Prayer before Study of God’s Word

BLESSED Lord, who has caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience, and comfort of Your Holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which You have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ. (The Army and Navy Prayer Book of the Confederate States of America)


0 LORD my God, Who alone foresees and bestows all the things needful for my salvation. Bestow, I pray, on the souls of my family, Your church and myself the hearty desire of imploring Your mercy, and graciously give us what will be for our good; through Jesus Christ my Lord*.

I earnestly request of You, 0 Lord, to graciously give me an unceasing perseverance in praying to You; that as You do not forsake me when I am bowed down in tribulation, so You may cherish me with more abundant grace when I continually earnestly request Your Majesty in prayer; through Jesus Christ my Lord.

I earnestly request You, 0 Lord, to govern the hearts of Your faithful servants; and that they may, by Your willingness to give freely, obtain Your good things, grant first of all that their own wills may be good; through Jesus Christ my Lord.

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

Morning Prayer No. 42


O EXALTED TRINITY, God Father, Son and Holy Ghost, to You I commit myself body and soul now and forever, and I give You my most heartfelt thanks that You did not allow evil adversary to harm me this past night, but kept me by Yours angels in good health and spirits.

What shall I give You in return? How shall I properly praise You? I will give You a broken and contrite heart, full of sin, red as scarlet, but also full of sorrow and contrition; graciously accept it, I ask You, wash it white as snow in the precious blood of Your dear Son, my Redeemer, conceal it in His holy, innocent wounds, thus conveying to me the forgiveness of all my sins.

Help me, furthermore, that on this and all my days I may be found in Christian readiness, as I do not know when You will come, or in what place or manner I may be summoned, that I may enter into eternal bliss.

Grant this gracious God and Father, for the sake of Your dear Son, Jesus Christ. 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


Morning Prayer No. 41


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Almighty and everlasting God, who is always more ready to hear than I to pray, and is want to give more than either I desire or deserve, pour down upon me the abundance of Your mercy; forgiving me those things whereof my conscience is afraid, and giving me those good things which I am not worthy to ask, but through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, Your Son, my Lord.

I glorify Your name, that through him You have opened a way of access to Yourself, and has set him forth as a propitiation through faith in his blood, that all who believe may be justified from all things.

I flee for refuge to lay hold of this hope set before me. My iniquities are, indeed, gone over my head; as a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me to bear.

But, O Lord, I ask You, cease from Your anger. Be not wroth or very sore; neither remember my iniquity forever; lest, if You make as though You hear not, I become like them that go down into the pit.

Look not, for satisfaction to me, who has so grievously sinned against You, and have no help in myself; but look to Your beloved Son, whom, of Your tender mercy, You did give to suffer death upon the cross for my redemption; who made there, by his one oblation of himself, once offered, a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins of the whole world.

Remember Your own most gracious declaration that You have no pleasure in the death of him that dies, but had rather that he turn from his evil ways, and live.

Remember Your exceeding great and precious promise, that whosoever comes to You shall in no wise be cast out.

Behold I come to You, pleading this Your gracious assurance. Spare me, therefore, good Lord; spare me, for Your name’s sake; nor cause Your truth and faithfulness to fail, and grant that I, whose conscience by sin are accused, by Your merciful pardon may be absolved, through Christ, my Lord.

O Lord, my heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, who has safely brought us to the beginning of this day, defend me in the same with Your mighty power: and grant, that this day I fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all my doings may be ordered by Your governance, to do always that which is righteous in Your sight.

Lord, have mercy upon me, and incline my heart to keep Your laws.

Lord, have mercy upon me, and write all Your laws in my heart, I ask You.

Regard me in the various conditions of life.

Bless us as a family. Unite our hearts to fear Your name. Make us all of one mind, the mind which is in Christ Jesus. Teach us to love one another with a pure heart fervently; to bear each other’s burdens; and so to fulfil the law of Christ.

Give me grace to be faithful in my several occupations; and to do my duty in that state of life into which it has pleased You to call me.

Bless me in my social connections and employments. Let my chief companions and friends be such as fear You. Let all my delight be in the saints that are in the earth, and in such as excel in virtue.

