Morning Prayer No. 33

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You are in heaven, O Lord, and I am Your sinful creature, here upon earth: make me to worship You this day, with all becoming reverence and submission both of soul and body; and fulfil Your gracious promise, that where two or three are gathered together in Your name, there will You be in the midst of them.

Help me against the infirmities of my nature, and the sins that beset me in my attendance upon You. Bless the instruction, which may this day be given to all that profess the name of Christ; that it may fall upon serious and faithful hearts, to the strengthening of belief, and the improvement of practice. Incline me to hear Your word with attention, and to receive it with meekness and gladness of heart.

Dispose and prepare my soul to receive the full benefit of those holy ordinances which You have appointed for my edification and comfort; and grant that the effects of my religious exercises on this day may be seen in my Christian behavior during the remainder of the week; that each succeeding Lord’s day may find me advancing in the great work of my salvation, and better prepared for that eternal rest, which is in store for the faithful servants of Your blessed Son.

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

Morning Prayer No. 32

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O Eternal Light, shine into our hearts.
O Eternal Goodness, deliver us from evil.
O Eternal Power, be our support.
Eternal Wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance.
Eternal Pity, have mercy upon us.
Grant to us that we may evermore seek Your face, with all our hearts, minds, and strength.

Finally bring us, in Your infinite mercy, to Your holy presence.
So strengthen our weakness that, following in the footsteps of Your blessed Son,
we may obtain Your mercy, and enter into Your promised joy.
—Alcuin, 8th Century

Morning Prayer No. 31

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Almighty God, have mercy upon us, when we are troubled with the things that are past, lose faith, courage, and hope. Uphold us that are being sustained by a true faith and trust in You, so that we may go on in the life of the future to keep Your commandments, to rejoice in Your bounty, to trust in Your mercy, and to hope in the eternal life. Grant to all of us, the remembrance that whatever may happen to us is under Your guidance, Your care, and by Your will. So that by beholding You in our darkest days, we may have courage to go on, faith to endure, patience to bear, and hopefulness to hold out, even to the end—Amen –George Dawson

Morning Prayer No. 30

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DEAR GOD of love, my Friend, my Master, my King, my Christ, will You not grant me this greatest and best of gifts, even Your own nature? You alone can give it, and it is dear to me because it comes from You. O, in the ways of my life which are often strange and hard, will You not cause Your love to shine forth, that I may see and understand? Come and breathe over the past, and wash away all that I tremble to remember, all the follies and failures of past years. Inspire me with courage that I may do my work and live my life for You and by You, whether men praise or blame. Make me, Christ of love, a victor in the battle, a conqueror in the strife, a child of Yours having but one allegiance and one desire, but one end and one purpose, that I may love You as You have loved me. May Your love so work in me and by me that the world may profit by my life, and the hearts of men be drawn to You. I ask it for Your own dear sake. Amen.

Book: Prayers for the Quiet Hour
Author: Floyd W. Tomkins, S.T.D., LL.D.
Publisher: United Society of Christian Endeavor 1910
Revised and Adapted by: Karrol Henry ©2014

Prayer On Leaving Home for Work

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The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I he afraid ?’— Ps. 27:1

ALMIGHTY GOD, whose presence fills the heavens and the earth, You control all things for Your children’s good; to Your paternal care I commit my way, in firm assurance that You will not leave me without protection, nor suffer my hope to fail. We are unworthy to ask anything of ourselves; but I come in the Name of our Lord and Savior, whom You always hear.

I am about to leave my home and go about my daily business which separates me from those whom You have made dear to me. My thoughts are resting on what is yet hidden in the mysteries of Your providence; on the time when my present purpose may be accomplished, and I may again return, and find my family, as they are now, surrounded with blessings of every kind, and trouble, sickness, and death, still strangers to our dwelling. We regard our separation as only for a short time. However we are too forgetful at times that in the midst of life we are in death, not knowing what a day may bring forth.

Praised be Your Name, for power, goodness, and mercy. We need fear no evil, for You are with us; and no enemy can harm, nor danger overcome the objects of Your care, unless sin should interpose to draw on us the strength of Your displeasure. Lord, be my guide, my helper, my preserver, in every place I travel. I pray for Your blessings to accompany me in my daily travels; keep me from harm. Help me to overcome every wicked, impure, unholy thought, or any thought which I dare not ask You to prosper with Your abundant grace.

In every circumstance of my journey, may I truly experience the consolation of Your all-prevailing watchfulness. I am never alone or unprotected, for You are at my right hand; and I know that You will require a due improvement of all the means wherewith You refresh my mind and body, to serve You more effectually.

All-bountiful Father, at the appropriate time restore me in good health to my home and family. For surely I am trusting in Your providence to keep and defend them. Permit me to look forward joyfully to the time when we may again assemble in Your Name, and be united with thankful hearts in declaring what rich mercies You have poured out on us. For Jesus’ sake, I humbly entreat all things necessary for our life here, in preparation for the life that is to come. Amen.

