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cere mourner for my past sins; and as far as is possible, redeem my mispent time, by employing the remainder of my days in thy fervice, and to thy glory.
Give me, O Lord, a new heart, new affections, and new desires; that I may love thee with more sincerity, and serve thee with greater faithfulness than I have ever yet done.
Teach me, O Lord, so to number my days, that I may apply my heart unto true wisdom.
Let me never be separated from thee; but grant that I may be of the number of thy faithful and obedient servants, who are united to thee by grace and good works in this life, and will hereafter live with thee in'endless bliss and happiness. And,
Grant that in the days of health and profperity I may consider my latter end, and remember and provide for that great account, which I must one day give before the judgment-feat of Christ; that when the hour of my departure shall come, I may meet death without fear and amazement; and with a well-grounded hope of thy mercy and goodnefs, may chearfully resign up my soul into thy hands; and may be willing and even defirous to leave this world, when thou my God, in thy great wisdom, shall see it fitting.
Be mindful, O Lord, of all that are in any affliction or distress. Relieve and comfort those that suffer for the testimony of a good conscience, or that labour under the torments of a wounded spirit. Let the forrowful sighing of the afflicted come before thee; and deliver them, in thy good time, out of all their troubles.
Here may be added the Two paragraphs in the morning prayer, on page 138, marked thus [“.
To these my prayers and intercessions, I desire to add my unfeigned praises for all thy blessings spiritual and temporal. I bless thee more particularly for the mercies of the day past; for preserving me in health and safety; and delivering me from the evils which I have most justly deserved.
Give me grace to make a right use and improvement of all thy mercies; and vouchsafe, O Lord, to continue to methy gracious favour and protection. Be thou pleased of thy great goodness to take me, [my dear husband or wife and children] and all that belong to me, this night, under the care of thy good providence. Defend us from all perils and dangers; and after the comfortable refreshments of restand sleep, raise us up in health and safety, with hearts full of love to thee, and zeal to thy fer
vice, through Jesus Christ our Lord, in the fullest sense of whose words I pray to be heard; laying, Our Father, &c., B.;
is inito A prayer during the time of sicknefs.
, all that need, the helper of all that flee to thee for succour; the life of them that be. lieve, and the resurrection of the dead; I humble myself before thee with sincere acknowledgments of thy justice, in all the dispensations of thy divine providence. Look with an eye of compassion upon me thy poor afflicted fervant, and sanctify, I beseech thee, this thy fatherly correction to me, that I may never murmur or repine under any of thy wise dispensations; but at all times receive thy judgments as a means to wean me from the world; to bring me nearer to thyself; and to purge away all that dross and defilement which my foul has contracted in this state of finful mortality.
I confess, O gracious Lord, that thy judgments are just, and that thou of thy goodness haft caused me to be troubled; for notwithstanding all the gentle methods which thou haft used towards me, I have not loved thee as I ought to do but in the days of health and
prosperity have forgotten theel my God, and gone in the paths of vanity and folly; but, O merciful father, that despisest not the sighing of a contrite heart, nor the desire of such as be sorrowful, mercifully assist my prayers that I offer unto thee in all my troubles and adverfities: and especially let not my
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 compassion from me; but for the merits and intercession of thy beloved son, pardon all my fins, and vouchsafe, I beseech thee, for his sakė, to be reconciled unto me.
Support me under all my pains, weaknesses, and infirmities; strengthen my faith, enlarge my hopes, increase my charity, and
perfect my repentance. Make thou my bed in my fickness, and lay not more upon methan thou wilt enable me to bear; give a blessing to the means that shall be used for my recovery; and fay unto my soul, I am thy salvation; and if it be thy good pleasure, restore me to my former health, that I may lead the residue of my life in thy fear, and to thy glory: but if thou hast determined that this fickness shall 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 spirit. O give me grace fo to take this thy visitation, that after this painful life is ended, I may dwell with thee in life everlasting, through the merits and mediation of Jesus Chrift, my dear and only Saviour. Amen.
A prayer to be used on taking phyfick.
we afk, and our ignorance in asking, without whom all our endeavours are but vain, I, in a deep sense of all thy mercies, acknowledge it to be an eminent token of thy goodness, that I am notcutoffin the midst of my fins, by a sudden and unprovided death, and am particularly thankful that thou hast placed me in fuch station and circumstances as to be enabled to obtain the use of fuch means as thou hast ordained for the benefit of mankind. Oh! give thy blesfing to these means now used for my recovery, and (if it be thy bleffed will) make them so effectual for that end, that I may live and be an instrument 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 Christ our Lord. Amen,