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For the Sick when there appeareth small hopes of recovery.
LORD, into thy hands we commend the spirit, for thou hast redeemed it, O Lord, thou God of truth. Psalm xxxi. 5.
We commit the keeping of the soul into thy hand, as unto a faithful Creator. 1 Peter iv. 19.
When the heart shall faint, and the strength shall fail, be thou the strength of the heart, and the portion
Psalm lxxiii. 26.
Upon occasion of a Funeral.
I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living. Job xxx. 23.
Lord, make me wise to consider my latter end. Deut. xxxii. 29.
O may it be revealed to me as it was to devout Simeon, that I may not see death, till I have seen the Lord's Christ. Luke ïi. 26.
Grant Lord, that when the earthly house of this tabernacle is dissolved, I may have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 Cor. v. 1.
In Prayer Meetings.
Thou hast promised that when two or three are gathered together in thy name, there art thou in the midst of them. Matt. xviii. 20.
And if two shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of our Father which is in heaven. Verse 19.
The Lord fulfil all our petitions at this time. Psalm xx. 5.
In hearing and reading the Word.
Give us, Lord, the hearing ear, and the seeing eye. Prov. xx. 12.
Open thou our eyes, that we may see the wondrous things of thy law. Psa. cxix. 18.
Open thou our understanding, that we may understand the Scriptures. · Luke xxiv. 45.
Thy word is a lamp to our feet, and a light unto our path, Psalm cxix. 105.
Enable us to receive with meekness the engrafted word which is able to save our souls. James i, 21.
LET not the book of thy law depart out of our mouth; but may we meditate therein day and night. Josh. i. 8.
We would lay up these words in our hearts and in our souls, and bind them for a sign upon our hands, that they may be frontlets between our eyes, Deut. xi. 18.
That our delight may be in the law of the Lord; and in that law to meditate both day and night. Psalm i, 2.
In Religious Conversation.
LET no corrupt communication proceed out of our mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. Eph. iv. 29.
They that feared the Lord spake often one to another, and the Lord hearkened and heard it, and a
book of remembrance was written before him, for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his
Mal. iii, 16, Grant, Lord, that as it came to pass, while thy disciples communed together, and talked of thy divine truths, Jesus himself drew near; so thou wouldst draw nigh to us, that our hearts also may burn within us, while thou speakest to us by the way, and while thou openest the Scriptures by the grace. Luke xxiv. 1432.
In singing Hymns and Psalms.
May we sing with the spirit, and sing with the understanding also. 1 Cor. xiv. 15.
Teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in our hearts unto the Lord. And that whatsoever we do in word or deed, we may do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Col. iii. 16, 17.
Prayer for the Extension of the Church of Christ.
That the whole earth may be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. Isa. xi. 9.
That the Lord may create upon every dwellingplace of Mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence. Isa. iv. 5.
The Lord hath promised that he will keep it; and water it every moment: and lest any hurt it, to keep it night and day. Isa. xxvii. 3.
Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities : thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down. Isa. xxxiii, 20. See the whole chapter.
That the Gentiles may come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising—That they may fly as a cloud, and as doves to their windows. Isa. Ix. 38. See also Isa. liv. li. Jer. xxxi.
Thou hast said, O Lord, that it is a light thing for thy Son to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel : but thou wouldst also give him for a light to the Gentiles, that he might be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. Isa. xlix. 6.
May the heathen be given for his inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for his possession. Psalm ii. 8.
Until all the kingdoms of this world may become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for 'ever.
Rey. xi, 15.
For the prosperity of the nation to which we belong.
LORD, thou art become gracious unto this land; we dwell safely under our own vines, and under our own fig trees. 1 Kings iv. 25.
Thou speakest peace to him that goeth out, and to him that cometh in, 2 Chron. xv. 5.
The hill of our Zion is a fair place and the joy of the whole earth. We wait for thy loving kindness, O God in the midst of thy temple. Psa. xlviii. 2.
But, Lord, we have cause to be humbled before thee, in that we are a sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evil-doers. Isa. i. 4.
Because iniquity abounds, the love of many is waxen could. Matt. xxiv. 12.
But 0 thou, the hope of Israel, the saviour thereof
in the time of trouble, why shouldest thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a night? Why shouldest thou be as a man astonished, as a mighty man that cannot save ? yet thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us, and we are called by thy name ; leave us not. Jer. xiv. 8, 9.
O let thy salvation be nigh them that fear thee, that glory may dwell in our land. Psalm lxxxy. 9.
Though we have left our first love, remove not the candlestick out of its place. Rev. ii. 4, 5.
God will appoint salvation for walls and bulwarks. Isa. xxvi. 1.
Then in our time shall the righteous flourish; yea, and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth. Psalm lxxii. 7.
The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will give his people the blessings of peace. Psalm xxix. 11.
Praying for faithful Ministers.
That the Lord would give us pastors, according to his own heart, which shall feed his people with knowledge and understanding. Jer. iii. 15.
That the Lord may put words in their mouth, when they stand up to minister in his name, that they may not be afraid of the fear of men. Jer, i.8, 9.
That they may not preach themselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and themselves our servants for Jesus' sake. 2 Cor. iv. 5.
Knowing that they watch for our souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief, Heb. xiii, 17.