Evening Prayer No. 24

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Almighty and merciful God, who, by Your power and goodness, has preserved me until the evening of this day. Accept my thanks for all the blessings of the day. Humble me before You for all my sins; and favorably receive Your unworthy servants for the sake of Jesus Christ.

I confess, O Lord, that I have not given to You that tribute of gratitude and love which is most justly due to Your name. I have ill requited You for all Your goodness, as a foolish person and unwise; and have not rendered back to You according to the benefits which You have for me. Though You are my Father, who has made me, and bought me. You have blessed me all my days, yet have I not regarded the wonders, which Your hand has wrought, neither have I kept Your great goodness in remembrance. I have sinned against You, as a rebellious child. I have done amiss and dealt wickedly; and have gone on forwardly in the way of my own heart.

But I am encouraged to present myself before You, ladened as I am with the guilt of all the sins of this week, and of my past life; for You are long-suffering, and of great pity, forgiving iniquity, and transgression, and sin. Pardon me, therefore, O Lord, according to the multitude of Your mercies. Have regard to Him, who knew no sin, and was made a sin offering for me, that I might be made Your righteousness in Him. Look upon Jesus, the Son of David, the Son of Your love. Lord, remember Him, and all His troubles. Remember His offering, and accept His sacrifice. Do not turn away the face of Your Anointed; who, by His own blood, is entered into heaven itself, and now appears in Your presence for me. Hear me, I pray, for His sake, and for the glory of Your name.

Another week of my life is closing; and my last week will soon come. Lord, make me to know my end, and the measure of my days, that I may know how frail I am. Behold, You have made my days, as it were a span long; and my age is even as nothing in respect of You. Verily every man living is altogether vanity. May the time that is past suffice me to have spent in sin, and forgetfulness of You; and may I learn to redeem the time that remains.

O merciful God, the Father of my Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Resurrection and the Life; in whom whosoever believes shall live, though He die. Whosoever lives, and believes in Him, shall not die eternally. I meekly ask You, O Father, to raise me from the death of sin to the life of righteousness; that, when I shall depart this life, I may rest in You. May I, at the general resurrection in the last day, be found an acceptable person in Your sight; and receive that blessing which Your well-beloved Son shall then pronounce to all that love and fear You; saying, come, you blessed children of my Father, receive the kingdom prepared for You from the beginning of the world.

I a sinner ask You to hear me, O Lord God; that it may please You to rule and govern Your holy Church Universal in the right way. Keep it continually in Your true religion; that they, who lean only upon the hope of Your heavenly grace, may evermore be defended by Your mighty power.

Pour down Your blessing on the ministers of Your Gospel. May those who are appointed to teach others be themselves taught of You. Qualify them, in all things, for the work to which You have called them; that they may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers, and to promote the edification of Your believing people.

I pray especially for You to be gracious to the place in which I live; to the Church of which I am a member; [to Your servant, who ministers to me in holy things;] and to all my beloved friends and neighbors. Keep them and me, by Your mighty power, through the hours of darkness: and fit me for the sacred employments of Your Sabbath.

And when, at the last, it shall please You to gather me to my fathers, raise up others in my room, who shall serve You better than myself; that, from generation to generation, Your name may be glorified on the earth till days and weeks shall be no more forever.

These things I ask for Jesus Christ’s sake; who, with You, O Father, and You, O Holy Ghost, lives and reigns, ever one God, world without end.

Book: Christian’s Daily Companion
SELECTED FROM THE PRAYERS OF BISHOPS WILSON AND ANDREWS TO WHICH IS ADDED A COMPILATION FROM PALMER’S AND COTTERILL’S FORMULARIES.
PUBLISHED BY ELIJAH WEEMS, FOR GABRIEL NOURSE
Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2014

Evening Prayer No. 23

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To You will I cry, O Lord, early shall my prayer come before You.

Blessed are You, O Lord, who on this day, commanded the earth to bring forth the living creature after his kind; cattle, and creeping things, and beasts of the earth, after their kind; that they might be serviceable to man for food, for clothing, and for help in his labors. You made man after Your own likeness, and blessed him, and gave him dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowls of the air, and over all the earth.

