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O You great and glorious God, who is from everlasting lasting to everlasting. The same yesterday, today and forever, we would endeavor to lift up our hearts with our eyes and hands unto You in the heavens. Who is a God like unto You? Glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders. O Lord, behold we are vile; what shall we answer You? We will lay our hands on our mouths in the dust, if so there may be hope, crying, unclean! unclean ! It is of Your mercy that we are not consumed, because Your compassion fails not. If You should be strict to mark iniquity against us, who could stand? but there is forgiveness with You, and plenteous redemption. O God we would acknowledge and bewail our sins. We have walked in the ways of our own hearts, and in the sight of our own eyes, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind. We have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God to walk in his laws which he hath set before us. Even the good that we would that we do not; and the evil that we would not, that we do. O, wretched creatures that we are who shall deliver us? Truly our hope is in thee O God. All our desire is before You, and our groaning is nor hid from You. Though our sins have been as scarlet, let them be white as snow; though red like crimson, let them be as wool; and make us willing and obedient O God, have compassion upon us subdue our iniquities, and cast all our sins into the depth of the sea. O, that we may be found in Christ, not having our own righteousness, but the righteousness which by faith. Justified by faith may we have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ May the Holy Ghost, the Comforter witness with our spirits that we are the children of. God. May it fill us with all joy and peace in believing, and make us abound in hope May we adore the height and depth, and length of that great love of Christ which passes knowledge. O, that his way may be known upon earth, and his saving health among all nations.. O God, give Your Son the heathen for his inheritance, and the utter* most part of the earth for his possession.. Revive Your work in the midst of the years. Disappoint all those who take counsel together against the Lord, and against his anointed. Let no weapon formed against Your church prosper. May wisdom and knowledge be the stability of our times, and the fear of the Lord our treasure. May all Christians be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. Hasten the time when wars shall cease unto the end of the world and nation shall no more lift up sword against nation, nor kingdom against kingdom, but swords shall be beaten into ploughshares, and spears into pruning-hooks, and men shall learn war no more. Grant these prayers, O heavenly Father, for the sake of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, in whose own words we would pray for ourselves, and all mankind: Our Father, who are in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom and the power; and the glory for ever* Amen.

Family Prayers
Author Right Rev. William Mead, D.D.
Publisher: Alexandria, D.C. by WM. M. Morrison 1834

Morning Prayer No. 49

Our Father which art in heaven, I thank You for the gift of life which I received from You afresh this morning. It is You that has made us, and not we ourselves, and to You alone do we owe the renewal of our strength from day to day. Help me therefore always to feel, 0 Lord, that I am not my own, but Yours. Grant, 0 my Father, that today I may walk steadfastly in the way of Your commandments. Create within me a loving heart of obedience. Inspire me with the childlike spirit which every moment watches for the signs of Your good pleasure, and runs to do Your holy bidding. Wherever I can trace any one of the laws that You have laid down, may I hasten to submit to it my selfish, restless nature; and thus may I be filled with the peace which passes understanding, and which the world can neither give nor take away. My Father, I confess with sorrow how many times I have strayed from Your path. I am bowed down with shame in looking back on the waywardness and the rebelliousness of my past days. But claim me, I pray, again as Your own child. Pour into me this morning that love of You which will bring my will into harmony with Yours. Speak, Lord, and Your servant will hear. Give strength to me, and I shall faithfully follow Your teaching.

0 grant unto me not only a childlike obedience, but also a childlike trust. May I rest upon You, and depend on Your guidance through the unknown temptations and trials of the day which is now opening. Lord God! the events of the coming hours lie in Your hand. Help me always to believe that they are lovingly ordered by You, that You know and mark my path, and that again, as in the times that are gone, my strength shall be equal to my day.

My Father, I beseech You also to fill me with right feelings towards Your other children. Make* me to know in my inmost soul what it is to love my neighbor as myself. Subdue in me all selfish strivings; destroy all self-exalting aims. Melt away all the separating feelings which hinder that simple brotherhood that You intend for us. Lord, I lay down before You the powers which You have bestowed on me, and I pray for You to use them this day through me for any work which You will should be done—for the good and happiness of Your children. Thankfully will I seize every occasion of kindliness, glad to be Your unworthy organ and instrument in forwarding Your all-gracious will.

Lord God, accept these my prayers, in Your great mercy. Do not be far from me through the day. Uphold and comfort me with Your spiritual presence. May I obey Your holy laws, lean on Your faithful providence, and live in continual lovingness, till the evening shades have fallen, and I lie down again to rest under Your tender care. Bless me now and evermore, 0 my Creator and my heavenly Guide. Amen.

Alone To The Alone Prayers For Theists,
By Several Contributors
Edited, With A Preface, By Frances Power Cobbe.

