For a Devoted Life

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0 God who hears prayer, give me a prayerful spirit, and draw my heart into a true communion with You. It is not by my words that my thought is known to You, for You see my inmost heart, You know my most secret desire. 0 may Your law so rule within me, that these thoughts, these desires, may be as a true prayer, raising me to a nearer union of spirit with You, and preparing me to receive the blessings which only You canst send.

Help me, 0 Heavenly Father, to make my life a true offering of devotion. May gratitude for every joy, patience under every trial, and diligence in my daily work, be the willing service of my heart and hand. And by all my experience may the treasure of my spiritual life be increased. 0 shew me how I may share with others the good gifts which You hist entrusted to me not for myself alone. May there shine even in my life some faint reflection of the infinite wisdom and perfect love of Your providence. Keep me in the sacred bond of fellowship with Your children of every nation and in every age. Touch me with a deep pity for the sinful, with tender sympathy for the tried and sorrowful. Save me from the evil of a cold and selfish or a careless spirit.

Finding You in everything that is true and fair and good, may my earthly home ever become more dear to me. Loving it for what there is in it of heaven, may I be ready when You call me to leave it, trusting still to Your guidance, secure in the shelter of Your love.

0 help me, Father, to live in the light of a faith and hope like this. Fix my heart on heaven and heavenly things. Teach me the true meaning and purpose of my life. Help me to live in the spirit of my prayer.

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

God’s Omnipresence

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Do I not fill heaven and earth? said the Lord.’ — Jer. xiii.24.

O LORD JEHOVAH, Your power and wisdom know no bounds ; You are present everywhere and at all times; You sustain the universe. And as Your glorious perfections have been ever the same before time and space were assigned their limits, so when time itself shall cease, they will remain imperishable throughout eternity.

When I reflect on Your infinite, incomprehensible nature, and the constant changes in myself, in others, and in all things surrounding me ; and that since the world was created, day has followed day, distinguished only by the endless variety of those events which marked its progress, while You alone have been unmoved, unaltered, and immutable; I am unable to express the wonders of Your glorious Majesty and might. Earth, air, and sea, are Your unmeasured repositories of refreshment and joy; and every season speaks to us, in varied language of Your unexhausted bounties. How incomprehensible is Your mercy, how amazing Your condescension, when You regard the smallest wants of the means of Your people, and are never weary of hearing-their supplications, and of pouring Your abundant benefits on them.

On Your mercies in Christ Jesus, O eternal God, I trust for grace to serve You acceptably this day. May the Spirit of Truth guide me into all truth, and keep my thoughts pure and holy. May Your sustaining care be my confidence and safeguard. And may I be watchful in following our blessed Savior, as He has given us his own perfect example.

Lord, mercifully preserve me from being more occupied with the enjoyment of Your good things, than with the abiding remembrance of Your bounty in bestowing them; and enable me to derive new lessons of divine instruction from all I behold, which may render me more humble and more holy, more contented and more thankful. O guide my steps under all circumstances ; keep me from falling; and suffer me neither to abuse Your gifts nor to forget the giver. Instruct me in a truer sense of my unfaithfulness, that I may grieve over the eagerness wherewith I have sought my chief pleasure in the vanities of a changing world. Turn my designs to nobler purposes, and my desires to more satisfying joys; and send strength and courage equal to every day of trial.

Holy Father, never leave me nor forsake me ; but bring me to Your eternal kingdom, for Jesus sake. Amen.

Brief Prayers For Travellers
Thomas Brittain Vacher.
Rev. William Conway, M.A.,
London: Hatchard & Co. 187 Piccadilly.

Prayer for Temptation

LORD, remember those who walk in paths of temptation—and my own self, too. We know a little about temptation, and because we know, because we have been tempted, our hearts go out in sympathy and love for the tempted and in pity for those who have failed. But You, Lord Jesus, You know ‘What strong temptations mean, For You hast felt the same.”
You were tempted in all points like we are. You know the power of the great wind that would sweep us out of the path, the long, long strain that would wear out at last the utmost resistance. Oh, help us! We are not always strong to resist—we have been weakened by yielding—nor always wise to recognize the subtle foe. Make us alert to see the danger and strengthen us to meet it. Lead us not into temptation. Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin!
Isaac Watts. Heb. 4:15. Prayer Book

Lord Help Me to Pray

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LORD, help me to pray. Make me  faithful in the stated times of prayer; but oh, more than that, so breathe upon my heart a love and longing for You, so make me to feel my constant need of You, so burden me with the needs of this lost world, that I shall pray without ceasing; that the blessed background of all my thinking, the state to which my soul returns at every moment of leisure, shall be You.