In this wonderful and most noble operation I behold, and thankfully admire, Your consultation about it. The works of Your own hand are in it. Your breathing of life into man, whereby man became a living soul. The image of Your own divine mind impressed upon him. The government of creatures here below committed to him. The paradise prepared for him. The charge given to Your angels concerning him. The marvelous structure of his body, the several functions of his heart, his reins, his eyes, his ears, his tongue, his hands, his feet, and indeed his every part; for in all he is fearfully and wonderfully made.

But still more useful and more’ amazing are the superior faculties of his soul; life, sensation, reason, intellect, free will, memory, and conscience. How amply have You made provision for the exercise of these noble faculties! By a revealed and written law; by the oracles of inspired prophets; by the melody of holy psalms; by the profitable instruction of wise proverbs and parables; by the examples and experience to be gathered from faithful histories; and by the typical worship of sacrifices, the shadows of greater and better things to come.

Blessed are You, O Lord, for that great and precious promise, which You, in the bowels of Your mercy, did You graciously give. In mercy You gave support to my fallen parents, that the seed of the woman should break the serpent’s head. Thank You for the punctual accomplishment of that promise, which You, in the fullness of time, were pleased to make on this day.

Blessed are You, O Lord, my God, and my Savior, for the holy and bitter sufferings of this day! O grant, that what You were then content to endure for me, and for my salvation, may be effectual, for the saving of my soul in particular.

Book: Christian’s Daily Companion
SELECTED FROM THE PRAYERS OF BISHOPS WILSON AND ANDREWS TO WHICH IS ADDED A COMPILATION FROM PALMER’S AND COTTERILL’S FORMULARIES.
PUBLISHED BY ELIJAH WEEMS, FOR GABRIEL NOURSE
Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2014

Evening Prayer No. 22

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Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me

Great and glorious Lord God, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, the First and the Last, which-was, and which is, and which is to come, the Almighty. Who shall not fear You, and glorify Your name?

O Lord my God, You are the dreadful, and the jealous God, against whose divine Majesty all my sins have been committed, and the fury of whose indignation I have stirred up round about me. Against You, You only, have I sinned all my days, by offenses innumerable and without excuse.

By evil thoughts and idle words, by leaving undone what I ought to do, and by doing what I ought not to do, I have failed continually in my duty to You, to my neighbor, and to myself. Your law is spiritual; but I am by nature carnal, sold under sin. I often do that which I am not allowed; that which I would desire not to do; and that which I hate I do. Even when I would most delight in Your law, after the inner man, I feel another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and striving to bring me into captivity to the law of sin, which is in my members. I confess, most righteous Lord, that my heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, and that in my flesh dwells no good thing. I am unclean, Lord, I am unclean and You might justly regard me with abhorrence.

But, to whom should I go but to You, who alone gives medicine to heal my sickness? Mercifully with Your favor look upon me, for the word of Your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, through whom I am directed to seek all spiritual blessings at Your hands. Speak the word only, and Your servants shall be healed. From all my filth, and from all my pollutions. Cleanse me in His most precious blood. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew right spirit within me. Grant that I may find my corruptions weakened, and the power of Your grace increased in my soul. Grant that the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus may make me free from the law of sin and death; and deliver me from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of Your children.

Grant that this vile body which shall soon be committed to the ground, earth to earth, ashes to ashes, and dust to dust, in sure and certain hope of the resurrection to life eternal, may be changed, like Christ’s glorious body, according to the mighty working whereby He is able to subdue all things to himself.

Have mercy, O Lord, on all who partake of my sins and infirmities. Support and comfort those who see and lament the evil of their hearts and lives; who feel the flesh lusting against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh, and cannot do the things that they would. Do not be far from them, O Lord. For You are their succor, hasten to help them. Enable them to crucify the old man, and to bring into subjection the whole body of sin; and finally, give them the victory through my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Show to them all that is in error to the light of Your truth. Open the eyes of such as see not the fault and corruption of their nature. Lead those who think that they are rich, and increased with goods, and that they have need of nothing, to confess themselves wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. May they learn to renounce their own righteousness, and submit to the righteousness of God.

Bring all nations to the obedience of faith. Be gracious to Your people Israel; and turn away the captivity of Jacob. Let the fullness of the Gentiles be brought in. Have compassion on this sinful land.