Morning Prayer No. 48

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You, O Christ, are all we want and need. O Bread of life, of which we may eat and hunger no more; O great Physician, able to heal all our diseases and save to the uttermost those who put their trust in You; O great and good Shepherd, who assures us that He knows His own and will lead all to that eternal fold whence they shall go no more out forever; O You light to illuminate the darkness; O You true, lasting, tried, sympathetic, all-knowing and all-wise friend, who sticks closer than any brother; O You cleanser from sin and deliverer from its captivity; O Resurrection and the life; O You mighty Advocate with God through whom blessings come to us from the chalice of God’s grace—come to us in these varied and manifold ministries in which You meet us in every possible exigency of life, or death, as the very friend we need.  In Your dear name, we ask it. Amen.

Before the Throne
by George Darsie
Cincinnati; The Standard Publishing Company
Copyrighted 1914
Revised and Edited by Karrol Sneed 2014

Morning Prayer No. 47

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O God, who has commanded that no man should be idle, but that we should all work with our hands the things that are good: graciously look upon Your servants now going forth to do their duty in that station of life unto which You have been pleased to call them. May Your blessing be upon us, upon our labors, upon our substance, and upon all that belongs to us. Enable us to resist the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil; to follow the motions of Your good Spirit; to be serious and holy in our lives, true and just in our dealings; watchful over our thoughts, words, and actions; diligent in our business, and temperate in all things. Give us grace, that we may honestly improve all the talents You have committed to our trust; and that no worldly business, no worldly pleasures, may ever divert us from the thoughts of the life to come: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen*

Family Prayer.
Rev. Walter Farquhar Hook, M.A,
London: Printed For J. G. & F. Rivington,
Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2014

Character Traits

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This is a list of character traits to pray on for your family.

