Daily Prayer No. 39

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O Lord God Almighty, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we come once more to seek Your help. Another day has quickly come and passed by, and we are one stage nearer to our latter end. But You are the living God, unchangeable in truth and loving-kindness. With You is no variables nor shadow of turning. You never fail them that trust in You, and Your mercy toward them that fear You is from everlasting to everlasting.

We confess, O Lord, that our sins have risen up toward heaven as a thick cloud. By thought and word and deed we have provoked You to anger. We have grieved and vexed Your Holy Spirit by our continual back sliding. Spare us, O merciful Father, we humbly ask You, and cast us not away from Your presence. Though we be tied and bound by the chain of our sins, yet let the bountifulness of Your great mercy loose us.

We plead before You the great work of redemption which Christ has wrought on our behalf. He has died, being the just for the unjust. He has borne our sins in His own body on the tree. O look upon Him wounded and bruised for-our iniquities, and may His death answer for all our guilt. Impute not unto us the sins which we have done, but behold us with Your merciful favor for His sake.

We plead with You, O Lord, Your own faithful promises. You are God, and Your words are true, and that which You have spoken with Your mouth You will fulfill with Your hand. You have promised eternal life to those that believe in Christ. You have promised deliverance from the guilt and power of sin to all who seek Your face. • Grant us these blessings we .humbly beseech You. Give us Your grace on earth and Your glory in the world to come.

Be our refuge in the day of trouble. When trials come You only can support and comfort us. Be You are our Stronghold, our Hiding-place, and our Covert from the storm and tempest. Teach us, O Lord, to fear the judgments which You have pronounced against such as neglect Your salvation. You are faithful to Your promises: You are likewise faithful to the threatening of Your Word. O teach each one of us to flee from Your wrath and take refuge in Your mercy. If any before You are yet unsaved, lead them this night to turn unto You, and wash us every one in the fountain opened for sin and uncleanness.

O Lord Jesus, abide with us by night and by day, and amidst the changes and chances of this mortal life may we ever lean on You, who is the same yesterday, to-day, and forever. Keep us near to Yourself this night. May our last thoughts be of You. Refresh us with quiet rest, and raise us up on the morrow strengthened to serve and please You. Hear us for Your name’s sake. Amen

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Our Father, etc.

Book: Before His Footstool Family Prayers for One Month

Author: Rev. George Everard, M.A.

Publisher: LONDON: William Hunt and Company 1874

Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2015

Daily Prayer No. 38

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O ETERNAL, Gracious and bountiful God in heaven who has again, out of boundless grace and fatherly care, suffered me to end this day in good health and spirits, I thank You for this from my whole heart.

And since, alas, I did not spend this day to Your praise and honor, and to the welfare of my neighbor, my perverted nature being inclined to evil rather than to good, grant, I ask You, O faithful God, that I, who was conceived in sin, may realize my frailty and partake of Your divine grace.

Also teach me to meditate often on my death, that I may prepare for it in true repentance, and at its approach may, with confidence and bliss, leave this life of misery to be translated into Your heavenly paradise, together with all faithful Christians.

But while in this mortal frame, I ask You, to take me into Yours almighty protection, guarding and preserving me from all harm and danger of body and soul; for Christ Jesus, Your dear Son’s sake. Amen

Book: The Abridged Treasury of PrayersAn Epitome from the Larger “Gebets-Schatz” Published by Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Mo.

Publisher: American Lutheran Publication Board, Pittsburgh, PA. 1906

The Lord’s Prayer

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Did you ever think, short though it be, how much there is in it? O, it is beautiful and; like a diamond in the crown of a queen, it unites a thousand sparkling gems in one.

It teaches all of us, every one of us, to look to God as our parent — Our Father
It teaches us to raise our thoughts and desires above the hear – Who art in heaven
It tells us that we must reverence our Holy Father — Hallowed be Thy name
It breathes the saints’ reward — Thy kingdom come
It teaches us to have a submissive obedient spirit – Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven
It teaches us to have a dependent trusting spirit – Give us this day our daily bread
It teaches us to have a forgiving spirit – Deliver us from evil
Last of all it teach us to have an adoring spirit – For Your is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen

Poem: The Trampled Land

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This was published in an English Paper in 1844.