O God, my good Father; Jesus my Savior and the Lover of my soul; the Holy Spirit the blessed Comforter, help me when I pray not only to talk to You, but to expect You to talk to me. Help me to listen. Grant that even on earth, Lord, the heavenly blessings of constant communion with You.

1 Thess. 5:17. Jno. 14:16.

Some Little Prayers by Lucy Rider Meyer (1907)
Publisher: CINCINNATI: JENNINGS AND GRAHAM

Prayer for Guidance

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Our heavenly Father: We thank You that we do not have to force ourselves to think of You. We thank You that You are a part of our every thought. When we want You, You are art not far from every one of us. When we turn away from You, we are quickly reminded of Your presence. We thank You that You are art with us, sometimes most impressively, when we are trying hardest to be alone. We thank You that, whatever our need, we have found recourse in You. Whenever we have been in moods like those of little children, we have found refuge in You as a parent. Whenever we have been stricken or smitten with the heavier sorrows or stripes that fall to the lot of older men and women, we have found comfort and healing in You. Whenever we have been most confident and inclined to arrogance, we have presently been reproved and corrected by finding that, at our utmost, we are still limited by the thought of God. We come to You now as men and women charged each with a part of the work of the world. Compared with Your eternity, we are creatures of a moment. Compared with Your providence and resources, we are futile. Yet among our fellow-men, for the brief space of our working years, we are trustees. To each of us is committed some important task, perhaps tasks of several different kinds. Your will is to be done through us, perhaps in more than one way. Will You then, enable us to see our service, which might otherwise seem trivial and irksome, in such light as part of thy design that it may be glorified. With every enlargement and enrichment of our thoughts about the meaning of life, may we increase in ability to think of You, and to act toward You, as the Master Workman, the Architect of time and eternity, with a place in Your infinite plan for the best that each of us can perform. Especially may we learn to traceYour purpose, not apart from the human beings with whom we live and move, but first and foremost in everything that we can understand about possibilities of edifying one another’s lives. In the fellowship of Him who discovered the Heavenly Father as the Eternal Worker. AMEN.

A Prayer for Guidance Source: The Biblical World, Vol. 45, No. 5 (May, 1915), p. 298
Published by: The University of Chicago Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3142718 .
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Prayer No. 3

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0 God, the heavens declare Your glory. The earth is full of Your riches. The universe is Your temple. Your presence fills immensity. It is Your pleasure to produce life, and to communicate happiness. From You we have derived all we are, and all we own; and in You we live and move and have our being continued. Your good providence has determined the bounds of our habitation, and wisely administered all our affairs.

But above all, we bless You for the exceeding riches of Your grace, in Your kindness towards us by Christ Jesus. Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift, and for the unclouded revelation of Him in the Word of Truth. There we behold His person and character, His grace and glory. There we see Him when rich, for our sakes becoming poor, and dying that we may live; delivered for our offences, and raised again for our justification. May we deeply feel our need of this dispensation, in all its parts, and in all its influences; and with Peter exclaim, “Lord, save, I perish;” and with the publican, “God be merciful to me a sinner.”

Convince us of the pollution of sin, as well as of its guilt, that we may not only have our fear excited, but our aversion; that with Job we may see that we are vile; and abhor ourselves, repenting in dust and ashes. May we feel the necessity of renovation as well as forgiveness, in order to serve You and enjoy You in time and eternity. 0 Holy God, who has no fellowship with iniquity, subdue in us the love of sin; create in us a clean heart, and renew in us a right spirit.

May we not be in the number of those who are always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth; but may our hearts be established with grace. May we never rest in a mere system of doctrine, however scriptural, that does not bring salvation, or teach us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live soberly, righteously and Godly, in the present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ. May we live in the Spirit, and may we walk in the Spirit; and instead of relying on our own convictions and resolutions, may we be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

In all our duties, conflicts and trials, may His grace be sufficient for us. To Him who gives rest to the weary and heavy ladened, may we rest in all our spiritual distresses, in all our outward troubles, and in all the dissatisfactions experienced in creature enjoyments. From a world where all is vanity and vexation of spirit, may we retreat to Him who is full of grace and truth; a Friend that loves at all times; who is touched with the feeling of our infirmities; and who is able to do for us exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think.

