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PRAYERS,

TO BE USED BY A SICK PERSON.

O Lord! look down from Heaven, behold, visit and relieve this thy servant. Look upon me with the eye of mercy; give me comfort, and sure confidence in thee; support me under all the trials of my present sickness; relieve my pains if it seem good unto thee; and keep me in perpetual peace and safety, through thy great mercy in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Almighty and ever living God, Maker of mankind, who dost correct those whom thou dost love, and chastise every one whom thou dost receive: I pray thee to have mercy upon thy servant visited with thy hand, and grant that I may bear this sickness patiently; and fit me, O Lord, for whatever in thy wise and righteous Providence thou hast appointed for me; that I

may have cause to glorify thy holy name for my present sufferings, and find that thou, O God, of very faithfulness, hast caused me to be troubled. Hear my prayers, O Lord, and grant my requests. Amen.

Hear me, Almighty and most merciful God and Saviour, extend thy accustomed goodness to thy servant. Sanctify, I beseech thee, this thy Fatherly correction to me, that the sense of my weakness may add strength to my faith, and seriousness to my repentance; that if it shall be thy good pleasure to restore me to my former health, I may lead the residue of my life in thy fear and to thy glory: or else give me grace so to take thy visitation, that after this painful life shall be ended, I may dwell with thee in life everlasting, according to thy gracious promises by Christ Jesus my Saviour. Amen.

Unto God's gracious mercy and protection I commend my spirit. O Lord, bless me and keep me. O Lord, make thy face to shine upon me, and be gracious unto me.

O Lord, lift up the light of thy countenance upon me, and give me peace both now and forevermore. Amen.

Father in heaven, look down with mercy and pity upon thy servant, and lay not thy chastening hand upon me more heavily than I can bear. Let me acknowledge with submission and humility, that even in judgment thou art merciful, and that of very faithfulness thou hast caused me to be troubled. Thou dost afflict me with a parent's wisdom. O, sustain me with a parent's love. Let thy grace be sufficient for me in all my need, and let the holy influences of thy Spirit hold me up in my weakness, and inspire my heart with strength, and hope, and confidence. Let not any pain or suffering, however acute, discompose the order of my thoughts, my submission, my gratitude, or my duty. Together with trial wilt thou provide a way of escape, even by the mercies of a longer and holier life, or by the mercies of a peaceful and

blessed death - even as it pleaseth thee, O Lord. Thou knowest all the necessities and all the infirmities of thy servant; fortify my soul, I beseech thee, with spiritual joys, and perfect resignation, and fill me with desires of holiness and of thy heavenly kingdom. Make my repentance entire, and my faith strong, and my hope steadfast, so that if thou dost please to continue me yet longer in life, I may serve thee with a devoted heart, and whenever thou shalt call my spirit away from earth, it may enter into the rest of the sons of God, and be with thee and the holy Jesus, and the spirits of the just made perfect, for ever and ever. O Lord, hear; O Lord, be merciful; O Lord, heal, and pity, and save. Bless all my friends, and reward all the kindness which is shown me. Forgive me my trespasses, as I forgive those who trespass against me.

Be with me every moment; be with me in the hour of death, and O! in the day of judgment deliver me through thine infinite mercy in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Holy Father! who didst sustain and strengthen thy Son Jesus in the hour of anguish, and who has taught us to call to thee out of the depths of our affliction; look mercifully upon thy child. My heart is exceedingly sorrowful, and I would seek relief in thy presence.

Grant, gracious Father! if it be good in thy sight, that my health may be once more restored to me, and that I may again go forth amidst thy beautiful creation, and resume my various social duties, and return to my place in the family circle; yet, since thou hast assured me that it is out of the fullness of thy Fatherly love that thou sendest sickness as well as health, and that it is by trials and sorrows that I am to be fitted for thine eternal kingdom, I am still more desirous that I may not be unreasonably anxious as to what lies before me, but may make it my first and most fervent prayer, that my heart and soul may be conformed to thy will. O, my Father! make me thine, wholly thine; what thou willest, when thou willest, and how thou willest; to thee would

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