A generall praier, wherein we commend our selues, and the whole state of Christs Church vnto GOD.
O God thou Father and God of my life, suffer me neither to haue a proud looke, nor a proud thought; turne awaie all voluptuousnesse from me: let not the intisements of the world Page 132 beguile me; let not the concupiscence of the eie deceiue me; let not the lusts of the flesh take hold vpon me; let not rancor and malice reigne in my hart. O Lord God, for thy sonne our Sauiour Iesu Christs sake, I be∣seech thee, that thou wilt not giue me ouer to an vn∣shamefast and obstinate mind: So be it.
Unto thee Lord almightie, the King of mercie, bée now and euer eternall honour & glorie. Unto thee the same Lord of mercie I doo commit my soule and bodie, most humblie beseeching thee, for thine abundant mer∣cie sake, to take the cure of me, and to haue mercie on me. I doo commit also vnto thy mercie my faithfull friends and well-willers liuing, beseeching thee to for∣giue vs all, and to haue mercie vpon vs, and giue vs grace to liue according to thy lawe, and to the glorie of thy name, that we may doo that, which thou requirest of vs, that it will please thee of thy mercie, to saue and defend vs from all perils, bodilie & ghostlie this night and euer, and especiallie all things that shall turne to thy displeasure. And with all my hart I thanke thee most mercifull Lord, for the great benefits that thou hast bestowed vpon me largelie in this world, afore manie creatures, which are more woorthie a thousand times than I: but my most gratious Lord, I wot and knowledge verelie, that all good gifts doo come freelie from thee, of thine abundant mercie. Wherefore with all my hart I thanke thee, and all worship, praises and thanks be to thee and none other. Therefore I saie with the Prophet Dauid: Not vnto vs, Lord, not vn∣to vs: but vnto thy name be giuen all honour & glorie.
Also I commit to thy mercie mine enimies, perse∣cutors and slanderers, beseeching thee to turne their harts, and to giue vs grace one to forgiue another from the verie botome of our harts, that from hence-foorth we may liue in loue and charitie, to thy glorie, and to the increase of thy kingdome.
Page 133 I doo commit to thy mercie our Queene Elizabeth, and this Realme, beseeching thee to incline hir hart to all godlinesse and vertue, that she may long reigne o∣uer vs in peace and tranquillitie, to liue in thy feare, and call vpon thy holie name, and to be readie at all times to set foorth thy blessed lawes and commande∣ments: and that thou O omnipotent God, with thy mightie hand and stretched out arme, wilt confound all Idolatrie and superstition, and set vp thy true and holie religion, that thy faithfull seruants may triumph and reioice in thee with merie harts, and sing vnto thy praise, that this the mightie hand of GOD hath brought to passe, and to thy name giue the honour and glorie, to whome all honour and glorie is due.
I doo commit vnto thy mercie, all those that in this transitorie life be in sorowe, sicknesse, neede, tribulati∣on, or anie other aduersitie, and speciallie all those that for the profession of thy Gospell, and the defence of the saine, doo put their liues vnto the edge of the sword. O Lord for thy mercies sake, forgiue them and vs our of∣fences past, comfort them in their greeuous afflicti∣ons, strengthen them in their weakenesse, send them patience in their tribulations, abate the pride of their and our enimies, asswage the malice of them, con∣found their wicked deuises, that we and they being ar∣med with thy mightie defence, may be preserued euer∣more from perils, to glorifie thee, which art the onlie giuer of all victorie, through ye merits of Christ: So be it.
I commit to thy mercie all those that doo faithful∣lie professe thy holie Gospell, beseeching thee to giue vs grace to liue according to thy lawes, that by well doo∣ing, we may stop the mouthes of the vngodlie aduersa∣ries of the Gospell, and thereby win them to the right waie, that we may all with one hart, and one mouth, glorifie thee, O Lord God in the daie of visitation, to whome all honour and glorie is due.
Page 134 And now O my most mercifull Lord, and louing fa∣ther, I finallie commit vnto thy mercie my wretched soule and bodie, humblie beseeching thee to haue mer∣cie vpon me, according to thy great bountifull mercie: and according to the multitude of thy tender compas∣sions, doo awaie I beseech thee my most greeuous ini∣quities.
Unto God the father, the sonne and the holie Ghost, be now and euer eternall honour and glorie, world without end,