Bless me in my necessary dealings with the world. Make me honest in all my concerns. Deliver me from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue; and let integrity and uprightness preserve me. Hold my goings in Your paths, that my footsteps slip not.

Enable me to walk wisely towards them that are Your enemies, and to afford them no just occasion to blaspheme.

Let the very words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart be always acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength, and my Redeemer.

I humbly pray for You to pour down these blessings upon all men; particularly on my fellow-Christians, and on those to whom I am more immediately related; and whom, without ceasing, I desire to remember in my prayers.

Give to them whatever Your infinite wisdom knows to be necessary or profitable, both for their temporal and eternal welfare.

Hear me, I ask You, O Father’ of mercies, in these my supplications, for them, and for myself.

And, together with these my prayers, be pleased also to accept my hearty thanks for all Your goodness towards me; more especially for the protection and refreshment of the past night.

Mercifully spare us to meet together in the evening, to renew our prayers and praises, in the name of him, through whom we now offer them at the throne of grace, in the words which he himself has taught me to use.

My Father, The peace of God, etc.

Book: Christian’s Daily Companion
Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2014

Morning Prayer No. 40


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Psalm 130: 6. My soul waits for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning; I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grant, I earnestly request You, O God, that, amidst all my sufferings, I may look with perfect faith to Your fatherly hand; and, receiving everything that befalls me as from the counsel of a wise, and good, and gracious God, may I possess my spirit in perfect patience, and bow with becoming devotion to Your righteous dispensations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prayer for Faith


O God, without faith it is impossible to please You, grant that I may with such assurance receive the unsearchable mysteries of Your truth, and embrace Your gracious promises, that faith may be counted unto me for righteousness, and all my words and works may be acceptable to You. Give me grace to walk always in Your presence, and to live by the word that proceeds out of Your mouth, that I may rightly use this world and not abuse it as You shall lead. Grant that I shall keep my eyes looking forward to the things that are eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Book: Words to Take With Us (Eight Edition)
Publisher: London: Longmans, Green and Co. and New York: 15 East 16th Street: 1895
Revised and Adapted by Karrol Sneed

Morning Prayer No. 39


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O YOU HOLY AND FAITHFUL GOD, Heavenly Father, I glorify, honor and magnify You from the inmost of my heart that You did suffer me to rest and sleep in safety this past night, and did, in Your paternal love, again awaken me refreshed and in health.

I heartily ask You that You would graciously preserve me together with all devout Christians, this day and at all times, from every ill and danger of body and soul, that I may each day be found to walk in Your way.

I, therefore, commend my body and soul, my heart, mind, and thoughts, all my meditation and imagination, my sitting and lying down, my going-in and coming-out, my life and death, in fine, all I am and do, to Your divine protection.

Your holy angel be and remain with me, that I meet with no harm in body or soul.

Grant this, I ask You, for Christ Jesus, Your beloved Son’s sake. Amen.

Morning Prayer No. 38


My voice shall You hear at all times, O Lord: Early in the morning will I direct my prayer to You, and I will look up.

Blessed are You, O Lord, who, as on this day, created the firmament, the heaven, and the heaven of heavens, inhabited by the celestial powers; angels and archangels, cherubim and seraphim: Who, as on this day, did divide and fix the waters that be above the firmament; and make those mists and exhalations, from whence proceed showers and dew, hail and sleet, snow like wool, hoar-frost scattered like ashes, ice cast out like morsels, clouds brought from the ends of the earth, lightning and thunder, winds, which You draw out of Your treasures, and storms, which fulfil Your word. Then also did You separate the waters under the heavens, and fit them for my service here below, for the uses of drinking and washing.

Book: Christian’s Daily Companion
Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2014

Morning Prayer No. 37


Almighty God, have mercy upon us, who, when troubled with the things that are past, lose faith, and life, and courage, and hope. So have mercy upon us, and uphold us, that we, being sustained by a true faith that You are merciful and forgiving, 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 unto all of us, whatsoever may betide us, to remember ever that it is all of Your guidance, under Your care, by Your will ; that so, in darkest days, beholding You we may have courage to go on, faith to endure, patience to bear, and hopefulness to hold out, even unto the end—Amen.  — George Dawson

Book: Prayers Ancient and Modern



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