Morning Prayer No. 60

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WEDNESDAY MORNING PRAYER

O God, You are our God; early will we seek You. You are good and do good to all; Your mercy is great. You made us, and not we ourselves; we are Your people and the sheep of Your pasture; we therefore worship and fall down and kneel before the Lord our Maker. Unworthy as we are to offer unto You any sacrifice, You have appointed unto us a great High Priest, in whose name we come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may find mercy, and grace to help us in the time of need.

Grant that the frequency and earnestness of our prayers may be proportioned to the greatness of our wants. Make us to rejoice in every opportunity of worshipping Your divine Majesty, and preserve us from the sin of drawing near to You with our lips, while our hearts are far from You.

We humbly thank You, O Lord, that You have preserved us the night past, and renew to us Your goodness this morning. Take us again into Your guidance and protection during the day; and so govern us by Your grace, that we may neither think, nor speak, nor do anything this day, which may displease You, or wound our own souls. Assist us to be sincere and hearty in dedicating ourselves, our souls and bodies, to Your service. Preserve us from the power of evil: from the temptations incident to our respective callings; from the lusts of the flesh, and the vanities of a wicked world.

Send Your good Spirit to direct and guide us in the ways and works of godliness: purify our affections; enliven our devotion; teach us how to pray, and how to hear, and read, and profit by Your holy Word. Make us Christians in heart, and in hope, and not only in Inline. Teach us the value o( our souls, and of die salvation which has been wrought for them by Christ Jesus. May we never be ashamed of confessing him before men; but, amidst all discouragements and difficulties, give us boldness to show ourselves his true disciples.

Let our conversation be such as becomes the Gospel; and whatsoever we do in word or in deed, let us do all in the name, giving thanks to God and the Father through him. And let the words of our mouth and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, our strength and our Redeemer.

Give us grace, we beseech You, that we may be just and honest in all our dealings; kind and charitable towards all men; sober, temperate, and chaste; and, more particularly, careful of the duties which we owe to one another, as members of a Christian family: that having, by Your grace, been kept this day without willful sin, we may, at the close of it, lie down to rest, with the answer of a good conscience towards God; and with a sure trust in the merits of our Savior Jesus Christ; for whose sake we beseech You to hear us, according to the full intention of his own most holy prayer.

Out Father etc.
The grace of our Lord etc.

Book: Manual of Family Prayers
Compiled by: C.J. Blomfield, D.D.
Publisher: New York Protestant Episcopal Tract Society 1829

Morning Prayer No. 59

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TUESDAY MORNING.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting GOD, who governs all things in heaven and earth, we thank You for Your care and preservation of us the past night. Enable us to come before You this morning with grateful and humble hearts. We acknowledge, O Lord, that we have erred and strayed from Your ways like lost sheep. Having left the good Shepherd, we have wandered into a wilderness of sin and misery, where we are in danger of perishing every moment. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, which are continually evil. We have offended against Your holy laws, though we know Your laws are holy, just and good; and it grieves us, O Lord, when we remember how we have broken them by thought, word and deed: for we have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and have done those things which we ought not to have done, and there is no health in us. We are in our souls full of disease, and ready to perish. But do You, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable sinners. Make us to feel the misery of sin; for until we feel in ourselves the misery which our sins have already brought upon us in this world, and exposed us to in the next, we shall not be heartily desirous of Your mercy. Spare us, O Lord, though we deserve Your displeasure. May we honestly examine ourselves, and confess our faults to You. Those who confess their sins with burning with godly sorrow, You have promised to spare. Oh let not the guilt of our sins thrust us down into ever-lasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.

But, O Lord, give us the grace of true repentance; that mourning over the sins of our hearts and the sins of our hearts and lives, we may fly to the cross as the only refuge for the guilty soul.

