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. A Prayer for Fair Weather.
I Acknowledge, O Lord, the Justice of thy Providence in the immoderate Rain thou hast been pleased to send upon the Earth. We have been unmindful of thee, who hast so bountifully provided for us. We have abused thy Blessings ; so that thou may 'st justly turn our Plenty into Scarceness. But I humbly beseech thee to put a Stop to those Rains, which have fallen in such Abundance, and 10 send us such Weather, that we may receive the Fruits of the Earth in due Season. Preserve our Cattle from being destroyed by excessive Floods. Grant that the Ground may yield its Increase, to the Joy and Comfort of thy humble Servants. Keep us from abusing thy Blessings by Riot and Intemperance, and grant that we may use them with Sobriety and Thankfulness, being bountiful and charitable to those that are in Want. Awaken in us, O God, a diligent Concern, not only for the Meat which perisheth, but for thy Grace, which may nourish our Souls to Eternal Life, through Jesus Christ our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.
''.' . U 4 A Prayer A Prayer for a Prisoner for Debt.
A Lmighty God, just aud holy in all the Dispensations of thy Providence to the Children of Men; the Difsiculties and Sorrows 1 labour under in this close Coniinement, are perfectly known to thee, who dost succour the Miserable, and help the Friendless, O Lord,I most sorrowfully cou' fess, that I have deserved to suffer much greater Punishments, and to feel the Severities of thy Wrath and Displeasure. For I have abused my Liberty, and neglected my Duty. I have gone contrary to thy holy Will, and refused to obey thy wise and righteous Laws. I do therefore most humbly desire to submit to thy all-wise Disposal, and patiently to wait for that Time, which thou ihalt think best for my Enlargement. Let me receive this melancholy Restraint, as a just Punishment for my Sins, and grant that ©thers may be warned by my Example.
Let me in these disconsolate Circum. stances, have the Comfort and Direction of thy holy Spirit. Assist me, O God, in calling my Ways to Remembrance; in examining into the State of my Soul; in repenting and humbling myself before thee;
and in reconciling myself to thee my offended God.
Let me highly prize the Holy Scriptures, and follow the Divine Instructions to be learnt from thence. Grant that the Promises and Threatenings therein contained, may powerfully work in my Soul a sirm and vigorous Resolution of obeying thee.
Wean my Mind from all carnal and vain Delights; and be thou pleased to suit my Desires to the Straitness and Difficulty of my Circumstances, and give me a perfect Resignation to thy holy Will.
Thou, O God, loves Righteousness, and hatejl Iniquity; and thy holy Word makes it a Part of the Character of the Wicked, to borrow and not to /lay again; let it be therefore my Study and Care to content and satisfy my Creditors'to the utmost of my Power. O keep me from all Thoughts of using a Prison to cancel my Debts, and thereby desraud my Creditors of their just Due: for I know that by so doing, I snail entail a Curse on myself and Family; for how can I hope for a Blessing from thee, when I make use of sinful Methods to provide for myself and them?
Touch the Hearts of my Creditors with
a Sense of my Misery and Trouble, and
dispose them to accept of such Satisfaction as I am able to make, that I may be discharged out of this miserable Consinement, if it be thy good Pleasure.
And after my Discharge, let thy good Providence direct me to such honest Ways of getting, and so bless me in my lawful Endeavours and Undertakings, that I may be in a Condition to pay them what shall be behind, and fully satisfy their just Demands, knowing that notwithstanding my Discharge, and though I am out of the Reaeh of human Laws in this Respect, yet my Duty and Obligation in Equity are still the fame. But if thou shalt think sit to deny me this Request, do thou, O God, make up their Loss in such Way and Manner as thou pleafest. Hear me, O Lord, for the Sake of thy Son Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.
'Some of the Considerations proposed
'to-Pr.isbners for Crimes,, may be of Use
4 to Prisoners for Debt, and indeed to all
-•' Christians, hi order to the making their
* Peace with God. Prisoners for Deit .* may likewise be assisted in the Examina
* tion of their Conscience, by the Ofsice 'for Self-Examinution in the Second Part 1 of this Book.
* I judge it needlets to observe, that 8 't * though * though the foregoing Prayer be peculiar\ ly adapted to the Case of Prisoners for
* Debt, yet it is not intended that they 'should use that only; no, the rest of the
* Prayers in this Book, or such other as
* they sind more agreeable. to the Temper
* of their Minds, or expressive. of their 'Wants, are- recommended to their Use,
* for which they will not want Leisure^
* and Opportunity.' .',-. ^ ,»
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Some Cons derations proper for Prisoners for Crimes, in order to their making their : Peace with GOD, as we// before, as after '* their Condemnation.
* /^\ften lift up your Heart to God, and ...Vf 'beg of Him, for Christ's Sake, that f He will be pleased in Mercy to enlighten
* your Mind,- and soften your Heart, and 'give you a deep Sense of/jyour miferab/a 1 Condition, till you sind yourself more 'concerned for the Salvation of your pre'cious and immortal Soul, than for youF 4 temporal Life. »
* Consider that'our sirst Parents having?
* fallen frorn God, and corrupted them'selves, all who descend from them must *,be corrupt,. it being impossible to bring 'a c/tan Thing out of au unclean.
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