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make the most acute and judicious quickly become as fools : and the ablest and strongest, weak and insensible; O look down, we beseech thee, upon thy servant, who now lies in such a weak and in. sensible condition.
The less able he is to assist himself, the more need hath he of our prayers, and of thy tender mercy to him. O thou great Creator of the world, who broughtest light out of darkness, and madest all things out of nothing, and canst restore our dead bodies again after they are mouldered into dust, be pleased to repel the clouds of darkness which now have taken away the light of our brother's understanding, and rendered him a companion for the dead.
Quicken him again, O Lord, and restore him to his former senses, that his soul may bless and praise thy holy name.
Hear our petitions, O Lord, and receive our prayers for our brother, that this image of death may not be converted into death itself, but that he may live to proclaim thy power, and to celebrate thy praises longer upon earth.
But if it be thy will to remove him hence in this insensible condition, o pardon, we beseech thee, all his offences, and accept of the preparation and repentance that he was able to make before the dis. temper prevailed upon him in so deadly a manner. Receive him, O Lord, into the arms of thy mercy, and accept him, for thy well-beloved Son's sake; that so this short night may quickly be turned into everlasting day; and, after these dark shadows are removed, he may find himself in a heaven of happiness, where, “ in thy light he may see light" for ever. Amen. A prayer for one who hath been a notoriously
wicked liver. O LORD God, of infinite goodness and compassion, whose mercies are over all thy works; who makest the sun to shine, and the rain to descend. upon the “unjust” as well as the “just," and art kind even to the most unthankful; we humbly beseech thee to look down in mercy upon this thy unworthy servant. who hath so long “tranapled
upon the riches of thy goodness, not knowing that it should lead to repentance."
Let thy rod, therefore, awaken him now to a sense of his condition, whom thy goodness hath not reclaimed, and let him still find mercy at thy hands, notwithstanding his continual abuse of it.
Thou hast promised, O Lord, that, “ when the is wicked man turneth away from his wickedness in which he hath committed, and doeth that which is
lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.” O make good this thy promise to thy servant here, who stands in so much need of it.
“ Hide thy face from his sins, and blot out all his iniquities :" though they be “red as scarlet,” yet do thou make them " white as snow," by repentance, which we beg of thee to give him, and to accept, though late, through thine infinite mercies.
Simon Magus, though in the “ gall of bitterness, and the bond of iniquity," was exhorted to repent, and to pray for pardon: and therefore we hope the gate of life is still open for our brother though he hath so long shut himself out of it, by going on in a course that leadeth to the chambers of death."
Blessed Lord, let thy terrors at length awaken him out of this lethargical condition, before he is overtaken by thy judgments. AMict him here. that thou mayest spare him hereafter. Soften his heart, that he may bewail his ill-spent life, like Mary Magdalen, with tears of contrition.
O'quicken him to a sense of his duty, and of his danger, before it be too late : and when thou hast brought him to his right mind, receive him, we beseech thee, as the compassionate father did his prodigal son, or the shepherd his lost sheep.
Thou, O Lord, who didst pardon the thief upon the cross, hear our prayers for our brother, in these his great, and, for any thing we know, his last
And, as the fore-mentioned instances are lively significations of thine unbounded goodness, and written for our comfort and instruction, that 'none should despair of pardon; so with the greatest confidence we now recommend this our distressed brother to thy divine protection, beseeching thee to
forgive all that is past, and to receive him at last into thine “ everlasting habitation.” Amen.
A prayer for one who is hardened and impenitent.
LORD God Almighty, who art the “ Father of our spirits,” and who “turnest the hearts of men as thou pleasest; who hast mercy on whom thou wilt have mercy, and whom thou wilt thou hardenest;" let thy merciful ears be open, we pray thee, to the supplications which we now offer to thy Divine Majesty, in the behalf of this thy servant, who appears insensible of his sin and folly, and on whom all means to lead him to repentance have hitherto seemed vain and ineffectual. Take from him, we humbly entreat thee, all ignorance and hardness of heart : remove froin him all prejudice against, and contempt of, thy sacred word and ministry; let him no longer “ make a mock of sin,” but be sensible that the wisdom he has hitherto gloried in, is the greatest and most dangerous folly. Open thou his eyes, that he may see the wonderful things of thy law.” Show thy mercy upon him, and grant him thy salvation. Convince him of the vanity and madness, as well as danger, of his past ways.
