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148 A Prayer to be used under Afliktion. thy service in this world, and to reign with thee in glory in the world to come.
I acknowledge the justice of thy fentence, whenthou faidžunto the woman, I will great ly multiply thy sorrow in conception, in forrow shalt thou bring forth children: strengthen me therefore, and enable me to go thro' all the pains and uneasiness of child-bearing with patience and submission to thy will; confidering that they are the just punishment of sin: give me än humble trust and dependence on thy fatherly care and good providence; and makeme, in thy good time, a joyful mother of a hopeful child, which may liveto be an instrument of thy glory, and by serving thee faithfully, and doing good in its generation, may be received into the mansions of eternal bliss, thro' Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. A prayer to be used by a person under affliction. God of all mercy, and father of all com
fort, support me under the troubles thou hast most righteously laid upon me. I confefs that mine iniquities are many, and that my fins have deserved more grievous punishments than I now suffer under thy justice, which leaves none of the events of this life to chance oruncertainty, but disposes of all things, bythy
A Prayer for one troubled in mind. 149 good providence, for the benefit of thy creatures. Therefore extend thy mercy, and have pity upon me; and considering the infirmities
my nature, deal with me, not according to my sins; but after thine own great mercy, pardon all my sins, and after thou hast brought me to a true sense of my own unworthiness, and to a sincere repentance, restore me to thy love, peace and favour.
But if for reasons, best known to thy infinite wisdom, thou shalt see fit to continue my present troubles, thy blessed will be done, beseeching theeonly to enable me patiently to bear, and contentedly to submit to the dispensations of thy good providence, how contrary soever to flesh and blood, and to direct me to use all proper and honest means to bring them to an end, without murmuring and repining; all which I moft humbly request, through the merits, and in the name of Jesus Christ, my dear redeemer, who, in his own flesh, bore my infirmities, and all my sorrows. Amen. : A prayer to be used by a person troubled in mind. Blessed Lord, the father of mercies, and
the God of all comfort, look down, I. h humbly beseech theę, with pity and compaffion upon a miserable creature, under great
sorrow and dejection of mind. Thou of thy justice and wisdom doft write bitter things against me: thy wrath lies hard upon me, and my soul is brought low, even unto the duft: confess with hearty sorrow, that my fins are many and very great; but greater is thy mercy to penitent sinners. I confess my sins have deserved much more grievous punishments than I feel; but shouldīt thou be extreme to mark what I have done amiss, I shall not be able to abide it. Great is the malice of the power of darkness, and great is my own weakness; but much greater is thy power and goodness o then! give me a right understanding of myself, and of thy threats and promises, that I who travail and am heavy laden with my sins, may, at thy call, come unto thee only for succour, and put my whole trust always in thee. Oreceive me, and relieve me, and revive me, take pity upon my sorrowful soul; shut not up thy tender mercies in difpleasure, but make me hear of joy and gladness, that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Break not the bruised reed, and quench not the smoaking fax. Deliver me from the fear of the enemy, and lift up the light of thy countenance upon me, and give me peace of conscience, and joy in the holy ghost.
Make me to wait with patience, for thy good appointed time, to comfort me, and make me know assuredly, that it is good for me that I have been in trouble. In the mean time, O Lord, give me the shield of faith, whereby I may be able to quench all the fiery darts of the devil; that, trusting in thee, and in thy promises, I may at last be more than conqueror, looking unto Jesus, the great captain of my salvation. Therefore when my fears press hard upon me, I will hope in thy mercy, and put my trust and confidence in thee. For which end therefore I humbly pray thee to infuse thy grace
into my heart; purify my soul; dispel those black irregular thoughts and apprehensions, which terrify and discompose my mind; and be thou my mighty defence
in all my wants and distresses, and my ready helper in this time of need. To thee, therefore, who art able to keep me from falling, and to present me faultless before the presence of thy glory, with exceeding joy, be ascribed all honour, glory,
might, majesty and dominion, both now and - for dyer, 1 Amen.
A prayer for all states and conditions of men.
kind, I humbly beseech thee to receive these my prayers which I offer unto thy divine
majesty, for all forts and conditions of men, that thou wouldnt be pleased to make thy ways known unto them, thy faving health unto all nations More especially I pray that thou wilt inspire-the-015 niversal church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord, that all who profess and call themselves christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally, I most humbly beseech thee of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succour all them who in this transitory life are in trouble, forrow, need, sickness, or under any other affliction or distress, in mind, body,or estate; that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them according to their several necessities, giving them patience unto their sufferings, and a happy iffure out of all their afflictions; and this I beg for Jesus Christ's lake. Amen.
A Thanksgiving Almighty God, father of all mercies, I thy an,
worthy fervant do give thee moft humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving-kindness to me and to all mankind. I bless thee for my creation, preservation, and all the blesings of this life; and for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear; beseeching thee to give me grace la to follow their good example, that with them I may be partaker of thy kingdom; but above all, I bless thee for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for theihope of glory. And I beseech