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guiding him into all truth, and comforting him in all his sickness and sorrow; and this we ask in the name and for the sake of Jesus Christ thine only Son our Lord. Amen.
O most merciful God, who hast appointed the ministers of reconciliation to lead thy people to the right faith and practice as revealed in the Gospel of thy Son, especially hear us now, and grant, O Lord, that thy message may faithfully be delivered to him whom thou hast visited with sickness, and be so accompanied by thy blessing, that he may profitably hear thy holy word and conform his life to thy holy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Almighty and most merciful God, we are taught in thy holy word that life and death depend alone on thee, and that we may not, without greatly sinning, put our trust in any creature; stretch forth thy hand, O Lord we pray, to heal, if it be thy good pleasure, the sickness of thy servant; and grant, that whatever means he may use for his recovery, he may depend wholly upon thee and implore thy blessing on the same; and shouldst thou raise him up, O Lord, make him truly
thankful, but if thou shalt otherwise resolve concerning him, possess his soul with patience and resignation to thy will; for the sake of Jesus Christ thy dear Son, our Lord.
Particular Prayers in behalf of the Sick.
Almighty and merciful God, who alone art A Prayer able to remove the pains of our mortal nature; pain. behold this thine afflicted servant in great distress; oh, pity his sorrows, and remember that he is but dust; take from him thy heavy hand lest he perish; but if thou seest fit to continue thy visitation, oh, give him strength and patience to endure; even so, righteous Father, as it seemeth good in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God, who art from everlasting to ever- A Prayer lasting, in whose sight a thousand years are ness long as one day, oh, remember that it is not so with man, and have compassion on this our brother, who so long has lain under thy chastening hand. Days, by reason of long con
A Prayer when the
sick person cannot obtain sleep.
tinued sickness, appear unto him as months, and months as very years; darkness cometh and he calleth for the day, and in the morning he desireth night: oh, make thou all his bed; be thou his rest and stay, his quietness and assurance; that so, if thou still continuest his sickness he may be comforted in all his visitation here, and praise thee for the same hereafter, through Jesus Christ our Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.
Almighty and gracious God, we approach the throne of mercy in behalf of this thy servant in distress; his wearied flesh desireth refreshing sleep, but as yet "thou holdest his eyes waking;" have compassion upon the infirmities of his nature, and seal his eyes with gentle slumber, which shall weaken the strength of the malady, and tend to his recovery; so that, waking from sweet sleep, he may, with renewed power, bless thy holy name for this thy mercy; for the sake of Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen.
O God, who hast poured upon thy servant A Prayer the spirit of deep slumber, graciously be is reason to pleased to lighten his eyes that they sleep not danger from the sleep of death, but may be opened to behold sleep. thy great goodness whilst his soul shall give thee thanks for the same: yet if thou hast otherwise determined, mercifully hear our prayers in his behalf before he goeth where there is no repentance, and pardon all his sins; and grant that when the last trumpet shall waken him, he may obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for him, that whether he wake or sleep, he may live together with him; through the same Jesus Christ thy Son.
for a sick
Most gracious and merciful God, "who A Prayer art found of them who seek thee not,", and person when "sparest them who cannot discern between deprived of their right hand and their left," pitifully be- and reason. hold the afflicted condition of thy servant : Lord, he is unconscious what he saith, neither understandeth what he doeth; lay not, therefore, to his final account ought that may be
A Prayer for one who
any bodily hurt.
offensive in thy sight, let not Satan now accuse him in the time that he is unable to plead for pardon through the merits of thy Son, but have mercy upon him, O God, have mercy upon him, and until thou art pleased to remove from him this thy visitation, go not far from him, but let thy providential care more especially be over him. Hear also the intercessions of thy Son the blessed Jesus in his behalf, and listen to this our prayer, presented in his name; through the same Jesus Christ our only Advocate and Saviour. Amen.
O God, in whom we live and move and have has received our being, whose providence is over all thy works, and without whose permission not a hair of our head falleth to the ground; let thy fatherly compassion regard thy servant, brought down low by this event: suffer not, we beseech thee, this visitation to be unto death, but graciously stretch forth thy hand and heal that which is wounded, and bind up that which is broken. Teach him now in this his time of trouble seriously to ponder all his