His understanding we fear is now darkened, and his heart hardened through the deceitfulnes of sin: 0, do thou enlighten his dark mind, and let him at last see the beauties of holiness, which have so long been hidden from his eyes. Take from him this“ stony heart, and give him a heart of flesh." Awaken his słumbering and inattentive soul, t) at it may delight in things agreeable to its nature, and be employed in things that make for its everlasting peace. O give him understanding, and he shall yet live. Thou that canst revive souls which are dead in sin and trespasses, and make even such as lie in the grave of corruption become glorious saints and even martyrs for religion, hear our prayers for our brother, who seems to be on the brink of de. struction; and pity poor sinners that have not pity on themselves.
It is the unhappiness of being long accustomed to sin, that we are not soon made sensible of our er. rore,nor easily made to know them. It is the pride of our nature to be unwilling to acknowledge our faults, and to confess our sins: but let thy grace, O God, teach us to deny this ungodly lust. Do thou humble in us all high and vain imaginations ; suppress all proud thoughts and haughty opinions of ourselves. Give us all (and particularly thy servant, for whom we are now interceding) a sense of our own vileness; give us unfreigned repentance for all the errors of our life past; that, being cast down, thou mayest raise us up, and become merciful to us, miserable sinners..
Let us all find, by blessed experience, that “ we grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ ;' and that his commandments” are not“ grievous” to us, but rather the delight and desire of our souls ; that so at last we may be presented to him “holy and unblamable, and unre. provable in his sight." Amen.
A prayer for a sick woman that is with child. O God, the help of all that put their trust in thee, the support of the weak, and the relief of the needy ; look with pity upon this woman thy servant, who at best acknowledgeth herself but a weak and helpless creature, but much more so now in her present condition, when thou hast-add. ed weakness to weakness, and made her to travail with much sickness, together with the burden of child-bearing.
O Lord, be thou graciously pleased to proportion thy strength to her weakness, and as pains and sorrow take hold upon her, inspire her with fresh vigour and courage to rely upon thee, her only support in time of need, and the rock of her salvation.
Let her not be disquieted with the fear of any evil, since none can happen unto her without thy permission; but give her grace, patiently to resign herself to thy blessed will in all things, who knowest what is best for her, and wilt lay no more upon her, we trust, than thou wilt enable her to bear.
Bring strength, O Lord, out of weakness, and health out of sickness; and make her, in thy good time, a joyful mother of a hopeful child, which may do good in its generation, and be an instrument of thy glory here, and a blessed inhabitant of thy heavenly kingdom hereafter. Amen.
A prayer for a woman in the time of her travail.
(From Bishop Patrick.) O MOST mighty Lord, who hast given us innu ar merable pledges of thy love, and encouraged us to th trust in thee for ever, and to expect with quiet and patient minds the issue of thy wise and good provj. dence; we most humbly commend thy servant, in this her extremity, to thy care and blessing ; be. seeching thee to give her a gracious deliverance, ng and to ease her of the burden wherewith she labours. We ourselves are monuments of that mercy which ра we beg of thee. Thou didst preserve our weak and imperfect frame, before we were born. Thou hast succoured and supported us ever since, many fro times beyond our hopes, and always beyond our deservings. We commit ourselves and every thing 1 bles belonging unto us, most heartily into thy hands; bro remembering that thou hast the same power and to be goodness still, by which we came into the light of imar the living. We cannot desire to be better provided for, than as thy infinite wisdom judgeth most conve. nient for us; unto that we refer ourselves, be deli seeching thee, if it be thy good pleasure, that her deliverance may be as speedy as her cries unto LOI thee; or her patience as great and long as her
and pains. Thou who ripenest the fruits of the earth, ser and then givest us the gathering of them to our | why comfort, blast not, we beseech thee, the fruit of the womb; but bring it to maturity, and deliver it safe exp into thy servant's hand as a pledge of thy goodness to her, to be an instrument of thy glory, and a future comfort and blessing to thy servant, who travails Sup in so much pain with it now. Or if thou hast otherwise determined, Lord, give her grace to submit her to thy holy will, and to rest satisfied in thy wise appointments, and never to distrust thy goodness. and care over her. Hear us, O Father of mercies, and pardon hers and all our offences, and pity our infirmities : make us more thankful for what we have received, and more fit for the blessing which we now request ; and prepare us for all thy future mercies, either in this life, or in the next, through thy infinite love and compassion deelared to us, in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
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