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speakable Joys of that which is far better, even the Fruition of thy blessed Self, for the Sake of thy dear Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Fray er under the Continuance of Sickness.
/~\ Merciful and Righteous God, the So^-^ vereign Lord of Life and Death, our only Help in Time of Trouble; I, thy poor Creature, upon whom thou hast laid thine afflicting Hand, fly unto thee for Succour. I desire, O Lord, humbly to accept of this thy Visitation, and most earnestly beseech thee to enable me to bear it with such Patience and Submission, as becomes a Creature and a Sinner: And, O merciful Father,, who designest not the Ruin, but the Amendment of those whom thou scourgest,. I beseech thee to sanctify all my Afflictions to me; and grant that this Sickness of my Body may be a Means of Health to my Soul, and inspiring me with Resolutions nover more to depart from thee.
To that End, O Lord, make me diligent in searching my Heart, and, O do thou enable me to discover every Thing hateful in thy Sight; and on my true and sincere Repentance, I beseech thee, remove 4 thine thine Auger from me. Heal my Soul, O Lord, which has greatly iinned against thee; and then (if it be thy blessed Will) heal my Body also. Restore thy Voice of Joy and Health unto my Dwelling, that I may live to praise thee, and be an Instrument of thy Glory, by doing Good in my Generation. But if, in thy great Wisdom. thou hast otherwise determined, and seest it best to take me out of this World ; O sit and prepare me for that Hour,, and deliver me not, I beseech thee, into the bitter Pains of eternal Death. Thou know est the Secrets of my Heart, O shut not ur> thy merciful Ears to my Prayers \ but hear me, Q Lord most holy j O God most mighty ;. O holy and merciful Saviour, thou most worthy Judge Eternal, suffer me not at my last Hour, for any Pains of Death to fall from thee- And O thou tender and compassionate Lover of Souls, I most earnestly beseech thee, that when the Time appointed for my great Change shall come, thou wilt have Mercy Oil me, and deliver me, and strengthen me in my Conflict; that thou wilt support me in my dying Agonies, and defend me from the Enemy, and from his Terrors, and fliew me one Glimpse of the Light of thy N 6 Countenance,
Countenance, that I may know, and be assured, that thou art perfectly at Peace with me; and that thou wilt receive me into the blessed Company of Saints and Angels in thy heavenly Habitation, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
A Prayer for a Person under any grievous Pains.
f~\ God, our Refuge and Strength, who ^S art a present Help in Time of Trouble: O look graciously upon me, I most earnestly beseech thee; and (if it be thy blessed Will) fend me Ease and Comfort in this Time of my Distress. I acknowledge, O Lord, the Justice of thy Dealing towards me. I confess, that I have deserved much greater Pains than I now feel: O let me then never murmur or repine under any Affliction thou seest sit to lay upon me. Give me a meek and quiet Submission to thy Will, that I may wait with Patience till thou seest sit to deliver me. Suffer not the Extremity of my Pains to transport me into any rash or unbecoming Expressions, or cause me to entertain a hard Thought of thy Providence; but whatever Evils or Sorrows I may feel, let me still love thee, and
believe thee to be a kind and merciful Father, even whilst thou art smiting and correcting me.
And, O Blessed Lord, that I may be enabled so to do, be pleased, in thy great Mercy, to strengthen and support me with the Consolations of thy holy Spirit, and lay not more upon me than thou wilt enable me to bear. I know thou art able to deliver me, and therefore in thee do I put my Trust. Sanctify this Affliction to me, that it may produce in me the Fruits of a true and sincere Repentance.
O Lord, hear me; O Lord, help me, for thy Mercy's Sake in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Amen.
A Prayer to be used by ajick Per/on, when he finds any Abatement of his Distemper.
s\ Father of Mercies and God of all
^^ Comfort, who hast vouchsafed to grant me some Ease, and to abate the Fury of my present Distemper; accept, I humbly pray thee, of my unfeigned Thanks for this, and all other thy Mercies bestowed upon me.
Blessed be thy Goodness, O Lord, that I have Strength to praise Thee; that my
Senses and Understanding' are preserved entire ;- and though I am brought very low, I am not without Hopes that thou wilt yet raise me up. Oh .' perfect (is it be thy blessed Will) what thou hast begun in me; and forsake not, I beseech thee, the Works of thy own Hands. Repair all the Decays of my outward fvlan, and let my Mind also be endued with greater Strength and Abilities to do thee Service, and with stronger Desires aud Resolutions of loving and obeying thee.
Visit me, O Lord, with thy heavenly Consolations; sill me with comfortable Thoughts of thy Love, and of that tender compassionate Care, which our Lord! Jesus takes of all his afflicted Servants. Give me still a more perfect Submission tothy Will, that without any murmuring or repining I may wait upon thee, till thou seest sit to sinish my Recovery: And as my Strength increases, so let my Resolutions grow stronger, of serving thee faithfully all the Remainder of my Life; for which End, 1 implore the Assistance of thy holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ; to whom with thee,. O Father, and the ever-blessed/