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VARIOUS OCCASIONAL FORMS,
SELECTED AND REVISED
BY SAMUEL PALMER,
AND PRINTED IN LONDON.
NOW ABRIDGED AND RECOMMENDED FOR THE USE OF
FAMILIES, BY A
COMMITTEE OF THE
SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION OF MINISTERS
THAT Family Prayer is an indispensible duty and an important means of religion, are points generally allowed and here taken for granted. If this collection should fall into the hands of any who need to be convinced of either, they are referred to the many excellent discourses, which have been published on the subject.
Among the excuses urged for the omission of this duty, one of the most frequent is the want of ability or confidence to pray in the presence of others. Where this is the case, the most natural and proper advice is, "Make use of Forms." The expedience of so doing, we shall not attempt to prove. It is admitted by the best Divines, several of whom have published forms for the use of families.
We are far from discouraging the use of extemporary prayer. It has many advantages pe culiar to itself. And some common Christians possess such a talent for it, that the substitution of any precomposed form would rather injure