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ous they may prove, O let me not dare to; do any Fraud or Injustice, or to cast off my Dependence on thee, by calling in the Allstance of any of the Powers of Dark. ness for my, Relief.

And if, for Reasons best known to thine infinite Wisdom, thou shalt think fit to conbetontinue this Affliction to me, thy blessed Will mos u be done; enable me patiently to bear, and est contentedly to submit to the Dispensations

of thy good Providence, how contrary fo. Cine ever to Flesh and Blood. The Suppress in me all murmuring and remis pining. Thoughts : Remove from me alli

Inclinations and Aversions, but such as i agree with those of the blessed Jesus: Reguheb late my Affections and Desires, and confine

them to such Objects only, as are well hill pleasing in thy Sight. Thou knowest the

Turest Way of making me happy": Thọy! heart infinite in Wisdom, Loving-Kindness,

and Mercy, therefore let thy blessed Will, in every Thing, be my Choice and Satisfaction: I humbly submit to thy Fatherly Discipline; for, thou correctest in Mercy,

and for my Profit. If therefore thou takest wolle not away thy Rod, yet take away thine mit Anger. Let me see a Fatherly Affection en in all thy Chastisements; and raise in my

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Soul an ardent Love and Desire after thee, which may fill me with an inward Satisfaction, with Peace of Conscience, and Joy in the Holy Ghost. Support and comfort me under all my Troubles ; direct and counsel me in all Difficulties; Carry me through all Trials and Temptations; and in thy good Time, take thy Afflicting Hand from me: And grant that these light AfAictions, which (in Comparison,) are but for a Moment, may work for me an exceeding and eternal Weight of Glory. Hear me, O Lord, for thy Mercy's Sake, and for the Sake of thy Son Jesus, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

A Prayer for a Person troubled in Mind.

IL Ó Blessed Lord, the Father of Mercies

and the God of all Comfort : look down, I humbly beseech thee, with Pity and Compassion upon a miserable Creature, under great Sorrow and Dejection of Mind.

I confess, O Lord, my Sins have deserved much more grievous Punishments than I feel; and shouldest thou be extreme to mark what I have done amiss, I should not be able to abide it. I will therefore betake

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, myself to the Throne of thy Grace, and

plead before thee thy gracious Promises, and the wonderful Expressions of thy Love and Mercy. . I will come unto thee for Succour; for

thou hast graciously invited all those that travel and are heavy laden. O pardon my Iniquities, that have provoked thy Wrath, and deliver me from the Sorrows and Mi

feries which I feel and fear. * Have Mercy upon me, O God, for thou

art my great Creator, and Almighty Pre

ferver. O receive me, and relieve me and to revive me. Take pity upon my forrow

ful Soul; and destroy not thou the Works of thine own Hands. Shut not up thy tender Mercies in Displeasure, but make me hear of Joy and Gladness, and to be * sensible, that thou hast still the Bowels of a most tender Father.

I sue unto thee for Mercy in the Name of my Saviour, the blessed Jesus, the great 1. Mediator between God and Man: Regard FL that All-Sufficient Sacrifice, Oblation and

Satisfaction, which he made for all Man

kind: Let it procure for me Pardon, and 5 Acceptance, who desire unfeignedly to turn => to thee: Let the Power of it prevail against all the Powers of Darkness : Let the Wife dom of it make me wife unto Salvation : Let the Peace of it reconcile me to thee, and bring to me Peace of Conscience, and Joy in the Holy Ghost..

II. Especially, O my God, preserve me from all Distrust and Despondency of thy

This may be Mercy, and all the fad Effects added, when a of it.' (" Let no Temptations Rerjon is under Temptations to " 10 rar prevail

“ so far prevail with me as to self. Murder." put an End to my Days, but “ let me consider that I am thy Creature, “ and that thou only haft à Right to dif" pose of my Life, and that it is my Du“ ty to submit to the greatest Troubles “ when thou seest fit to lay them upon 46 me.”')

Give me a right Understanding of myself and my Condition ; of thy Threats and Promiles; that I may never cait away my Confidence in thee, nor place it any where but in thee; but make me to see and know that it is in great Mercy thou hast now laid thy Hand upon me: O let me truly humble myself under thine afflicting Hand, and let me rather feel thy 'Terrors than nol feel my Sins, which must inevitably have plunged me in endless Misery, if thy wonderful Mercy had not awakened my Conscience, and given me a Sight of my Sins;

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and therefore, however severe this Afilica tion may at present seem to me, thy blessed Will be done : Bring me surely to thyself, by what Methods thou pleaseft; and teach thy Servant to be content.i

, III. And, O Lord, if in thine infinite Wisdom thou shalt fee fit not to grant a fpeedy Answer to my Prayers, yet let'me not thereby be utterly çast down, as one without Hope; but make me to wait with Patience, for thy good appointed Time, when thou wilt clear up my Doubts, and scatter my Fears, and remove my Sorrows, and make me know assuredly, that it is good for me that I have been affli&ted. In the mean Time, O Lord, stand by me in all my Trials and Temptations; let not the Enemy of my Salvation prevail against me, but do thou comfort and assist me; and give me the Shield of Faith, whereby I may be able to quench all the fiery Darts of the Devil; that trusting in thee, and in thy Promises, I may at last be more than a Conqueror; looking unto Jesus, the great Captain of my Salvation, who was bimself made perfect by Sufferings, and is now at the right Hand of God, making conti-nual Intercession for us. : !. $ · IV. Have Mercy upon, me; O bleffed

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