I saw a nation sunk in grief
I heard a nation’s wail;
And their deep toned misery was caught
By every passing gale.
Want guarded every peasant’s door,
Swept each mechanic’s board:
I saw the nobles of that land
In pride and pomp roll by;
and I read contempt for the poor man’s lot
in every laughing eye.

I heard the infant’s cry for bread
the mother’s piercing shriek,
and I marked the trace of famine in
the father’s sunken cheek.
I saw him cast his eye to heaven,
with a stern and sad appeal,
and I knew he felt that anguish deep
which the hopeless only feel
Yet still the nobles of that land
In pride and pomp rolled by,
nor less contempt for the poor man’s lot
marked every haughty eye!

The people humbly sued for bread,
but their rulers’ gave a stone;’
and they steel’d their sordid heart’s and mocked
the peasants dying groan!
‘Low rents – cheap bread’ the people cried –
‘Untrammel labor’s hands!’
And the landlords of that land rolled by
to church in pomp and pride!
And the people’s dying wail despised;
and the people’s power defied!

Then madness came upon the land,
Twas the madness of despair;
Unarmed crowds went forth – to beg!
With shouts that rent the air!
And the rulers grinned a ghastly smile
of triumph and delight,
as forth their minious came to crush
The weak with armed might;
and the landlords of that land surveyed,
with bland approving eye,
the savage and the ruthless war
Of stern monopoly!

Now the council of that nation sits
again in grave divan,
But care they aught for liberty?
Or for the rights of man!
A concomb’s proclamations claim
Discussion fierce and strong,
But a starving nation’s loud appeals
Unheeded pass along!
And still the cumberers of the earth
Contrive to hold in chains,
The nerve and sinew of the land
Throughout their wide domains.

Author Unknown

Daily Prayer No. 37

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MERCIFUL GOD, Gracious Father, I thank You most heartily that You have graciously kept me this day, to this very hour, from all harm of body and soul, and I ask You, for Christ Jesus, Your dear Son’s sake, graciously to forgive all my sins I have committed against You again this day in thoughts, words and deeds, and to remember them no more in all eternity.

And as I am about to retire to rest, I ask You, my Father, to guard me from all ills of body and soul, so that I may rest and sleep secure from the wiles and power of the devil, and from dreams vain and vile, thus rising in the morning to Your glory, refreshed and in health.

And now I commend myself wholly into Your divine hand; You have redeemed me, faithful God.

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

Daily Prayer No. 36

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ALMIGHTY AND EVERLASTING GOD, We desire to hear Your voice this night bidding us to draw near to Your mercy- seat. You have called us to Your throne of grace, and have promised that whatsoever we ask in Your Son’s name You will give to us. O Lord, teach us to pray with a true heart, and with full assurance of faith. Give to us all things needful both for our souls and bodies.

O Lord Jesus, we lift our eyes to You, our Great High Priest and only Mediator. We look to You, once lifted up on the cross, and now  exalted to the right hand of the Father. Speak peace to every heart through Your atoning blood. You are able and willing to save all who look to You and trust in You. Be our salvation. Save us from the guilt of our former sins. Save us from the power and dominion of evil. Save us from all the snares and temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil. Grant us daily grace and strength to walk in the narrow way. Uphold us with Your own right hand that we may never faint or grow weary. • Keep us evermore by Your help and goodness. Do not leave us, nor forsake us till You have brought us to Your kingdom in heaven.

O Good Shepherd of Your flock, help us to follow in Your footsteps and to walk constantly after Your holy example. We look to You as our Great Example. Make us like Yourself in all things. Give us perfect confidence in our Father’s love. Make us in all things obedient to our Father’s will. Make us submissive in the hour of trial, and may we drink in meekness of the cup of sorrow. Fill us with tender compassion toward those around us. Endue us with fervent zeal for Your glory, and make us patient and long suffering towards those who may injure us. Give us a joyful hope of coming glory. May we bear our cross in blessed expectation of Your kingdom.

