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Practice of Piety: Directing a Christian How to Walk, that He May Please God.
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CONTENTS.


  The Epistle Dedicatory, page xxxi
  Address to the Devout Reader, xxxvii
1. A Plain Description of God, in respect of his Essence, Persons, and Attributes, so far as every Christian should competently endeavour to learn and know, with sundry sweet Observations and Meditations thereupon, 3
2. Meditations setting forth the Miseries of a Man in his Life and Death, that is not reconciled to God in Christ, 28
3. Meditations of the Blessed State, both in Life and Death, of a Man that is reconciled to God in Christ; wherein thou shalt find not a few things worthy the reading and observation, 45
4. Meditations on Seven Hindrances which keep back a Sinner from the Practice of Piety; necessary to be read of all, but especially of carnal Gospellers in these times, 76
5. How to begin the Morning with pious Meditations and Prayer, 102
6. How to read the Bible with profit and ease once over every year, 105
7. A Morning Prayer, 108
  Another shorter Prayer for the Morning, 115
  Another brief Morning Prayer, 118
8. Meditations how to walk with God all the Day, 119
  Especially how to guide thy Thoughts, ib.
       ”     ”          thy Words, 123
       ”     ”          thy Actions, 126
9. Meditations for the Evening, 133
10. An Evening Prayer. 135
  Another shorter Evening Prayer, 140
11. Meditations as thou art going to Bed, 142
12. Meditations for a Godly Householder, 143
13. A Morning Prayer for a Family, 145
14. Holy Meditations and Graces before and after Dinner and Supper, 149
15. Rules to be observed in singing of Psalms, 154
16. An Evening Prayer for a Family. 155
17. A Religious Discourse of the Sabbath day, wherein is proved, that the Sabbath was altered from the seventh to the first day of the week, not by human ordinance, but by Christ himself and his Apostles—that the fourth commandment is perpetual and moral under the New Testament, as well as under the Old. And the true manner of sanctifying the Sabbath day is described out of the Word of God, 159
18. A Morning Prayer for the Sabbath day, 193
19. An Evening Prayer for the Sabbath day, 204
20. Meditations of the true manner of Fasting, and giving of Alms, out of the Word of God, 207
21. The right manner of Holy Feasting, 219
22. Holy and Devout Meditations of the worthy and reverent receiving of the Lord’s Supper, 220
23. An Humble Confession of Sins before the Holy Communion, 237
24. A Sweet Soliloquy to be said a little before the receiving of the Holy Sacrament, 250
25. A Prayer to be said after the receiving of the Holy Sacrament, 257
26. Meditations how to behave thyself in the time of Sickness, 263
27. A Prayer when one begins to be sick, 264
28. Directions for making thy Will, and setting thy house in order, 268
29. A Prayer before taking Medicine, 271
30. Meditations for the Sick, 272
31. Meditations for one that is recovered from Sickness, 279
  And a Thanksgiving, 280
32. Meditations for one that is like to die, 283
33. A Prayer to be said of one that is like to die, 288
34. Comfortable Meditations against Despair, 290
35. Directions for those who come to visit the Sick, 301
36. A Prayer to be said for the Sick by those who visit him, 303
  And choice Scriptures to be read unto him, 305
37. Consolations against Impatience in Sickness, 306
38. Consolations against the Fear of Death, 309
39. Seven Sanctified Thoughts, and so many Spiritual Sighs, fit for a sick man ready to die, 312
40. Of the Comfortable Assurance of God’s Forgiveness of Sins, and receiving of the Lord’s Supper, to the faithful and penitent, before they depart this life, if it may conveniently be had, 316
41. The Speech of a Godly Man dying, 323
42. Meditations of Martyrdom, wherein is proved that those who die for Popery cannot be Christ’s Martyrs, 324
43. A Divine Colloquy between Christ and the Soul concerning the virtue and efficacy of his dolorous passion, 330
44. The Soul’s Soliloquy unto Christ her Saviour, 339
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