|Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:|
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. III: Colonial Literature, 16071764
|A Good Mans Promises to God|
|By Richard Mather (15961669)|
[Born in Lancashire, England, 1596. Died at Dorchester, Mass., 1669. Promissiones Deo factæ, per me, Richardum Matherum. 21 D. 6 M. 1633. Given in Cotton Mathers Magnalia.]TO be more painful and diligent in private preparations for preaching, by reading, meditation and prayer; and not slightly and superficially.
I. TOUCHING THE MINISTRY.
| In and after preaching to strive seriously against inward pride and vainglory.|| 2|
| Before and after preaching, to beg by prayer the Lords blessing on his word, for the good of souls, more carefully than in time past.|| 3|
II. TOUCHING THE FAMILY. To be more frequent in religious discourse and talk.
| To be more careful in catechising children. And therefore to bestow some pains this way, every week once; and if by urgent occasions it be sometimes omitted, do it twice as much another week.|| 5|
III. TOUCHING MYSELF. To strive more against worldly cares and fears, and against the inordinate love of earthly things.
| To be more frequent and constant in private prayer.|| 7|
| To practise more carefully, and seriously, and frequently the duty of self-examination; especially before the receiving of the Lords Supper.|| 8|
| To strive against carnal security, and excessive sleeping.|| 9|
| To strive against vain jangling, and misspending precious time.|| 10|
IV. TOUCHING OTHERS. To be more careful and zealous, to do good unto their souls, by private exhortations, reproofs, instructions, conferences of Gods word.
| To be ready to do offices of love and kindness, not only or principally for the praise of men, to purchase commendation for a good neighbor, but rather out of conscience to the commandment of God.|| 12|
| Renewed with a profession of disabilities in myself, for performance, and of desire to fetch power from Christ, thereunto to live upon him, and act from him, in all spiritual duties.15 D. 6 M. 1636.|| 13|