  1. Agreeable finds Biblical solutions and support for others, without compromising truth. (Amos 3:3)
    Prayer Example: Lord may You find my family and I agreeable without compromising truth, always looking for a biblical solution to any problems we may have and supporting others through an attitude of peace and harmony.  Lord please develop the character trait of being agreeable in our home, at work and at school.  In Jesus Name we Pray Amen.
  2. Appreciation gives God our heartfelt thanks as a lifestyle of worship and adoration. This allows us to give to, and value others with respect. (Romans 12:10)
  3. Attentiveness will recognize the value of other people by giving them listening ears, respect, courtesy, and total concentration. This means paying attention to others, not just listening to our own needs and desires, and also giving genuine contemplation to God’s Word. (Hebrews 2:1)
  4. Availability is being willing to adjust our own schedule, agenda, and plans to fit the right desires of God and others. It makes personal priorities secondary to the needs of God and others. It is to reflect God’s priorities so we are always available to Him and others when we are serving. (Mark 1:17–18; Acts 16:10)
  5. Avoiding anger is the knowing of its destructive force and striving to maintain “cool” and serenity. (James 1:19)
  6. Being a Good Example is not allowing your relationship with Christ to become hypocritical, since people see your example as to what a Christian is! (1 Pet 2:21,22; 1 Pet 2:12,15,17)
  7. Childlike Faith is the wonder and awe of what Christ did for us. It is something that we should never lose. Let us maintain our enthusiasm and not become just a subculture or routine! ( 18:2–4,34)
  8. Commitment is being dedicated and pushing ahead as well as being satisfied with what you have. It is vowing to honor and be the best with what God has given of spiritual and material things. (1 Timothy 6:20)
  9. Communicating is being willing to convey thoughts, attitudes, feelings, and actions to others in a kind and listening manner that reflects Christ. (1 Timothy 4:12)
  10. Compassion will feel the pain and plight of others. It will enable us to convey a deep feeling of love and concern that moves us to meet their distresses, struggles, and needs. (Job 29:13; 40:11; Mark 1:41; Luke 19:4; 1 Peter 3:8)
  11. Confidence helps us rely on the Lord for all things in our life. It will enable us to push forward in the direction that we are called because He is governing. It makes us realize we are not responsible for the results–only the obedience. (Philippians 4:13)
  12. Contentment is the attitude of accepting whatever God provides for us, and being happy with it. It does not seek what we do not need for gratification, and does not find happiness in the shallow things of life. ( 9:19–21; Philippians 4:10–13; 1 Tim. 6:6–9)
  13. Conviction is devotion to and following of the precepts of Scripture with zeal, whatever the cost. (Daniel 1:8)
  14. Cooperativeness is the support and willingness to work together in peace, unity, and harmony. ( 4:3)
  15. Courage realizes that God has given us the strength to face any situation, trial, or peril. It is the ability to react, knowing that God is in control, that He who is in me is greater than he who is against me. (Deuteronomy 31:6; 1 John 4:4)
  16. Creative is being resourceful and imaginative in using the best of the goods and talents we have been given to serve the Lord. (1 Timothy 4:14)
  17. Decisive is sticking to right and just decisions based on God’s perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
  18. Deference is being willing to bend personal freedom for the respect and esteem of others. (Romans 14:21)
  19. Dependable is being constantly reliable and trustworthy. It will allow us to continue in our commitments even if it means personal sacrifice. (1 Corinthians 4:2; Colossians 1:10)
  20. Dependable is always being reliable and trustworthy. (Colossians 1:10)
  21. Determination is the ability to make difficult decisions and accomplish God’s goals based on the truths of God’s Word, regardless of the opposition. (Psalms 119:30; 2 Timothy 4:7,8)
  22. Devotion is aligning personal desires, plans, worship, and hope with God. (Colossians 3:2)
  23. Diligence allows us to operate with our best for His highest with excitement and passion in order to complete our work and call from the Lord. ( 10:4; Rom. 12:11; Colossians 3:23)
  24. Diligence the loving of our call and the pursuing of our work, doing our best for His glory. (Colossians 3:23)
  25. Discernment is the ability to see people and situations the way they really are with of neutrality and justice, while also being cautious with right timing and actions. (1 Samuel 16:7; Proverbs 19:2)
  26. Discipline is upholding and continuing a consistent and well-ordered life through godly obedience, regardless of how we feel. (1 Timothy 4:7)
  27. Discreet is the ability to not bully people with our personality or actions, or even with sound and right opinions. It is giving serious respect, attention, and thought to what we say and do. (Psalm 112:5)
  28. Discretion keeps our minds and focus on sound judgment, giving serious attention and thought to what is going on. It will carefully choose our words, attitudes, and actions to be right for any given situation, thus avoiding words and actions that could result in adverse consequences. (Psalm 112:5; Proverbs 22:3; 12:2, Rom. 9; Rom. 14:19, Rom. 22)
  29. Efficient is being well organized, competent, and resourceful so we can make the most of every situation, doing our best and seeking better ways. (Psalm 90:12; Ephesians 4:23; Ephesians 5:15– 16; 1 Pet. 4:10)
  30. Encouragement will lift, support, and help others up through difficult circumstances, all from God’s perspective. (Psalm 119:28; Psalm 143:3; 3:17; John 14:1; 1 Thes. 5:11–14)
  31. Endurance is the inner strength to remain in Him with staying power in order to accomplish God’s will. (Galatians 6:9)