You have mercifully spared us through another night. If You, O good God, had not upheld our lives, we should have slept to wake no more. Help us to seriously ask ourselves this morning, whether, if we had died last night, we have any reason from Your Word to conclude that we should have died happily. O how dreadful would it have been to have opened our eyes in hell, to have none around us but devils and lost souls, and have been without hope of ever being delivered from that frightful place of darkness and pain. In this state we should now be, were it not for Your great mercy. O Lord, make us more earnest than ever we have been, to save our souls. Help us to pray this morning with all our hearts, that we may receive the blessings we need. Oh what an instance of Your will it be, f we, Your poor sinful creatures are taught by Your Spirit, being brought to the knowledge of Jesus Christ, and to heaven at last, through His Name.

We thank You, blessed Lord, for the number- less favors and mercies we have received from You from time to time, both of a spiritual and temporal nature. Undeserving as we have been, yet Your goodness and mercy has followed us all our days, and we are this day living monuments of Your mercy. O Lord, be pleased to continue Your care over us, and give us grace that our ways may be made so direct that we might keep Your statutes.

You have safely brought us, O heavenly Father, to the beginning of this day: defend us, we ask You, in the same by Your mighty power, and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings may be ordered by Your Divine governance, to do always what is righteous in Your sight, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. — Short Prayers For Every Morning And Evening In The Week

Morning Prayer No. 58

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MONDAY MORNING PRAYER

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, our Heavenly Father, we approach Your footstool this morning to offer up our thanksgivings for Your merciful care over us the past night. We are again entering on the business of our lawful callings, in which Your Providence has placed us. May we engage in the cares and business of the world this day with a godly fear lest through the temptations to which we are exposed we should dishonour You by sin, and bring home with us at night a guilty conscience. O Lord, may this fear of offending You be kept alive in our hearts all this day. May our employments be sanctified and made comfortable by a sense of Your presence. Let us remember that “to eat bread in the sweat of our brow” is a part of the curse of Your holy law, and the effect of our sinfulness. May this thought humble us, and make us patient under our labors. May we be truly thankful that we are hitherto preserved from hell, and have a hope, through grace, of getting safe to heaven.

We ask of You, gracious Lord, to give us a full conviction of our real situation, that we may seek and obtain true repentance. We acknowledge that we and all men were conceived and born in sin; and what is born of the flesh, and they who are in the flesh, cannot please GOD but live in sin, committing many actual transgressions. We know also that our Saviour Christ has said: “No man can enter into the Kingdom of GOD except he be regenerate, and born anew of water and the Holy Ghost.” O Lord, we acknowledge our sinfulness and helplessness before You. Mercifully look upon us. Wash us and sanctify us with Your Holy Spirit, that we may be delivered from Your wrath, may be received into the Ark of Christ’s Church; and being steadfast in faith, joyful through hope, and rooted in charity, may so pass the waves of this troublesome world, that finally we may be brought to the land of everlasting life, there to be with You world without end, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

You know, Lord, the secrets of our hearts. O make it our earnest desire this day to grow in grace, and in the love and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus. May Your Holy Spirit instruct us while we are at our daily employments, and bring to our remembrance what we yesterday heard. May we be kept from profaneness. May we be preserved from every temptation. May no sinful expression proceed out of our mouths. O may we remember that we are the Lord’s servants. May all our conduct be under the direction of his word. May we abhor sin, and fly from it as from the face of a serpent; and may nothing ever induce us to say or do the least thing which our conscience condemns, but may we rather suffer any thing than wound our blessed Saviour, and grieve his Holy Spirit. Hold You up our goings in Your path, that our footsteps slip not; and guard us against all the accidents and dangers of this day.

Help us, O Lord, to spend this day as if it were the last we had to spend on earth, for we know not that we shall live to see another. Supply our needful wants, and enable us to make a proper use of all Your blessings. Bless those that are near and dear to us, and all that we are in duty bound to pray for. Show Your mercy and care to the sick and afflicted, to the poor and needy, and grant such other gifts to us as You in Your wisdom see fit for each of us, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord, in whose precious name and comprehensive words we sum up all our wants, saying:

Our Father, which art in Heaven, &c.

