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Christ our which is in heaven. Matt. y. 16. There is one
Mediator between God and men, the man Christ
PRAYERS AND THANKSGIVINGS
UPON SEVERAL OCCASIONS.
1. O God, 1. Whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my beavenly Fa. name, he will give it you. John xvi. 23. Seek ye thy son Jesús first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness ; Christ hast
and all these things shall be added unto you. promised to all them that Matt. vi. 33. O fear the Lord, ye his saints ; for seek thy kingdom,
there is no want to them that fear him : the young
lions do lack, and suffer hunger; but they that righteous. ness thereof, seek the Lord shall not want any good thing. Psal. all things
xxxiv. 9, 10. Take no thought, saying, What shall their bodily we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal sustenance;
shall we be clothed ? for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. Matt. vi. 31, 32.
2. Thy heaven that is over thy head shall be He beseech brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be our necessity, iron : the Lord shall make the rain of thy land ate fain and powder and dust. Deut. xxviii. 23, 24. The ground showers, is chapt, for there was no rain in the earth. Jer.
xiv. 4. O Lord, to thee will I cry; for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field : the beasts of the field cry also unto thee : for the rivers of waters are dried up. Joel i. 19, 20. When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; if they pray toward
2. Send us,
3. that we
this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou afflictest them; then hear thou in heaven, and give rain upon thy land. 1 Kings viii. 35, 36. Elias prayed, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. James v. 17, 18. God giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields. Job v. 8. 10. Who COM eth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth. Psal. cxlvii. 8. Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it; thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water ; thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it; thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly; thou makest it soft with showers. Psal. lxv. 9, 10.
3. Give us this day our daily bread. Matt. vi. 11. the fruits of He watereth the hills from his chambers; the earth the earth to is satisfied with the fruit of thy works : he causeth and to thy' the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the
service of man; that he may bring forth food out of the earth ; and wine that maketh glad the heart
and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart. Psal. civ. 13, 14, 15. The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season. Deut. xxviii. 12. Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Cor. x. 31. Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd; and their soul shall be as a watered garden. Jer. xxxi. 12. They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness. Psal. cxlv. 7 — See also, Psal. cxlvii. 7, 8.—Deut. xi. 16, 17.
; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
XXI. For Fair Weather.
1. And God saw that the wickedness of man was 1. O Almighty Lord great in the earth, and that every imagination of
the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually:
God, who for the sin of
an didst cace drown
and the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have all the world, created from the face of the earth ; and, behold, I, eared eight even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth,
to destroy all flesh. Gen. vi. 5. 7. 17. And the flood was forty days upon the earth: and the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered : and every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven ; and they were destroyed from the earth ; and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark. Gen. vii. 17. 19. 23. Once the long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were
saved by water. 1 Peter iii. 20. 2. and af- 2. I will establish my covenant with you ; nei
ther shall all flesh be cut off any more by the thy great mercy didst waters of a flood ; neither shall there any more be bever to de- a flood to destroy the earth ; and I will remember stroy it so
my covenant, which is between me and you and again;
every living creature of all flesh ; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh : and the bow shall be in the cloud, and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth. Gen. ix. 11. 15, 16, 17. This is as the waters of Noah unto me, for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth, so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. Is. liv. 9.–See also, Gen. viii. 21.
3. Neither say they in their heart, Let us now thee, that al- fear the Lord our God, that giveth rain, both the though we former and the latter, in his season; he reserveth quities have unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest : your worthily de- iniquities have turned away these things, and your plague of rain sins have withholden good things from you. Jer. v. and waters,
24, 25. I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and
3. We hum
our true re
earth in due season ;
brimstone. Ezek. xxxviii. 22. O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of
faces. Dan. ix. 7. 4. yet upon 4. I smote you with blasting, and with mildew, pentance
and with hail, in all the labours of your hands; yet send us such ye turned not to me, saith the Lord : consider now weather, as from this day and upward, even from the day that that we may the foundation of the Lord's temple was laid, confruits of the sider it: is the seed yet in the barn? yea, as yet
the vine, and the fig-tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive-tree, hath not brought forth ; from this day will I bless you. Hag. ii. 17, 18, 19. While the earth remaineth, seed-time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night, shall not cease. Gen. viii. 22. The eyes of all wait upon thee, and thou givest them their meat in due season. Psal. cxlv. 15.–See also, 1
Kings viii. 37 to 40. 3. and learn
5. When thy judgments are in the earth, the punishment inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. to amend our Isa. xxvi. 9. O that men would praise the Lord thy clemency for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the to give thee praise and
children of men. Psal. cvii. 31. O Lord, I will glory; praise thee; though thou wast angry with me, throughJesus
thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst
XXII. In the Time of Dearth and Famine. No. 1. 1. O God, 1. If ye, being evil, know how to give good heavenly Father, whose gifts unto your children, how much more shall your gift it is, that Father which is in heaven give good things unto fall, the earth them that ask him ? Matt. vii. 11. God that is fruitful,
giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his
season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks multiply ; of the harvest. Jer. v. 24.
It shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your
beasts increase, and fishes do
heart, and with all your soul, that I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil: and I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full. Deul. xi. 13, 14, 15. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowi multiply in the earth. Gen. i. 22. And God spake unto Noah, saying, Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the
earth. Gen. viii. 15. 17. 2. Behold, 2. Is not the meat cut off before our eyes ? the we beseech thee, the
seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are afflictions of laid desolate, the barns are broken down ; for the thy people ;
corn is withered : how do the beasts groan ! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate. O Lord, to thee will I cry : for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field : the beasts of the field cry also unto thee ; for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness. Joel i. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20. All her people sigh, they seek bread; they have given their pleasant things for meat to relieve the soul : see, O Lord, and consider. Lamen. i. 11. Look upon my adversity and misery,
and forgive me all my sin. Psal. xxv. 17. 3. and grant 3. Give us this day our daily bread. Malt. vi, city and 11. Fools because of their transgression, and be
cause of their iniquities, are afflicted; He turneth a most justly fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of suff:r for our them that dwell therein. Psal. cvii. 17. 33, 34. its ough thy If, when evil cometh upon us, as judgment, or pesgoodness be mercifully
tilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and turned into in thy presence, and cry unto thee in our affliction, and plenty: then thou wilt hear and help. 2 Chron. xx. 9.
Then shall he give the rain of thy seed, that thou shalt sow the ground withal ; and bread of the
that the scar
dearth, which we do now