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tation and prayer that can come properly from the clergy only, (to whom they are an invaluable treasure) as to unfit them for general use.
They are now presented to the publick in a separate volume; so that pious Christians may, at a reasonable expence, distribute them among such people as either will not or cannot buy them; and the petitions peculiar to the clergy only are all thrown out.
The pious reader will find these Meditations and Prayers too long, according to the pre
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sent division of them, which there is no occasion to adhere to. He inay
take them up, and lay them down, at his own discretion and convenience. commended to him to go through them regularly, and to continue the use of them his whole life; selecting such parts for more frequent meditation as are best adapted to his necessity and disposition. As prayer
is one of the most important works a man can be engaged in, and few find themfelves able to discharge it in the
manner they wish to do; it is humbly hoped, that this book, if duly attended to as it deserves, may with God's assistance teach them to pray; may lead our thoughts to meditate on religious subjects; and habituate us
clothe our meditations in the language of decent, pious, and
That this valuable book may have this effect, is the intention and the earnest prayer of
DEVOTION and PRAYER.
RUE Devotion consists in having
our hearts always devoted to God, as the sole Fountain of all Happiness; and who is ready to hear and help his otherwise helpless, miserable crea
It is to be attained,
HE THAT HUNGERS AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS, WILL CERTAINLY BE FILLED.
2dly. By pofsessing our hearts with a deep sense of our own misery, our wants, and danger: This is the grace of humility. A 4
3dly. By 3dly. By considering God's goodness, power, and readiness to help us: This is called faith in God.
Lastly; By convincing our hearts of the vanity of every thing else to afford us any real help or comfort: This is to be effected by self-denial.
Dying persons are generally more devout than others, because they then see their own misery, that nothing in this world can help them, and that God is their only refuge.
We must change our lives, if we desire to change our hearts. God will have no regard to the prayers
of those who have none to his commands.
The Spirit of God will not dwell in a divided heart. We cannot feel the pleasure of devotion, while the world is our delight. Not that all pleasures are criminal; but the closer union we