Short Prayers For Every Morning And Evening In The Week

Morning Prayer No. 57

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GOD infinite Parent, who by Your providence enriches us every day with innumerable blessings, we thank You for Your goodness. As we remember Your mercies, may there spring up in our hearts the feeling of universal kindness, and may our lives be so pervaded with the religion of Your Son, that, like him, we may go about doing good. We would now lift up our affections in ardent prayer. Kindle within us a devout fervor of soul. On the wings of faith may our thoughts rise heavenward. But while thus we would cherish devout sentiments, grant that we also may go forth to the duties of this day with the love of our fellow-men dwelling within us. May we be kind and charitable in our judgments, loving mercy, dealing justly, and walking humbly before You. Strengthen within us the desire to relieve the needy, to lift up the downcast and degraded, and to do something to diminish the wickedness and woe of the world. We pray for men in all conditions of outward life and inward states of mind. We would carry on our hearts to You the memory of the slave. May the days of his bondage be numbered and cause the light of universal liberty to be rapidly spread abroad. Hasten the day when Your glorious kingdom shall come and Your will be done on earth as in heaven. May we, Your children walk in the footsteps of our Master and do all in our power to wipe away the tear of sorrow and soothe the heart in its anguish; and, by our ready and tender sympathy, encourage the weak, cheer the desponding, enlighten the ignorant and reform the sinful. Increase our faith in the power of true religion as a means of the world’s redemption, and through the benign and healing influences of the Gospel may there come the reign of happiness, virtue, and peace. With lowly self- denial, may we so live every day as to help bear others’ burdens, and give proof of our love of You, whom we have not seen, by our love of our brother, whom we have seen; and thus, by fidelity to the great law of love, have our souls created anew in Christ. May we in heart and life be formed in the Savior’s image, through whom to You would we render eternal praise and thanksgiving, world without end. Amen.

Book: The Alter at Home 2nd Series 8th Edition
Author: American Unitarian Association
Publisher: BOSTON: Walker, Wise, and Company 1891
Revised and Edited by Karrol Sneed 2015

Morning Prayer No. 56

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0 Lord God, most high and most holy, the Creator, the Governor, and the Judge of all mankind; I adore Your majesty, and worship You with humble reverence. You are infinitely wise, powerful and gracious, far beyond our highest thought, and above all our praises. You have made the daylight for the business of life, and have raised me in comfort from the bed of sleep to see another morning.

I acknowledge that I am unworthy to approach You with my prayers. My sins are many. But You have declared Yourself a merciful and forgiving Father, and encourage Your penitent children to return to You with hope and love. Let Your mercy, O Lord, blot out my offences.

Pity, O Heavenly Father, my blindness and ignorance.  Instruct me by Your word and Your good spirit, that I may know more of myself, and my own wants and weaknesses, and that I may know You better in the discoveries of Your grace. Teach me the precepts of Your law, that I may learn what is my duty. Work in my heart sincere repentance for all my past offences, and let my faith in Jesus be such as You wilt approve, such as may draw my heart near to You in holy love, and produce the good fruits of obedience in the whole course of my life. Form my soul, O Lord, after Your divine image. Rectify all the irregular inclinations that are within me.  Keep me from the power of unruly appetites, and from sudden and ungovernable passions of every kind.  Help me to set a constant watch over all my senses, and the wandering imaginations of my heart, and to suppress all undue resentment of whatsoever injuries I meet with.  Let such a meek and serene temper be wrought in me, as appeared in my blessed Saviour here on earth. Kindle in my soul such a flame of love to You, and charity towards men, that I may make it my delight to do good unto all, even to those who have done me hurt.