Accept, O heavenly Father, my thanks for the blessings which I have already received. Day by day I will magnify You, and every night proclaim Your faithfulness and truth. To You, and to the multitude of Your tender mercies, I commend myself, and all for whom I have prayed.

I ask You to hear me, good Lord. Son of God, I ask You to hear me. O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon me. O Christ, hear me; Lord, have mercy upon me. Christ, have mercy upon me. Lord, have mercy upon me.

My Father, fyc. The peace of God, fyc.

Book: Christian’s Daily Companion
SELECTED FROM THE PRAYERS OF BISHOPS WILSON AND ANDREWS TO WHICH IS ADDED A COMPILATION FROM PALMER’S AND COTTERILL’S FORMULARIES.
PUBLISHED BY ELIJAH WEEMS, FOR GABRIEL NOURSE
Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2014

Evening Prayer No. 21

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O Lord, You have been my Refuge from one generation to another. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever the earth and the worlds were made, You are God from everlasting, and world without end.

Upon Your mercy-seat in the heavens You wait to be gracious; and I, Your sinful creatures, draw nigh to You, as to a God in Christ, reconciling the world to Yourself, not imputing their trespasses to them.

I trust, O Lord, to the word of Your promise, that though I have sinned, I have an advocate with You, Jesus Christ, the righteous; who is the propitiation for my sins; and not for ours only, but for the sins of the whole world.

If I say that I have no sin, I deceive myself, and the truth is not in me: but if I confess my sins, You are faithful and just to forgive me my sins, and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness.

I pray You, therefore, to create and make in me a new and contrite heart; that I, worthily lamenting my sins, and acknowledging my wretchedness, may obtain of You, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness. Regard me no longer as a child of wrath, but as a dear child; heir of the kingdom of heaven, and joint-heir with Christ. Satisfy me with Your mercy, that I may rejoice and be glad in You all my days.

Grant me, according to the riches of Your glory, to be strengthened with might, by Your Spirit, in the inner man’. Let Christ dwell in my hearts by faith; that, being rooted and grounded in love, I may be able to comprehend, with all saints, what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that I may be filled with all the fullness of You my God.

You have bought and defended me, O heavenly Father, through the dangers of another -day; and has blessed me with every needful blessing, in my going out and coming in.

But, I ask You, O God of the spirits of all flesh, in whom alone I live, and move, and have my being, to touch my hearts with the solemn and affecting truth, that I know not what shall be on the morrow. Keep me continually mindful,’ that in the midst of life I am in death. Of whom may I seek for succor, but of You, O Lord, who for my sins are justly displeased? Yet, O Lord God, most holy, O Lord, most mighty, O holy and merciful Savior, You most worthy Judge eternal, suffer me not, at my last hour, for any pains of death, to fall from You.

Give ear, O Lord, to my prayers for my fellow-creatures.

Put the ungodly in fear, that they may know themselves to be but men. Incline them seriously to think on their ways, and turn their feet to Your testimonies.

Let all those who trust in You rejoice; because their redemption draws nigh; and their salvation is nearer than when they first believed.

Be gracious to such as, in this transitory world, are suffering, either for their sins, or for righteousness’ sake; and sanctify their sufferings to the good of their souls.

Lastly, I pray Almighty God, with whom lives the spirits of just men made perfect, after they are delivered from their earthly prisons, to look with compassion on all whom the sorrows of death are encompassing about. I commend their souls into Your hands, as into the hands of a faithful Creator and most merciful Savior: humbly asking You, that they may be precious in Your sight. Wash them in the blood of that spotless Lamb that was slain to take away the sins of the world; that they may be presented pure and without spot before You.

And teach me to survive, in every daily spectacle of mortality, to remember how frail and uncertain my own condition is; and so to number my days, that I may apply my hearts to wisdom. Grant that neither the splendor of anything that is great, nor the conceit of anything that is good in me, may withdraw my eyes from looking upon myself as sinful dust and ashes; but that I may press forward to the prize of the high calling that is before me, in faith and patience, humility and meekness, mortification and self- denial; charity and constant perseverance to the end: and all this for Your Son, my Lord, Jesus Christ’s sake: to whom with You, and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, world without end.