O Gracious Savior, You are coming soon to reign with Your saints. Prepare us for that day. May we be ever looking for that blessed hope, even Your glorious appearing. May we stand on our watch-tower ready to mark the first sign of Your approach. Keep us mindful of Your Word, and give us, that day the crown of righteousness which You have promised to them that love You.

O Merciful Father, into Your hands we commit ourselves this night. Bless us, and all Your children everywhere, with tokens of Your Fatherly kindness. Cast Your bright beams of light upon Your Church. Increase among us Your fear and love, and build up Your people in their most holy faith.

Accept our hearty thanksgivings for our temporal and spiritual blessings, and do You bless us ever more and more, and make us a blessing to those around us, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen

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Our Father, etc.

Book: Before His Footstool Family Prayers for One Month
Author: Rev. George Everard, M.A.
Publisher: LONDON: William Hunt and Company 1874
Revised and Edited by: Karrol 2016

Daily Prayer No. 35

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O Lord God Almighty, the God of our salvation, we close this day in humble reliance upon Your mercy. You have given us this day, fresh tokens of Your favor. You have permitted us again to meet as a family to worship You. You send us Your Word to teach us in Your way. Make these means of grace helpful to our souls. May the Spirit of grace rest upon us, and write on our hearts the truth as it is in Jesus.

O Lord, we would humble ourselves before You, for our sins and backsliding; our promises and resolutions have been as the morning cloud. We have turned aside from You, and have borne but little fruit acceptable in Your sight. We have destroyed ourselves by breaking Your commandments and departing from Your ways.

But, O Lord, our help is in You alone. You would have us return to You who will heal our backsliding and love us freely. In You the sinful and the sorrowful find mercy and grace. O take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously. Turn away Your anger from us, and give us the joy of Your salvation.

Let the dew of Your Spirit lighten upon us from day to day. Deepen our contrition and increase our faith. Make us to grow in holiness and love, and in every Christian grace. Make us more steadfast in our profession of Your name, and more fruitful in Your service. Make us useful by our example to those around us, and may our prayers on behalf of others be  abundantly answered. May we cast away every idol to only worship and serve You, the only God. May we live as strangers and pilgrims on earth, waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Mercifully behold Your household, the Church, and bestow the fullness of Your Spirit on all who love You. Look upon Your flock throughout the world, and in every land multiply exceedingly the number of Your true servants. Make them pure in the faith, and holy and consistent in their walk with You.

We beseech You also to comfort this night all that are in trouble. Relieve the sick and suffering, and give them quiet rest. Bind up the broken hearted with the consolations of Your Gospel. Speak peace to the lonely and desolate. Cheer the hearts of the fainting, and assure them that You will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax. Be very close to all whom we love. Keep them from all evil, and lead them in Your way.

Finally, we bless You for all Your servants departed this life in Your faith and fear. Give us grace to follow them in all virtuous and godly living, and may we come at last to those unspeakable joys which You have prepared for them that truly  love You. Grant this and all our petitions, most merciful Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen

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Our Father, etc.

Book: Before His Footstool Family Prayers for One Month
Author: Rev. George Everard, M.A.
Publisher: LONDON: William Hunt and Company 1874
Revised and Edited by: Karrol 2015

Daily Prayer No. 34

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O MOST holy and merciful Lord God, the fountain of all goodness, wisdom, and strength; we pray asking You to look down, from heaven Your dwelling-place upon us servants, who desire to renew our praises and prayers to Your divine majesty.

We confess, that notwithstanding Your gracious dealings towards us, we have neither loved You nor obeyed You as we ought to have done.

We have been too much taken up with the cares and concerns of this life, and too negligent in the great work of our salvation. O gracious Lord, have compassion on our infirmities, and for Your dear Son’s sake turn from us all those evils that we most justly have deserved. Grant that neither the sins of this day, nor the transgressions of our past life, may ever be had in remembrance before You. Look upon us, O Lord, as reconciled to You in Jesus Christ; and grant to us for the time to come by the aid of Your Holy Spirit, that we may walk as becomes those who have been redeemed of the Lord.

Let not sin reign in our mortal bodies, nor vain desires take possession of our hearts: but by the efficacy of Your grace destroy in us all evil habits and all unholy wishes.

