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A prayer for a lunatic.
(From Mr. Jenks.) O LORD, the only wise God, from whom we have received all the faculties of our souls; thou art holy and righteous in all thy dispensations, though the reason of them is frequently unknown to us, Dispel, we humbly beseech thee, if it be agreeable to thine infinite wisdom, the clouds in which the soul of thy servant is now involved; that he may regain his understanding, and the right use of his faculties. Heal his disordered mind; settle and quiet his passions; pacify and compose his imagination.
Oprosper the means which are used for his recovery. Make him tractable in the use of remedies, and willing to comply with the advice of his friends. But if no means can effect his cure, let him possess his soul in peace and composure, and in every interval of reason address his prayer to thee; that, when his earthly tabernacle shall be dissolved, he may rejoice in his former inability to pursue the pleasures of the world, and be presented unto thee pure and undefiled, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A prayer for natural fools, or madmen.
(From Mr. Kettlewell.) O ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father, pity, we entreat thee, this thy unhappy creature, who knows not his own wants, por how to ask for thy mercies. Compassionate, O Lord, his infirmities, and supply his neçessities. Let thy wisdom prevent those evils which he cannot foresee, or wants understanding to remove; but especially keep him from doing any thing that may be hurtful either to himself or others.
Let his mind, on all occasions, be quiet and peaceable; and, as far as his faculties extend, exercised in piety and devout meditations. O hear our cry when we call upon thee: hear us for him who is not able to pray for himself; grant him thy fatherly care at present, and thy peace at the last; through the mediation of thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
PROPER PSALMS FOR A SICK PERSON AT SEA.
1. Save me, O God, for the waters are come in, even unto my soul.
2. I am come into deep waters, so that the floods run over me. Psalm lxix. 1, 2.
3. The floods are risen, O Lord, the floods have lift up their voice; the floods lift up their waves.
4. The waves of the sea are mighty, and rage borribly: but yet the Lord, who dwelleth in heaven, is mightier. Psalm xciii. 4, 5.
5. He maketh the storm to cease, so that the waves thereof are still.
6. Wherefore unto thee, O Lord, do I cry in my trouble : deliver me out of my distress. Psalm cvü. 28.
7. Thou shalt shew us wonderful things in thy righteousness, O God of our salvation: thou that art the hope of all the ends of the earth, and of them that remain in the broad sea. Psalm lxv, 5.
8. Through thee have I been holden up ever since I was born; thou art he that took me out of my mother's womb; my praise shall always be of thee. Psalm lxxi, 5, 6.
9. will cry unto thee, hou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation. Psal. lxxxix. 20.
10. Withdraw not thou thy mercy from me, o Lord; let thy loving-kindness and truth always preServe me.
11. For innumerable troubles are come about me: my sins have taken such hold upon me, that I am not able to look up ; yea, they are more in number than the hairs of my head, and my heart hath fail
12. O Lord, let it be thy pleasure to deliver me : make haste, O Lord, to help me.
Psalm xl. 11–13.
II. 1. Out of the deep have I called unto thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.
2. O let thine ears consider well the voice of my complaint. Psalm cxxx. 1, 2.
3. For I am helpless and poor, and my heart is wounded within me. Psalm cix. 21.
4. My heart is disquieted within me, and the fear of death is fallen upon me.
5. Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and a horrible dread hath overwhelmed me. Psalm lv. 4,5.
6. I go hence like the shadow that departeth, and am driven away like a grasshopper. Psalm cix. 22.
7. O God, thou knowest my foolishness, and my sins are not hidden from thee. Psalm lxix. 5.
8. Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit; in a place of darkness, and in the deep.
