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Jesu, thou compassionate Lover of Souls; I come unto thee, for thy Merits are infinite, and far furpass not only mine, but the whole World's Offences ; I will therefore hope in thy Name, in thy Merits, and in thy Intercesfion , thou art Almighty, and art able to relieve me; thou art all Goodness, and therefore willing to affist me. I confefs with Grief of Heart, that my Sins are many and very great; but greater is thy Mercy to penitent Sinners. Great is the Malice of the Powers of Darkness, and great is my own Weakness: but much greater is thy Power and Goodness: Therefore when my Fears press hard upon me, I: will hope in thy Mercy, and put my Truft aud Confidence in thee. The holy Scriptures assure me, that thou art able to fave unto the utmost all that come unto God by thee; and thou hast promised, that those who come unto thet, thou wilt by no Means cast out: hear me, I beseech thee; O merciful Saviour, in this my diftressed Condition ; fpeak Peace to my troubled Conscience; comfort and support me under all Dejections of Mind; give me Patience and Submission under thine afflicting Hand; and, if it be thy Will, a speedy and happy Deliverance from my
present present Misery; and say unto my Soul, I am thy Salvation. i - V. Have Mercy upon me, O blessed Spi. rit, God of Love, thou powerful Advocate and sweetest Comforter: Infuse thy Grace into my Heart, and scatter there thy chearful Beams. Purify my Soul, and strike me through with the Darts of thy Love: Kindle such a holy Flame in my Breast, as may burn up all thc Dross of fenfual Affections, and may possess, and purify and strengthen my drooping Soul. Come, Holy Spirit, in much Mercy come, and make me fit to receive thee into my Heart: Dispel those black' irregular Thoughts and Apprehenfions, which terrify and discompose my Mind: And be thou to me a kind Comforter, and mighty Defence in all my Wants and Diftresses, and my ready Helper in this Time of Need. :.To him, therefore, who is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the Presence of his Glory, with exs ceeding Joy, to the only wife God, Fa. ther, Son, and Holy Ghost, be Glory and Majesty, Dominion and Power; and mayest thou receive from me, from Men, and Angels, continual Praise and Thankfgiving,
Obedience, Love, and Adoration, for ever and ever. Amen.
A Prayer for a Perfon under Scruples of · Conscience, or under Fears and Doubts of
his spiritual Condition
1. Most blessed and gracious God, who
u alone canst heal a wounded Spirit, and quiet a troubled Mind; look with Pity on thy Servant, oppressed with a Load of Misery: Unto thee do I cry for Help: 0 thou great Physician of Soul and Body, uphold and comfort my weak and dejected Şpirit, strengthen it againit all inordinate vain Fears and Terrors, and deliver me from all unprofitable Troubles of Mind, and causeless Scruples of Conscience. - Thou alone canst relieve me; grant therefore, merciful Lord, to me thy Servant, Pardon, and Peace; and that I may be cleansed from all my. Sins, and serve thee with a quiet Mind, and glorify tby Goodness, with a thankful and chearful Heart all my Days. . . II. I také little Delight in any. Thing I do, no not in my spiritual Exercises, which once were, and still should be, most de.
lightful lightful to me. Easy Things are become difficult, and difficult Things seem almost impossible to me; and I am full of Fears, Jealousies, and Suspicions; but most of all am I apt to fear in this fad Condition, that I have lost thy Favour. I am greatly indisposed for my own Business, loth to do any Thing, and find a great Backwardness even in praying unto thee, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.. * Direct me to proper Means for the Removal of my Doubts and Scruples, and let me hearken to the wise Counsels and Ad. vice of a prudent spiritual Guide, and such other Persons as I shall consult with; and make me always willing and ready to follow wise Instructions ; and suffer me not to be led away by the Delusions of the Devil, or my own foolish and perverse Will.
O Lord, hear this Prayer, which in Anguish of Spirit I make unto thee, for Jesus Christ his Sake. Amen...
III. O thou blessed Jesus, who wast made Man, and in our Nature tookeft our Infirmities, Sin only excepted, and wasta Man of Sorrows and acquainted with Grief, and once in Anguish of Spirit upon the Cross, criedst out to thy Father and our Father, My God, my God, why haft thou
forfaken me? O thou most merciful, faithful, and unchangeable High-Priest, I be. feech thee by thy infinité Coinpafsion, to look down from Heaven with an Eye of Pity upon me, who am a miserable Object of thy Pity, being fore let and hindred in the Course of my Christian Duties, by unaccountable Sadness and Dejection of Spirit. Thou knowert, O Lord, how often, and how exceedingly my Soul is troubled, and cast down; thou seest how much it is difquieted within me, and how grievous it is to me to be thus oppressed ; and how uneasy my present State is. i i beleech thee, o blessed Saviour, hear my Complaint, and take away this Plague from me. It is with this most earnest Petition, that I now come before the Throne of thy Mercy. Remove this Dif. temper, I beseech thee, whether it be in my Body, or in my Soul, or in both: 0 speak the Word, and I shall be whole. I aik this in Submission to thy Will and Pleasure. If it is sent to me to punish me for my past Sins, or restrain me from Sins to come, or to make me humble, or exercise my Patience and iny Trust in thee; not my Will, but thine be done.
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