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and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there shall thy hand lead us, and thy right hand shall hold us. Thy protection is experienced afar off, as well as near at hand; and in the storms and adversities of this life thou art our safe refuge; the haven where our souls find rest from trouble. As we are now about to venture ourselves again upon the boisterous ocean, we humbly look up to thee for protection and safe guidance to our desired port. Grant to us, if it be agreeable to thy will, favourable winds and weather, and exemption from fatal accidents. And should storms arise, and we be in danger of being driven on rocks or perilous coasts, or of being overwhelmed in the great deep, be thou near to help and deliver us. Our trust for safety is on thy almighty arm; for thou rulest the raging of the winds and the waves, and at thy command they are calmed. Make, we beseech thee, this voyage prosperous; so that we may go and return in health and safety. And grant, O Lord, that all who sail in this vessel may be preserved from heaven-daring and ruinous sins, to which so many of our profession are addicted. Give to all a temper becoming their station. May the officers who are placed over us be indued with wisdom, firmness, and kindness, in the exercise of government; and may every man be prompt in his duty, and dexterous in the performance of his part. And grant, we beseech thee, O Lord, to us all, a ready disposition to hear and obey the instructions of thy holy word, with which we may be favoured. Enlighten our minds to know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent, whom to know is life eternal. May we all be led by thy effectual grace, to forsake our sins by a true repentance, and by a living faith to embrace Jesus Christ as he is freely offered in the gospel; and be enabled to live lives of holiness and peace, and thus prove the genuineness of a work of grace within us.
We pray also, O merciful God, that thy blessing may rest on the dear friends whom we leave behind us; that they may be preserved from evil, and may be of the number who are effectually called by the Holy Spirit and reconciled to God, through the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ; so that if we never meet again upon earth, we may be so happy as to meet in the future world of bliss, where parting is no more; and where sins and troubles shall never enter to mislead or disturb us.
These, our sincere requests, we offer in the name of the only Mediator between God and man, and to Him with the Father and Holy Spirit, we would ascribe all glory, power, and praise, now and for evermore. Amen.
PRAYER IN A TIME OF GREAT DANGER.
GREAT God, holy and just! I am amazed to think of the dreadful wages which my sins have merited. Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and my spirit is overwhelmed, and my heart fails me for fear: so that I know not what to do. But mine eyes are upon thee, my great Saviour and mighty Deliverer, to give me that help which it is in vain to expect from man. Now that I am afraid, I will trust in thee; and under the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. O my Lord, take me under thy fatherly care, and almighty protection: and save me from the hands of my enemies, and from the evils which I dread. O dispel the clouds; and turn away the storms; and clear up the face of heaven, which is now so blackened over my head. Thou, Lord, who knowest how to deliver, and art never at a loss to effect what thou wilt, command, I pray thee, deliverances for me: and be not far from me when trouble is so nigh unto me: but let me find thy help at hand in this time of my extreme necessity.
O my God, thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower of defence against the enemy. And though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou wilt stretch forth thy hand against my enemy; and thy right hand shall save me. O my Saviour, I flee unto thee, to hide me. Be thou pleased to defend me from them that rise up against me. Consider the trouble that I suffer of them that hate me; and lead me in thy righteousness, because of my enemies; make thy way straight before my face. Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil and violent man, and from my persecutors that are stronger than I. O let not any that are my enemies wrongfully rejoice over me. But show me some token for good; that they who hate me may see it, and be ashamed, because thou, Lord, hast beholden me, and comforted me. 0 fortify me against that fear of man which bringeth a snare. Let me never be so awed by my fellow-creatures, as not to stand in awe of thee, my
God. Let me never trespass against thee, to ingratiate myself with them; or decline thy service through fear of their displeasure. Thou hast been my help: O be thou pleased to come now to my succour, and to show thyself graciously and powerfully on my behalf. Hear me, Lord, for the glory of thy name; that I may see thy hand, and acknowledge thy power, and admire thy love, and adore thy goodness, while I have my being. Amen, and Amen.
0, our good God, Lord, and Father, the Creator and Preserver of all things, we most earnestly pray unto thee, to have pity on this thy suffering servant. O Lord, enter not into judgment with him, according to his works; but through thine infinite mercy remit all his sins, for which thou hast chastised him so gently. Behold the obedience which thy dear Son Jesus Christ our Lord has rendered unto thee, namely the sacrifice which it hath pleased thee to accept as a full recompense for all the iniquities of them that receive him for their righteousness and satisfaction, yea, for their only Saviour. O Lord, dispose and move his heart to receive by thy grace with all meekness this fatherly correction, submitting himself with heart and mind to thy blessed will and favourable mercy. If it be thy holy will, bless means for his speedy and entire recovery. Heal him, O Lord, and he shall be healed. But if it be thy will to remove him hence, make him feel in his soul the fruit and strength of thy grace, that thereby he may have a new taste of thy fatherly care over him, from the beginning of his life to its very end, for the love of thy dear Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Let him be under thy protection and guidance, O heavenly Father; and though he be sick, yet thou canst heal him. He is cast down; but thou canst lift him up. He is sore troubled, but thou canst relieve. He is weak, but thou canst send strength. He acknowledges his uncleanness, his blemishes, his sins, but thou canst wash him and make him clean. He is wounded, but thou canst administer most sovereign cure. He is fearful and trembling, but thou canst give him good courage and boldness. He is a lost sheep, but thou canst call him home to thee again. Vouchsafe to show him thy mercy, for the sake of thy beloved Son, who by the shameful and accursed death of the cross, bare our sins; and O acknowledge thy sinful servant, as one redeemed with that precious blood. Receive him into the communion of Christ’s body, to partake of eternal happiness in the company of thy blessed angels. Give him thy grace, that with a good heart and full assurance of faith, he may receive to his consolation so great a treasure, even the remission of his sins in Jesus Christ thy Son. Grant these requests, O Father, for the sake of thy beloved Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in unity of the Holy Ghost, true God, evermore. Amen.”