My Father, fyc..The peace of God, &;c.

Book: Christian’s Daily Companion
SELECTED FROM THE PRAYERS OF BISHOPS WILSON AND ANDREWS TO WHICH IS ADDED A COMPILATION FROM PALMER’S AND COTTERILL’S FORMULARIES.
PUBLISHED BY ELIJAH WEEMS, FOR GABRIEL NOURSE
Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2014

Evening Prayer No. 20

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My Lord, Almighty God and Heavenly Father, I thank You from the inner most part of my heart for all Your mercy and kindness. Like a Father, You have shown me how much You love me this day and have kept me safe from all ills.
I ask You Father, as Your dear child to graciously preserve me to my last breath in Your saving word, and to enlighten my heart with Your Holy Spirit, that I may know what is good or evil.
I ask You in mercy to forget all the sins that I have knowingly committed this day along with my secret faults and to grant me a Christian’s rest for the night, that I may rise hale and hearty to Your praise.
Also help me, dear Father, by Your grace, to begin a new life well-pleasing to You, to my soul’s salvation; through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, my only helper. Amen.

Book: The Abridged Treasury of Prayers
An Epitome from the Larger “Gebets-Schatz” Published by Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Mo.
Publisher: American Lutheran Publication Board, Pittsburgh, PA. 1906
Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2014

Evening Prayer No. 19

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The day is past and gone, The evening shades appear; O, may we all remember well The night of death draws near.

We lay our garments by, Upon our beds to rest; So death will soon disrobe us all Of what we here possess.

And if we early rise, And view the unwearied sun May we set out to view the prize And after glory run.

And when our days are past, And we from time remove, O may we in Your bosom rest The bosom of Your love!

PRAYER.

O You, incomprehensible Lord God, to whose sight all things are naked and open ; and who knows the state and character of every individual before You, let not any of us approach You with our lips, while our hearts are estranged from Your grace and love ; but enable us under a deep conviction of our guilt and helplessness, to draw nigh unto You in faith and hope pleading the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who ever lives to make intercession for us.

Without this way of access into Your presence, we could not presume to lift up our eyes unto You. But encouraged by the revelation of mercy in Christ, we desire to take shelter in Him, acknowledging that there is salvation in no other. Help us not only to discern His personal glory, and to confess before man that He is our Lord and our God. Likewise let us stand in assurance of His mediatorial fullness, who was made sin for us, that we might be made righteous in him. Help us cordially so resign ourselves to his gracious authority and wise dispensations, making him the sole object of our faith and hope, and yielding ourselves to the guidance of his word and providence.

Look down O Lord in mercy upon Your whole church. May it be established, strengthened, and settled in the faith of the everlasting gospel. Carry on the work of Your grace among the children of men; let such as shall be saved be added daily to Your church ; send forth the glad tidings of great joy to Heathen and Mohamedan lands; regard in mercy Your own ancient people Israel, and hasten the time when the wilderness shall be turned into the garden of the Lord; when all flesh shall see the salvation of our God.  Now O heavenly Father, while we bless You for all the mercies of the past day, we beseech You to renew Your mercies to us, and to spread Your protecting wings around us during the dark and silent hours of the night; and should it please You to raise us up in health and safety to see the light of another day, lift up also the light of Your countenance upon us, that we may walk before the Lord in the light of the living.” Our Father,” &c.

Book: The Bible Prayer Book for Family Worship
Author: Br. W. W. Everts
Publisher: Ivison & Phinney 1855
Revised by: Karrol Sneed 2014

Evening Prayer No. 18

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EVENING PRAYER.

After reading the Lessons of the Day or some other portion of Holy Scripture, if there be no Bishop, Priest or Deacon present let the Master of the House kneel down and say:

Let us humbly confess our sins before Almighty God!

The Confession

To he said of the whole Family after the Person officiating all kneeling,

Almighty and Most merciful Father We have erred and strayed from Your ways, like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against Your holy laws: We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done .those things which we ought iiot to have done; and there b no health in us. But You, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders: Spare You them, O God, which confess their &ults: Restore You them that are penitent; According to Your promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesu our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous and sober life, To the glory of Your holy Name. Amen.