Let Your kind providence secure me from the snares and temptations of this vain world, and from the daily occasions of sin, that iniquity may never get the victory over me. And if at any time I am more exposed to special dangers in the circumstances of my life, the more let me experience the present aids of Your grace, that I may be preserved from transgression. Suffer me not to be led away by evil companions to forsake the paths of truth and godliness; nor let me ever be afraid or ashamed to profess myself a worshipper of You, and a believer in Jesus.

Let health and peace be continued to me this day, and no evil occurrence attend me.  Direct and incline my heart to employ every hour of my time aright, and enable me so to fulfil my various duties to God and man, that I may in some measure approve myself, in the evening, to the inquiries of my own conscience, and be approved by You, my witness and judge.

When You see it needful to correct me, O my God, let it be done in measure and in mercy, and let the fruit and effect thereof be to take away my sins, and to make me partaker of Your holiness. Nor would I pray for myself only, but for all men, as You have taught me. Enlighten the whole earth with the light of Your gospel ; deliver those that are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, and let the spirit of persecution be rooted out from among men.  May our rulers be directed by Your wisdom, and influenced by Your grace, that they may be made blessings to this nation.

Maintain Your gospel in its power and purity.  Let the ministry of Your word be prospered, that Your church on earth may be enlarged daily, and knowledge and holiness may increase and abound among men.  Look down in mercy on my relations and friends. Bless my [parents and] kindred with all the necessary gifts of providence and grace. Manifest Your love to all those that love me, and enable me from my heart to forgive all that have done me hurt. Let them repent of their sins, O Lord, and be made partakers of Your forgiveness.

I would offer up my humble thanks for all the mercies I enjoy, and for all I hope for.  It is to You, O God, that I owe my very life and being, my health and ease, and the use of my senses and my limbs; You give me safety in the night, and the blessings of the morning.  It is from You that I derive all the benefits of food and raiment, the daily supports of nature, together with the rich promises of grace and eternal salvation.  To You, therefore, O Lord, I pay all homage and praise through Jesus Christ, my Saviour.  Amen.

Book: The Youth’s Prayer Book
Author: John Gorham Palfrey
Publisher: Boston: Gray and Bowen, 1830
Revised and Adapted by: Karrol Sneed 2014

Morning Prayer No. 55

Lord of my life, 0 may Your praise
Employ my noblest powers,
Whose goodness lengthens out my days
And fills the circling hours.
Preserved by Your almighty arm
I passed the shades of night,
Secure and safe from every harm
And see returning light.
O Let the same almighty care
My waking hours attend:
From every danger, every snare,
My heedless steps defend.
Smile on my minutes as they roll,
And guide my future days:
And let Your goodness fill my soul
With gratitude and praise.

PRAYER.

0 Lord, You are good, and You do good. You have revealed Yourself as near to all that call upon You in truth. May we who now address you be found the heirs of this promise; suffer us not to incur the reproach of drawing near to you with the mouth and honoring you with our lips, while our hearts are far from you. Unite our hearts to fear Your name; and grant that we may worship you in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh.

We remember that we are sinners, and acknowledge the multitude and aggravations of our offences. Conscious not only of the reality, but the greatness of our guilt, we could indulge no hope, had not You exhibited Your infinite benevolence and revealed a Mediator, in whom You are reconciling the world unto Yourself, not imputing their trespass unto them.

You have not left Yourself without witness, in that You have been doing us good, and giving us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. But herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Blessed be Your name, we have all the certainty we could desire, that with You there is mercy. That mercy the publican sought and found: that mercy has never disappointed any that trusted in it; that mercy at this very moment cries to us, Ask and it shall be given you, seek and you shall find.

