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the example of his patience, and also be made | faithful devotion to thee. Support him by this partakers of his resurrection; through Jesus hope under all his pain, and enable him patiently Christ our Lord. to submit to thy fatherly correction. Send him help now in time of need, both for his soul and for his body. Bless the means for his recovery; and, if it be thy good pleasure, restore him speedily rious resolution to serve thee more zealously all to his former health, and inspire him with a se
ALMIGHTY God, the fountain of all wisdom, who knowest our necessities before we ask, and our ignorance in asking, we beseech thee to have compassion upon our infirmities; and those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask, vouchsafe to give us for the worthiness of thy Son, Jesus Christ our
PRAYERS FOR THE SICK.
[From Bishop Taylor.]
A general Prayer for the Acceptance of our
ALMIGHTY God, Father of mercies, the God of peace and comfort, of rest and pardon, we thy servants, in duty to thee, and charity to our bro
of face. Amen.
O LORD, it is a great presumption that one sinner should dare to commend another to thy Divine Majesty. And who would not fear to un-ther, humbly beg mercy of thee for him, to dedertake it? But thy commandment it is, "That scend upon his body and his soul. We come to we should pray for the sick members of thy thee in the name of Jesus, praying thee to pardon church, and mourn with them that mourn:" and the sins of this thy servant, and to bury them in thou hast promised that our prayers thus made, the grave of Him that died for us, that they may thou wilt receive. And now behold, O Lord, we never rise up in judgment against him, nor bring that are no way meet, but unworthy, utterly un-him in the day of trial, to shame and confusion worthy, to ask for aught for ourselves, charity and compassion so binding us, are enforced to become suitors to thee for others, even for this thy servant, now afflicted by thee. Of thee we hope; of thee we desire; to thee we pray, in the most meek and humble manner, and even from the bottom of our hearts. O Lord, that which thou mightest justly deny to our unworthiness, deny not, we beseech thee, to thine own gracious goodness. O Lord, forgive us our sins; O Lord forgive us our sins, our great and grievous sins, oft and many times committed, long and many years continued; so that we may be meet to pray for others, and our prayers be made unto thee in an acceptable time.
Graciously look upon our afflictions.
Graciously hear us, O Christ; graciously hear us, O Lord Christ. Amen.
Particular Prayers for the Sick.
counsels, deliver him from the fear of death, assist Or if thou hast otherwise resolved in thy wise him in his last agony, give him an easy and cheerful passage out of this life, and send thy holy angels to conduct him into rest and peace with our Lord Jesus, for the same Jesus Christ's sake.
[From Bishop Patrick.]
O MOST gracious God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ hast united us all in one body, that we should love one another, and if one member suffers, all the members should suffer with it; we humbly implore thy tender mercies towards this thy servant, of whose afflicted condition we desire to have a compassionate sense and feeling.
Look graciously upon him, O Lord, and visit him with thy salvation. Vouchsafe him such consolations from above, as we should desire for ourselves, were we in his extremity. Give him a true penitent heart for all the offences that he hath at any time committed: together with a lively faith in thy Son Jesus, who came into the world to save sinners. Give him the comfort of a holy hope, that thou acceptest his repentance, and
GIVE thy servant, O Lord, patience in his sorrows, comfort in his sickness, and restore him to health, if it seem good to thee. And, however thou shalt determine concerning him, yet make his repentance perfect, and his faith strong, and his hope steadfast, and his passage safe; that when thou shalt call his soul from the body, it may enter into the rest of the sons of God, and the bosom of blessedness, and be with the holy Jesus. Amen.
O LORD, thou knowest all the necessities, and all the infirmities of thy servant: fortify his soul with spiritual joys, and perfect resignation; and take from him all inordinate affections to this world; and enlarge his heart with desires of being with thee, in thy heavenly kingdom.
A larger Form of Prayer for the Sick.