Book: Brief Prayers for Travellers
Author: Thomas Brittain Vacher
Publisher: London: Hatchard & Co. 187 Piccadilly 1868
Revised and Adapted by: Karrol Henry©2014

Morning Prayer No. 29

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ALMIGHTY and Everlasting God, our Creator, Preserver, and Benefactor, at the beginning of another day, we, Your unworthy servants, desire again to commend ourselves to Your Fatherly care. We praise You for the safety and comfort of the past night, and adore You for all the mercies which we again experience this morning. May we to whom You have thus graciously renewed Your blessings cheerfully renew the dedication of ourselves to Your service, for Yours we are and You we ought to serve. With prayer and watchfulness may we enter upon the duties of life, trusting to Your goodness to preserve us from those accidents to which our bodies are exposed, and to defend us from those temptations which our souls are as yet too weak to resist.

You, 0 God, have ordained labor to be the lot of man and know the necessities of Your creatures ; bless, we beseech You, our various undertakings and employments, and further them with Your continual help. May the thought that Your Presence accompanies us whithersoever we go restrain us from all sin, and the happy conviction that Your favor encompasses us as a shield, fill us with a cheerful confidence in doing our appointed work; and thus may we obtain in all our undertakings such success as will best promote Your glory and the salvation of our own souls.

Once again we entreat Your pardon for all our sins, known and unknown, and pray that they may all he blotted out through the effectual Atonement made upon the Cross by Your Blessed Son. Once again, at the same time we implore also the sanctifying and comforting influences of the Holy Spirit. May He enlighten our blind understandings, and strengthen our feeble knees, that we may walk on steadily in the way that leads to eternal life. While we sojourn as strangers and pilgrims upon earth, may He enable us ever to look to Heaven as our rest, and while we are travelling towards it as our only proper home, may He be our guide and comforter in all our ways.

To these prayers, for ourselves, we would add our humble intercessions in behalf of others. Bless the Church, of which it is our privilege to be members, and the nation in which it is our lot to live. May peace and prosperity be granted to the one, and may the other exhibit a continually increasing number of real devoted servants of Jesus Christ. Bless our dear relatives and friends according to their several necessities, especially any who are suffering under sickness, sorrow, or any other affliction, and grant moreover, we humbly beseech You, that the children of this family may grow in grace as they grow in years, and may finally be partakers of Your Heavenly Kingdom.

Favorably with mercy hear our prayers, praises, and intercessions, through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

A Manual Of Family And Occasional Prayers

Rev. William Sinclair, M.A., Incumbent Of St. George’s, Leeds

London: J. Hatchard & Son, 187, Piccadilly: Hamilton, Adams, And Co., Paternoster-Row And T. Harrison, Leeds. 1854.

Morning Prayer No. 28

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Almighty and most merciful God, the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, who has brought me safely to the beginning of this day, give me grace, I earnestly request You, that I may now offer, with one accord, my common supplications to You; and in compassion to my ignorance teach me how to pray.

I acknowledge my transgressions, gracious Lord, and my sin is ever before me; make the remembrance of it more grievous to me than it is: and have mercy upon me, most merciful Father, for Your Son my Lord Jesus Christ’s sake.

Make ours to be a household of love with deep reverence and the right fear of You.

Endue me with the grace of Your Holy Spirit; that I may make changes in my life according to Your Holy Word, and do everything that is pleasing in Your sight.

As my blessed Savior, who died for my sins, did, as on this day, rise again from the dead, so may I be raised by Your power to newness of life, and daily advance in all virtue and godliness.

You have been pleased, O Lord, for Your own glory, and for the benefit of Your creatures, to set apart one day out of seven, to be kept holy to Yourself. Give me grace, that I may sanctify Your appointment to the honor of Your holy name, and the good of my own souls.

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

Morning Prayer No. 27

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LORD my God, great, eternal, wonderful in glory, Who keeps covenant and promises for those that love You with their whole heart. You are the Life of all, the Help of those that flee to You, the Hope of those who cry to You; cleanse me from my sins, secret and open, and from every thought displeasing to Your goodness,—cleanse my body and soul, my heart and conscience, that with a pure heart and a clear soul, with perfect love and calm hope, I may venture confidently and fearlessly to pray.

Book: Ancient Collects and Other Prayers
Compiled by: William Bright, M.A.
Publisher: J.H. and Jas. Parker 1862

Prayer for Independence Day

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God thank You for the men and women who have stood in battle for the freedom of our Country on foreign and domestic soil.  Thank You for our forefathers who wrote the Constitution and were not ashamed to say “In God We Trust”.  God forgive our Nation for allowing the freedoms that were won for us by the blood of our brothers and sisters to be slowly taken away because we have been so lax in continuing the fight in our Courts.  May we all stand up and say I will fight for my God, my Country and my freedom!  In Jesus Name we pray. Amen

Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn: Grant that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. – Unknown

 

Prayers Upon Waking No. 2

Early Morning

Go to your morning prayers as soon as you are ready; lest your mind become busy with other things and be thereby unfitted for devotion.  Kneeling down reverently in your accustomed place, put yourself in God’s presence and say:

Gracious Father that hears prayer, to You shall all flesh come.
There is not a word in my mouth, that You, 0 Lord, do not already know.
Lord, teach me to pray.

