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laid upon me, and do Thou support me in my weakness. LORD, Thou knowest whereof we are made : Thou rememberest that we are but dust; Thou givest power to the faint, and to them that have no might Thou increasest strength. Grant that, waiting upon Thee, I may renew my strength, and believe that all things work together for good to them that love God. Give me courage bravely to endure whatever pain I may yet have to undergo, as a good Soldier of JESUS CHRIST. Amen. Prayer which may be said when in
Severe Suffering. O LORD JESU CHRIST, the only Son of God, who wast given to be a sacrifice for sin, and hast also left us a perfect example of patient suffering, even unto death; give me grace to follow Thy example in all things, and patiently to bear the Cross Thou hast laid upon me. Conform Thy servant to the likeness of Thy Passion ; subdue in me all murmuring against Thy will, all fretfulness and discontent. Teach me to
endure hardness as a good Soldier of Thy cross; and grant that, cleansed from my sins in Thy Blood, and trusting wholly in Thee, by the merits of Thy Death and Passion, I may be admitted hereafter into Thine eternal kingdom, to praise Thee for ever. Amen.
Short Sentences when in great Pain.
O comfort the soul of Thy servant :
For unto Thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.
Hear me, O LORD, and that soon, for my spirit waxeth faint :
Hide not Thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit. My heart and my flesh faileth :
But God is the strength of my life, and my portion for ever.
Why art thou so vexed, O my soul :
Why art thou so disquieted within me ?
O put thou thy trust in GOD,
For I will yet thank Him, which is the help of my countenance.
O LORD JESU CHRIST, who for the
salvation of the world wast willing to bear patiently sorrow and agony, passion and death ; grant that, mindful of Thy patience in all that Thou hast borne for us, we may bear our light affliction patiently for Thy sake ; that so, sharing in Thy sorrow, we may become partakers of Thy glory : who livest and reignest with the FATHER and the HOLY SPIRIT, one GOD, world without end. Amen. THOUGHTS FOR THE SICK AND
WOUNDED. “Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows. . . . He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquity.”—Isaiah liii. 4, 5.
“If, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
“For even hereunto were ye called ; because CHRIST also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps : who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth : who, when He was reviled, reviled
not again ; when He suffered He threatened not ; but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously :
“Who His own self bare our sins in His own Body on the tree [upon the Cross],
“ That we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness :
“By whose stripes ye were healed." -1 Peter ii. 20–24.
“It became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”—Hebrews ii. 10.
“Looking unto JESUS the Author and Finisher of our faith ; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of GOD."—Hebrew xii. 2.
“He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. And I will grant unto him to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My FATHER in His throne.”—Revelation ii. 11, iii. 21.
“Be thou faithful unto death ; and I will give thee a Crown of Life.”— Revelation ii. 1o.
FOR ONE TROUBLED IN MIND. Hear what comfortable words our Saviour CHRIST saith unto all that truly turn to Him :
“Come unto Me, all ye that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you.”—Matthew xi. 28.
“GOD so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, to the end that all that believe in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” - John iii. 16.
This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, that CHRIST JESUS came into the world to save sinners.”—1 Timothy i. 15.
“If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the FATHER, JESUS CHRIST the righteous : and He is the propitiation for our sins.”—I John ii. 1, 2.
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”—1 John i. 9.