ASSIST us mercifully, O Lord, in these our supplications and prayers, and dispose the way of thy servants towards the attainment of everlasting salvation; that among all the changes and chances of this mortal life, they may ever be defended by thy most gracious and ready help; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O LORD, the Father of our spirits, who givest us life, and breath, and all things, and hast not thought a crown of everlasting life too much to promise us, we believe that thou wilt not deny us what is needful and fit for us, both for our souls and our bodies, in our passage through this world, to that of honour, glory, and immortality. In this confidence, we more particularly recommend this thy sick servant to thy infinite and most compassionate mercy. Settle in his soul a steadfast faith, that thou dost not willingly grieve the children of men, but intendest good to him by this thy fatherly correction. And now since all other pleasures and enjoyments fail him, represent thyself more effectually unto him, as the only support and stay of his hope, and rock of salvation.-Whereinsoever he hath neglected thee, or committed any offence against thee, make him deeply sensible of it, and heartily sorrowful for all his transgressions. And as he earnestly desires pardon and forgiveness of thee, so work in him a serious resolution to live more circumspectly and righteously for the time to come. Assist him graciously, O Lord, that he may give a proof of his sincere intentions hereafter to submit himself in all things to thy will, by his patient submission to thy fatherly correction. O, that he may so quietly, so meekly, so humbly, and cheerfully resign his will unto thee, to suffer what thou inflictest, that he may be the more disposed to do readily whatsoever thou commandest. For which end, make him thoroughly apprehensive of thy sovereign power and authority over all creatures. Possess him with a great reverence of thy wisdom and justice, with an entire confidence in thy goodness and love, with a thankful remembrance of all thy past mercies to him, that so he may the better endure what thou layest-Psalm vi. 2. upon him at present, and may ever follow thy directions, and submit to thy orders, and delight to do thy will, O God.
Bless the remedies which are used for restoring him to his former health, that he may live to perform his duty with greater care; or if thou hast otherwise appointed, accept graciously of his purposes of amendment, and dispose him to return back his spirit willingly unto thee who gavest it; and with great humility and deep sense of his own undeservings, to expect thy mercy declared in Christ Jesus. Fix his mind steadfastly upon him, who hath led the way through the grave unto heaven, that he may not be affrighted with the approaches of death, but looking beyond it to that high and holy place, where the Lord Jesus may rejoice in hope of eternal glory.
And grant that every one of us, in our best state of health, may consider perpetually how frail and weak we are; that so we may not abuse ourselves by an intemperate use of any sensual pleasures, nor load our minds with the cares of this life, nor spend our days in a vain pursuit of the honour and glory of this world; but may pass all the time of our sojourning here, in fear; and may live so righteously and soberly in this present world, as becomes those who expect shortly to give an account to thee, who will judge all men according to their works. Hear us, O Lord, we most humbly beseech thee, through Christ Jesus, our merciful and compassionate Redeemer. Amen.
(From Doctor Hammond.)
O LORD, bless, keep, and defend this thy servant with thy heavenly grace and benediction, that he may continue thine for ever, and daily increase in thy Holy Spirit more and more, until he comes to thy everlasting kingdom.
Let thy mighty hand and out-stretched arm, O Lord, be ever his defence; thy mercy and loving-kindness in Jesus Christ thy dear Son, his salvation; thy true and holy word, his instruction; thy grace and Holy Spirit, his comfort and consolation, both now and at the hour of death.
Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; Amen. to whom be glory for ever and ever. *
PROPER PSALMS FOR THE SICK.
O LORD, rebuke me not in thine indignation: neither chasten me in thy displeasure.Psalm vi. 1.
2. Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am weak: Lord, heal bones are vexed. my me, for
3. My soul also is sore troubled: but Lord, how long wilt thou punish me?—Psalm vi. 3.
4. Thine arrows stick fast in me: and thy hand presseth me sore.-Psalm xxxviii. 2.
5. There is no health in my flesh, because of thy displeasure: neither is there any rest in my bones, by reason of my sin.-Psalın xxxviii. 3.
6. For my wickednesses are gone over my head, and are like a sore burden too heavy for me to
bear.-Psalm xxxviii. 4.
7. I am feeble and sore smitten: I have roared for the very disquietness of my heart.-Psalm
8. My heart panteth, my strength hath failed me, and the sight of mine eyes is gone from me. is,-Psalm xxxviii. 10.
9. Therefore is my spirit vexed within me; my heart within me is desolate.-Psalm cxliii. 4.
10. Turn thee, O Lord, and deliver my soul: O save me for thy mercies' sake.-Psalm vi. 4.
11. Hide not thy face from me in the time of my trouble: incline thine ears unto me when I call; O hear me, and that right soon.—Psalm cii. 2.
12. For my days are consumed away like smoke my heart is smitten down and withered grass.-Psalm cii. 3, 4.
13. And that because of thine indignation and wrath for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down.-Psalm cii. 10.
14. But I said, O my God, take me not away
Heb. xiii, 20, 21.
in the midst of my age; forsake me not when my strength faileth me.-Psalm cii. 24.
15. Wherefore in thee, O Lord, have I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.-Psalm Ixxi. 1.
HAVE mercy upon me, O God, after thy great goodness: according to the multitude of thy mercies, do away mine offences.
2. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity: and cleanse me from my sin.
