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14. Upon occasion of a funeral.
Lord give it to us to find it good for us to go to the house of mourning a, that we may be minded thereby of the end of all men, and may lay it to our heart, and may be so wise as to consider our latter endb; for we must also be gathered to our people, as our neigbours and brethren are gathered c; and though whither those that are dead in Christ are gone, we cannot follow them now d, yet grant that we may follow them afterwards, every one in his own order e.
We know that thou wilt bring us to death, and to the house appointed for all living g, let us not see death, till by saith we have seen the Lord Christ, and then let us depart in peace, according to thy word h. And when the earthly house of this tabernacle shall be dissolved, let us have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens i.
And give us to know that our Redeemer liveth, and that though after our skins, worms destroy these bodies, yet in our flesh we shall see God, whom we shall see for ourselves, and our eyes shall behold, and not another k.
15. Upon occasion of marriage.
Give to those that marry, to marry in the Lord l; and let the Lord Jesus by his grace come to the marriage, and turn the water into wine m.
Make them helps meet for each other n, and instrumental to prove one another's salvationo; and give them to live in holy love, that they may dwell in God, and God in them p.
Let the wife be as a fruitful vine, by the side of the a Eccl. vü. 2. b Deut. xxxii. 29. c Numb. xvii. 13. d John xii. 36. e 1 Cor. xv, 23. g Job xxx. 23. h Luke ii. 26, 29. i 2 Cor. v. 1. k Job xix. 25, 26. 11 Cor. vii. 39. m John ii. 11. n Gen. ï. 18. 01 Cor, vii. 16. p 1 John iv. 16.
house a, and the husband dwell with the wife as a man of knowledge b, and let them dwell together as joint heirs of the grace of life, that their prayers be not hindered, and make us all meet for that world, where they neither marry nor are given in marriage C.
16. Upon occasion of the ordaining of ministers.
Let the things of God be committed to faithful men, who may be able also to teach others d: and make them such burning and shining lights e, as that it may appear that it was Christ Jesus who put them into the ministry g; and let not hands be suddenly laid on any h.
Give to those who are ordained, to take heed to the ministry which they have received of the Lord, that they fulfil iti, and to make full proof of it, by watching in all things k.
Let those who in Christ's name are to preach repentance and remission of sins, be endued with power from on highl; give them another spiritm, and make them good ministers of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the works of faith and good doctrine n.
17. Upon occasion of the want of rain.
Thou hast withholden the rain from us, and caused it to rain upon one city, and not upon another, yet have we not returned unto thee o.
But thou hast said, when heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because we have sinned against thee: if we confess thy name, and turn from our sins thou wilt hear from heaven, and forgive our sin, and give rain upon our land p.
We ask thee the former and latter rain, and depend upon thee for it q; for there are not any of the vanities a Psal. cxxviii. 3. 61 Pet. iii. 7. c Luke xx. 35. d2 Tim. ü. 2.
e John v. 35.
g 1 Tim. i. 12. h 1 Tim. v. 22. , i Col. iv. 17. k 2 Tim. iv. 5. I Luke xxiv. 47, 49. . m 1 Sam. x. 9. n 1 Tim. iv. 6. 0 Amos iv 7.
p 1 Kings viii. 35. q Zech. x. 1.
of the heathen that can give rain, nor can the heavens give showers; but we wait on thee, for thou hast made all these things a.
18. Upon occasion of excessive rain.
Let the rain thou sendest be in mercy to our land and not for correction b, not a sweeping rain, which leaveth no food c.
Thou hast sworn that the waters of Noah shall no more return to cover the earth d; let fair weather therefore come out of the north, for with thee is terrible majesty e.
19. Upon occasion of infectious diseases.
Take sickness away from the midst of us g, and deli: ver us from the noisome pestilence h.
Appoint the destroying angel to put up his sword into his sheath, and to stay his hand i.