0 Lord, we avail ourselves of Your invitation, and plead Your promise! According to the multitude of Your tender mercies blot out our transgressions. Create in us also a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within us. O visit us with Your salvation, in the illumination of the mind, and the sanctification of the life; in all the comforts of the Holy Ghost, and in all the fruits of the Spirit. May we willingly obey all Your commands, and cheerfully submit to all Your appointments. In the annihilation of self-will, and in the temper of implicit devotedness, may we, as to every duty, say, Lord, what will You have me to do? And as to every event, here I am, do to me what seems good to You, and enable us to maintain a Christian temper and behavior in all the changing scenes of providence, that all things may work together, if not for our gratification, yet for our good.

May we disengage ourselves from the present evil world, and be received and acknowledged as the sons and daughters of the Lord Almighty. May the righteous be our attraction and delight; and though few in number, and despised by the foolish and wicked, may we go with them, because God is with them: and like Moses, may we choose rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.

By Your mercies we renew this morning the consecration of ourselves to Your service. Go forth with us into the concerns of the day. Keep us in all our ways. Uphold our goings therefore in Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over us. May we abstain from all appearance of evil; and the my God of peace sanctify us wholly: and may our whole spirit and soul and body, be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

And to God only wise, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, be ascribed all honor and praise for ever and ever. Amen —The Bible Prayer Book for Family Worship by W. W. Everts

Adoration No. 2

I humbly ask that You will enable me to honor and praise You, to love and serve You, as the most excellent, amiable, and beneficent of all beings, my Father and my Friend, my Lord and my God.