3. For I acknowledge my faults: and my sin is ever before me.
6. But, lo, thou requirest truth in the inward parts: and thou shalt make me to understand wisdom secretly.
7. Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: thou shalt wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
4. Against thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justi- A Prayer for a Person in the Beginning of his fied in thy saying, and clear when thou art judged. 5. Behold, I was shapen in wickedness, and in sin hath my mother conceived me.
8. Thou shalt make me hear of joy and ness: that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9. Turn thy face from my sins; and put out all my misdeeds.
10. Make me a clean heart, O God: and renew a right spirit within me.
11. Cast me not away from thy presence: and take not thy Holy Spirit from me.
12. O, give me the comfort of thy help again; and establish me with thy free Spirit.
13. Then shall I teach thy ways unto the wicked and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
HEAR my prayer, O Lord, and consider my desire: hearken unto me for thy truth and righteousness' sake.-Psalm cxliii. 1.
2. And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.-Psalm cxliii. 2.
[From Bishop Taylor.]
O ALMIGHTY God, merciful and gracious, who in thy justice did send sorrow and tears, sickness and death, into the world, as a punishment for man's sins, and hast comprehended all under sin, and this sad covenant of sufferings,— not to destroy us, but that thou mightest have glad-mercy upon all, making thy justice to minister to mercy, short afflictions to an eternal weight of glory; as thou hast been pleased to turn the sins of this thy servant into sickness, so turn, we beseech thee, his sickness to the advantage of holiness and religion, of mercy and pardon, of faith and hope, of grace and glory. Thou hast now called him to suffer. Lord, relieve his sorrow and support his spirit, direct his thoughts and sanctify his sickness, that the punishment of his sin may be to him a school of virtue. Make him behave as a son under discipline, humbly and obediently, evenly and patiently, that he may be brought by this means nearer to thee; that if he shall recover his former health, he may return to the world with greater strength of spirit, to run a new race of stricter holiness, and more severe religion; or if he shall pass hence through the gates of death, he may rejoice in the hope of being admitted into that heavenly society, in which all thy saints and servants shall be comprehended to eternal ages. Grant this, for Jesus Christ's sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.
3. The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.-Psalm li. 17.
4. Lord thou knowest all my desire: and my groaning is not hid from thee.-Psalm xxxviii. 9.
5. I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul gaspeth unto thee, as a thirsty land.-Psalm
6. Hear me, O Lord, and that soon, for my spirit waxeth faint: hide not thy face from lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit. -Psalm cxliii. 7.
7. Haste thee to help me, O Lord God of my salvation.-Psalm xxxviii. 22.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
8. For thou art a place to hide me in: thou shalt preserve me from trouble: thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.-Psalm xxxii. 8.
9. Into thine hands I commend my spirit: for thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth. --Psalm xxxi. 5.
OCCASIONAL PRAYERS FOR THE
A Prayer for Thankfulness in Sickness
O GOD, wonderful both in thy mercies and judgsent afflictions may not cause him to forget thy ments, grant that the sense of thy servant's preformer mercies, which thou hast bestowed upon him: O, therefore, let the remembrance of those me,joyed at thy hand, be now the proper motives and many and great blessings that he hath so long enincentives to the virtues of patience and humility, blessed will under all the dispensations of thy procausing him cheerfully to resign himself to thy wait for the return of thy loving-kindness in Jesus, vidence, though ever so hard; and patiently to which is better than life. Amen.
A Prayer for a Blessing on the Means used for a sick Person's Recovery.
[From Mr. Kettlewell.]
O GRACIOUS Lord, by whose word man lives and not by any human means alone; direct, we
pray thee, the counsels of those who prescribe to this thy servant, and prosper the medicines which are used to procure him ease and strength, but let not his confidence in them lessen any thing of his dependence on thee, but make him sensible that every good gift is from thee, and that it is thou that givest us help in time of need. To whom, therefore, but to thee, should we flee in the day of our visitation? since it is thy blessing only that maketh the means we use effectual; and, however vain the use of them is without thee, if thou bid dest them, the things or accidents which we do not think of, or regard, shall recover us. O, there-ing to the necessity of his case, and according to the multitude of thy tender mercies in Jesus Christ. Rebuke the distemper, that it prevail not over him to death; but turn its malevolent aspect into a joyous expectation of life. In as great danger as he is, yet if thou wilt, O Lord, we know thou canst make him whole; if thou speakest the word, it shall be done. In submission, therefore, to thy most wise and good disposal of all things, we beg this
A Prayer for one who is dangerously ill. O ALMIGHTY God, "gracious, and merciful, and long-suffering, whose compassions fail not;" look down, we beseech thee, upon the low and distressed state of thy servant, now lying in the extremity of sickness. The harder his illness presses upon him, the louder does it call upon thee for help. O be merciful therefore unto him, accord
fore, as their part, who administer to him, is the care, so let thine, O God, be the blessing, and his the comfort: and as he regards them as thy instruments, so let him own thee for the Author of his mercies, and to thee give thanks, and pay his vows and services; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
A Prayer for a sick Person, when there appears mercy at thy hands, that thou wouldest let "this"
some Hope of Recovery.
bitter "cup pass away" from thy servant, and cause 'a way for" him "to escape" out of this dangerous condition. O spare him a little, and his "soul shall live." Amen.
