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enough, entertaining all the world with thy greatness and goodness, inflaming all hearts with thy love, and proroking
them to praise thee, to bless thee, and to glorify thee; that I may one day mingle my praises with those of thy elect, translated to the mansions of eternal bliss, through Jesus Christ, our Lord and saviour. Amen. A Prayer to be used on fasting Days, and during the forty
Days in Lent. O con, the Father, who didst send thy beloved Son into this world, for the sake of all mankind, and in human nature didst appoint him to fast forty days and forty nights; give me grace to use such abstinence, that, my flesh being subdued to the spirit, I may ever obey thy godly motions, in righteousness and true holiness, to thy honour and glory, and the salvation of my own soul
, through the merits and mediation of the same thy son Jesus Christ, who, with thee and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth one God, world without end. Amen.
A Prayer for true Mortification. ALMIGHTY God, who madest thy beloved Son to be circumcised and obedient to the law for man; grant ine the true circumcision of the spirit, that, my heart and all my members being mortified from all worldly and fleshly lusts, I may in all things obey thy blessed will, through the same thy son Jesus Christ, our mediator and advocate. Amen.
A Prayer for Repentance. O Most mighty God, and merciful Fatber, who hast compassion upon all men, and hatest nothing that thou hast made; who wouldest not the death of a sinner, but rather that he should turn from his sin, and be saved ; mercifully forgive me my trespasses ; receive and comfort me, whom thou hast redeemed; enter not into judgment with thy servant, who am vile earth, and a miserable sinner: but so turn thine anger from me, who meekly acknowledge my vileness, and truly repent me of my faults, and so make haste to help me in this world, that I may ever live with thee in the world to come, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
with all men,
A Prayer for Assistance of Grace. O God, the strength of all them that put their trust in thee, mercifully accept my prayers; and because, through the weakness of my mortal nature, I can do no good thing without thee, grant me the help of thy grace, that, in keeping thy commandments, I may please thee both in will and deed, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer against inordinate Anger. O God, give to thy servant a meek and gentle spirit, that I may always be slow to anger, and easy to help and forgive; grant that I may not be moved to intemperate wrath on every trifling occasion; preserve me from a peevish and contentious spirit, and suffer me not so far to give place to the devil, as to bear hatred and malice in
my heart; and grant that I may
peace being meek, humble, and merciful, bearing with the infimities of others, and forgiving their offences, as I desire 10 be forgiven of thee, through the merits of our blessed saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
A Prayer under Losses in our Goods and Estates.
ALMIGHTY. God, the creator and preserver of all mankind, the world is thine, and the fulness thereof. Teach me to be content as well when I am abased and suffer need, as when I abound: for, as it will profit a man nothing to gain the whole world and lose his soul; so all the losses in the world cannot undo him, whose soul is safe in thy hand. Let me not grieve, therefore, as if I were undone, for what I have lost; but incline my heart to commit myself cheerfully unto thee, as knowing that I have in heaven a better and an enduring substance of good things to come. And, seeing how little any thing is to be confided in here on earth, grant that I may look less on temporal things ; and so provide for the good of my soul, and be so rich toward God, thai, when all here shall fail me, thou mayest be the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever; all which I humbly pray for, through Jesus Christ. Ainen.
