A praier for vnbeleeuers, that all men may embrace the Gospell.
VNto thee doo we crie, O Lord, father and maker of all men, which art rich vnto all that call vpon thee, and which commandest the light to shine out of darkenes. For thou wilt that all men should be saued, and come to the knowledge of the truth. And therfore, of thy great loue thou diddest call vs to the participation of the lot of the Saints in light, which are by nature the children of wrath and of death; aliens and strangers from the testaments of promise, hauing none hope, and without God in the world, but now are fellowe Citizens with the Saints, and of the houshold of God, built vpon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Iesus Christ beeing the head corner stone, which susteineth the whole building by his word of power.
Heare vs thy seruants, making supplication for such as yet haue not hard the sound of thy Gospell, nei∣ther knowe thy name; but sitting in darkenesse, and in the shadowe of death, haue their minds darkened, and are alienated from the life of God, by the ignorance that is in them, and are caried awaie vnto dumbe i∣dols, and fained gods, euen as they are led, and run to worship that which is no God. Giue grace, that thy word may be knowne among them, and preached in e∣uerie land, and the sound there of go out into the ends of the world, that thou also maist be found of them Page 540 which sought thee not, and famous among such as ne∣uer asked after thee. Send foorth thy word, that they may be healed, and walke no more in the vanities of their mind.
O God, father of our Lord Iesu Christ, King of glo∣rie, giue them the spirit of wisedome and reuelation, through the confessing of thee: inlighten their minds, that they may knowe what the hope is, wherevnto thou hast called vs, and how pretious the glorie is of thine inheritance in the Saints, and how excellent the greatnesse of his power is toward vs, which be∣leeue, according to the working of his mightie power, which thou hast wrought in him, when he was raised by thee from the dead, and placed at thy right hand in heauenlie places, aboue all principalities & powers.
Open the harts of vnbeleeuers, that hearing thy word, they may acknowledge thee the onlie true God; and Iesus Christ, whome thou hast sent; and may wor∣ship thee the father in the sonne, and the sonne in thee the father, with the holie ghost, euen as thou hast re∣uealed thy selfe. Take the vaile from the harts of the Iewes, least being blinded in the reading of the old Testament, they stumble at the stone and rocke of of∣fence by incredulitie, and hardnesse of their harts; that thy Sonne Christ crucified and preached, be not vnto them a stumbling blocke, and thy Gospell the sauour of death vnto death; but that being conuerted by true faith, to the knowledge of thee the father in the sonne, their face being vncouered, they may behold thy glorie, knowing by the writings of the Prophets, the Mes∣sias, which thou hast appointed to be the Sauiour of the world. Likewise, gather thou the Gentiles, to whome the Gospell, the word of the Crosse, is meere foolishnesse, into thy congregation, that they may em∣brace thy ministerie, casting off all fleshlie wisedome, and leade all their cogitations captiue to the obedi∣ence Page 541 of the Gospell.
Moreouer, our praier and supplication is, not onlie for those aboue mentioned, but also for such as either, although they resist not thy truth and pure religion o∣penlie and obstinatelie, professe our religion, yet ming∣led with manie superstitions and abuses, worshipping and calling vpon Saints departed out of this life, or be addicted to outward ceremonies, and rudiments of this world, burdening their consciences with mans obseruations, and traditions of their fathers, or tru∣sting to their owne righteousnesse, or rather to the works and deedes of the flesh, refuse and make little ac∣compt of thy righteousnesse, which is the true iustifi∣cation; and go about to establish their owne righte∣ousnesse. But Christ is the end of the lawe for righte∣ousnesse, to as manie as beleeue: and another founda∣tion can no man laie, than that is laid in thy sonne the Messias, which is the waie, the truth, the life, and the end of the lawe. For by his perfect obedience, and fulfil∣ling of the lawe, by his innocent and bitter death, hee hath restored vnto vs saluation, and perfect righteous∣nesse, that euerie one which beleeueth on him, might not perish, but haue euerlasting life.
O God, the sight of the blind, bring them home a∣gaine, which through ignorance either are intangled in doubtfull labyrinths, and grosse errours, or counte∣nance polluted religion; that lightened by thy spirit, they may returne into the right waie. And such as with impudent faces, and stiffe neckes, doo obstinatelie with an affected ignorance withstand thine holie spi∣rit, whose senses the god of this world hath blinded, that the light of thy glorious Gospell shine not ouer them; represse and bridle their malice, that by slaughter and persecutions they neither trouble nor destroie thy Church,