A Prayer for a sick Person when Sickness continues long upon him.
[From Bishop Patrick.]
WE thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast heard our prayers for thine afflicted servant, and given him some respite and hopes of recovery from this great illness. Blessed be thy goodness, that he hath not made his bed in the dust, but is likely to continue still amongst us, in the land of the living. Blessed be thy goodness for so great (and lately unexpected) mercy to him. And, O thou Preserver of man! who hast begun to revive and quicken him again; go on to perfect his cure, and forsake not the work of thy own hands. Repair all the decays in his outward man, that his mind may also recover its former strength, to praise and bless thy goodness to him.
And visit him, in the meantime, with thy heavenly consolation from above. Fill him with comfortable thoughts of thy love, and of the tender compassionate care which our Lord Jesus takes of all his afflicted servants. Endue him still with more patient submission to thy will, and enable him both quietly to wait upon thee, till thou hast finished his recovery, and also to continue steadfastly resolved to serve thee more faithfully with his restored strength, through Jesus Christ our blessed Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.
Another, in Behalf of the sick Person, when he finds any Abatement of his Distemper. ACCEPT, O Lord, of the unfeigned thanks of thy servant for abating the fury of his present distemper, and giving him some hopes of raising him up again to praise thee in the great congregation..
It is a great mercy, O Lord, and owing to thy goodness only, that his senses are preserved entire, and that he hath some respite, after so much uneasiness and pain, through the violence of his illness.
O perfect, if it be thy blessed will, what thou hast begun in him, and say to the distemper, "It is enough."
health. Even so, blessed Lord, continue to assist, strengthen, comfort, and bless him, both now and for evermore, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
[From Bishop Patrick.]
LOOK down, O Lord, we humbly beseech thee, with an eye of compassion on thy poor distressed servant, who hath lain so long under this severe affliction; and by how much the outward man is decayed and brought low by the tediousness of the distemper's continuing on him, by so much the more do thou be pleased to support him in the inSpirit. Give him unfeigned repentance for all the ner man by the gracious assistance of thy Holy errors of his past life, and steadfast faith in thy Son Jesus Christ; a comfortable assurance of the truth of all his precious promises, a lively hope of that immortal bliss in which he reigns for evermore, and a strong sense of thy fatherly love to him, and care over him, which may make him heartily love thee, and entirely confide in thee, and absolutely resign both soul and body to thy wise disposal.
We know there is nothing too hard for thee; but that if thou wilt, thou canst bring him up even from the gates of death, and grant him a longer continuance among us. May it be thy good pleasure, O most gracious God, still to continue him here; spare him, O Lord, and deliver him also speedily from this misery, under which he hath so long groaned. Bless all the means that are used for his recovery, and for the support of his spirits, and give him refreshment during this tedious sickness. Release him from his pain, or grant him some ease, or else increase and strengthen his patience. Help him, in remembrance of thy past loving kindness, to trust in thy goodness and submit to thy wisdom, and bear with an equal mind what thou thinkest fit to lay upon him; so that approving himself to thee in these and all other virtues, while thou triest him by so sore an affliction, he may say at the last, with the holy Psalmist, "It was good for me that I was in trouble."
Teach him hence, to look up to thee continually, as the rock of his salvation, whence only he is to expect confort and support: and give him grace always to make such a right use of thy favours, that he may daily find himself surrounded by the light of thy countenance, and enjoy the blessings of thy heavenly benediction in all his ways, whe-sus Christ, who we hope will hear all the prayers ther in adversity or prosperity, in sickness or in of his friends for him, every where, and send his
Unto thy infinite mercies we recommend him, and to the compassionate kindness of our Lord Je
gels to be his guardians, and direct those who are to advise and prescribe the means of his restoration, and bring him to praise thee again in the assemblies of thy saints upon earth; or (if thou hast otherwise disposed in thy wise counsels) to praise thee in the great assembly of saints and angels in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord and only Saviour, to whom with thee and the Holy Spirit, be all praise, love and obedience, world without end. Amen.
