Prayer No. 2

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O ETERNAL Father, who sent Your only begotten Son into the world to die for our sins, who by His precious blood-shedding has purchased to Himself a peculiar people zealous of good works: we beseech You absolutely to dispose of what You have so dearly paid for; mortify us to the world, and confirm our courage to fight manfully under the Banner of our crucified Savior, that we may be able to stand the shock of all temptations, and that nothing, either in life or death, may separate us from Your love in Him our glorious Redeemer, with You and the Holy Ghost lives and reigns one God blessed for ever. - Author Unknown

 

St. Ignatious Prayer

TAKE, 0 Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my whole will. You have given me all that I am and all that I possess; I surrender it all to You, that You may dispose of it according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough, and will have no more to desire. – St. Ignatious

Evening Prayer No. 37

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O GOD, our Creator and Protector, the Father of our spirits, and the Friend of our souls, we are once more gathered together in Your name. We are Your children, and under Your special care we desire again to place ourselves.

Before we go to rest we would thank You for the mercies of the past day, and we would ask You to pardon the sins which we have committed. O God, forgive our self-seeking and self-pleasing. Forgive our want of faith and love, our coldness in prayer, and our slothfulness in the discharge of our several duties. We have loved this world too much, and have been overburdened with its cares. Free us from its bondage, and raise our affections to things above.

Oh that we may live nearer to You, and devote ourselves more entirely to Your service. Make Your word instructive to our minds, and precious to our souls; and give us more real enjoyment in prayer. May our hope be fixed on Christ, and may He be our present joy and our future portion.

We are tied and bound, O Lord, with the chain of our sins; in mercy loose us. Grant us pardon for the past. Blot out all our transgressions. They are great indeed. Our own hearts condemn us; and much more do You, who knows ail things, and searches our very hearts and reins. We would wash in that fountain which You have opened for sin and for uncleanness. May the blood of Jesus cleanse us, and may the Spirit of Jesus quicken us, and give new life to our souls.

Keep guard over us during the silent watches of the night. Be about our bed. Commit us to the care of ministering angels. Preserve us from all the dangers of the night. Keep us from fire and violence, from storm and tempest. And shield our souls also from the assaults of Satan. Put away from us all evil thoughts. and unholy desires. Be our hiding-place, and shelter us under Your wings, so that no evil may befall us.

And now, O Lord, we will lay ourselves down to sleep and take our rest. Prepare us for that night which shall be our last; and, whether we wake or sleep, may we be Yours forever, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

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 [or, day by 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 Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

May the Lord direct our hearts this night and for ever in the love of God, and in the patient waiting for Christ. The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Family Prayers by Rev. Ashton Oxenden

Evening Prayer No. 36

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Almighty and most merciful God! who are infinitely exalted above every other being f look down in mercy upon Your needy and dependent children, who, at the close of the day, have collected around the family altar, with the sacrifice of prayer and thanksgiving. The faculties, with which we worship You, are Your gift; and of You are all things. We approach You with the persuasion, that no tribute from mortals can add to Your happiness, or to Your glory. But we rejoice, that though You are too great to need our offerings, You are too good to despise or disregard them. We rejoice, that, while You are superintending the concerns of the universe, You lend an attentive ear to the voice of our supplications. We bless You for assuring us that You are our Father.

Your paternal care and goodness are conspicuous in our creation, our safety and our blessings. We would remember with gratitude that Your favors have not been limited to this world; but that You are training us up, by Your grace and care, for everlasting life. We thank You for the instructions and examples of the wise and good, and for every opportunity of cultivating knowledge and virtue. Yet most of all, we praise and magnify You, for the rich display of Your love in the manifestation of Your Son, Jesus Christ With unfeigned gratitude we acknowledge, that by Him You have given us Your heavenly truth to enlighten our minds and sanctify our hearts; and that in this life You have set before us a model of the most exalted goodness to encourage and animate our endeavors to serve You. We bless You for the promises of mercy and forgiveness, and for the hopes of immortality, which are confirmed to us in his Gospel. We rejoice that after he had suffered death upon the cross for the reconciliation of us to You, he was raised by Your mighty power from the grave, becoming the Author of eternal salvation to all who obey him.

But while we bless You, O Father, for Your goodness, we would, with shame and confusion of face think of our ingratitude. We lament that we have not duly hearkened to Your word, nor been sensible of Your great clemency and love. We have neglected the government of our thoughts, and the direction of our lives. We have permitted temptation to renew its strength upon us, and have exposed ourselves to Your righteous displeasure.

Parent of mercies! will it please You to hear us through Jesus, Your well beloved Son; and through Him blot out our sins and remember them no more against us. Enable us hereafter to serve You with filial love and holy fear. May we now determine to devote to You the remainder of the lives You are sparing. O God! accept, defend, and sanctify us. What we do not know teach us. Whatever in us is evil, dispose and enable us to reform. Whatever in us is good, assist us to carry forward to perfection. Forgive our sins; pardon our ignorance. In Your great mercy, grant us such things as shall be good for us, though we may neglect to pray for them. Deny us such things as would be hurtful to us, though we should earnestly desire them. Help us to walk in Your sacred presence, and to live as those who look forward to a day of inquiry.