  32. Enthusiasm will enable us to overcome disappointments and setbacks, so we can be positive, optimistic, and keep up our interest, attitude, and zeal, even when things are harsh. ( 5:16; Rom. 12:11; Gal. 6:9; Col. 3:23)
  33. Fairness sees a situation from the viewpoint of each person involved and not just ours. It seeks the best, just, equable solution, even if it hurts us. (Matthew 7:12)
  34. Faithfulness is the “gluing” fruit that will preserve our faith and the other characters of the Spirit as well as identify God’s Will so we can be dependable and trusting to God and others. (Matthew 17:19; Matthew 25:21; 1 Cor. 12:9; Hebrews 11:1; 1 Thes 5:24)
  35. Fearless is facing down peril without being stupid. Sound mind is being bold since God gives us strength. (2 Timothy 1:7)
  36. Flexibility is being open to others plans and ideas and willing to be instructed and challenged to change for the better. (Colossians 3:2)
  37. Forgiving is the realization of how much we have been forgiven by Christ. This enables us to forgive the insignificant things that are done to us. It involves not being resentful to others, and ignoring the wrongs that we have received so we can heal relationships by expressing Christ’s love. (Luke 23:34; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13)
  38. Friendship is the companionship and closeness we are to have with one another. It is the commitment to help form the character in others. This is not to be feared but embraced, even when it hurts! (Proverbs 27:17)
  39. Generosity allows us to give to others because God has given abundantly to us. It is the wise use of stewardship and the attitude that all I have belongs to God and knowing we are the caretakers for His purpose. ( 16:17; Matthew 10:8)
  40. Gentleness is the character that will show calmness, personal care, and tenderness in meeting the needs of others. ( 40:11; Philippians 4:5; 2 Timothy 2:24; 1 Thes 2:7)
  41. Godliness is being pious, which is rearranging our priorities to line up with God’s character. (3 John 11)
  42. Godly Priorities is choosing to follow Scriptural precepts as the primary important schedule and value for life. (Matthew 6:33)
  43. Goodness displays integrity, honesty, and compassion to others, and allows us to do the right thing. (Matthew 19:16)
  44. Grace is elegant simplicity and calm that minimizes crudeness. (Psalm 94:11; James 4:6)
  45. Gratitude is an attitude of being thankful, even when we do not see what we have. This is an aspect of worship, expressing to God and others how they have benefited our lives by showing their support and benevolence. (1 Corinthians 4:7; 1 Thes. 5: 18)
  46. Guidance is a willingness to help others to apply the precepts of Scripture in everyday and difficult situations. (Proverbs 27:9)
  47. Harmless is not willing or deliberately hurting anyone or anything. (Heb 7:26)
  48. Honest is being truthful and doing what is sincere and right before God and others. (Heb 7:26)
  49. Honesty & Truthfulness mean being straight and honest with others and doing what is right. This trait will allow us to earn trust by being accurate with facts and situations. (2 Cor. 8:21; Ephesians 4:25)
  50. Hospitality is a willingness to share, with discernment, what God has given us, including our family, home, finances, and food. (Romans 12:13)
  51. Humility minimizes arrogance and removes pride. It is understanding our fallen nature and tendency to think we are better than we are, and our striving to lift up ourselves above others and God. It is admitting that others, and more importantly God is responsible for our achievements. Humbleness will enable us to be a teachable person who is willing to have the attitude of submission and servant-hood, one who confesses sin and remembers how Christ served us! (Luke 22:27; Philippians 2:8; 1 Peter 5:3–5)
  52. Initiative will take the front position to recognize and do what needs to be done before being asked to do it. ( 22:29; Philippians 3:14; Philippians 4:13–15)
  53. Integrity is the obedience to a moral code of values that have honor, truth, and reliability. It will allow one to keep his word and do his best even when no one else is looking. (Psalm 78:72)
  54. Joy will allow us to enjoy His creation, others, and our circumstances with an expression of delight and real, authentic happiness from and with harmony with God and others. (Proverbs 15:13; John 15:11; John 17:13)
  55. Just is doing what is fair, moral, impartial, and right, according to God’s will. (Genesis 6:9)
  56. Kindness is practicing benevolence and a loving attitude towards others. (Ephesians 4:32)
  57. Love will enable us to appreciate our brothers and sisters in the Lord, and, of course, our family, and others around us. Love is taking the initiative to build up and meet the needs of others without expecting anything in return. (John 13:1; John 15:13; 1 Corinthians 13:3)
  58. Loyalty is remaining committed to those whom God has brought into our lives and has called us to serve, even in times of difficulty. (Proverbs 17:17)
  59. Meekness is not about being weak! It is strength under control, which yields personal rights and expectations to God. (Psalms 62:5)
  60. Merciful is demonstrating more forgiving and gracious kindness than the world requires. (Luke 6:36)
  61. Not to swear or slander is refusing to verbally hurt others! (James 1:26)
  62. Obedience is submitting to do what God requires of us. It is also recognizing the authority and direction from others, such as the pastor and church, so we can create winning situations. ( 13:4 ; Prov. 19:16; John 14:14; John 15:14; 2 Corinthians 10:5)
  63. Optimism will think the best of and be positive with people and all situations, even if later proven wrong. (Luke 21:18; John 16:33; Romans 8:25; Romans 28)
  64. Patience is showing tolerance and fortitude to others, and even accepting difficult situations from them and God without making demands and conditions. (Matthew 27:14; Romans 12:12; James 1:3,12)