Holy Spirit to be his comforter, and his good an- | to repent of his former offences, and to "redeem the time past," by a double diligence for the future, if thou shalt in mercy raise him up again. Let the remainder of his life be thine, and let nothing separate him from thy love and service, but let it be his whole care and study to provide oil for his lamp, and prepare for eternity; that so "all the days of his appointed time he may wait till his change come," and be ready whensoever his Lord shall call him. Amen.
Prayer for the Grace of Patience, and a suitable
HELP thy servant, O thou merciful Redeemer and lover of souls, to undergo this load of affliction, which thou hast laid upon him, with patience, "Lead him" gently by the hand to "the waters of comfort," and let "thy rod" and "thy staff support" him, now that he is obliged to "walk in the valley and shadow of death."
Let him consider thee, O blessed Jesus, in all thy weary pilgrimage and sufferings here upon earth, before thou enteredst into glory, "that he be not weary and faint in his mind."
If relief does not come from thee so soon as he expects or desires, enable him still to hold out with long-suffering, and to wait with patience for it. And whatsoever thou doest with him, O Lord, let him be “dumb, and not open his mouth" to murmur or repine, because it is "thy doing." Makehim acquiesce and rest satisfied, even in the bitterest dispensations of thy providence; and let no pains or sufferings ever drive him from thee, considering that no "temptation hath befallen him" but "what is common to men."
And, together with this patience towards thee, give him patience, O merciful Lord, towards all those who kindly and charitably minister unto him, and attend about him.
Keep him from being humoursome, and showing crossness to their good counsels, or from being causelessly angry, and exceptious against their kind endeavours. If any evil accidents or indiscretions happen, let him not presently be outrageous to aggravate them, or break out into any reproachful or unseemly behaviour against them; but let him be pleased with the least expression of their kindness, and interpret every thing favourably; and on all occasions let him make it his study to oblige those who are obliging to him in this time of necessity, receiving with thankfulness their good offices, and praying God to reward them, for his Son Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.
A Prayer for spiritual Improvement by Sickness. [From Dr. Inet.]
O MERCIFUL Father, who scourgest those whom thou lovest, and chastisest those whom thou wilt receive; let thy loving correction purify thy servant, and make him great in thy favour by his present humiliation. O let him learn "thy statutes" in this school of affliction:" let him "seek thee early" in it; and when his "heart is overwhelmed, lead him to the rock of salvation."
Let thy "rod" awaken him from his former security in sin, and let him sensibly find that thou "chastisest him for his profit, that he may be partaker of thy holiness."
Teach him, by this proof of thy fatherly correction, to be more dutiful for the time to come;
For a sick Person who is about to make his
O LORD, who puttest into our hearts good desires, and hast inclined thy servant to "set his house in order," as well in relation to his temporal, as his spiritual, concerns, grant that he may do it with exact justice, according to the rules of our own religion, and the dictates of right reason. He unfeignedly thanks thee for thy great mercies, in having so liberally provided for him, that he may be rather helpful than chargeable to any, and die a benefactor and not in debt.
We charitably hope, that what he is now about to dispose of, was all procured by fair and righteous dealings, that he may comfortably feel, that "it is more blessed to give than to receive."
Let him be ready, with good Zaccheus, to make restitution in the best manner he is able, and to say with Samuel:
"Behold here I am: witness against me before the Lord; whose ox have I taken, or whose ass have I taken, or whom have I defrauded? whom have I oppressed, or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it."
Lord, give him strength to order all things in as due and regular a manner as if he were well. Let his memory be perfect, and his judgment sound, and his heart so rightly disposed, that he may do nothing amiss, or through partiality, but that justice and integrity may be seen through the whole conduct of his will.
(If rich, add this.]
Let the light of his charity likewise shine gloriously before men, that out of the abundance thou hast been pleased to bless him with, he may plentifully give to the poor and distressed, though no otherwise related to him but as they are members of Jesus Christ, and brethren and sisters of the same communion.
Let him, O let him, now O Lord, and at all times, if thou shouldest graciously continue him here any longer, make to "himself such friends of the unrighteous mammon, that when these fail, they may receive him into everlasting habitations." Amen.
A Prayer for a sick Penitent.
RIGHTEOUS art thou, O God, in all the pains and sorrows which punish our sins and try our patience, and we have none to accuse and complain of for the same but ourselves. This is the acknowledgment which thy servant makes, whom thou hast now afflicted. He receives it as the chastisement of a sinner, and is willing to bear chastisement for his sins, that he may thereby be reclaimed from them. Correct him, O Lord, that thou mayest not condemn him; and let him be