Here if a Bishop or Priest be present let him be requested to give the Absolution, otherwise^ let the Master of the House proceed and say the Family repeating with him,

The Lord’s Prayer

OuR Father, which is 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 Your is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Then shall follow the Collects; the first of the Day (seepage 39, et seq. the second for Peace, the third for Aid against all Perils. The two last Collects shall never alter, but daily he said at Evening Prayer throughout all the year, as follows.

The second Collect, for Peace

O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels^ and all just works do proceed; Give unto Your servants that peace which the world cannot give; that both our hearts may be set to obey Your commandments, and also that by You we being defended from the fear of our enemies, may pass our time in rest and quietness, through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The third Collect for Aid against all Perils.

Lighten our darkness, we beseech You, O Lord; and by Your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night, for the love of Your only Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

A Collect or Prayer for all conditions of Men,

O God, the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, we humbly beseech You for all sorts and conditions of men, that You would be pleased to make Your ways known unto them, Your saving health unto all nations. More especially we pray for the good estate of the Church, that it may be so guided and governed by Your good Spirit, that all who profess, and call themselved Christians, may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally, we commend to Your fatherly goodness all those who are any ways afflicted or distressed in mind, body, or estate. [* especially This to be said when any de those for whom our prayers sire the prayers are desired]; May it please You to comfort and relieve them according to their several necessities, giving them patience under their sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions: And this we beg for Jesus Christ his sake. Amen*

A General Thanksgiving

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we Your unworthy servants do give You most humble and hearty thanks for all Your goodness and loving kindness to us and to all men, (particularly for the mercies and benefits of the past day.) We bless You for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all, for Your inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And we beseech You, give us that due sense of all Your mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, and that we may show forth Your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives; by giving up ourselves to Your service, and by walking before You in holiness and righteousness all our days, through Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom with You and the Holy Ghost be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen,

A Prayer of St Chrysostom

Almighty God, who has given us grace at this time, with one accord to make our common supplications unto You. You promise, that when two or three are gathered together in Your Name, You will grant their requests; Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of Your servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of Your truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen

2 Cor. 13:14

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.

If a Bishop he present let him be requested to pronounce a blessing on the Family,

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen,

COLLECTS

To be used at Evening Prayer throughout the Week

Monday.

Visit we beseech You, O Lord, this house and family, and drive far from it all the snares of the enemy; let Your holy angels dwell herein to preserve us in peace; and let Your blessing be upon us for ever, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen,

Tuesday.

Look graciously, O Lord, upon Your Church in this house, and hear us when we pray, for all who are commended to our prayers by kindred or alliance, by the obligation of benefits received, by charge entrusted to our care, by moral friendship, by Christian charity, by promise, by mutual duty; be You merciful unto us all, and bless us, and show us the light of Your countenance, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Wednesday,

Almighty Father, who hast given Your only begotten Son to be unto us a sacrifice for sin, an example of meek and patient suffering, and a mirror of righteousness and true holiness of life; give us grace that we may receive that his inestimable benefit with all thankfulness of heart, and also daily endeavor ourselves to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life, through he same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Thursday,

O God who hast declared that a house divided against itself cannot standi and who hast warned us not to let the sun go down upon our wrath, make us a household, dwelling together in unity and godly love. Banish and drive away all envy, hatred, and malice from our hearts, and if any of us have done any wrong to any man, give us grace that we may restore fourfold; so that forbearing and forgiving one another, we may find mercy at Your hands through the merits and intercession of Jesus Christ our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

Friday.

Almighty God, we beseech You graciously look upon this family, for which our Lord Jesus Christ was contented to be betrayed into the hands of wicked men, and to suffer death upon the cross who now lives and reigns with You and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Saturday.