  65. Patience is the fortitude to accept from others difficult situations that we do not like. With God, it is trust of His timing, and not giving Him a deadline. (Romans 12:12)
  66. Peace is surrendering and yielding to the Lord’s control, for He is our ultimate peace! It is allowing tranquility to be our tone and to control our equanimity. This will be fueled by our harmonious relationship with God so we can hand over control of our heart, will, and mind to Him. Once we make real peace with God, we will be able to make and maintain peace with others. (Matthew 5:9; Colossians 3:15; Philippians 4:7)
  67. Perseverance is not being faint with our call, but being able to persist and continue to deal with stress so we can accomplish what God calls us to. (Galatians 6:9)
  68. Persuasiveness advocates God’s Word to others so they can be changed in their thinking and can conform to His will. (2 Timothy 2:25)
  69. Prompt is not holding others back with our inadequacies; it is respecting the time of others and being able to act quickly when God and others call on us. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
  70. Prudence is not being a prude, but implementing and applying good, logical, and just judgment to situations that will help in avoiding error and problems. (Proverbs 13:6; Proverbs 22:3)
  71. Purity & Holiness is being set apart for God’s use, which is holiness in action. It does not allow us to be contaminated nor interfere with others in our growth and relationship in Christ. ( 5:8; Philippians 4:8; 1 Tim. 1:5; 1 Tim. 5:22; James 4:8)
  72. Purpose is in knowing who we are in Christ and acting it out with our call. That is, devoting our life, Spiritual gifts, abilities, and call so it can bring out the best in people and situations. Our meaning of life will have eternal treasure and results. (John 15)
  73. Respectful is being polite and courteous to the people, and the civil authorities God has placed in our life. (1 Thes. 5:13–14)
  74. Responsibility is to know and do what God and others expect. (Romans 14:12)
  75. Reverence is recognizing and respecting people, not just because of their position and authority, but as brothers and sisters in the Lord, regardless of their personality, knowing He loves them too! (1 Peter 2:13–14)
  76. Security is trust and reliance upon God for our daily needs. This is not laziness, but working with God’s values, and organizing our life around God’s Will with an eternal outlook in mind for a secure feeling. We are safe because of God’s protection. (Proverbs 29:25; John 6:27)
  77. Self-Acceptance is realizing we are deeply loved and accepted by Christ, thus, we can accept us. To love others we have to love ourselves as Christ implies for us to. Self-hatred is not Biblical! Self-Acceptance will allow us to accept unchangeable physical features and situations that God has made, to allow us to focus on the more important things in life such as character. (2 Corinthians 12:9–10)
  78. Self-Control will allow us to have discipline, and restraint with obedience to God and others. (1 Thes 5: 22)
  79. Selflessness is the altruistic giving of ourselves to others, as Christ gave Himself to us. (Titus 2:14)
  80. Sensitivity is exercising kindness and compassion so we can go beyond just reason and logic to perceive and respond to others. (Romans 12:15)
  81. Servant Leadership is exercising real godly leadership as Christ did, by His taking a towel, influencing, equipping, and empowering people to accomplish God’s purpose and plan. (Luke 22:26)
  82. Sincerity is earnest honesty that is readily doing what is right, with pure and loving intention. (Joshua 24:14; 1 Peter 1:22)
  83. Submissive is, with awe and reverence, surrendering and yielding our will and plans over to God’s guidance. (Ephesians 5:21)
  84. Success is not what the world says is achievement; it is to know and faithfully follow God’s Will and His Word. It is our obedience, not our numbers or measurements! (Matthew 25:21)
  85. Suffering is not sought, but when it happens, it is d allowing it to turn into a mold to allow us to be made for the better as “Christ hath suffered” makes us better. It is not a personal attack, rather it is a means to get our attention to make us better, more useful, stronger, and to understand what takes place in others. (1 Peter 4:1–19)
  86. Supportive is to come along side others, sharing our strength and courage in their afflictions and troubles. (Galatians 6:2)
  87. Tactful is being considerate, delicate, and diplomatic with other’s feelings and ideas, doing, and saying the right thing. (Colossians 4:6)
  88. Teach is to share our insights and what we have learned with others, to disciple them. ( 7:28; Matt. 28:19–20; John 7:16; Mark 4:2; 2 John 1:9)
  89. Temperate is to have self-control so we do not lose control and give in to lust and extremes of society’s ills. (Titus 2:12)
  90. Thoroughness is careful diligence that carries out our call with our very best for God’s approval. (Ecclesiastes 9:10; Colossians 3:23)
  91. Thoughtfulness considers and gives attention and care to others and their feelings first. (Philippians 2:4)
  92. Time is the moments in which we either burn or live for His glory. It is the opportunities we have to live, serve, learn, and grow. In so doing, if we invest wisely, we will produce eternal treasures. If not, it will go to waste. (Psalm 90:12)
  93. Tolerant is being forbearing and patient with others, even when they are different or weaker. (1 Thes. 5:14)
  94. Understanding is the ability to reason and comprehend situations. (Psalms 119:34)
  95. Virtue is holding onto the principles of moral excellence that calls us to a higher level where few people desire to go, but as a Christian, we must go! ( 3:12–17)
  96. Wisdom truly desires the knowledge of God’s Word and the proper application to our life. This will enable us to make good judgments and decisions. (1 Kings 3:9; Psalm 119:97–98)
  97. Zealous is maintaining our enthusiasm for our faith and call, not allowing our church or us to fall into a rut of meaningless rhetoric. (Luke 2:49; John 2:17; John 8:29)

