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and prove a happy Means to reclaim me perfectly from all the Sins which I have formerly committed, not to occasion my committing more ; and to confer that Reit and Peace upon my Soul, which is now denied to my Body. All which I humbly beg for our dear Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ's Sake. Amen.
II. Thou smitest me, O gracious Lord, that thou mayest cure me, and punilheft me, that thou mayest amend and reclaim me. My Sins justly deserved these Sorrows; and I know assuredly, thou wilt bring infinitely worse upon me, unless I prevent the same by a timely and true Repentance.
Help me, therefore, O my God, to fearch out my Sins, and to discover every accursed Thing; and when I see them, let me entirely renounce them all. Let thy Love cause me to hate every evil Way, and make my Resolutions against Sin honest and fincere, and my Care to fulfil the same vigilant and patient. If thou shalt be pleased to continue me any longer in this World, grant that all the Remainder of my Days may be one continued Course of reforming my past Errors, and of devoting myself entirely to thy Service.
Lord, cure my Folly by this my Misery, and teach me, by the Loss of my bodily Ease, to purchase the Blessing of true Repentance, and the comfortable Hopes of thy merciful Acceptance thereof, through the Merits of our dear Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
Our Father, &c.
“ To make his Confessions and other “ Acts of Repentance with great Surenes “ and Satisfaction to himself, the fick " Perfon must first discover his Sins, by
examining himself, and trying his Ways by God's Commandments, and enquir
ing into the State of his Soul, to see * whether he is already safe within the " Terms of Pardon, or what he wants to “ make him so. This is a Work for all “ Men at all Times, who would live with
Safety or die with Peace; but especially “ for Sick and dying Persons, who not
only ought, but also more commonly
are wont to make it their earnest Desire " and Care ; and in their Performance of “ this important Duty of Self-Examina
tion, they will find Asistance in the Office “ for Humiliation.”
A Prayer for Trust in Gal in Sickness.
O Almighty God, our only Help.in Time
of Trouble, look with Pity and Compaffion upon me, now under thy afflicting Hand. Be thou my Stay and Confidence under all my Sorrows and AMi&tions, and suffer me not to sink under the Weight of them, through my Dejections, or Faintness of Spirit.
Give me fuch an entire Trust and Confidence in thy Mercy, through the Merits of my dear Redeemer, that I may cast all my
Care upon thee, and with Chearfulnets commit myself into thy Hands, assuredly believing that all Things shall work together for Good to them that love thee: And, O Lord, grant that I
be found such an one, as through thy great Mercy, may be entitled to the Benefit of thy gracious Promises. Make me willing and ready to yield to thy Wisdom, and to prefer thy Will before my own; to be contented to bear what thou pleafest, and to be eased of my Burden in thy Time, which is always beft. But, O Lord, however thou art pleased to deal with my Body, yet spare my Soul, I befeech thee, and
deliver it from the bitter Pains of eternal Death. O take me not out of this World, till thou art reconciled unto me, and hast fitted me in some Measure for thy heavenly Kingdom. Grant, O Lord, that whether I live, I may live unto thee; or whether I die, I may die unto thee; so that living and dying Í may be thine, through Jesus Christ my ever blessed Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.
for fick or dying Persons for trusting God with their Wives and Children. 1. O Lord, if thou seeft fit to call me to
thyself by this Sickness, let my dear Wife and Children, and all who, under thee, depend on me, betake themselves to thee.
I humbly beg leave to commend them to thy Mercy; for I know thou art the Helper of the Friendless, the Father of the Fatherless, and the Husband of the Widow; and therefore my Heart is at Ease, when I consider that I leave them in thy Hands, where they are infinitely safer, and will be : infinitely happier, than ever they could be
in mine, or in any other but in thine. And I beg that they may ever have thy good Providence for their Support and. Stay in
this World, and thy Peace and Love in that which is to come. Amen. ; II. When I am gone, O my dear God, let not those I leave behind me be destitute of thy Care; but as thou art their Father, be thou graciously pleased to provide for all their Wants, and protect them from all Wrongs. Supply them, by thy kind Providence, with whatever they shall want of outward Helps.
Enable them, O Lord, evermore to place their Love and Delight in thee, to fix their Truft and Confidence in thy Mercy, and to submit to all thy Dispensations concerning them ; for then I know, that though they should have none to counsel them, where they are unskilled ; nor to right them, where they may be wronged; yet thy Spirit will be their Guide, and thy Blessing will make up all. Oh! that thy Will and Honour may always be their Care, that fo their Needs and Welfare may be always thine : Keep them from doing any Thing that may forfeit thy fatherly Care and good Providence, and train them up, good Lord, stedfastly in thy Fear; that being preserved from all the Evils and Temptations of this World, they may at last be brought in Safety to the un