Then after a short pause begin as follows the Confession

Confession

I am not worthy to enter into Your presence, 0 God, or to lift up my hands towards the mercy-seat of Your holy temple. For I have strayed from the way of Your commandments, and have done evil in Your sight.

By sinful thoughts, and wicked tempers, by idle words and wrongful deeds, I have provoked Your wrath, and deserved chastisement; especially by . . . [think of the Sins most on your conscience.]

Through my own fault, 0 Lord, through my own most grievous fault, have I transgressed; and I am without excuse before You.

I have gone astray like a sheep that is lost. O seek Your servant; for I do not forget Your commandments.

Blessed Jesus, the hope of sinners, obtain for me, I beseech You, by Your blood and merits, the full forgiveness of my offenses.

0 Holy Spirit of grace, renew in me whatever is decayed or lost through sin. Teach me to know, obey and love, my God and Father, and help me from day to day in the way that leads to life.

Lords Prayer  

Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

[Insert here the Proper Collects for the day of the week and for the season, etc.]
Now, pausing a little, direct your thoughts to the necessity of God’s help to carry you in safety through the trials and duties of the day. Then say: —

Prayer for Grace and Help

As I go forth to my work and to my labor until the evening. O Lord, I ask You to prosper the work of my hands. 0 Lord, prosper my handy-work.

My body and my soul are in Your hands, 0 Lord. Protect me, if it be Your gracious will, from every evil accident; or if You are pleased to send trial and suffering, enable me to profit by them.

Save me from all bad thoughts and base desires. Do not let my heart be inclined to any evil thing. Set a watch before my mouth; and turn away my eyes, lest they behold vanity. Give me such a spirit of love, that I may do all things with charity. Grant me the means of doing good, and grant me grace to make use of them. Make me to go in the path of Your commandments; for therein is my desire.

Here reflect a moment on the wants of those for whom you are going to pray. Then say: —

Intercession

Remember, gracious God, for good all those for whom I am bound to pray.

Be with the rulers of this land, that they forget not You, the King of kings.

Give grace and blessing to the ministers of Your Word and Sacraments, especially to those whom You hast set over me, the Bishop of the Diocese and the clergy of this place.

[Be gracious to my dear wife {or husband), and grant that we may live together in holy love, pleasing You in body and soul unto our lives* end.]

[Bless my dear children. Keep them in Your fear and love, and make them partakers of Thine eternal kingdom.]

Be gracious [to my dear parents, brothers and sisters, my god-children, pupils, servants, master and mistress,] to all my relations, friends and neighbors ; especially . . . [Here think of any one who has asked your prayers or much needs them,]

Forgive all who have done me harm by word or deed; and do You good to all who have done good to me.

0 look You upon us, and be merciful unto us, and grant us Your peace, 0 Lord. Amen.

Thanksgiving

Before the thanksgiving which follows give some thought to the great goodness of God towards you from your birth unto this present hour. Then say:

I will thank You, 0 Lord my God, with all my heart, and will praise Your Name for evermore.

Many and great have been the mercies and favors, observed and unobserved, which You have bestowed on Your unworthy servant, and on those belonging to me. 0 cause me to see and feel Your goodness in all that You have given, and all that You have denied me, or taken from me.

I thank You, and praise You, for my creation, for Your daily care and bounties, for the kindness that I have received from parents, kindred and friends, and for all the comforts and blessings of this passing life; but more especially for the grace of my new birth in You, for Your long-suffering, mercy, and forgiveness. Your Fatherly corrections and reproofs, for the knowledge of Your truth and will, and for the blessed hope of everlasting life, vouchsafed to us through Jesus Christ, Your Son.

Bless the Lord, 0 my soul, and forget not all His benefits.

Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth for evermore.

[Offer here your petitions for any particular grace that you desire to ask of God and prayers or thanksgivings for special occasions]   This is also a fit place for any supplication, or expression of faith, love, or gratitude that you wish to address to your Heavenly Father in your own words; or for meditation, if the occasion serve.

Conclusion

In conclusion make a solemn offering of your devotions to God in the Name of Christ, through whom we have access by the Spirit unto the Father:—

In the Name of Jesus Christ, the propitiation for my sins, my Advocate and Mediator, have I now come before You, 0 God.
For His sake hear me, 0 gracious Lord.
For His merits’ and Your own mercies’ sake, vouchsafe to accept this offering of prayer and praise, to Your glory, and to, my comfort and salvation. Amen.

Book: Words to Take With Us A Maual of Daily and Occasional Prayers (Eighth Edition)
Author: W. E. Scudamore, M.A.
Publisher: London: Longmans, Green, and Co. 1895
Revised and Edited by: Karrol Henry 2014

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