9. Thine indignation lieth hard upon me, and thou hast vexed me with all thy storms. Psalm lxxxviii. 5, 6.
10. Thou breakest me with a tempest, and my roarings are poured out like waters. Job ix. 17. iii. 24.
11. O reject me not utterly, and be not exceeding wroth against thy servant. Lament. v. 22.
12. For my soul is full of trouble, and my life draweth nigh unto hell. Psalm lxxxviii, 2.
13. I am brought into so great trouble and misery, that I go mourning all the day long.
14. For my loins are filled with a sore disease, and there is no whole part in my body. Psalm xxxviii. 6, 7.
15. My wounds stink and are corrupt, through my foolishness. Psalm xxxviii. 5.
16. Behold, O Lord, I am in distress; my bowels are troubled, my heart is turned within me, for I have grievously transgressed. Lament, i. 20.
17. O remember not the sins and offences of my youth ; but according to thy mercy think thou upon me, O Lord, for thy goodness. Psalm xxv. 6.
18. Cast me not away in the time of age ; forsake me not, when my strength faileth me. Psalm lxxi. 8.
19. Take thy plague away from me: I am even consumed by the means of thy heavy hand.
20. When thou with rebukes dost chasten man for like as
sin, thou makest his beauty to consume away, it were a moth fretting a garment: every man therefore is but vanity.
21. Hear my prayer, O Lord, and with thine ears consider my calling ; hold not thy peace at my tears.
22. For I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
23. O spare me a little, that I may recover my strength, before I go hence, and be no more seen. Psalm xxxix. 11-13.
A prayer for a sick seaman. O most great and glorious Lord, the “salvation of all that dwell on the earth, and of them that remain in the broad sea;” under whose powerful protection we are alike secure in every place, and without whose providence over us we can no where be in safety; look down, we beseech thee, upon us, thy unworthy ser. vants, who are called to “ behold thy wonders in the deep,” and to perform our several duties in the great waters.
“ Thou art our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble ;" and therefore we fly unto thee for succour in all our necessities. Extend thy ac cust goodness to our distressed brother, whom thou hast been pleased to visit with the rod of affliction.
“ The waves of death encompass him about, and the sorrows of hell take hold upon him.
o leave him not to himself, nor let him be given over “to a spirit of slumber” and darkness ; but“ open his eyes, that he may see the wondrous things of thy law," and the necessity of a speedy and sincere repentance; so that from the sickness of his body, he may derive health and salvation to his soul, which is the great end of all thy righteous judgments, and of all our afflictions,
Let him seriously consider and reflect within him. self, from this visitation, “what a dreadful thing it is to fall into the hands of the living God;" and let him hence learn, if it shall please thee to raise him up
again, to preserve a more awful sense of thy divine majesty upon his spirit, “and to live more soberly, righteously, and piously, in this present world.”
We know, O Lord, that“ many are the enemies of peace," and that “the whole world lieth in wickedness :" but let him not “follow a multitude to do evil,” nor "give his consent to the enticement of sinners ;" but being perfectly “redeemed from all vain conversation, and renewed in the spirit of his mind,” let him “ walk before thee with a perfect heart," and spend the residue of his days in thy faith and fear.
Or if thou hast determined otherwise concerning him, be pleased to give him sufficient grace, and strength, and time, to “make his calling and election sure, before he go hence and be no more seen :” revive his drooping spirits, fortify his heart, and as he decays in the outer, strengthen him in the inner man, by setting before him the hopes of a blessed immortality“ as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast." Amen.
A prayer for a sick soldier or seaman. O most mighty Lord, the fountain of health and life, strength and courage, the aid and support of all that fly unto thee for succour, with whom is no respect of persons,
but every one that feareth thee (whether he be rich or poor, learned or unlearned) is accepted by thee; we beseech thee mercifully to look down upon our brother, who is now fallen under the rod of thy displeasure.
We know, O Lord, that all thy judgments are principally intended for our good in the end, by the reformation of our lives and manners; and therefore we most humbly beseech thee to let thy present judgment have that good effect upon our brother, that he may lead the rest of his life as a faithful soldier of Jesus Christ, and not continue to harden bis heart against all the powerful and repeated instances of thy mercies and judgments towards him.
If thou hast designed this sickness shall terminate in his death, O be pleased to fit and prepare him for it; or if otherwise in mercy thou hast determined to spare him, O let him not return to any of his former sinful