The Bible Prayer Book for Family Worship
W. W. Everts

 

Evening Prayer No. 38

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O ETERNAL God, whose name is love, and who so loved the world that You gave Your only-begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life, help us, by the Holy Spirit, to believe in Christ Jesus; and trusting in him to have access unto You.
We feel our need of a Savior for sinners; for we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. When we look back even on the past day, Your law accuses us of many sins, and our own consciences justly condemn us. We have been forgetful of Your presence; our conversation has been light and trifling; and we have not with a single eye sought Your glory, or copied the holy life of our Savior Christ. He left us a perfect example, but how seldom we tread in his steps; how little have we of his meekness and lowliness of heart, of his zeal and love! We have sinned, notwithstanding the light of Your word, and the checks of our own consciences.
Grant us Your grace, that we may not be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Give us true repentance, and such a sense of our sinfulness as may lead us to despair of salvation by any works of our own; and bring us humbled and penitent at the foot of the cross. Help us by faith to behold the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world. Teach us to renounce our own righteousness, and to depend wholly on Jesus Christ. May we be able to say and feel, “In the Lord have I righteousness and strength.”
Teach us to come to Jesus Christ, and to look to him, not only for pardon and peace, but also for grace and strength. We are weak, but Jesus is strong: grant that we may be made strong in and through him. Draw us to Christ, that we may receive out of his fullness all that we need, repentance, remission of sins, and the gift of the Holy Spirit; that he may dwell in our hearts by faith, and we be rooted and grounded in love.
We commend ourselves to Your care during the night. Let no evil come near us. May our last thoughts be with You; and when we awake, may we be still with You. Refresh our bodies with the quiet repose of the night, and renew our spiritual strength. Teach us ever to watch and pray, and to be always ready, seeing we know neither the day nor the hour when the Son of Man shall come.
Extend Your merciful care to all that are near and dear to us. We pray for all our relatives. May those that are endeared to us by the ties of nature, be yet more dear by the stronger bonds of grace. Grant that we may be all one in Christ Jesus our Lord. We pray for our Christian friends, for our neighbors, and all with whom we have intercourse.
Bless those that minister before the Lord: may they all be faithful, wise, humble, and devoted servants of the Lord Jesus Christ; may they all fear God rather than man. Everywhere raise up pastors according to Your heart, which shall feed Your people with knowledge and understanding. Grant Your blessing to every missionary now preaching Christ to the Gentiles. Cause Jew and Gentile to turn to the Lord, that they may be. saved. Bring on the happy day, when there shall be one fold and one Shepherd; and when there shall be none to hurt or destroy in all Your holy mountain.
O God, giver of every good and perfect gift, we praise and bless You for Your great and continued mercies to us. All things You give to us richly for enjoyment. We receive from You full provision for all our temporal wants, and You forgive all our iniquities.
Like as a father pity’s his children, so You our Lord and Father, pities them that fear You. You know our frame; You remember that we are dust. You have had compassion on us in our low and lost estate, and You gave Your Son to die for us; and now You offer and give us Your Holy Spirit, to soften our hard hearts and to help our infirmities. Will You justify us freely by Your grace, adopt us into Your family, and give us a hope full of glory.
Behold what manner of love You our Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God! God of mercy, only grant that we may be followers of You as dear children, and show forth Your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, through Jesus Christ.
And now blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever. AMEN.
Book: Family Prayer Book, for the use of Heads of Families, Designed more Particularly for Aged Persons
Author: Rev. Emerson Davis
Publisher: Wood & Rupp (1842)

Poem No. 2

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My God! is any hour so sweet,
From blush of morn to evening star,
As that which calls me to Thy feet,
The hour of prayer?
Blest is the tranquil hour of morn,
And blest that hour of solemn eve,
When, on the wings of prayer upborne,
The world I leave.
Then is my strength by Thee renewed;
Then are my sins by Thee forgiven;
Then dost thou cheer my solitude
With hopes of heaven.
No words can tell what sweet relief
There for my every want I find;
What strength for warfare, balm for grief,
What peace of mind.
Hushed is each doubt, gone every fear
My spirit seems in heaven to stay;
And e’en the penitential tear
Is wiped away.
Lord! till I reach that blissful shore
No privilege so dear shall be,
As thus my inmost soul to pour
In prayer to Thee.

Charlotte Elliott.

 

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

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