20. Upon occasion of fire.
Thou callest to contend by firek, we bewail the burning which the Lord hath kindled l: O Lord God, cease we beseech thee, and let the fire be quenched m, as that kindled in Israel was at the prayer of Moses n.
21. Upon occasion of great storms.
Lord, thou hast the wind in thy hands o, and bringest them out of thy treasures p, even stormy winds fulfil thy word q. O preserve us and our habitations, that we be not buried in the ruins of them as Job's children were r.
22. Upon occasion of the cares, and burdens, and afflictions of particular persons; as
1. When we pray with, or for those that are troubled in mind, and melancholy, and under doubts and fears about their spiritual state.
Lord, enable those that fear thee, and obey the voice a Jer. xiv. 22. b Job xxxvii. 13. c Prov. xxvii. 3. d Isa. liv. 9.
e Job xxxvii. 22. g Exod. xxii. 25. h Psal. xci. 3. i 2 Sam, xxiv. 16. k Amos vii. 4. I Lev. x. 6.
m Amos vii. 5. n Numb. xi. 2. o Prov. xxx.4. ' p Psal. cxxxv.7. q Psal. cxlviii. 8. r Job i. 19.
of thy servant, but walk in darkness, and have no light to trust in the name of the Lord, and to stay themselves upon their Goda: And at evening time let it be light b.
O strengthen the weak hands, confirm the feeble knees, say to them that are of fearful heart, Be strong, fear not c: Answer them with good words, and comfortable words d, saying unto them, Be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven you e: Be of good cheer, it is Ig: be not afraid, I am your salvation h. And make them to hear the voice of joy and gladness, that broken bones may rejoicei.
Let those who now remember God, and are troubled, whose spirits are overwhelmed, and whose souls refuse to be comforted k, be enabled to trust in thy mercy l, so that at length they may rejoice in thy salvation ; though thou slay them, yet to trust in thee m.
Though deep calls unto deep, and all thy waves and thy billows go over them, yet do thou command thy loving-kindness for them in the day-time, and in the night let thy song be wish them, and their prayer to the God of their life, though their souls are cast down and disquieted within them, give them to hope in God, that they shall yet praise him, and let them find him the health of their countenance, and their God n.
O renew a right spirit within them, cast them not away from thy presence, and take not thy Holy Spirit from them, but restore unto them the joy of thy salvation, and uphold them with thy free Spirito, that their tongues may sing aloud of thy righteousness, and show forth thy salvation p.
O bring them up out of this horrible pit, and this
a Isa. 1. 10. -
6 Zech. xiv. 7.
c Isa. xxxv. 3, 4.
miry clay, and set their feet upon a rock, establishing their goings, and put a new song in their mouth, even praises to our God a. 0 comfort them again now after the time that thou hast afflicted them b.
Though for a small moment thou hast forsaken them, and hid thy face from them, yet gather them, and have mercy on them with everlasting kindness c.
O let thy Spirit witness with their spirits, that they are the children of God d; and by the blood of Christ let them be purged from an evil conscience e.
Lord, rebuke the tempter, even the accuser of the brethren, the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke him, and let poor tempted troubled souls be as brands plucked out of the burning g.
2. Those that are under convictions of sin, and begin to be concerned about their soul's salvation, and to inquire after Christ.
Those that are asking the way to Zion h, with their faces thitherward, that are lamenting after the Lord i, and are pricked to the heart for sin k, O show them the good and the right way, and lead them in itl.
To those that are asking what they shall do to inherit eternal life m, discover Christ as the way, the truth, and the life, the only true and living way n.
O do not quench the smoking flax, nor break the bruised reed, but bring forth judgment unto victory o. Let the great Shepherd of the sheep gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead them p, and help them against their unbelief q.
Let not the red dragon devour the man-child, as soon
a Psal. xl. 2, 3. d Rom. viii. 16. h Jer. 1. 5. 11 Sam. xii. 23, o Matt. xii. 20.
b Psal. xc. 15.
c Isa. liv. 7,8.