A Prayer in Prosperity. ALMIGHTY and most gracious God, who makest me to abound and to be full of thy good things, and surroundest me on every side with thy mercies, I acknowledge, bless, and praise thee for all thy special favours toward me; but whereas I know not what shall be on the morrow, nor how soon the sun may be bid from my eyes, I must not say in my prosperity, I shall never be moved. Grant that in the time of health, and peace, and prosperity, I may reinember and provide for the time of trouble, sickness, and death, when the enjoyments of this world will be so far from being able to support and relieve me, that they will
Give me grace also not to abuse the good things of tins world, but always to use them in humility, sobriety, and thy holy fear: and make me willing, as thou hast made me able, to refresh the bowels of such as want what I do enjoy; and as freely give, as I have received; that riches may not be kept to my hurt; but as I have opportunity, enlarge my heart to do good unto all. If thou, O Lord, shouldst make me poor, or send me any other affliction, give me therewith a resigned and contented heart, that I may praise thy name always: and grant that whatever I here enjoy may never draw my heart from my duty, but that all my plenty may be blessed and secured to me with the fulness of thy grace; that so, being rich in good works, my soul may prosper, and be well in thy blessed favour, and made glad with thy saving mercy, and thy good acceptance of me, in and through the merits of thy son, our saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen. A Prayer to be said by such as are poor and low in the
World. O God, I believe that for just and wise reasons thou hast allotted to mankind very different states and circumstances of life; and that all the temporal evils, which have at any time happened unto me, are designed by thee for my benefit: therefore, though thou hast thought fit to place me in a mean condition, to deprive me of many conveniencies
of life, and to exercise me in a state of poverty; yet thou hast hitherto preserved and supported me by thy good providence, and blessed me with advantages above many others, who labour under great troubles. And, O merciful Father, if thou seest fit, bless me with such a portion of the comforts and conveniencies of life, that thereby I may be enabled to go on more cheerfully in my station, to serve thee better, to love thee more and more, and to admire more thy wonderful bounty and lovingkindness : grant me health and strength, and abilities suited to my circumstances, that I may honestly provide for myself; support me, that I fall not into extreme want; lay not more upon me than thou shalt enable me to bear with patience; and supply the want of worldly blessings, by the comfort and support of thy good spirit whereby I may be made perfect in every good work, becomie rich in faith, and an heir of thy kingdom. Grant, O Lord, that I may exercise all those christian graces and duties, which my present circumstances call for from me: let the sharpness of temporal wants put me upon considering what misery must attend the loss of my soul: let a sense of my poverty stir up eager
desires after the true riches; and the less I have of this world, the more careful let me be to provide for the next, and to seek an inheritance incorruptible, and that fadeth not away; and let bodily hardships convince me of the great evil of spiritual wants. Inspire me with diligence and industry in my calling; and, when I have done my endeavour, make me to cast all my care on thee; that neither the contempt which vain persons wrongfully cast on poverty, nor any evil which I may endure, may tempt me to any dishonest ways of living; but let me choose rather to be poor than wicked, and to want any thing rather than thy blessing. For which end, clothe me with a meek, quiet, and humble spirit, and a thorough contentedness in my present circumstances; that I may neither dare to repine at my own condition, nor envy the prosperity of others. Raise up my heart to look unto Jesus, who, to reconcile man to a state of poverty, chose to be born and live in a mean condition, enduring hunger, thirst, and cold, and not having where to
lay his head: that by his example I may be encouraged to contemn the world; and through faith and patience having finished the race thou hast set before me, I may be received into the joy of my Lord, for the sake of thy blessed son Jesus Christ, our saviour and redeemer. Amen. A Prayer under any Injuries, Abuses, or Provocations.
O God, whose beloved Son was evil-entreated, tempted, reviled, spit upon, mocked, and persecuted even unto dcath; and his blessed disciples had also trials of cruel mockings and scourgings, and of severe bonds and imprisonment; what then am I, that I should exepect to escape the injuries, abuses, and provocations of this world: therefore, Lord, such as my folly and miscarriage have made to be my enemies, incline my heart to peace, and enable me to appease, and to gain them to my friendship; and such as hate me wrongfully, pardon their sin, open their eyes, purify their minds, and convert their hearts unto thee; that they may see their fault, be reconciled to thee, O God, and then live, as much as in them lieth, in peace with all men, that we may at last live together in heaven: and for this end mortify, I beseech thee, in all of us, the carnal mind, which is at enmity against thee, and all those iusts that war in our members, from which wars and fightings arise ; and unite us all against the common enemy of our souls; to join all our hearts to thee, in thy true fear and love, that we may not meditate revenge,
but study to be quiet: and this I humbly pray in the name of that great pattern of meekness, thy son, our Lord and saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.
A Prayer for our Persecutors. O God, whose nature and property is always to have mercy and to forgive, show mercy, I most humbly beseech thee, to all those that persecutë me, though they show neither justice nor mercy toward me: pity their ignorance
, remove those prejudices that blind their eyes, sweeten and soften their spirits, that they may no longer be carried away with malice and bitter passions ; but die