God of the nations! bless the land in which we live. Give success, we pray, to the lawful and virtuous labor of its inhabitants; provide the necessary supplies for all their wants; and may public happiness be established on the lasting basis of public virtue. May war forever cease through the earth, and Your kingdom come and Your will be done.

In the spirit of charity we would commend all our brethren to You; and may Your salvation visit them. God of the night, and of the day! we resign ourselves to Your watchful providence during the coming hours of rest. When we are unprotected, protect us; and to You who has created us, to You who has redeemed ns, to You who are sanctifying the hearts of Your faithful servants, be honor and glory everlasting, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Family Prayer Book by Charles Brooks

Daily Prayer No. 2

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FROM within, out of the heart of man, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.—Mark 7:21, 22.

Then what a momentous fountain the heart must be! All these vile things flow out of it. It is the birthplace of all depravity. Therefore it must be the birthplace of all moral redemption. It is little or no use purifying the stream if the springs are befouled. Any ministry which ignores the heart is neglecting the fountain.

Holy Father, create within me a clean heart. Let me not be satisfied with clean hands. Let the springs of desire and will be purified by Your grace. Let Your water be within me, a well of water springing up into everlasting life. For Christ’s sake. Amen.

Book: Come Ye Apart by John Henry Jowett

Evening Prayer No. 35

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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 desire at this time, with a grateful sense of the numberless favors You have conferred upon me, and are continually renewing day by day, to offer You my evening sacrifice of prayer and thanksgiving. Let the words of mouth and the meditations of my heart, be acceptable in Your sight; O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.

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.

And though I have, in many instances, acted in a manner unbecoming the dignity of my rational nature, and been far from answering, as I ought, the great ends of my creation; yet, blessed be Your name, You have not dealt with me according to my desserts; but hitherto have You upheld my Soul in life, and Your visitation has preserved my spirit. I thank You, O Lord, for the watchful care and kind supplies of Your providence; for my health and strength; for my food and raiment; for my relatives and friends; and for all my social advantages and enjoyments.

But more especially would I praise You for the advantages and opportunities You have afforded me, for improving in the knowledge and practice of true religion; for obtaining the pardon of my sins,, and an interest in Your forfeited favor, through Your beloved Son; and for securing a title to that glorious inheritance, to the lively hope of which You have begotten us again, by his resurrection from the dead —an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for those who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. Suffer me not, I beseech You, to receive Your grace in vain; but teach me so highly to value, and so diligently to improve, all my present privileges and advantages, as that I may be prepared and qualified for those still greater blessings which You wilt hereafter bestow on them that love and serve You.

Forgive me, O You Father of mercies, that I have hitherto made You such unsuitable returns for Your great love and goodness; that I have been so negligent in the discharge of my social and relative duties; and so careless even about my own highest concerns, my spiritual and everlasting interests. Pardon all the innumerable transgressions and provocations of my past life; and particularly whatever You have seen amiss in my temper or conduct this day. Give me that godly sorrow for sin which worketh repentance unto salvation, needing not to be repented of; and enable me to act a wiser and a better part in all respects for the time to come.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. May I give all possible diligence to add to my faith fortitude, and to fortitude knowledge, and to knowledge temperance, and to temperance patience, and to patience godliness, and to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness universal charity; that so these things being in me and abounding, I may neither he inactive nor unfruitful in the knowledge of Jesus Christ my Lord. Thus let me make my calling and election to the privileges and hopes of the gospel, sure and’ steadfast; and obtain admission into the everlasting kingdom of my beloved Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Make me particularly mindful of the duties I owe to those with whom I am especially connected by the ties of relation or friendship; and help me to take the most prudent and effectual means to promote their comfort and welfare. I commend them, gracious God, US well as myself, to Your blessing and favor. Direct us, O Lord, by Your unerring wisdom; defend us by Your almighty power; and provide for us by Your never-failing good- ness; through the various scenes and changes of this transitory state: be our support and comfort in the awful hour of death, and our everlasting portion and felicity beyond the grave.

You have brought me to the close of this day in safety, and I implore the continuance of Your care and protection this night. Watch over me, O You Preserver of men, in my defenseless moments; and after quiet and refreshing sleep, raise me up in the morning fitted for the duties and events of another day. And when this succession of days and nights shall be no more, receive me into that state where I shall serve You without intermission, and yet without weariness, through a long, a happy, and an endless day.

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Book: Devotions for the Closet
Author: Samuel Merivale

Evening Prayer No. 34

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0 THOU who are not only my God, but also my Father, I thank You that You encourage me to draw near to You as Your child. 0 give me a Father’s blessing.