By CS Clark | December 25, 2009

http://seekthisjesus.com/60-character-traits-of-christ/

Morning Prayer No. 46

O LORD GOD OUR FATHER;

We give thanks for JESUS CHRIST, who, in Your infinite love and compassion for fallen man, did humble Himself to take upon Himself our nature, to be born of a woman, and born under the law; that You might redeem them that were under the law; that we might receive the adoption of sons, and be accounted the children of the Lord Almighty. We humbly bow before You, as Your ransomed people, to praise and magnify Your name for Your great humiliation, Your sufferings and death, and all that You did deign to do and to suffer in the stead of sinful men, that You might obtain eternal redemption for us. We look up to You now that You are exalted far above all blessing and praise; and beseech You, from the throne of Your glory, to behold us humbled at Your footstool; and to bestow upon us those gifts which You have received for men, even for the rebellious also, as the reward of the travail of Your soul. Endue us, O Lord, with Your Holy Spirit, enrich us with Your heavenly grace, and bless us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly things.

O Lord, our Governor, we thank You for Your protection continually vouchsafed to us, and especially for that of the night past. We pray for You to preserve and guide us this day; that we may not fall into the hands of the enemies of our souls, nor be led aside by the temptations to which we may be exposed; but may walk in the ways of Your laws; and in doing Your commandments may please You in body and in soul. Let our hearts be comforted, O Lord, with Your loving kindness and grace; and may we be established in every good word and work. May our spiritual strength be renewed in waiting upon You, that we may mount up in heart and affection to You, as on eagle’s wings, soaring above the world and all its vanities. May we run and not be weary, and walk and not faint, in the path of duty, and obedience to Your holy word and will. O Lord, instruct us and teach us in the way wherein we should go, and guide us continually with Your eye, that we may always do the things that please You.

Let all those for whom we ought to pray, obtain the same good gifts from Your bounty, which we ask for ourselves. May our relatives and friends partake of Your mercy and salvation.

Let Your church be unto You a praise in the whole earth. As the purchase of Your blood, may it glorify Your holy name. May it arise in Your strength to possess the earth, according to Your command; and may the kingdom of Satan be subverted, and Your dominion established over all mankind. Let all the ends of the world remember themselves, and be turned unto the Lord; and all the families’ of the nations worship before You. Set Yourself up, O God, above the heavens, and Your glory above all the earth.

Bless more abundantly our own country, which You have so highly favored. Turn us from our national sins, and let them not bring down Your judgments upon us.

Give our President Your loving kindness and mercy. Bless him, and direct all his councils; and let Your name he honored, and Your glory be promoted in the midst of us.

These our humble petitions we conclude in the words which You were pleased to teach Your disciples of old to make use of, saying,

Our Father, which art in heaven, etc.

Family Prayers for Every Moring and Evening in the Week 4th Edition
Author: Rev. John Hall, B.D.
Publisher: London: Hamilton, Adams, and Co. and Chilcott, Bristol Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2014

Morning Prayer No. 45

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The heavens declare Your glory, O God, and the firmament shows Your handy work. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night shows knowledge; and there is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. We behold displays of Your wisdom, power and goodness in all Your works, from the largest to the least.

But You have magnified Your word above all Your name; and we can never be sufficiently thankful for the revelation of Your will in the Scriptures of truth. We bless You that this sacred volume has been preserved, and translated, and published, and multiplied, so that we all have it in our possession, and can read in our own tongue the wonderful works of God. Here we see not only Your greatness, but Your grace; and not only Your pity, but Your rectitude; we see mercy and truth meeting together, righteousness and peace embracing each other. Here You have shined in our hearts, to give us the knowledge of Your glory in the face of Jesus Christ.

For in Him You have reconciled the world unto Yourself, not imputing their trespasses unto them. You have made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. You have raised Him from the dead, and given him glory, that our faith and hope may be in God. At the view of this infinite kindness, may we resign all our unworthy and suspicious thoughts; and placing our confidence in thee, return and say— Lord, I am Yours, save me. Look upon me, and be merciful unto me, as You have done in the past unto those that love Your name.

We ask not to be enrolled among the rich and the great of this world, but to be numbered with those who are blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. The graves are ready for ns; and we shall soon be in a state, that will render it a matter of indifference to us whether we have filled a cottage or a palace—but it will be eternally important to us, that we have been justified by Your grace, and sanctified by Your Spirit, and adopted into Your family. May we, therefore, be wise unto salvation: and make it our present, our supreme, our persevering concern, to obtain those blessings which are spiritual in their nature; eternal in their continuance; satisfying in their possession; and which unerringly indicate that we are the friends of God.

Preserve us from a false estimate of the whole of our character, or any part of it. May we regard our principles as well as our conduct; our motives as well as our actions. May we never mistake the excitement of our passions for the renewing of the Holy Ghost. May we never judge of our religion by occasional impressions and impulses; but by our constant and prevailing disposition. May our heart be right with God, and our life such as becomes the gospel.

May we maintain a supreme regard to another and a better world, and feel and confess ourselves to be only strangers and pilgrims in this. How often by bodily infirmities and pains, by relative afflictions, and by dis-satisfactions growing out of every enjoyment —how often have we been taught that this is not our rest. Afford us, we pray thee, all the assistance we need while passing through the scenes of life. Give us, in large abundance, the supply of the spirit of Jesus Christ, that we may be prepared for every duty: that we may love thee for all our mercies; that we may submit to thee in every trial. May we trust thee when we walk in darkness, and have no light; and amidst all the changes of the present, and the uncertainties of the future, may our minds be kept in perfect peace, being stayed upon God.