Convince us, we pray asking You, of the shortness and uncertainty of this life; that we may always be in a state of preparation and watchfulness, as servants, who wait for the coming of their Lord.

Give us grace, that we may be daily more and more sensible of the vanity of all worldly objects of desire; and more intent upon laying up for ourselves treasures in heaven.

May we never slight Your warnings, nor neglect the opportunities which You afford us. Make us to love Your Holy Word; enlighten our understanding to receive, and purify our affections to hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which You have given us in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Receive, our intercessions for all mankind, especially for our relations, friends, and neighbors; bring them all to the knowledge and practice of Your law; grant to them all things needful both for their souls and bodies.

Make this nation, O Lord, to be a people serving You.

Root out from among us all ungodliness, all uncharitableness, all indifference to religion; that we may be indeed Your people, and You may be our God.

Bless and protect Your servant the President of the United States, and all others in authority; that under them this nation may be godly and quietly governed.

Pity the afflicted and distressed in mind, body, and estate; and mercifully relieve them, as may be most conducive to Your glory, and to their eternal good.

To these, our prayers and intercessions, we desire to add our unfeigned thanksgivings for all the benefits which You have conferred upon us; for all the blessings which we have enjoyed from our youth up until now; particularly for the mercies and comforts of the day past; but above all, for our redemption by Jesus Christ

Be pleased to continue Your protection to us through this night. Refresh our bodies with quiet sleep, and our souls with the consolations of Your Holy Spirit; and when You shall call us out of this world, give us everlasting rest and peace in Your eternal kingdom, through the merits of our Redeemer Jesus Christ.

Our Father etc.

The grace of our Lord etc.

Book: Manual of Family Prayers

Compiled by: C.J. Blomfield, D.D.

Publisher: New York Protestant Episcopal Tract Society 1829

Daily Prayer No. 33

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Blessed Lord, we are gathered again before You, to ask Your blessing upon the hours of darkness, and to thank You for the mercies of the past day. Pour upon us the spirit of grace and supplication, that no wandering or irreverent thoughts may mingle with this offering of our evening sacrifice, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Take this house and every inmate of it, under Your gracious protection this night. May we lie down at peace with You, through our Lord Jesus Christ; may we rest in Your charge, who slumber not nor sleeps, and awake to be with You all the day long.

Look in mercy, O Lord, upon the earth which You have made, and upon all the sorrows and miseries of Your creatures. We would commend especially to Your Fatherly compassion all who mourn for sin; all upon whom the hand of punishment and judgment lies heavily, and who have not yet found forgiveness and cleansing in the blood and in the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Lift up the light of Your countenance upon them, O Lord, who wills not that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Bless Your Church universal, and make it the joy and the blessing of the whole earth. Grant that all who profess and call themselves Christians may walk according to the Word and the example of their Lord and Master.

O heavenly Father, make us, and all who are dear to us, true and living members of the body of Jesus Christ; that, living herein the light of Your truth, we may attain at last to the light of everlasting life, and dwell forever in Your heavenly presence, through our Lord Jesus Christ; to whom, with You and the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen!

Book: Alone with God

Author: Br. James H. Garrison

Publisher: St. Louis: Christian Publishing Company 1891

Daily Prayer No. 32

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Sleep, said a great man, is so much like death, that I dare not trust it without saying my prayers: and indeed, for fear of the worst, a thoughtful Christian will take care to make his peace with God before he goes to sleep, and put himself under God’s protection every evening of his life; that he may be safe from the fear of evil.

By the goodness of God I have come to the evening of this day, and I am so much nearer my latter end.
Let me seriously consider this, and pray God to prepare me for the hour of death or of Christ return whichever comes first.
Let me with penitent heart ask him to pardon my offenses, and to deliver me from the evils which I have deserved due punishment.
Let me resolve to amend whatever I have done amiss, and pray asking God that His grace may keep me from returning to those sins which I have repented of.
And that I may be safe under His protection, who alone can defend me from the powers of darkness.
For all these blessings let me devoutly pray.

