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15. My wounds stink and are corrupt, through my foolishness. Psalm xxxviii. 5.
16. Behold, O Lord, I am in distress; my bowels are troubled, my heart is turned within me, for 1 have grievously transgressed. Lament. i. 20.
17. O remember not the sins and offences of my youth; but according to thy mercy think thou upon me, O Lord, for thy goodness. Psalm xxv. 6.
18. Cast me not away in the time of age; for sake me not, when my strength faileth me. Psalm lxxi. 8.
19. Take thy plague away from me: I am even consumed by the means of thy heavy hand.
20. When thou with rebukes dost chasten man for sin, thou makest his beauty to consume away, like as it were a moth fretting a garment; every man therefore is but vanity.
21. Hear my prayer, O Lord, and with thine ears consider my calling; hold not thy peace at
22. For I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
23. O spare me a little, that I may recover my strength before I go hence, and be no more seen. Psalm xxxix. 11-13.
A prayer for a sick seaman.
O MOST great and glorious Lord, the "salvation of all that dwell on the earth, and of them that remain in the broad sea;" under whose powerful protection we are alike secure in every place, and without whose providence over us we can nowhere be in safety; look down, we beseech thee, upon us. thy unworthy servants, who are called to "behold thy wonders in the deep," and to perform our seve ral duties in the great waters.
"Thou art our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble;" and therefore we fly unto thee for succour in all our necessities. Extend thy accustomed goodness to our distressed brother. whom thou hast been pleased to visit with the rod of affliction.
"The waves of death encompass him about, and the sorrows of hell take hold upon him.
O leave him not to himself, nor let him be given
over "to a spirit of slumber" and darkness; but open his eyes, that he may see the wondrous things of thy law," and the necessity of a speedy and sincere repentance; so that from the sickness of his body, he may derive health and salvation to his soul, which is the great en of all thy righteous judgments, and of all our afflictions.
Let him seriously consider and reflect within himself, from this visitation, "what a dreadful thing it is to fall into the hands of the living God;" and let him hence learn, if it shall please thee to raise him up again, to preserve a more awful sense of thy divine majesty upon his spirit, "and to live more soberly, righteously, and piously, in this present world."
We know, O Lord, that "many are the enemies of peace," and that "the whole world lieth in wickedness" but let him not "follow a multitude to do evil," nor give his consent to the enticement of sinners;" but being perfectly "redeemed from all vain conversation, and renewed in the spirit of his mind," let him "walk before thee with a perfect heart," and spend the residue of his days in thy faith and fear.
Or if thou hast determined otherwise concerning him, be pleased to give him sufficient grace, and strength, and time, to "make his calling and election sure, before he go hence and be no more seen :" revive his drooping spirits, fortify his heart, and as he decays in the outer, strengthen him in the inner man, by setting before him the hopes of a blessed immortality" as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast." Amen.
A prayer for a sick soldier or seaman.
O MOST mighty Lord, the fountain of health and life, strength and courage, the aid and support of all that fly unto thee for succour, with whom is no respect of persons, but every one that feareth thee (whether he be rich or poor, learned or unlearned) is accepted by thee; we beseech thee mercifully to look down upon our brother, who is now fallen under the rod of thy displeasure.
We know, O Lord, that all thy judgments are principally intended for our good in the end, by the
reformation of our lives and manners; and there. fore we most humbly beseech thee to let thy present judgment have that good effect upon our brother, that he may lead the rest of his life as a faithful soldier of Jesus Christ, and not continue to barden his heart against all the powerful and repeated instances of thy mercies and judgments towards him.
If thou hast designed this sickness shall terminate in his death, O be pleased to fit and prepare him for it; or if otherwise in mercy thou hast deter mined to spare him, O let him not return to any of his former sinful courses, but let him always keep in mind the promise which he made to thee in bap tism, of renouncing the world, the flesh, and the devil; and which, we hope, he now again heartily renews in this his day of visitation.
