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Oh, strengthen them upon their bed of languishing and make their bed in their sickness.s
Oh, turn to them, and have mercy upon them; bring them out of their distress : look upon their affliction, and their pain, but especially forgive all their sins.t
Make thy face to shine upon them, save them for thy mercy sake.u
For Dying Persons.
NOW their fresh and heart are failing; Lord, be thou the strength of their heart, and their everlasting portion.w
In the valley of the shadow of death, Lord, be thou present with them, and may thy rod and thy staff comfort them.X
Oh, do not fail them, nor forsake them now :y be a very present help.z
Into thy hands we commit the departing spirit,a as into the hands of a faithful Creator, by the hands of him who has redeemed it.h
Let it be carried by angels into Abraham's bosom ;c and let it be presented to thee without spot or wrinkle or any such thing.d
Lord Jesús, receive this precious soul ; let
* Psal. xli. 3. Psal. xxv. 16, 17, 18. u Psal. xxxi 16. qu Psal. Ixxiji. 4. * Psal xxiii. 4. y Heb xiii 5. 2 Psal. xlvi. 1. a Psal. xxxi. 5. 11 Pet. iv. 19. c Luke xvi. 22. d Eph. v, 27.
it come to the spirits of just men made perfect.e
When it is absent from the body, may it be present with the Lord. f
This day let it be with thee in paradise.g
Now let it be for ever comforted,h and perfectly freed from sin.
For those who are deprived of Reason.
OH, look with pity upon those, that are put out of the possession of their own souls ; i whose judgment is taken away,k so that their soul chooseth strangling and death rather than life.
Oh, restore them to themselves, and their right mind.me."
Deliver them from doing themselves harm,n and whatever afflictions thou layest upon any of us in this world, preserve to us the use of our reason, and the peace of our conscience.
For afflicted and bereaved Families.
VISIT the houses of mourning as our Saviour did, and comfort them by assuring them, that Christ is the resurrection and the
e Heb. xij. 33. f 2 Cor. v. 8. & Luke xxiii 43. b Luke xvi. 25. Luke xxi. 19. & Job xxvii. 2. 2 Job vii. 15. m Luke viii 35 Acts xvi. 28.
life,o that their relations, which are removed from them, are not dead but sleep, and that they shall rise again, that they may not sorrow as those that have no hope.
Enable them to trust in the living God,r the rock of ages, and enjoy the fountain of living waters; when creatures prove broken reeds and broken cisterns.
Be a father to the fatherless, and a husband to the widows, O God, in thy holy habitation.t
Keep them alive, and let the widows trust in thee.u
For recovery from Sickness. WE extol thee, O Lord, upon the account of those whom thou hast lifted up, whose soul thou hast brought up from the grave, and kept them alive, that they should not go down to the pit.w
Those that were brought low thou hast helped ; hast delivered their soul from death, their eyes from tears, and their feet from fallog. Give them grace to walk before thee in the land of the living, to offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, to call upon the name of the Lord and pay their vows to him.
6 John xi. 23, 25. P Matt, ix, 24. 91 Thes iv. 13. g 1 Tim vi. 17. Jer. ii. 13. * Psal. Ixviii. 5. u Jer. xlix. 11. w Psal. xxx. 1,3. * Psal. cxvi, 6, 8, 9, 13.
Lord grant that those, who are delivered from death, may not be as the nine lepers ; y who did not return to give thanks; or as Hezekiuh who rendered not again according to the benefits done unto him.z
Those whom the Lord has chastened sore, yet has not delivered them over unto death ; Oh, that they may therefore praise him who is become their salvation.a
For Seamen. LET those, that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters, observe the works of the Lord there, and his wonders in the deep ; b and acknowledge what a great God he is, whom the winds and sea obey.c
Oh, preserve them through the paths of the sea,d and in perils by waters and by robbers.e
If the stormy winds be raised, which lifteth up the waves so that they are at their wit's end, deliver them out of their distresses, make the storm a calm, and bring them to their desired haven ; and oh, that those, who are delivered may praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men. f
y Luke xvii 18. 22 Chron xxxii. 25. a Psal. cxvii, 18, 21. b Psal, cvii. 23, 24. © Matt. viï. 27 d Psal. viii. 8. € 2 Cor. xi. 26. f Psalm cvii. 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30.
Conclusion of Prayer.
TOW the God of peace, that brought IV again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ; that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make us perfect in every good work to do his will, working in us that which is well pleasing in his sight; through Christ Jesus,a do for us exceeding abundantly above what we are able to ask or think according to the power that worketh in usb
Now the God of Israel grant us the things we have rsquested of him.c
Let the words of our mouths, and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, our strength and our Redeemer.d
Lord, thou hast assured us, that whatever we ask the Father in Christ's name, he will give it us :e we ask all these things in that name.
Now to God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever, Amen.f
a Heb. xiii. 20. Psal. xix. 14.
b Eph. iii. 20. e John xvi. 23.
c 1 Sam. i. 17, f Rom. xvi. 27,