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A Prayer for the Converfion of a Sinner, to be used by a Friend. wholy mod
Bleffed Jefus! thou great Lover of Souls, who cameft into the World to call Sinners to Repentance, and to feek and to fave those that were loft; grant that thy Example may excite in Chriftians, a true and real Concern for the Salvation of one another. I defire, O Lord, to be filled with that truly Christian Spirit, and am now come before thee, humbly to intercede with thee in the Behalf of (here name the Perfon) who feems to be under the Power: of Sin, and to live as without God in the World, and in Danger of being for ever loft. O what fhall I do for him? And how fhall I apply myfelf to be helpful to him? I defire to learn Wisdom of thee, my Lord, and to be enabled to use the most proper Methods and Expedients to work upon him, and to do him Good. ◊ inftruct me in the Way that I fhall take; Q2: and
and affift and bless me in the Means and Endeavours I fhall ufe to attain this defirable End.
O Almighty God, who canft enlighten the darkest Minds, foften the hardest Hearts, conquer the ftubborneft Wills, and turn even the most hopeless Sinners to thyfelf, be thou pleased to manifeft the Powers of thy Grace, in the Cafe that is fo fad and deplorable: Convince him, O Lord, of the great Danger his Soul is in: open his Eyes, foften his Heart, and turn his Courfe; break the Force of his Temptations, and make him a Way to escape out of the Enemy's Hands, that even he, who feems to be now dead in Trefpaffes and Sins, may hear thy Voice and live.
Give him a true and unfeigned Repentance; forgive him all the evil Thoughts and Devices of his Heart, and all the offenfive, wicked Carriage of his Life; forgive him all his Sins of Omiffion and Commiffion, and bring him with full Purpose of Heart to refign and give up himself to thee: and make him diligent to redeem the Time that he hath loft, and to become exemplary in all the Practices of Piety and Honefty, of Charity and Sobriety, and all other Duties of a Christian Life; that he
may be truly changed, and quite another manner of Perfon in all holy Converfation and Godlinefs. To this End, grant that he may ferioufly confider the Promises and Threatenings of the Gofpel, the ineftimable Rewards thou haft promised to the Good, and thofe dreadful Punishments thou haft threatened to the Wicked. O grant him an Inheritance amongst them that are fanctified through Faith in thee, and send down that renewing Grace into his Heart, which may be there as a Well of Water, springing up to everlasting Life Incline him to be diligent in the Use of the Means of Grace which thou haft appointed; and grant that he may not refift and grieve thy Holy Spirit, but conftantly obey and follow his kind Motions and Operations. Thus comfort and rejoice the Soul of thy Servant, O Lord; fhew, O bleffed Jefus, thy faving Mercy, not only to this Perfon, but to myfelf and all Mankind. Amen.
A Prayer for a Perfon under any Injuries, Abufes or Provocations.
BLESSED Jefus, the Prince of Peace, I
am fenfible, that even the best of Men in paffing through this tumultuous World, are often infulted, and evil intreated: Thou thy felf didft meet with cruel Mockings and Scourgings when upon Earth, and waft evil intreated, and fpit upon, and perfecuted even to Death itfelf: Neither did thy bleffed Difciples find a better Treatment from the World; they had alfo Trial of cruel Mockings and Scourgings, and of fevere Bonds and Imprisonment: And if this was the Ufage that thou and thy Followers had in the World, O what am I that I fhould look to be exempted from all Injuries and Wrongs! Such as I have made my Enemies, by my Folly and Mifcarriage, Lord, incline and enable me to appeafe and gain them; direct my Ways to please thee, that thou mayest make them to be at Peace with me; and fuch as are my Enemies wrongfully, Lord, lay not this Sin to their Charge; open their Eyes, purify their Minds, and turn their
Hearts, that they may fee their Error, and be reconciled to thee, O God, and then live with their Brethren in Unity and Godly Love, and that at last we may meet together in heavenly Glory; and thofe that will not ceafe from hating, Lord, prevent them from hurting me; or though they do hurt me grant me fuch a Measure of thy Grace, that I may not only forgive them, but for their Hatred, may return Goodwill; for their Curfing, Bleffing; for their Injuries, may do them Good; and for their Perfecutions, may pray for them, in Obedience to thy Command and Example, who didft express the highest Love to us, in dying for us, even when we were thy Enemies. Let me confider all injurious Treatment as thy Rod, and the Punishment of my Sins; that inftead of endeavouring to revenge myself of my Enemies, I may be meek and patient under all Wrongs. O Lord God, mortify, I beseech thee, in all of us, the carnal Mind, which is Enmity against thee, and all thofe Lufts that war in our Members, from whence Wars and Fightings come. Turn all our Enmity against the common Enemy of our Souls; and join all our Hearts to thee, in thy true Fear and Love, that we may not meditate Q 4 Revenge,