Imatges de pÓgina

profperity have forgotten thee my God, and gone in the paths of vanity and folly; but, O merciful father, that defpifeft not the fighing of a contrite heart, nor the defire of fuch as be forrowful, mercifully affift my prayers that I offer unto thee in all my troubles and adverfities: and especially let not my fins provoke thee to turn away thy face from me thy fervant, now seeking unto thee in this time of my trouble; shut not up the bowels of thy tender compaffion from me; but for the merits and interceffion of thy beloved fon, pardon all my fins, and vouchfafe, I beseech thee, for his fake, to be reconciled unto me.

Support me under all my pains, weakneffes, and infirmities; ftrengthen my faith, enlarge my hopes, increase my charity, and perfect my repentance. Make thou my bed in my fickness, and lay not more upon me than thou wilt enable me to bear; give a bleffing to the means that shall be used for my recovery; and fay unto my foul, I am thy falvation; and if it be thy good pleasure, reftore me to my former health, that I may lead the refidue of my life in thy fear, and to thy glory: but if thou haft determined that this fickness fhall be unto death; grant, O merciful father, that the more the outward man decayeth, so much the more



I may find the inward man strengthened and renewed with thy grace and holy fpirit. O give me grace fo to take this thy vifitation, that af ter this painful life is ended, I may dwell with thee in life everlasting, through the merits and mediation of Jefus Chrift, my dear and only Saviour. Amen.

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A prayer to be used on taking phyfick.

God the creator and preferver of all mankind, who knoweft our neceffities before we afk, and our ignorance in afking, without whom all our endeavours are but vain, I, in a deep fense of all thy mercies, acknowledge it to be an eminent token of thy goodness, that I am not cut off in the midst of my fins, by a fudden and unprovided death, and am particularly thankful that thou haft placed me in fuch ftation and circumftances as to be enabled to obtain the use of fuch means as thou haft ordained for the benefit of mankind. Oh! give thy bleffing to these means now used for my recovery, and (if it be thy bleffed will) make them fo effectual for that end, that I may live and be an inftrument of thy glory, and better prepared for the coming of my dear Lord, when every man fhall be judged according to what he has done in the flesh, through Jefus rift our Lord. Amen.


A prayer when labouring under any grievous pains. Lord our refuge and ftrength, who art a prefent help in time of trouble; look down from heaven; behold, vifit and relieve me thy fervant; and fend me that eafe and comfort in this time of my distress, as shall feem to thee most expedient for me. O let me never murmur or repine under any affliction thou feeft fit to lay upon me; for thy tender mercy is over all thy works; and my fins deferve much greater pains than I now feel. Grant therefore, O gracious Lord, that I may meekly and quietly fubmit to thy will, and never be rafhly or unbecomingly tranfported into any indecent expreffions, or caufed to entertain a hard thought of thy providence, under the extremity of my pains; but whatever evils or forrows I may feel, let me still love thee, and believe thee to be a kind and merciful father; ftrengthen and support me with the confolations of thy holy fpirit, and fanctify this affliction to me, that it may produce in me the fruits of a true and fincere repentance, who feek for relief, mercy, and forgiveness, only through the merits, and in the name of Jefus Chrift our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

A prayer to be used for a fick child.

Father of mercies, and God of all comfort, to whom alone belong the iffues of life and death, we flee unto thee for fuccour in behalf of this child here lying under thy hand in a weak and fickly state. Vifit him, O Lord, with thy falvation: deliver him, in thy good time, from bis bodily pain; comfort him in his greatest extremity, and fave his foul, for thy mercies fake.

We know, O Lord, that if thou wilt, thou canft raise him up, and prolong his days here on earth: wherefore we humbly befeech thee, if it be thy pleasure, to raise him up again, that be may, together with his years and ftature, grow in wisdom and in thy fear, and thereby to comfort his parents, and to glorify thee, by doing good in his generation.

But whether be live or die, let him be thine; and either preserve him to be thy true and faithful fervant here on earth, or else receive him in→ to those heavenly manfions, where the fouls of them that fleep in the Lord Jefus, enjoy perpe tual reft and felicity. Grant this, O Lord, for thy mercies fake in the fame thy fon, our Lord Jefus Chrift, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the holy ghoft, one God, world without end. Amen.


A Prayer for a woman with Child. 147

A prayer to be used by a woman during her being

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with child.

Most merciful God, the fupreme difpo fer of all events, the author of our being the fountain of life, and the refuge of all that truft in thee; I, thy unworthy fervant, adore thy glorious majefty, which has begun an excellent work in me, which no eye but thine fees, and no hand but thy almighty power can finish; and I do moft humbly implore thy gracious aid and protection. Be thou to me, O Lord, in this time of danger and peril, a fure guardian and rock of defence; and be pleased not only to perfect and complete that which thou haft now begun in me, with its due fhapes, and full growth; but preserve me from all frights, or evil accidents, which may cause me to miscarry.

Let thy almighty hand form it with an understanding mind and heart, and with all thofe holy and good difpofitions, that may make it always know, love and fear thee, and be amiable in thy fight. I therefore most humbly beseech thee to fanctify it from the womb, and to receive and reckon it for thy child, as foon as it is mine; lent to me for my comfort, but created and referved by thee for


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