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laxation from my pain, and a happy conclusion of this long visitation. In the mean time, grant that I may neither despise thy chastening, nor faint under thy rebukes, but employ the time which thou lendest, and improve the affliction which thou continuest, as a gracious opportunity for my spiritual advantage; that, under the decays of the body the inner man may be renewed day by day; and that whatever appertains to my everlasting salvation may be promoted and perfected, through the riches of thy grace and the multitude of thy mercies, in Jesus Christ. Amen.
Almighty God, merciful Father, whose providence is over all thy works, look down with pity upon the diseases of my body, and the perturbations of my mind. Give thy blessing, O Lord, to the means which I shall use for my relief, and restore ease to my body, and quiet to my thoughts. Let not my remaining life be made useless by infirmities; neither let health, if thou shalt grant it, be employed by me in disobedience to thy laws; but give me such a sense of my pains as may humble me before thee, and such remembrance of thy mercy, as may pro
duce honest industry and holy confidence. And, O Lord, whether thou ordainest my days to be passed in ease or anguish, take not from me thy Holy Spirit, but grant that I may attain everJasting life; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God, wonderful both in thy mercies and judgments, grant that the sense of thy servant's present afflictions may not cause him to forget thy former mercies which thou hast bestowed upon O therefore let the remembrance of those many and great blessings he hath so long enjoyed at thy hands be now the proper motives and incentives to the virtues of patience and humility; causing him chearfully to resign himself to thy blessed will, under all the dispensations of thy providence, though ever so hard; and patiently to wait for the return of thy lovingkindness in Jesus, which is better than life Amen.
O Lord, bless, keep, and defend this thy servant with thy heavenly grace and benediction, that he may continue thine for ever, and daily increase in thy holy Spirit more and more, until he comes to thy everlasting kingdom. Let thy mighty hand and outstretched arm, O Lord, be ever his defence; thy mercy and lovingkindness in Jesus Christ, thy dear Son, his salvation; thy true and holy word his instruction; thy grace and holy Spirit his comfort and consolation; both now and at the hour of death. Amen.
Look down, O Lord, we humbly beseech thee, with an eye of compassion on thy poor distressed servant, who hath so long laboured under this heavy affliction; and as the outward man is decayed and brought low by the tediousness of his distempers, do thou be pleased to support him in the inner man by the gracious assistance of thy holy Spirit. Give him unfeigned repentance for all the errors of his past life, and steadfast re
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 affliction, 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