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solution to amend them, should length of days be allowed him. Grant him a lively hope of that immortal bliss which is promised to all true christians; implant in him a strong sense of thy fatherly love and care over him, which may make him heartily love and entirely confide in thee; and lead him in all confidence to resign both soul and body to thy all-wise and merciful. disposal. We know there is nothing that is impossible to thee. Thou canst bring him up even from the gates of death, and grant him a longer continuance among us. May it be thy good pleasure, O most gracious God, still to continue him here : spare him, O Lord, and deliver him also speedily from the misery under which he hath so long groaned. Increase and strengthen his patience, and fortify his mind under thy dispensations. Teach him to bear, with an equal mind, what thou thinkest fit to lay upon him ; so that, approving himself to thee in these and all other virtues, while thou tryest him by so sore an asfiction, he may say at the last, with the holy Psalmist, “ It was good for me that I was in trouble.” Unto thy mercy we commend his case : send the Holy Spirit to be his comforter, thy good angels to be his guardians; direct those who are to advise and prescribe the means of his restoration, and bring him to praise
thee again in the assemblies of thy saints upon earth, (or if thou hast otherwise disposed in thy wise counsels,) to praise thee in the great assembly of saints and angels in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord and only Saviour, to whom, with thee, and the Holy Spirit, be all praise, love, aud obedience, world without end. Amen.
Prayers to be used in trouble and afliction.
Almighty God, who beholdest with compassion and mercy
the weakness and frailties of us thy sinful creatures, look down on me, I beseech thee, and deliver me, if it be thy blessed will, from the distress of mind under which I labour. Strengthen my judgment and inform my understanding, that I may rightly know my duty; and grant that I may act on all occasions, and in every circumstance of life, in the manner most acceptable to thee. Pardon my secret sins and infirmities, and preserve me from all wilful neglects and offences. If thou seest it consistent with thy glory, and with the everlasting welfare of my soul, fill me with that fervency of affection towards thee, and with that measure of spiritual comfort and assurance, which may preserve my mind in a frame of chearfulness and composure. But if trouble and bitterness of mind be more expedient for me, continue to me both this and all other afflictions which thou seest inost conducive to my future happiness, and grant that I may bear them with patience and resignation. Let thy holy Spirit direct and support me under every trial, and enable me so to walk in thy faith and fear, that I may at last be received into thy heavenly kingdom; through the merits and me. diation of thy Son Jesus Christ, our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.
Almighty and most merciful Father, who lovest those whom thou punishest, and turnest away thy anger from the penitent, look down with pity upon my sorrows, and grant that the affliction which it has pleased thee to bring upon me may awaken my conscience, enforce my resolutions of a better life, and impress upon me such conviction of thy power and goodness, that I may place in thee my only felicity, and endeavour to please thee in all my thoughts, words, and actions. Grant O Lord, that I may not languish in fruitless and unavailing sorrow, but that I may consider from whose hand all good and evil is received, and may remember that I am punished for my sins, and hope for comfort only by repentance. Grant, O merciful God, that by the assistance of thy Holy Spirit I may repent and be comforted; obtain that peace which the world cannot give ; pass the residue of my life in humble resignation and chearful obedience; and when it shall please thee to call me from this mortal state, resign myself into thy hands with faith and confidence; and finally obtain mercy and everlasting happiness; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
By the same.
O Lord, our heavenly Father, without whom all purposes are frustrate, all efforts are vain, grant me the assistance of thy Holy Spirit, that I may not sorrow as one without hope, but may now return to the duties of my present state, with humble confidence in thy protection; and so govern my thoughts and actions, that neither business may withdraw my mind from thee, nor
idleness lay me open to vain imaginations; that neither praise may fill me with pride, nor censure with discontent ; but that in the changes of this life I may fix my heart upon the reward which thou hast promised to them that serve thee, and that whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever are pure, whatever are lovely, whatever are of good report, wherein there is virtue, wherein there is praise, I may think upon and do, and obtain mercy and everlasting happiness. Grant this, O Lord, for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Almighty God, my creator and my judge, who givest life, and takest it away, enable me to return sincere and humble thanks for
late deliverance from imminent death. So govern my future life by thy holy spirit, that every day which thou shalt permit to pass over me may be spent in thy service, and leave me less tainted with wickedness, and more submissive to thy will. Enable me, O Lord, to glorify thee for