  • GREAT and blessed God! The Maker and Lord of heaven and earth!
  • You possess all power, wisdom, and goodness.
  • All riches, majesty, and dominion are Yours.
  • You are worthy to be revered and honored, loved and obeyed, by all on earth, and all in heaven.
  • I adore You as the fountain of all being, of all happiness, and all perfection; and particularly as the God of my life, the author of all my past and present mercies, and the foundation of all my future hopes.
  • Blessed be Your name, You have now brought me to see another of the days of the Son of Man.
  • O Lord, You are worthy of all honor, great is Your nature beautiful are Your attributes.
  • So great and unfathomable are Your creating powers and wisdom, Your providential care, and Your redeeming love and grace.
  • O Lord, You are the most beneficent of beings.
  • O MOST blessed and glorious God! Your name is excellent in all the earth; and You have set Your glory above the heavens. You are great, and greatly to be praised; You are good, and greatly to be loved; and You are worthy to receive the united adoration and homage of all Your rational creatures.
  • O God, You do not need our services; nor can You receive the least advantage from our praises: but never can we be more honorably or advantageously employed, than in celebrating Your perfections; admiring Your works, gratefully recollecting the past instances of Your goodness, and imploring the continuance of Your kind and favorable regards.
  • Blessed be Your name, O God of grace, that You took compassion on a world that lay in wickedness, and was exposed to misery and ruin.
  • You engineered the grand scheme of our redemption and salvation that when the fullness, of time had come, You sent forth Your beloved Son, to execute the purposes of Your goodness; and to teach us.
  • You have taught us the most important and salutary doctrines, instructed us in the knowledge of Your nature and will, of the duties-which You require of us, and of the blessings which You have intended for us.
  • You set before us the most amiable and animating example of universal goodness, in Christ Jesus our Lord’s own character and conduct. For at length Christ chose to suffer and to die, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God..
  • Blessed be Your name, that You have, with Your right-hand, exalted our suffering and dying Redeemer, to be the Captain of our salvation; and that, having been made perfect through sufferings, He has become the author of eternal salvation to all them that obey him.
  • Blessed be Your name that the tidings of so great a salvation has reached my ears; that the kind offers of grace, peace, and eternal life, are held forth to me in the gospel of Your Son.
  • O MOST great, most gracious, and most glorious God!
  • Almighty Maker and All-wise Governor of the universe!
  • The Father, the Friend, and Savior of mankind!
  • All possible excellence is centered in You: all blessed and substantial good streams forth from You.
  • Adored be that power and goodness which at first brought me into being, and whereby I have been constantly supported and liberally supplied with all things needful to my comfortable subsistence in this present state.
  • O Preserver of men, You have been pleased to spare my forfeited life: as numberless as my sins and provocations against You have been, You are still following me with Your mercies and favors.
  • Blessed be Your name for the encouragement You have given me to repent of my sins, by the kind assurance of Your readiness to pardon and acceptance of all who are truly penitent.
  • Blessed be Your name, unworthy as I am of the common bounties of Your providence, You have freely offered to my acceptance, a share in the far richer treasures of Your grace.
  • Never can I admire You enough for the unexampled love which You have manifested in sending Your only begotten Son into the world.
  • O LORD, my God, You are ever merciful and gracious. You cause the outgoings of the morning, and of the evening, to rejoice over me.
  • I adore You as the author of my life and being, as the former of my body, and the father of my spirit. I bless You that You have made me a rational creature; have designed me for immortality; and have placed me here, in a state of discipline, in order to train me up, by a variety of exercises and trials, experiences and improvements, for the business and blessedness of another and better state.
  • I adore You as the author of my life and being, as the former of my body, and the father of my spirit.
  • I bless You that You have made me a rational creature; have designed me for immortality; and have placed me here, in a state of discipline, in order to train me up, by a variety of exercises and trials, experiences and improvements, for the business and blessedness of another and better state.
  • Blessed be Your name, You have not dealt with me according to what I deserve; but have upheld my Soul in life, and Your visitation has preserved my spirit.
  • ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father! You are the great Parent of the universe, and the supreme Lord of all, by whom all things were created, and are continually supported and governed.
  • I adore the glorious perfections of Your nature,—the boundless power, wisdom, and goodness which You have displayed in all Your works; and most gratefully acknowledge the liberal communications of Your bounty and beneficence-to me, although I am unworthy of the least of Your mercies.
  • I bless You for every instance of Your kindness and favor which I have experienced through all my past life; and particularly for the watchful care of Your good providence, by which I have been secured from the dangers of the last night, and brought to see another day, in peace and comfort.
  • Your mercies, 0 Lord, are new to me every morning; great is Your faithfulness: and hence it is that I am not consumed, even because Your compassion fails not.
  • Blessed be Your name, for I am a monument of Your patience and forbearance; furnished with a variety of good things relating to the life that I now have; and encouraged to hope for far better blessings in the life to come, through Your wonderful love and grace manifested to a sinful world, by Your Son Jesus Christ.
  • Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: who forgives all Your iniquities; who heals all Your diseases; who redeems Your life from destruction; and crowns You with loving-kindness and tender mercies.
  • As long as I live I will praise the Lord; and magnify His holy name, while I have any being.
  • O infinite, great and adorable majesty of heaven and earth! You are ever present in all parts of Your vast dominions, and not far from any of Your creatures. You know my down-sitting and my up-rising; You understand my thoughts afar off; You compass my path, and my lying-down; and are acquainted with all my ways.
  • Blessed be Your name that You have not left me in a helpless and hopeless state; but that there is mercy and forgiveness with You, that You may be feared, and that in Your right hand there is redemption.
  • Blessed be Your name for that covenant of grace and peace which You have established with us by the gospel; wherein the promises of pardon, acceptance, and eternal life, are made to those who return unto You in the way of repentance, faith, and new obedience; and the assistance of Your Holy Spirit is offered to all that ask it.

