O Lord God, Paul may plant, and Appollos water, but thou alone givest the increase. We are
sensible that without thee we can do nothing. Vain are all our efforts without thy blessing. But, O
Lord God, thou hast the hearts of all thy creatures in hand; and thou canst turn them
whithersoever thou wilt. Strip the hearts of this people from their idols, we humbly beseech thee.
Take off their eyes from beholding vanity. Thou canst glorify thyself in making them the
monuments of thy mercy; and thou canst glorify thyself in making them the monuments of thy
wrath. Glorify thyself in making them the monuments of thy victorious grace. Open their eyes that
they may see that their feet stand upon slippery places and that fiery billows roll beneath them.
And, O Lord God, wilt thou in
35an especial manner have mercy on our unconverted brethren. Soften their proud and rebellious
hearts, and be not angry with them for ever. O, Jesus of Nazareth, hast thou not died that they
might become live? Hast thou not become poor, that they might become rich? Is not thy blood
sufficient to atone? Where fore, O Lord God, hast thou hardened their hearts, and blinded their
eyes? Wherefore hast thou so long with held froth there the divine influences of thy holy Spirit?
Open their eyes that they may see that they are going down to hell, as fast as the wheels of time
can carry them. O, stop them in their mad career! Grant that a grievous cry might be heard among
thy professing children, in behalf of perishing souls; and may it be like the cry of the Egyptians in
the night that thou didst slay their first-born. And not only for ourselves do we pray, but for all
nations, kind reds, tongues and people. Grant that an innumerable host, which no man can
number, may be gathered in from the four winds of heaven; and when the last trumpet shall sound,
grant that we may be caught up into the cloud of the air, and ear saluted with the joyful sound,
'Well done, thou good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make
thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.