Have You not made with us an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure? The very hairs of our head—are they not all numbered ? Are not all Your ways mercy and truth? Lord, we believe, help You our unbelief. And now unto Him that is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy: to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen.

Book: Family Prayer Book, For The Use Of Heads Of Families: Designed More Particularly For Aged Persons
Author: Emerson Davis (Pastor of the Congregational Church in Westfield, Mass
Publisher: Springfield: Wood & Rupp. 1842

Morning Prayer No. 44

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, in whom I live and move and have my being, I render You my humble praises for Your preservation of me from the beginning of my life to the present day, and especially for having brought me in safety through the past night. And since it is of Your mercy, 0 gracious Father, that another day is added to my life, I here dedicate both my soul and body to You and Your service, in a sober, righteous, and godly life. O merciful God, confirm and strengthen me, that as I grow in age, I may grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

But, O God, who knows the weakness and corruption of our nature, and the manifold temptations which we daily meet, I humbly ask You to have compassion on my infirmities, and to give me the constant assistance of Your Holy Spirit; that I may be effectually restrained from sin and excited to my duty. Imprint upon my heart such dread of Your judgments, and such grateful sense of Your goodness to me as may make me both afraid and ashamed to You. Above all, keep in my mind a lively remembrance of that great day, in which I must give a strict account of my thoughts, words, and actions; and according to the works done in the body, be eternally rewarded or punished, by him whom You has appointed the Judge of quick and dead, Your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

In particular, I implore Your grace and protection during the ensuing day. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by Your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love You and direct me in all my doings with Your most gracious favor, and further me with Your continual help; that in all my works begun, continued and ended in You, I may glorify Your holy name. Finally, by Your mercy, may I obtain everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Be pleased, O Lord, to take under Your fatherly care and protection my relations and friends. Make them all partakers of Your grace here, and of everlasting glory hereafter. Be favorable to our country. Let Your mercy embrace it on every side, and let Your favor be its glory. Give wisdom from above to all in authority over us, and make us a people fearing You and working righteousness. These things, and whatever else You shall see necessary and convenient for us, I humbly beg, through the merits and meditation of Your Son Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.

Book: Army and Navy Prayer Book of the Confederates States of America
Printer: Richmond: Chas H. Wynne, 1865
Author: Diocesan Missionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church of Virginia
Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2014

A Prayer for Our Troops

O ETERNAL God, our Heavenly Father, who has taught us to make prayers and supplications, and to give thanks for all men. We bless You for our fellow-citizens whom You have raised up to defend us against the assaults of our enemies by land and by sea. We commend them and all things belonging to them to Your Almighty protection. Guard them, we ask You, from the dangers to which they are continually exposed. May their lives and their health be precious in Your sight, and may Your mercy encompass them on every side. Lord of Hosts, the giver of all victory, in the day of battle direct and shelter them; endue them with valor and skill, and crown them with such success, as may ensure to us all the advantages of an honorable peace. May they ever gratefully cherish Your mercies. Lord in Your own good time may they be restored to their homes, to enjoy the blessings which they fought so valiantly to secure. Grant this, we ask You, O merciful Father, through Jesus Christ our Mediator and Redeemer. Amen. Book: Army and Navy Prayer Book of the Confederates States of America Printer: Richmond: Chas H. Wynne, 1865 Author: Diocesan Missionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church of Virginia Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2014

Morning Prayer No. 43

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Psalm cxxx. 6. My soul waits for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning; I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

I thank You, O heavenly Father, that You have been pleased to awaken me to the light and happiness of another day. It is in You that I live, and move, and have my being; and even during the unconscious hours of sleep, Your watchful eye is ever upon me, and Your parental care is exerted for my welfare.

In the beginning You didst lay the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. When the earth was without form and void, and darkness rested upon the face of the deep, Your Spirit moved upon the waters, and this beautiful dwelling-place of man arose under Your creating influence. You also said, Let there be light, and there was light. You divided the dry land from the waters, and replenished the earth with all living things. You didst set the sun in heaven to enlighten the day, and the moon and stars to beautify the night; and, at last, You made man in Your own image, and gave him dominion over all Your works. You made him but a little lower than the angels, and crowned him with glory and with honour.

Your supporting and protecting care still continues to be exerted in behalf of Your works; and this morning, in which the shades of night have again departed before the returning light, is a fresh instance of that continued love with which You regarded us, and called me to join all Your obedient children in uttering Your praise, and renewing my vow of obedience to Your service.