Petitions No. 1

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  • Being quickened together with Christ, and raised from the death of sin to a life of righteousness, may I be diligently engaged in seeking those things that are above, where He now sits at Your right hand.
  • Help me to chase away carnal and worldly affections from my heart, and to raise my thoughts and views to spiritual and heavenly objects.
  • May all my sentiments, words, and actions, from the beginning to the end of this day, be holy and unreprovable in Your sight!
  • Fill me with all suitable affections towards You,—the deepest veneration, the purest love, the liveliest hope, and the sublimest joy.
  • Give me, O Lord, such worthy apprehensions of Your adorable nature and attributes; such exalted views of Your creating power and wisdom, of Your providential care, and of Your redeeming love and grace; as shall excite in my soul.
  • O Lord, form my soul into a resemblance of Yourself; and grant that, by the influence of Your Holy Spirit, I may be renewed in the spirit of my mind; and may be enabled to put on that new man which is created after God, in righteousness and true holiness.
  • O Lord, preserve me to Yourself; and let nothing be able to separate me from Your love.
  • Heavenly Father, help me to live under a constant sense of Your presence; and to maintain a habitual communion with You, as the disciple of Christ Jesus.
  • May l find it good and desirable for me to draw near to You, from time to time, in the exercises of private and public devotion.
  • May I be in the happy number of those whom You choose, and cause to approach You with acceptance.
  • Grant, O Lord, that, in a humble imitation of Your goodness, I may cherish in my heart a sincere good will and fervent charity to all my fellow-creatures, as Your offspring. Let me not think it enough, merely to wish them well, and to abstain from injuring them; but make me ever ready to do them all the good in my power. Especially let me never be wasting in the discharge of those duties that belong to my particular station and relations.
  • Give me wisdom to clearly discern, and effectually pursue the course You have set before me for I know that by following You it will result in my own truest welfare and result in eternal happiness.
  • Teach me to prefer the interest of my soul to that of my body, to keep all my appetites and passions under due regulation.
  • Teach me to cultivate the graces of humility and meekness, moderation and contentment; to possess my soul in patience, amidst all the trials and troubles of this present state; and to be, above all things, attentive to ensure my future and eternal bliss.
  • Let my thoughts be more frequently and delightfully employed in meditating on the glorious perfections of Your nature, as displayed in Your works, and in Your word.
  • Purify my affections; that I may love You above all, and delight in You, and in Your laws; and renounce and detest whatever is evil in itself and displeasing to You.
  • Grant that I may feel more and more of that peace and satisfaction, which is the genuine effect of a growing acquaintance with You, and of a close adherence to You, in all the ways of holy obedience.
  • While I am here in this world,’ help me to live by faith in You and those things that are above.
  • Suffer me not to pursue earthly things, as if I had chosen the world for my portion, and had no better inheritance in view: but knowing that I do not have a continuing city here on earth, may I seek the one to come! For I know that city has strong foundations, O God for You are its builder and maker.
  • Considering myself as only a stranger and pilgrim on earth, let me live like a citizen of heaven and have my conversation there.
  • Enable me, O Lord, by Your mighty power, to overcome all the difficulties and oppositions, the trials and temptations, which I may meet on my journey heavenward.
  • O Lord through Your strength and assistance and by making daily advances and improvements in holiness and goodness, may I gradually grow more and more fit for a share in that glorious inheritance, which is among Your saints in light.

Excerpts from DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR THE CLOSET BY THE LATE REV. SAMUEL MERIVALE
Edited by Karrol 2015

Morning Prayer No. 54

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ALMIGHTY One, I do not know how many or how few of the morning suns shall rise on my head ere that dawn which I shall break in heaven. Let me not waste the days yet allotted to me on earth, nor stand still upon my way, for well I know that to do so is to fall back. Aid me, Father of Spirits, by Your inward grace and outward providence to gain this day some advance in holiness and nearness to You. I know that there lies open before me even now a glorious and beautiful life, had I but resolution to lead it—a life of human kindness, in which all my words and acts should contribute to the welfare and virtue of those around me—a life of truth and courage and self-restraint, in which my evil passions should be trampled down, till I could look back on the great task of life, and say, like Christ, “ It is finished!”—a life of love to You, my God, in which my delight in You should grow deeper and fuller year by year, till I should behold even here, and in this garb of flesh, the beginning of that eternal day of Adoration, which shall endure when all the clusters of the suns fade out and die.

