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perfect way, he shall serve me.
III. Let them set up the practise of true Religion in good earnest in their families. Lec chem worship God together morning and evening, offer. ing up the spiritual Sacrifice of prayer and supplication, wish thanksgiving. For let them confider,
1. Is it not the duty of all sincere Christians to make Religion the main businesse of their lives? Should not Governours of Families endeavour to make their Families Godly, to win the souls of those under their Government to Christ ? And can this be done by them who neglect to pray in their Fami, lies?
2. Does not the very light of Natüre seem to suggest we should begin and end the day with God: 3. Was not Family Worship
, the first Worship performed to God in the world, for a long time?
4. Did not God declare his pleasure under the Law, by the evening and morning Sacrifice ? And does not the Apostle in Analogie to this continual and daily sacrifice, bid us pray continually ? 1 Thes, 5.17. Col.4.2.
5. Is not the neglect of prayer made a branch of Atheism? Plal.14. 4. Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge ? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord. And are not Heathens described to be Families that call not on Gods Name? Jer 10,ulr. Pent out thy fu
ry upon the Heathen that know thee not, and upon the Families that call not on thy Name, &c.
6. If Job offered Sacrifice, and prayed for his Children, when they were absent, Is it not more then probable he did the like with them mben pre Jent? seeing 'tis said, thus did Fob continual.y,
7. Did not Queen Esther, and her maids pray and fast together, Esth.4.16. Go gather together all the Fews that are present in Shuhan, and fast ge for me, and neither eat nor drink three daies, night nor day ; 1 alfo and my maidens will faft likewiser.
8. Did not Christ pray with his Family, Luke 9.18? And it came to paß, as he was alone praying, his Disciples were with him-As he was alone, noc fingly, but privately alone; as appears by comparing this place wich Mark 4.10. And when he was alone, they chac were about him, with the cwelve, asked of him the Parable.
9. Does not our Saviour in the Lord's Prayer, plainly teach that Christians should pray joymily, as well as severally ? Our Father, &c. Give us this day our daily bread, &c.
10. Does not the Apostle bid us pray with all prayer, Eph.6.18. 1.c. With all manner of law. ful prayer, therefore with Family prayer.
11. Is there not a blessing promised tojoyntprayer, Macch. 18. 19. Again I say wmto you,
that if two of you shall agree on earth, as touching
12. Should not every Christian Family be a little Church of Chrift? And is not a Church to pray together, Ads 12.5? Peter therefore was kept in prison, but prayer was made without ceasing of the Church for him. v.12. And when he had confidered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of Fohn, whose Sir name was Mark, where many were gathered together, praying. Acts 2.42. And they continued stedfastly in the Apostles Docks rine, and fellowship, and in breaking of bread and
13. Do not the necessities of a Family require it. They are joya'd in mercies, in judgments, and often in fons; should they not therefore joyn in humiliations, prayers, and thanksgivings
14. Can a Family expect to be blessed by God, that lives in a constant neglect of this duty ? The favour of Providence is a mans best inheritance. Family Piety is usually attended with Family.pro sperity, Prov.3.33. The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked; but he blesseth the habitation of the juft.
15. Were not houses as well as Temples to be dedicated to God, by the inhabitants, at ibeir first entrance into them, Deut.20.5. And the officers
shall peak unto the people, saying, What man is there that hath built a new house, and hath not de. dicated it ? let him go and return to his house, left he die in the battel, and another man dedicate it. Pfal.30. Title. A P/alm and song at the dedication of the house of David. And why should they noc afterward be used for places to pray in, to read the Word, to sing Psalms in, as well as to eat, and drink and sleep in? Is there not as good fellow bip in holy duties, as in merry company, and idle commurication? Why should a Family do norbing joyntly that tends to the good of their souls ? Are we Christians, and shall we not be willing God should be the Master of our houses ?
16. Does not the neglect of prayer expose a Family to many judgments, and many sins ? Where prayers are fhut out of awy house, there usually the door is opened wide to prophanenelse, and all licentiousnelle: And what follows thereupon, but the wrath and curse of God?
Let not Family prayer therefore morning and evening be neglected, upon any pretence whatfoever, and let all persons be carefall chey be not fight and formal in the performance of it. And besides prayer, let there be reading the holy Scriptures, and ocher good books; singing Psalms, Catechizing and private instruction ; a due care to sanctifie che Lords day, a diligent freguenting the publick Ordinances, a reviving by repetition in privase, what they have heard in the
1 apt to do.
publick ; religious conference, and whatever else may conduce to the encreasing true Piety and Godlinesse among them. iv. Let Governours of Families call upon
and charge those under their Government, to pray pri| Vately and in secret, and not to content themselves only with the Family-prayer, as too many are
V. Let them keep out ( as much as they can) lewd company out of their Families. When swear
ers, drunkards, Atheists, scorners of Godlineffe, ; may have free acceß, entertainment, and countea nance in a Family, Religion is not like to thrive there, nor any thing that is of good report or praise-worthy,
VI. Let them also be careful to preserve their Families from seducers, and foal 'deceivers , 2 Epist. John v. 10. If there come Away unto you, and bring not this Doctrine , receive him not into your house, neither bid him God. speed.
VII. Let them watch over their families. The wint of vigilancy in the Governour, is ufu. ally the fountain of most disorders in the Family. Lec chere be Family-Discipline. Let them admonish the intuly, and seek to reclaim them, and if hey prove incorrigible, cast them out; if they be separable members : Lec them incourage those chac do weil; leccing them fee, they take notice Es readily of their well-doing, aś of their faults : When chere is caufe to rebuke any offender, lec ic