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prosperity have forgotten thee my God, and gone in the paths of vanity and folly; but, O merciful father, that despisest not the sighing of a contrite heart, nor the desire of such as be sorrowful, mercifully assist my prayers that I offer unto thee in all my troubles and adversities: and especially let not my sins provoke thee to turn away thy face from me thy servant, now seeking unto thee in this time of my trouble; shut not up the bowels of thy tender compassion from me; but for the merits and intercession of thy beloved son, pardon all my fins, and vouchsafe, I beseech thee, for his fake, to be reconciled unto me.
Support me under all my pains, weaknelfes, and infirmities; strengthen my faith, enlarge my hopes, increase my charity, and perfect my repentance. Make thou my bed in my sickness, and lay not more upon me than thou wilt enable me to bear; give a blessing to the means that shall be used for my recovery; and say unto my soul, I am thy salvation; and if it be thy good pleasure, restore me to my former health, that I may lead the residue of my life in thy fear, and to thy glory: but if thou hast determined that this sickness shall be unto death; grant, O merciful father, that the more the outward man decayeth, so much the more
I may find the inward man strengthened and renewed with thy grace and holy spirit
. O give megrace so to take this thy visitation, that af, ter this painful life is ended, I may dwell with thee in life everlasting, through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, my dear and only Saviour. Amen.
A prayer to be used on taking physick.
kind, who knowest our necessities before we alk, and our ignorance in asking, without whom all our endeavours are but vain, I, in a deep sense of all thy mercies, acknowledge it to be an eminent token of thy.goodness, that I am notcutoffin the midst of my sins, by a sudden and unprovided death, and am particularly thankful that thou haft placed me in such ftation and circumstances as to be enabled to obtain the use of such means as thou haft ordained for the benefit of mankind. Oh! give thy blessing to these means now used for my recovery, and (if it be thy blessed will) make them fo effectual for that end, that I may live and be an instrument of thy glory, and better prepared for the coming of my dear Lord, when every man shall be judged according to what he has done in the flesh, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen,
present help in time of trouble; look down from heaven; behold, visit and relieve me thy fervant; and send me that eafe and comfort in this time of my distress, as shall seem to thee most expedient for me. O let me never murmur or repine under any
affliction thou seest fit to lay upon me; for thy tender mercy is over all thy works; and my fins deserve much greater pains than I now feel. Grant therefore, o gracious Lord, that I may meekly and quietly submit to thy will, and never be rafhly or unbecomingly transported into any indecentexpressions, or caused to entertain a hard thought of thy providence, under the extremity of my pains; but whatever evils or sorrows I may feel, let me still love thee, and believe thee to be a kind and merciful father; strengthen and support me with the confolations of thy holy spirit, and fanctify this affliction to me, that it may produce in me the fruits of a true and sincere repentance, who seek for relief, mercy, and forgiveness, only through the merits, and in the name of Jesus Christour Lord and Saviour. Amen.
A prayer to be used for a sick child. O
Father of mercies, and God of all com
fort, to whom alone belong the issues of life and death, we flee unto thee for succour in behalf of this child here lying under thy hand in a weak and fickly state. Visit him, O Lord, with thy falvation: deliver bim, in thy good time, from bis bodily pain; comfort bim in his greatest extremity, and save bis foul, for thy mercies fake.
We know, O Lord, that if thou wilt, thou canft raise him up, and prolong his days here on earth : wherefore we humbly befeech thee, if it be thy pleasure, to raise him up again, that be may, together with his years and stature, grow in wisdom and in thy fear, and thereby to comfort his parents, and to glorify thee, by doing good in his generation.
But whether be live or die, let him be thine; and either preserve bimto bethy true and faithful servant here on earth, or else receive bim into those heavenly mansions, where the souls of them that sleep in the Lord Jesus, enjoy perpe tual rest and felicity. Grant this, O Lord, for thy mercies sakein the same thy son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the holy ghost, one God, world withmitend. Amen.
A Prayer for a woman with Child. 147 A prayer to be used by a woman during her being
with child. Most merciful God, the supreme dispo
fer of all events, the author of our being the fountain of life, and the refuge of all that trust in thee; I, thy unworthy servant, adore thy glorious majesty, which has begun an excellent work in me, which no eye but thine fees, and no hand but thy almighty power can finish; and I do most humbly implore thy gracious aid and protection. Be thou to me, O Lord, in this time of danger and peril, a fure guardian and rock of defence; and be pleased not only to perfect and complete that which thou hast now begun in me, with its due shapes, and full growth; but preserve me from all frights, or evil accidents, which may cause me to miscarry.
Let thy almighty hand form it with an understanding mind and heart, and with all thofe holy and good dispositions, that may make it always know, love and fear thee, and be amiable in thy sight. I therefore most humbly beseech thee to sanctify it from the womb, and to receive and reckon it for thy child, as soon as it is mine; lent to me for my comfort, but created and reserved by thee for