O merciful God, poor and weak and sinful as I am, help me to live that blessed life, and to begin it to-day. .

Book: Alone To The Alone Prayers For Theists, Edited, With A Preface, By Frances Power Cobbe 2nd Edition
By Several Contributors
Publisher: London: Williams and Norgate 1872
Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2015

Prayer for the Armed Forces

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The Armed Forces

Key Thought: Valiant men and women guard our nation — and all our freedoms — from watch posts around the world.

Key Scripture: “He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover you with his feathers, and under his wings shalt you trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler(Ps. 91:1-4) .

Prayer: Lord Jesus, you prophesied correctly that there would always be wars and rumors of wars.1 Because this is true, we need our armed forces to defend us from those nations that plot against us.

Bless our Commander-in-Chief, the President of the United States. Give him wisdom, Father, as he makes the decisions that affect the defense of our nation. Be with him, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the chiefs of each military force, the generals, admirals and other officers of our armed forces. Bless especially the men and women of the army, navy, air force, marines, coast guard, and other services as they work hard to protect us in lonely places around the world.

Thank you for the veterans of the armed forces who have sacrificed so much to protect our land and our freedom. Many thousands have died in the service of our country and we thank you, Father, for giving them the courage and honor to lay down their lives for us. We acknowledge the truth that no man or woman has greater love than that which is demonstrated by their willingness to lay down their lives for another.2

Help the members of our armed forces to realize that by serving our country they are serving you. Help each one to see that he or she is your minister for good, that they do not bear the sword in vain because it is their divine commission to execute wrath upon those who do evil.3

Surround our service people with your love, O Lord. Anoint the military chaplains to preach your Word with clarity and conviction so that many military personnel will come to know you in a personal way.

I pray especially for_ _who serve(s) you and this nation in the armed forces. Be a very present help to him/her.4 Help him/her to realize that you are with him/her always,5 and to remember that you will never leave nor forsake him/her.6 Keep him/her from evil at all times.Protect him/her and give him/her a love for your Word and for Christian fellowship. Remind him/her of your promise that if he/she will abide under your shadow, that even if a thousand fall at his/her side and if ten thousand fall at his/her right hand, it will not come near him/her.8

Thank you for all the Christian people who minister to our service people around the world. Bless them in their important ministries. Fill the Christian servicemen’s centers with your Spirit so that earnest seekers will come and be won to you.

Lord, I beseech you in behalf of our nation and the armed forces who protect us, that when war clouds threaten on the horizon, you will lead our people to prayer. Then shall you go forth, Lord, and you will fight against those nations that become our enemies in the same way you often fought in behalf of your people in the Old Testament.9

Fight for us, Lord, in the same way that you fought against the Egyptians10 when Israel was oppressed by them. You are our strength and our song and you have become our salvation. You always triumph gloriously, and you throw the horse and his rider into the sea. You, O Lord, are a man of war. Your right hand has become glorious in power, and your right hand dashes our enemies in pieces. In the greatness of your excellency you overthrow those who rise up against you and your people. With the blast of your nostrils you can dry up a flood. When our enemies pursue us, you will overtake them. Who is like you, O Lord? You are glorious in holiness, fearful in praises and you always do wonders.11

Guide our armed forces, Lord, to do mighty exploits in your wonderful name.12

References: (l) Mark 13:7; (2) John 15:13; (3) Romans 13:4; (4) Psalms 46:1; (5) Matthew 28:20; (6) Hebrews 13:5; (7) Luke 11:4; (8) Psalms 91:1,7; (9) Zechariah 14:3; (10) Exodus 14:14; (11) Exodus 15:1-11; (12) Daniel 11:28.

PRAYERS THAT PREVAIL FOR AMERICA Changing a Nation Through Prayer Copyright © 1993 by K & C International, Inc. ISBN 0-932081-34-7 All rights reserved

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