From John Bunyan's Dying Words.
The Lord's Day
Have a special care to sanctify the Lord's day; for as you keep it, so it will be with you all the week long. Make the Lord's day the market for your soul; let the whole day be spent in prayer, repetitions, or meditations; lay aside the affairs of the other part of the week; let the sermon you have heard be converted into prayer. Shall God allow you six days, and will you not afford Him one?
Sermons and Public Worship
In the church, be careful to serve God; for you are in His eyes, and not in man's. You may hear sermons often, and do well in practicing what you hear; but you must not expect to be told in a pulpit all that you ought to do, but be studious in searching the Scriptures, and reading good books; what you hear may be forgotten, but what you read may be better retained. Do not forsake the public worship of God, lest God forsake you—not only in public, but in private.
In the weekdays, when you rise in the morning, consider:
- You must die.
- You may die that minute.
- What will become of your soul. Pray often.
At night consider:
- What sins you have committed.
- How often you have prayed.
- What your mind has been bent upon.
- What your dealing has been.
- What your conversation has been.
- If you call to mind the errors of the day, do not sleep without a confession to God, and a hope of pardon.
Thus every morning and evening make up your accounts with Almighty God, and your reckoning will be the less at last.