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frailty of our nature, and therefore be pleased to comfort him in this bed of sickness ; establish him with the light of thy countenance; and grant that no repining thoughts may increase his illness, or discompose his duty towards thee, or his neighbour: but enable him to think wherein he hath offended thee, and carefully to amend his errors; to set his affections on things above, and not on things below, and to lay up for himself treasures in heaven, even the treasures of a good life, which no disasters or calamities shall ever be able to take from him. Grant this, O heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. A Prayer for a Person who by any calamitous Dis
aster hath broken any of his Bones, or is very much bruised and hurt in his Body.
(From Mr. Jenks.) O Lord, the only disposer of all events, thou hast taught us that “affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground;" but that the disasters which befall us are by thy appointment. Thou art just in all thou bringest upon us: and though thy “judgments are far above out of our sight,” yet we know “that they are right, and that it is in very faithfulness thou causest us to be afflicted.” “Why then should a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?" Let these considerations prevail with thy servants to submit to thy dispensations. Make him resolve to bear the effects of thy displeasure, and to consider it as the just desert of his sins. O Lord, give him patience, and strength, and grace, proportionable to this great trial; and enable him so to conduct himself under it,
that after the affliction is removed he may find cause to say, “it was good for him to be afflicted.” Thou that hast torn and smitten, thou art able to heal and to comfort. Be pleased to remember him in this his low estate. Cause him to “search and try his ways, and turn to thee, and bring forth fruits meet for repentance.” We know, O Lord, thou canst raise him
from the deepest affliction : 0, let it be thy gracious will to glorify thy power and mercy in his recovery; or, however thou shalt think fit to dispose of this “ vile body,” grant him, O God, a mind entirely resigned to thy will, and satisfied with thy dispensations. O, make this calamity the messenger of thy love to his soul, and the happy means of his conversion; through Jesus Christ. Amen.
A Prayer for a Person that is aflicted with grievous
Pains of his Body.
(From Mr. Jenks.) O Lord, thou art a merciful God, and dost not willing afflict the children of men; but when necessity requires, thou chastisest us for our profit, that we may be partakers of thy holiness. Remove, we beseech thee, this affliction from thy servant, or enable him to bear what thou art pleased to lay upon him. Lord, all his desire is before thee, and his groaning is not hid from thee. Regard his affliction when thou hearest his cry. Enter not into judgment with him, nor deal with him according to his sins, but according to thy mercy in Jesus Christ. O gracious Father, sanctify to him what thou hast laid upon him, that his present affliction may work out for him an eternal
weight of glory. Support him under his pains till it shall please thee to grant him ease and comfort. And, however thou shalt deal with him, let him not repine at thy correction, nor sin in charging thee foolishly. Make him sensible that thou doest nothing but what is wise and just; nothing but what thy servant shall one day have cause to bless and praise thee for doing. And let this consideration teach him to glorify thee in the time of his visitation, by an humble submission to thy will, and a sincere reformation under thy providential dispensations; that thou mayest visit him in mercy and love, show him the joy of thy salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for One who is troubled with acute Pains
of the Gout, Stone, Colic, or any other bodily Distemper.
(From Mr. Spinkes.) O BLESSED God, just and holy, who dost not willingly afflict the children of men ; withhold not, we beseech thee, thy assistance from this thy servant in the extremity of his pain. His sorrows are increased, and his soul is full of trouble. He has none to flee unto for the ease and mitigation of his agonies, but to thee, O Lord. He freely owns that his sufferings are infinitely less than he has deserved; yet, since they pierce deep, and are become almost too heavy for him to bear, we presume to call upon thee for aid; and to entreat thee not to punish him according to his deserts. “ For if thou shouldest be extreme to mark what is done amiss, O Lord, who may abide it?" Spare him therefore for thy mercy's sake; and correct him “not in thine anger, lest thou bring him to
nothing.” Endue him with that patience which may enable him cheerfully to submit to thy chastisement; and grant him an unfeigned repentance for all his sins. Comfort his soul, which melteth away for very heaviness, and let thy loving mercy come unto him. Sanctify this thy fatherly correction to him, that it may be for thy glory and his advantage. And when thy gracious ends in afflicting him shall be accomplished, which we know are not for “thy pleasure," but for his profit, give him, we beseech thee, a fresh occasion to rejoice in thy saving health ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for a Person in the Small Por, or any
such like raging infectious Disease. O GRACIOUS and merciful Father, the only giver of health, look down, we beseech thee, with an eye of compassion upon thy miserable and disconsolate servant, from whom thou hast taken this great and valuable blessing; and, instead of it, hast filled every part of his body with a sore disease.
Teach him, O Lord, and teach us all from hence to consider how soon the beauty of life is blasted like a flower, and our “strength dried up like a po sherd,” that we may not put our trust in any of these transitory things, but in thee only, the living God, who art able to save and to destroy, to kill and to make alive.
Our brother, whom we now behold a spectacle of misery, was lately, like one of us, in perfect health. But now “thou makest his beauty to consume away, as it were a moth fretting a garment. Thine arrows
stick fast in him, and thy hand presseth him sore; so that there is no soundness in his flesh, because of thine anger ; neither is there any rest in his bones by reason of his sin.
“O reject him not utterly, but take thy plague away from him. Return, O Lord, and that speedily, for his spirit faileth. O leave him not in his distress; for though the world may forsake him, his sure trust is in thee. To thee, O Lord, does he cry; to thee doth he stretch forth his hands; his soul thirsteth after thee as a barren and dry land. Lord, all his desire is before thee, and his groaning is not hid from thee. Comfort him therefore again now after the time that thou hast afflicted him, and for the days wherein he hath suffered adversity.” Put a stop, O Lord, we beseech thee, to this
raging infection, and say to the destroying angel, “ It is enough.” Protect us under the shadow of thy wings, that we may not “be afraid of any terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the sickness that destroyeth in the noonday;" but that, with ease in our minds and health in our bodies, we may serve thee cheerfully all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for a Person in a Consumption, or any
(From Mr. Jenks.) O MERCIFUL God, thou hast long kept thy servant under thy chastening hand; thou hast made him acquainted with grief; and his sickness is even be