthy of double honour.
Let parents bring up their children Eph. vi. 4. in the nurture and admonition of the Deut. vi. 6, 7. Lord; diligently teaching them thy word, Eph. vi. 1,2,3. talking of it when they are in their house, and when they walk by the way, when they lie down, and when they rise up; that they may know their Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier, in the days of their youth : and cause children to hear, love, honour, and obey their parents, that they may have the blessing of thine especial promise unto such.
Let husbands love their wives, and Eph. v. 25, 22. prudently guide them in knowledge and 1 Pet. iii, 1, 7. holiness : and let wives love, honour, and obey their husbands, as meet helpers to them.
Let masters rule their servants in Eph. vi. 9,5. holiness and mercy, remembering they have a Master in heaven: and let servants reverently, singly, and willingly, be obedient, and do service to
Gen. ii. 22.