O grant, most merciful Father, that the gratitude which I thus express with my lips may arise from the bottom of my heart; and, as all my comforts proceed from You, may I be enabled to transform them all into a sacrifice of thankfulness to Your loving-kindness, by receiving them as from Your hand, and viewing them as obligations to be wholly devoted to Your will.

Help me, O my God, to fulfil well the duty assigned to me. To every man that lives You have given his own talent and his own sphere, and with these gifts You have also joined an obligation to employ them for Your glory and the good of Your creatures.

Enable me, therefore, at all times to remember, that though You have indeed apparently withdrawn thyself from the view of man, this apparent removal is only to try the spirit by which he is actuated; for You are about our bed and about our path, and spys out all our ways: there is not even a thought in my heart that is not perfectly known unto You; and for all my actions and words, and even for my most secret thoughts, You wilt at last call me into judgment.

Unto You, therefore, O Lord, who alone can assist and support me, I now look up for Your directing grace during the duties of this day. Enable me to fulfil my duties in the sphere assigned me with ability,—with zeal,—with good intention,— with kind affection towards all who are connected with me;—and, if it be Your will, may I also be honored to be successful in that which You have committed to my charge. May honour and high feelings of duty guide all my conduct; and, acting at all times under the belief that You see me, and that as obedient a spirit may be shown in that which is little as in that which is great, may I think nothing insignificant by which I may express my devotion to Your will, or in any degree be useful to my brethren of mankind.

You also, O Lord, have seen fit, in Your perfect wisdom, to try the heart of man with many temptations; and during this, as during every other day, I must expect to be solicited by my own evil inclinations, by the bad example of the world, or by the unfavorable circumstances of my situation, to do those things which are contrary to Your perfect and pure law.

O lead me not into any temptation with which my imperfect nature is not able to contend. Forbid, O my God, that any thing should occur which may tempt me to violate that kindness, or justice, or purity, or temperance, which Your law and my own happiness require me to observe. I feel, O my Father, that if left unaided by Your strength, I must wander from the good way; and my own experience, and the example of others, convince me, that I am only secure, by putting myself, at all moments, under the protection of Your everlasting arms. Be You ever unto me as a shield and a defense, and so guide my path through life, that in all things I may honour my high vocation, and enjoy that peace which You have granted only to those who do that which is right.

It is also the purpose of Your wise Providence, that the heart of man shall be tried by manifold sorrows; and this day I also must expect to feel my own share of the heaviness of that burden by which the steps of all that tread this earth are borne down. You only, O God, You only who formed the heart of man, and who are acquainted with all its secrets, You only know by what pangs my heart is to be wounded, or by what strength I may be able to support my grief’s.

Grant, I beseech You, O God, that, amidst all my sufferings, I may look with perfect faith to Your fatherly hand; and, receiving every thing that befalls me as from the counsel of a wise, and good, and

gracious God, may I possess my spirit in perfect patience, and bow with becoming devotion to Your righteous dispensations.

And grant, O most merciful Father, that, even in the agony of my sorrows, I may subdue my spirit by resignation and good hope. Let not a fretful, or hasty, or impatient temper, ever induce me to violate the duty which I owe to You as my Creator and Redeemer; but may I bear all things, and hope all things, in a firm belief, that You who sends sorrow can also remove it; and that You never afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of man.

Grant, in particular, O Lord, that if I am this day, or in any day of my life, to suffer injustice or malice from any of my brethren, I may always bear in mind, that this also is part of the lot ordained for man under the sun. Forbid, therefore, that I should ever curse my neighbor in my heart; but, remembering always that I also have deeply offended against God, may I extend to others that forgiveness, which, for Christ’s sake, I expect from You.

O send down Your good Spirit into my heart, to strengthen me in these good resolutions, and to enable me to carry them into effect. Let me not forget, when I mingle with the world, the solemn lessons and thoughts which this hour of prayer has inspired; but may I encounter all my duties, and temptations, and sorrows, with mine eye set upon Your law; and do You, O God, from Your throne in heaven, incline me always to do that only which is well-pleasing in Your sight.

I go forward in Your strength and in Your promised aid. Deny me not Your grace; but grant that this day may be distinguished above all those which have preceded it, by a more faithful discharge of my duty, and by a more perfect preparation for Your heavenly kingdom.

Hear these my humble prayers, and grant me an answer in mercy, for my Redeemer’s sake. Amen.

Book: The Morning and Evening Sacrifice or Prayers for Private Persons and Families 9th Edition)
Author: Edinburgh Published by: Oliver & Boyd, Tweeddale Court; and Simpkin, Marshall, & Co., London 1837
Revised & Edited by: Karrol 2014

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