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For a sick Penitent.
to be saved. Not trusting in his own righteousness, may he look unto Him who alone has the words of eternal life, and is the end of the law for righteousness to those who believe. Being justified by faith, may he have peace with God through Jesus Christ.
For a sick Penitent.
To thee, O righteous God, belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against thee. A humble spirit, a broken and contrite heart, thou wilt not despise. Behold, O Lord, in mercy, this thy servant, who acknowledges his transgression, and whose sin is now before him. The remembrance of it is grievous unto him; the burthen is more than he can bear. Have mercy upon him, O God, according to thy loving kindness: according to the multitude of thy tender mercies, blot out his transgressions. Enter not into judgment with thy servant, O Lord, for in thy sight shall no man living, for his own merits, be justified. A broken and a contrite heart thou wilt not despise. O wash him thoroughly from his iniquity, and cleanse him from his sin. Cause him to hear with joy and gladness of thy mercy revealed in Jesus Christ. Create in him a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within him, that his soul may adore thee for thy goodness, and all that is in him may praise thy holy name. Strengthen his resolution to walk in the way of thy commandments; and while his days are prolonged upon the earth, to devote himself to thee in a sober, righteous and godly life.
For one troubled with Doubts or Despondence.
Just art thou, O Lord, and righteous in all thy dealings: if thou withholdest comfort from thy sin
For Recovery from Sickness.
ful creatures, the punishment is less than our sins deserve. If thou, Lord, shouldst strictly mark iniquities, who could stand? but there is forgiveness with thee, that thy people may not despond, nor faint when rebuked of thee. Look, we entreat thee, with compassion upon this thy afflicted servant, who suffers thy terrors with a troubled mind. Thou makest him to possess his former transgressions, and through apprehension of thy displeasure his soul is disquieted within him. Thou hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning, that we, through patience and comfort of thy word, might have hope, and hast promised that they who mourn for their sins shall be comforted; grant unto him, we beseech thee, a right understanding of himself, and of thy mercy in Jesus Christ, that he may neither cast away his confidence in thee, nor place it in any beside thee. Speak peace to his troubled mind, that he may rejoice in the comfort of thy pardoning love. Reveal to him clearly the way of his duty, and what he must do to be saved. Increase his faith; O help thou his unbelief. Break not the bruised reed, nor shut up thy mercy in displeasure. Preserve him from all faithless apprehensions and needless fears. In the multitude of the thoughts and the sorrows which he hath in his heart, may thy comforts refresh his soul. Speak peace to his troubled mind: lift up the light of thy countenance upon him, that he may rejoice in the hope of thy salvation.
For Recovery from Sickness.
To thee, O Lord, belong the issues of life aud death all medicines act by thy decree; all means will prevail if thou direct and bless them. We humbly ask for thy blessing upon the remedies which may be prescribed or used for restoring him
A general Prayer for the Sick.
to health and strength. Make him sensible that thou art the hope of all the ends of the earth,—that to thee only it appertaineth to give life and health, and all good things, and that without thy blessing vain is the help of man. Let no vain confidence in worldly means, or human skill, diminish his hope and trust in thee. If it shall be thy good pleasure to restore him to health, and prolong his days upon the earth, may he be duly thankful for thy great goodness, and devote them to thee in a sober, righteous, and Christian life.
And wilt thou, O Lord, teach us to pray, and accept our prayers for all who are any ways afflicted or distressed in mind, body, or estate; that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them according to their several necessities, giving them patience under their sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions. Extend, we beseech thee, to all those who are visited with sickness, such temporal comforts, and spiritual consolations, as to thy wisdom may seem fitting. May thy fatherly correction awaken them to righteousness, and raise their thoughts from the world to thee. Look upon them with the eyes of thy mercy; comfort them with a sense of thy goodness; preserve them from the temptations of the enemy; give them patience under their affliction, and in thy good time restore them to health, and enable them to lead the residue of their life in thy fear, and to thy glory; or else give them grace so to take thy visitation, that after this painful life is ended, they may dwell with thee in life everlasting, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.