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I mention this, because I sear it is a common Mistake in Sick Persons, to fancy, That their Weakness may excuse their Prayers: And that in such a Case, God will accept the Will for the Deed.
They say, They think upon God, and will Tray with their Hearts. And this they hope will be sufficient.
To which I Answer:
When the Sick Person is in extremis, and is reduced to ijuch Weakness,. that lie is either Speechless, or cannot use his Voice without Difficulty and Pain,: in such, a Case let Mim comfortably be allured, that our Gracious .pod , who knows our. Frame, will accept of the Desires of his Heart ,• and his Sighs and Groans shall be all Vocal.
But whilst he hath so much Strength, as to talk to his Visitants and Attendants, let him
know know and consider, that it is his Duty to talk with God. To> lift up his Voice as well as his Heart, to God in the Heavens. And let him fay with David.
As for me j I will call upon God: and the Lord shall save me.
Evening and Morning, and at Noon will I pray, and cry aloud; and he shall hear my voice. Psal. Sf. 16, 17.
However, let him not doubt, but that God considers his Weakness. And when he cannot Pray as he would j let him Pray as he can: and the Lord accept him.
Now, to make the Sick Man's Daily Prayers as eafy as possible, I propose him this Method.
In the Morning, or when he is best Disposed, (for all Sick Persons have their Lucid Inter-, valsj) let him fay-iiis :usual Morning Prayers; and then let* him add the following Prayeæi ■■ ;?. A Pray
. A Prayer for a Sick Person.
O Almighty God, and most Merciful Father, to whom alone belong the Iflues of Life and Death.
Look down from Heaven, I humbly beseech thee, with the Eyes of Mercy, upon Me thy poor weak Servant, who am grieved with Sickness.
Sanctify, O Lord , this thy Fatherly Correction to Me. And grant, that the fense of my Weakness , may add Strength to my Faith, and Seriousness to my Repentance.
Give me unfeigned Repentance for all the Errors of my Life past , and stedfast Faith in thy Son Jesus. That my Sins may be done away by thy Mercy; and my Pardon sealed in Heaven; before I go hence, and am oo more i<esn.
. . . .. Grant,
Grant, that I may take my Sickness patiently , and recover my Bodily Health, if it be thy gracious Will. :'_; /
I know , O Lord , if thou wilt, thou canst raise me up, and grant me a longer Continue ance in this World.
But however thou shalt be pleased to deal with Me , so Stand prepare Me, I beseech thee, against the Hour of Death, whenever thy good Providence shall Order it; That when my Soul fliali depart from the Body ,. k may be without Spot presented unto Thee.
And after my Departure hence in Peace , and in thy Favour; receive Me into those Heavenly Habitations, where the Souls of them that Sleep in the Lord Jesus, enjoy perpetual Rest and Felicity.
Grant this, O Lord, for thy
Mercies fake, and for the alone
i'J;"'*-■ MeMerits and Mediation of Jesus
Christ, thine only Son, «ur Lord and Saviour;
.Who fcath taogfet «s thus.to Pray: . i ....... ..: -:'
Æ»*W»; Hallowed fa thy U&me; ?7jy Kingdom come,* 7$p fT#// & aW i» Earth, as it is in Heaven*, Win tu Ms &ay &*r daily dread; and forgive us our trespasses•, & ** forgive them that trespass against us: And lead us mt into Temptation: hut deliver Us frm ^hM r For thine is the Kingdom, an J she Potter, and this Glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
4* Nrght Jet him again repeat the fame Prayer, aster his usual Evening Prayers.
If.ahe'Srck Man :t6rtrtot conveniently read' this Prayer himself, then let some of his .Attendants read it for him. And let it be read. in.'the first Person; and let the Sick Man Repeat it after him that Reads hyas.he doth the Confession in the Publick