O Lord and Heavenly Father, who hast brought us to the end of another week: we acknowledge Your great goodness to us, in sparing us when we deserve punishment; in giving us the necessaries of this life; and in setting before us the happiness of a better. Pardon, Lord, our offences; correct and amend what is amiss in us; that as we grow in years we may grow in grace, and the nearer we come to our latter end we may be the better prepared for it. Take from us all ignorance, hardness of heart, and too much carefulness for the things of this life. Make us a household fearing You, submitting ourselves to Your good pleasure, and putting our whole trust in Your mercy. Make us mindful, that as the end of the week, so the end of life is nigh at hand; and because we know neither the day nor the hour of our Master’s coming, grant us grace, that we may always live in such a state, that we may never be afraid to die, but that, living or dying, we may be Your through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Book: Family Prayer
Author: Rev. Walter Farquhar Hook, M.A,
Publisher: London: J. G. & F. Rivington

 

Evening Prayer No. 17

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O GRACIOUS And compassionate God, eternal Father, how cordial is the love, and how fatherly the care You have for me, a poor sinner, having so graciously protected me all my days and hours, from my tender youth to the present moment against the manifold wiles of the devil, and the dangers and temptations of the wicked world.
And I humbly ask You, according to Your fatherly love towards me, that You would nevermore remember all my sins for I have transgressed against You this day.
Be merciful to me, because of Your Son, Jesus Christ, who is surety for all my sins.
And during this night protect me and all mine against a sudden evil death, against disaster from fire or water, against pestilence and all manner of ills.
So I now entrust myself, my body, soul and all I have to Your fatherly protection; Your holy angel be with me, that I need fear no ill. Amen.

Book: The Abridged Treasury of Prayers
An Epitome from the Larger “Gebets-Schatz” Published by Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Mo.
Publisher: American Lutheran Publication Board, Pittsburgh, PA. 1906

Evening Prayer No. 16

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Glory be to You, Father of all flesh, for creating man in Your own likeness; for breathing into him a soul capable of the knowledge of Your wondrous works, and Your infinite perfections.

Glory be to You, for so plainly revealing the worth of our souls in Your sight. For giving Your only Son to redeem them, when lost by the fall of our first parents: for his opening a new and living way through his flesh, whereby our guilty souls can have access to You. We come through the veil in faith, with confidence where we are acquitted, purified and exalted to dwell eternally in Your blessed presence.

Glory be to You who promised and has sent down from heaven Your Holy Spirit, to enlighten, guide, and sanctify the souls of those who come to You by Christ Jesus.

We return to You, O God, our unfeigned thanks for Your repeated promises of glory, reserved in heaven for every soul which departs this life in the true faith and fear of Your name. We desire also to adore Your tender mercies towards us, in laying hell as it were open before our eyes; that, fully apprised of that dreadful place of torment, the prison of lost souls, we may ever labor to escape it. We bless You for all Your compassionate calls, warnings, and exhortations, both in Your word and providence, designed to lead us to regard above everything the salvation of our souls.

Now, O gracious Father! We humbly beseech You, make all Your goodness, through Your grace, effective to the work required in us to bring us to a lively and perpetual concern for the salvation of our immortal souls.

Deliver us, O God, from that gross ignorance stupidity, and contempt of spiritual blessings, in which we are naturally involved. O! rescue us from the prevailing power of things present and striking to our senses; from the abuse of bodily health and strength. From the enchantments of the pleasures of sin, or of any earthly comforts whatsoever; from anxious care concerning the body or things of this world; which all act in confederacy against us, both to prevent and to extinguish a due solicitude to save our souls alive. Keep us also, O God of all power and grace! From neglecting our souls through the infectious example of the multitude, or through fear of being had in derision for laboring fervently in the means of saving them. Wherever we are, whatever is our employ, still sound, O God! In our ears, that momentous question, “What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? And what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? ” Continually do You dispose our hearts to avoid everything that would prove hurtful to our souls, to watch and to pray for their preservation, and to obtain sure and certain proofs, that they shall be saved in the day of the Lord.

Finally, O God! We beseech You to have compassion on the great multitude who set at naught their never-dying souls; who are secure and at ease, though on the point of being eternally lost: cause, O Lord! the scales to fall from their eyes; take away from them all their hardness of heart, contempt of Your word, and cruelty towards themselves; that they at last may inherit Your great salvation, prepared for the souls of the faithful in Christ Jesus. For his sake alone, we beseech You to hear us; and in him we trust, our Mediator and Redeemer. Amen.

