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sobbed aloud. The father's eyes were red, but he resisted the starting tear.
I then turned to Charles, and requested he would let us kneel down in this house where so many curses had been uttered, and pray for a blessing henceforth to fall on it and its inhabitants.
He instantly complied-we knelt down together. I pressed the children down by the shoulders to oblige them to kneel, and the man after appearing in great confusion, and at a loss what to do, was at last constrained to kneel also.
And in a voice which expressed the
fulness of his soul Charles prayed:O, Thou Most Mighty God, whose name is Holy, and whose ear is ever open to the voice of man, grant that we now provoke Thee not with vain speaking, but that we may indeed hallow Thy Name, and address Thee in words dictated by the Spirit of Truth, and acceptable to Thee, through the blood of Jesus!
Thou Sin-avenging God! we pray Thee, that Thou wouldst put into our hearts the fear of Thy Name, that we may never mention it without the recollection that it is Holy, Great, and Terrible-that we may no more provoke Thee, and incur the sentence due unto our guilt!
Thou Sin-pardoning God! we pray Thee, that Thou wouldst lead us all in that way which shall find the forgiveness of sin-that every one of us now before Thee, may, through the atonement of Thy Blood, be taken into Thy reconciled love; though the hour of our calling be at different periods, bring us all, we beg, finally into the glorious hope of salvation.
We beseech Thee not to pass the sentence of damnation upon this house and family we beseech Thee forget the prayer of abomination-we beseech Thee not to send down Thy curses on themwe beseech Thee to stop the blast of Thine anger from them- we beseech Thee not to curse their basket and their store we beseech Thee not to blast their families-not to hurt their senses-not to injure their limbs-we beseech Thee not to curse their souls-not to send them to hell-not to give them over to the devil!
But CONTRARIWISE ! O Lord God of forbearing mercy and compassion, we beseech Thee by Him who bled and died for sinners, that Thou wouldst in infinite love look upon this house and family, in pitying saving grace-that Thou mayest bless them with all blessings, through the
knowledge of Jesus Christ the Righteous! O save them from sin and death and hell! Bless their families, and keep them both body and soul.-Bless them with the Light of Thy Salvation.-Turn them from darkness to light, from death to life, from cursings to blessings.-Take away all blasphemy from among them, and fill them with love and reverence of Thy Holy Name!
And inasmuch as they have been far off from Thee, do Thou, in mercy, draw them nigh to Thee. Send thy Holy Spirit into their hearts to convince them of sin, to instruct them in righteousness, to lead them to Jesus; and teach them to cry Abba Father! and to HALLOW THY NAME.
Lord, turn the hearts of all blaspheming sinners, wherever and whoever they may b. Remove their awful curse from our land, that it may no more mourn under the avenging dispensations for the Guilt of the Tongues of men. And let it be said, instead of "Because of swearing the land mourneth," Because of the fear and love of Thy Name, the valleys laugh and sing, and the hills rejoice together.
We ask all these things in the sacred name of Father, Son, and Spirit, and
through the intercessions of Jesus Christ, in whom we have the promise of all good, and the redemption from all evil.
Hear us then, for His Name's sake.Amen.
We rose-James turned away his face from us-and without speaking a single word more we departed from the house with prayer in our hearts.
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