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Example of Jesus Christ, who went about doing Good, for whose Sake I beseech thee to hear me.
A Prayer for a Person engaged in a Law.
Suit, or like to be fo.
O Thou Sovereign Lord and Governor
of the World, to thee all Judgment belongs, and to thee I submit myself
, in the Caufe wherein I am slikely to be] engaged. I have endeavoured, according to the best of my Power and Skill, faithfully. to examine and confider the Justice of my Cause, before I durst lay it at thy Tribunal: Convince me, O Lord, if I am under any Mistake; direct and aflift me under all the Difficulties and Incumbrances, which I am like to meet with; and in thy good Time, put a happy and peaceable End to the Bu. siness which I am about to undertake, or] have undertaken.
To which End, give me that Wisdom from above, which is peaceable, gentle, and caly to be entreated; that nothing may
be wanting, on my Part, to bring this Matter to à speedy and friendly Conclufion; and dispose the Heart of my contending Brother to the like peaceable Inclination: Teach
us to lay aside all Fonduefs and Partiality, and enable us continually to practise that Christian and equitable Law, of doing as we would be done by.
But if this Matter be too hard for us, and if it be thy good Pleasure that I shall be engaged in a Law-Suit ; [or, since it is thy good Pleasure, that I am engaged in Law] grant me the Help of thy Grace, that I may contend for Right more than Victory; that nothing may be done through Malice, Strife, Pride, or Vain-Glory; that no Profit or Advantage whatsoever may prevail, upon me to transgress the Laws of Justice and Charity; nor any illegal Practice or hard Usage which I may meet with from my Adversary, ever provoke me to the like Injuftice, or to any unchristian Behaviour towards him ; but that during the whole Course of Law, I may preserve a friendly, peaceable, and equitable Temper of Spirit; submitting the Event to thy Fatherly Wisdom and Disposition, who knowest what is most necessary and convenient
And, I beseech thee to keep me constantly under such a Sense of thy All-feeing Providence, and such a Dread of thy Justice, that I may never offer, the least Wrong or
Injury to any Man; but, on the contrary, make me willing and ready, (according to thy Command) to suffer fome Injuries, rather than expose myself and Neighbour to those Evils and Temptations which we may be liable to in procuring a legal Satisfaction; especially, let me never dare to commit any Fraud or Oppression, under the Colour or Pretence of Law; nor venture to support myself in the most just Cause, by any unlawful Means. Make me prudently to consider, that whatever Injuries may happen to me, by the Fraud or Injustice of Man, are by thy Permission; as a Trial of my Patience, or a Correction of my Offences, or for some other wise and good End of thy Providence; and that thou, who art the Sovereign Disposer of all Things, caust, and I hope wilt, make
whatever Loss shall befal me, when it hath effected the Ends for which thou waft pleased to inflict it; that so in the mean Time I
may be patient and submissive to thy Will, considering that thou hast an absolute Right to all that I possess.
I beseech thee, also, let the Remembrance of thy Mercies and Forgiveness towards me fill my Heart with such a Christian Love, 7'd Compassion, that I may never contend
ny Neighbour, to gratify my own Nature, nor take Delight in his But let the Sense of what thou
suffered for me, bapith all efires from my Soul, and excite a Compassion towards thy distressed umbers; for thy Sake, forgiving my Fellow-Servants, as I hope myself to be forgiven, when thou shalt come to judge the Quick and the Dead. Grant this, O merciful Father, for Jesus Christ's Sake, our only Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.
A Prayer for one that deliberates about
O God, the Creator and Preserver of
Mankind, who hast instituted the holy State of Matrimony, as the only Way to continue the World, and for the Comfort of Man's Life under the various Evils, Cares, and Labours of it, by the mutual So. ciety and Help that married Persons ought to have one for the other, both in Prosperity and Adversity, and for the Good of human Society, by preventing many Confusions, and promoting Concord, therein: Grant that now I have Thoughts of entering into this State, I may so seriously consider the
chief End of its Institution, as not to enterprife the fame unadvisedly, lightly, or wantonly, to satisfy my carnal Luit or Appetites; but reverently, discreetly, adri. fedly, soberly, and in the Fear of God. * Let me seriously weigh, and consider beforehand, the solemn Vow and Promise I Thall then make, fo as never to entertain any Thoughts of it, without a fincere Purpose of Heart, and a firm Resolution of Mind to perform the fame. Let me consider, that if I marry, my
fu. ture Happiness or Misery in Life will
very much depend on the Choice I make; that with whomsoever I marry, I venture the being happy or unhappy all my Days; and that I shall be obliged, by thy holy Laws, to love my
Partner, and no other, till Death. Let not a wild and sensual, a heedless * This is to be and inconsiderate Spirit, rule used by a person me in this moinentous Change under the Care of Parents or Gear of my Life. And since I am
young and under the Care and Direction of others, as I expect thy Bleffing, let me listen to their Advice and better Judgment in this Matter.]
Let Reason and Religion, Prudence and Consideration, and above all, thy good Proridence, direct my Choice; and let my