We know, O Lord, that many temptations will unavoidably assault him in the state of life wherein he is engaged, and therefore we most humbly beseech thee to give him such a portion of thy blessed Spirit as may enable him to fight with as much resolution and courage against his spiritual eneanies, as the nature of his post obliges him to do, upon just occasions, against his temporal; ever remembering, that the greatest of conquests is that which is made upon ourselves; and that no victory is so truly honourable, as that which is obtained over our vicious inclinations.
Wherefore give him grace, we beseech thee, O Lord, "to abhor that which is evil, and to cleave to that which is good." Let him religiously avoid all blasphemy and profaneness, all drunkenness, riot, and lasciviousness; and let him carefully fol tow the rule our Saviour hath set him, " of doing vi olence to no man, accusing no man falsely, and being content with his own wages:" so that, having "put on the whole armour of God, he may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil; and when. ever thou shalt be pleased to put an end to his war fare, (either now or hereafter,) he may cheerfully resign his soul into thy hands, in these comfortable words of the apostle: "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of right
eousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give unto all those that love and fear him, and put their trust in his mercy." Amen.
A prayer to be used by a person afflicted with a distemper of long continuance.
[By Dr. Stonehouse.]
O LORD GOD Almighty, I am wonderfully made, and all my powers of body and mind were pro duced and are supported by thee. "Thou killest, and makest alive: thou woundest, and makest whole."
I own and reverence thine hand in my present affliction. I acknowledge that thou art righteous in all that befalls me; for I have sinned; and thou chastenest me less than my iniquities deserve. In punishment thou showest mercy, continuest to me many comforts, prolongest my opportunities of reflection and amendment, and givest hope of that pardon which I so much want, and at this time earnestly entreat.
I desire, in this poor condition of my health, to search and try my ways, and turn unto thee, O Lord, by deep humility, sincere repentance, and faith in the great Redeemer: and may the fruit of this and every affliction be to take away sin, and make my heart better.
O God, if it be thy merciful will, direct me to, and prosper, some means for the removal of my disorder, that I may yet be capable of glorifying thee in my station, and, by farther endeavours for thy service upon earth, be fitter for immortality.
Support me, gracious Lord, that my soul may not be quite cast down, and too much disquieted within me. Assist me to cherish penitent, believ ing, serious thoughts and affections. Grant me such resignation to thy will, such patience and meekness towards men, as my divine Master requireth, and as he himself manifested while he was a sufferer on earth. Forgive all the harshness and sinfulness of my temper, and keep it from increasing upon me. May I learn, from what I now feel, to pity all who are sick, in pain, or otherwise af
flicted, and do all in my power to assist and relieve them.
If by this affliction thou intendest to bring me down to the grave, prepare me, by thy grace, for my removal hence, and entrance on the unseen eternal state and may all the sufferings of the present life work out for me a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
I am thankful for any degree of ease and comfort which I have this day enjoyed. Grant me, this night, such refreshing rest, that I may be better able to discharge the duties, and bear the burden of another day, if thou art pleased to indulge me with it. If my eyes are kept waking, may my meditations-be comfortable and useful to me.
Pity my weakness, merciful and heavenly Father, and hear my imperfect petitions, through our Lord Jesus Christ, who was once a man of sorrow, and is still touched with the feeling of our infirmities: to whom, as our merciful high priest and powerful intercessor, be glory for evermore, Amen.
A prayer to be used on the death of a friend,
(By Mr. Merrick.)
O ALMIGHTY God, who dost not willingly grieve the children of men, but in thy visitation rememberest mercy, teach me by thy grace to bear the loss of that dear person whom thou hast taken from me with patience and resignation, and to make a right use of the affliction which thy fatherly hand hath laid upon me. Thou hast given, and thou hast taken away: blessed be thy holy name. Make me thankful, O Lord, for the comforts and blessings which I still enjoy; and sanctify to my soul all the sufferings, which in the course of this mortal life thou shalt appoint for me. Let the death of friends and relations help to keep me always mindful of my own mortality. And grant. that by thy grace I may here apply my heart to wisdom, and may hereafter by thy mercy be received into that everlasting kingdom, where all tears shall be wiped from all faces, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Hear me, O merciful Father. for the sake of thy Son Jesus Christ. Amen.