You are acquainted with all my wants. Every trial, every sorrow, every craving of my heart, is known to You. I am weak; do You strengthen me. I am poor; do You enrich me. I come to You in all my emptiness; fill me out of Your fullness. Give me all that I need, and more than I dare to ask. Give me, not according to my worthiness, but according to my necessity, and according to the abounding riches of Your grace.

And, O God, You knows likewise all my sins. Make me to know them also, and to feel their greatness. Call to my remembrance all that is past. Show me where I have been wrong. Bring to light my hidden iniquities. I acknowledge the guilt of my evil thoughts, my unholy desires, my secret transgressions. Pardon me, 0 my Father, for Jesus’ sake. Blot out my sins in that precious blood which was shed for me on the cross. Take away this heart of stone, and give me a heart of flesh — a tender, believing, loving heart.

0 Lord, help me to live nearer to You day by day. Keep me under the blessed influence of Your Holy Spirit. Make me to be constantly growing in grace. Forgetting those things which are behind, may I be ever pressing towards the prize of my high calling. Give me grace to crucify self, to keep under my body, and to bring my thoughts and desires and will into subjection to You.

Take me, 0 my God, under Your gracious care this night. Refresh me with sleep and rest. Let Your fatherly hand ever be over me. Let Your Holy Spirit ever be with me. Make

me to feel safe and happy under Your protection.

Bless, 0 Lord, those who are near and dear to me. Give unto them all that I have asked for myself. If any of them are at this time in sorrow, do You comfort them. If in doubt or difficulty, do You guide them. Those of them who are still afar off from You, do You bring near. And to those who know and love You, give more and more of Your grace.

Hear me, 0 my Father; and give me an answer of peace to these my prayers, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.

Our Father, &c.

Prayers for Private Use by Rev. Ashton Oxenden

Evening Prayer No. 33

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IF you love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you.

I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

Oh, not alone with outward sign Of fear, or voice from heaven, The message of a truth divine, he call of God, is given; Awakening in the human heart Love for the True and Right, Zeal for the Christian’s better part.

Strength for the Christian’s fight. Though heralded by naught of fear, Or outward sign, or show; Though only to the inward ear It whisper soft and low; Though dropping as the manna fell, Unseen, yet from above. Holy and gentle, heed it well, —

The call to Truth and Love.

ETERNAL God, who has neither dawn nor evening, yet sends us alternate mercies of the darkness and the day; there is no light but Yours, without and within. As you lift the curtain of night from our abodes, take also the veil from all our hearts. Rise with Your morning upon our souls: quicken all our labor and our prayer: and, though all else declines, let the noontide of Your grace and peace remain. May we walk while it is yet day, in the steps of Him who, with fewest hours, finished Your divine work. Amen.

Daily Prayer and Praise by Rush R. Shipen

Evening Prayer No. 32

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O Almighty and everlasting God, who is exalted far above all blessing and praise, and yet humblest Yourself to the prayers of Your unworthy servants, be present, I earnestly request You, with us, who are now met together in Your name.

Another day is taken from the sum of our lives: give us grace to remember that we are so much nearer to our latter end; and fill us with a true repentance for all the sins and follies of our past lives.

Grant that the opportunities which may yet be vouchsafed to us, may be improved by us to the purposes of our Christian calling: make us day by day more serious, diligent and devout.

By all the dispensations of Your providence, whether of good or evil, bring us nearer to Yourself; and make us Yours, through Jesus Christ, in heart and affections.

Quicken us in the pursuit of heavenly things and make us faithful in the discharge of every appointed duty; serving You with sincerity of heart, and doing to all men as I would have them do to me.

Subdue in us, by. the power of Your grace, every evil affection; and make our conversations to be such as becomes the people of the Lord.

Direct, sanctify, and govern both our hearts and bodies in the ways of Your laws, and in the works of Your divine commandments.

Let neither pleasure, nor profit, nor anger, nor fear, make us forget the very least of Your commandments; but increase in us more and more all the Christian graces and virtues.

Receive our humble prayers for all conditions of men: grant that all, who confess Your holy name, may live in unity and love.

We earnestly request You, show forth the power of Your grace, by enlightening those that are in darkness, and by converting those that are in sin.

Endue all orders and degrees of men amongst us, with those virtues, which may be most conducive to Your honor and glory, and to the good of Your Church and people.

We commend to Your fatherly goodness all our relations and friends; beseeching You to take them and us into Your holy keeping this night, and to prepare us, both in soul and body, to serve You faithfully another day.

Grant that we may go to rest this night in charity with all men; and give us time and grace to make our peace with You, through Jesus Christ, before we go hence and be no more seen.

Hear us, O Lord, for Your dear Son’s sake, and answer us according to the Spirit of that prayer which He has taught me:

My Father …

The grace of my Lord, ….

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

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