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to be always looking over you, in order that they may see that you do what they command: you will remember that God is looking over you, that he orders you to be faithful as slaves, and that he will reward or punish you, accordingly as you are faithful or faithless. Servants, says the Bible, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eye-service, as menpleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing God: and, whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as to the Lord, and not unto men. Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of inheritance, for ye serve the Lord Christ.
Our Saviour tells us, that our Heavenly Father knoweth what things we have need of, before we ask him. We do not pray to him for the purpose of telling him our wants, for he knows them all, but we may pray to him to shew: that, we depend upon him for every thing, that we owe to him, our food, the use of our limbs, our strength, our health, and we pray to him
that we may be fit objects of his mercy, that he may be pleased with us, and hear us, and give us the things we pray for. I hope, you will all learn a short prayer, to say before you leave your rooms in the morning, such as, O God I praise thee for all thy mercies, and I pray thee to keep me this day from all bodily harm, and. from sin, for Jesus Christ's sake. And at night before you go to sleep you must say some such prayer as this: O God, I praise thee for all thy mercies, and I beseech thee to forgive me, for Jesus Christ's sake, all that I have thought, said, or done amiss this day. Takeme into thy protection this night, and defend me from all perils and dangers for Jesus Christ's sake. You must als learn the Lord's prayer, Our Father, which art in Heaven, and so on, and say it every morning and every evening. For it is the best of prayers, and given us by our Saviour himself in every chapter of the Bible, which I am now telling you of. For after our Saviour had told the people that their
Heavenly Father knew what things they had need of, before they asked him; be says, After this manner, pray ye; and he then repeats to them the prayer, which now goes by the name of the Lord's Prayer.' By saying it, we shew that we are his disciples, we shew that we follow his directions, and do what he tells us. · When I see you here again, I shall explain this prayer to you: but you must try to learn it. Some of you must know it, and those who do not; must get somebody or other to teach it to them. By coming to Church every Sunday evening, you will, if you at tend to me, learn it in time, for it is said twice during the service. And as it is a prayer which all Christians take pleasure in using, as it is one which cannot be used too often, and should be said at the be. ginning and end of every work, I shall say it to you now; and let me beg you all to fall on your knees, and say it word by word after me: h
Our Father, which art in Heaven: hallowed be thy name : thy kingdom come: thy will be done in earth, as-it is in Heuven: Give us this day our daily bread: and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil : for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. w ....
And now to God, &c.“
St. MATTHEW vi. 9, 10. After this manner pray ye : Our Father,
which art in Heaven; hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come.
When you know more of religion, than you now do, my brethren, you will feel more thankful to your blessed Saviour, that he has taught you in what manner to pray. Before he came into the world, men knew as little about this point, as they did about many others, which were just as useful towards the saving of their souls. The world was indeed sitting in the region and shadow of darkness; but when Jesus Christ came down from Heaven, he gave light on all these points : like the