 

Book: Complete Duty of Man
Author: Rev. Henry Venn. A.M.
Publisher: London: William Clowes and Sons, Stamford Street 1841
Revised and Edited by Karrol Sneed 2014

 

Prayer Exemplified

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And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel; and there he built an altar unto the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord. Gen. 12:6, 8.

Jacob was left alone, and there wrestled a man with him, until the breaking of the day. And he said, let me go for the day breaks: and he said, I will not let you go, except you bless me. And he said unto him, What is your name? and he said, Jacob. And he said, Your name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast you power with God, and with men, and hast prevailed. Gen. 32:24, 25,26, 27. Gen. 32:28.

And Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers; and they presented themselves before God. And Joshua said unto all the people, fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served, on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve you the Lord. And if it seems evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom you will serve; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:14-18 (TLB)

14  “So revere Jehovah and serve him in sincerity and truth. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Worship the Lord alone.
15  But if you are unwilling to obey the Lord, then decide today whom you will obey. Will it be the gods of your ancestors beyond the Euphrates or the gods of the Amorites here in this land? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”
16  And the people replied, “We would never forsake the Lord and worship other gods!
17  For the Lord our God is the one who rescued our fathers from their slavery in the land of Egypt. He is the God who did mighty miracles before the eyes of Israel, as we traveled through the wilderness, and preserved us from our enemies when we passed through their land.
18  It was the Lord who drove out the Amorites and the other nations living here in the land. Yes, we choose the Lord, for he alone is our God.”

As for me, I will call upon God: and the Lord shall save me. Evening and morning, and at noon will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. Ps. 55:16, l7.

In the morning, rising up a great while before day, he (Jesus,) went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. Mark 1:35.

When he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. Matt. 14:23

Peter was kept in prison, hut prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. And behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell from off his hands. Acts 12:5, V.

We have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities: but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Heb. 4:15, 16.

See also Gen. 19:20. 35:2. 3, 7. 2 Sam. 6:20. Job 1:5. Acts 1:13,14. Acts 10:2, 16:25. 20:36. 21:5. Gen 32:9-12. Jud. 6:22. 36. 39. 1 Sam. 1:10. 2. Sam. 7:18-29. 2 Kings 20:2, 11. 2 Chron. 33:18 19. Ezr. 9:5, 6. Neh. 2:4. Jon. 32:16-25. Dan. 9:3. 17. Jon. 2:1. Heb. 1:2. Luke 2:37. Acts:9 11. 40. 10:9. 30. Josh. 7:6-9. 1 Chron. 29:10-19. 2 Chron. 6th chap. 20:5,13. Neh. 9th chap. Luke 1:10. Acts 2:46. 4:24. 12:5,12. 3:1. 13:3. 16:16.

Lord we come before your now
At your feet we humbly bow.
O do not our. suit disdain!
Shall we seek your, Lord, in vain?
In thine own appointed way
Now we seek your—here we stay;
Lord, from hence we would not go
Till a blessing you bestow.

PRAYER

O Lord you alone are Jehovah—the Most High over all the earth—and the Ruler of the Universe! Angels and Archangels veil their faces before you in homage and adoration; all your works praise you, and your name is excellent in all the earth; your saints bless you and with adoring gratitude proclaim your name to succeeding generations.

Imitating the example of patriarchs and prophets; of apostles and martyrs; and above all of our Lord Jesus Christ the great exemplar of human duty, may we offer to you our bodies and our spirits a living sacrifice acceptable unto God, and our reasonable service. May we find a bower of prayer in whatever part of the earth we live; raise an altar in our family dwelling, however lowly or solitary; and consecrate a Bethel in every place of our sojourn among men.

May we be numbered with your people, share with them your partial providence in this world, and the inheritance reserved for them in heaven. May our habitation be blessed with those of the just, and not experience the avenging fury poured out upon the families who call not upon your name.

May the community where we shall dwell enjoy peace and prosperity; our land become Emanuel’s land; and the whole earth be filled with the knowledge of God through our Lord Jesus Christ, in whose language teach us ever to pray, “Our Father,” &c., &c.

Book: Book of Worship for Family and Private Use
Author: W. W. Everts
Publisher: New York: Sheldon & Company, 1865
Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2014

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