Daily Prayer No. 31

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Almighty God, Maker of heaven and earth, my Creator, Preserver and Benefactor ; early will I seek and praise You, and always will I love You. In the hours of sleep, when I could not defend myself, You have defended me. You have brought me to this morning in health, and I will now show forth Your praise. I thank You for all the powers of my body, and for all the faculties of my mind. My blessings are more than I can number, while I have deserved nothing at Your hands. I have sinned against You; for I have left undone many things which I ought to have done, and have done many things that I ought not to have done. As You have promised to forgive me through Jesus Christ, if I heartily repent, I devoutly pray for You to look in mercy on my sins, and enable – me to do better in the future. 0 make me sensible of the importance of possessing right habits on my entrance into life ; and enable me to keep a constant guard over my thoughts, my feelings, my words, and my actions. May I remember that Your eye is always directly upon me. Help me to gain good learning; so that when the aged, the wise, and the virtuous leave the world, I may be prepared in their place, to be useful in society. May I remember how much the happiness of my friends depends on my good conduct, and may I be all that my parents and] instructors wish me. O may I live as Your obedient child, and be a Christian in spirit and in deed. O God, I look to You for guidance and assistance this day, and every day of my future life, and when I die, may I be received into Your heavenly kingdom, through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Book: The Youth’s Prayer Book

Author: John Gorham Palfrey

Publisher: Boston: Gray and Bowen, 1830

Revised and Adapted by: Karrol Sneed 2014

Daily Prayer No. 31

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O Lord God, our Heavenly Father in Christ Jesus, we lift up our hearts to You this day in thankfulness for all Your mercies. We praise You, O Lord, for Your loving kindness and truth. We would not forget Your countless benefits bestowed upon us. You forgive all our iniquities, and heal all our infirmities and back slidings. You redeem our life from destruction, and preserve us from dangers on the right hand and on the left. You give us the bread that comes down from heaven, and have promised to give unto us Your Holy Spirit.

We bless Your holy name for all Your goodness toward us. Help us, O Lord, to show forth our gratitude by living to Your glory. May we gladly accept the gift of Your salvation offered to us through the mediation of Your only begotten Son. May we humbly rely on Your free promises made to us in Him.

O blessed Savior, the Good Shepherd of Your flock, may Your holy life be the pattern which we daily strive to copy. Teach us so to walk as You walked when sojourning here below. May our constant aim be to do the will of our Father in heaven. May we be gentle and meek and forbearing towards all men. May we never willfully yield to the very least sin. May we give ourselves to prayer, and make Your Word the rule of our life. May we go about doing good, and watch for occasions of comforting those in distress or anxiety. Fill our hearts with zeal and love, with patience and long-suffering, with humility and hatred of all evil. May we daily fix our eye on You as revealed in Your Word, and may we be changed into the same image from glory to glory, as by the Spirit of our God.

O Lord God, who hates nothing that You have made, be merciful to all those that are walking in the way that leads to destruction. Turn their hearts back again to Yourself. Stir up the hearts of Your faithful people that they may speak words in season to save the perishing. Bless the labors of Your ministering servants, and make them useful in the salvation of souls.

O Lord of the harvest, the harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few. Send forth a great company of true and devoted messengers of Your Word into all the world and crown their labors with abundant success. Prosper all Societies for spreading Your truth among Jews or Gentiles. Give to those who manage their affairs the Spirit of counsel and wisdom, and give to those who support them the grace of cheerful liberality. May Your Church never lack faithful ministers to proclaim Your truth at home and abroad, nor the .gold and silver needful to supply their wants.

Finally, we beseech You, receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before You for all estates of men in Your holy Church, that every member of the same in His vocation and ministry may truly and godly serve You, through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen

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Our Father, etc.

Book: Before His Footstool Family Prayers for One Month

Author: Rev. George Everard, M.A.

Publisher: LONDON: William Hunt and Company 1874

Revised and Edited by: Karrol 2015

Daily Prayer No. 30

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Almighty, everlasting Lord, the faithful and the true God, who keeps Your appointed covenant, that day and night shall not fail, grant that I may be reminded, by Your unchangeableness and truth, of the covenant which I have made with You.

You graciously admit me, by confession of faith and baptism, into Your holy Church; and I have frequently renewed, in Your presence, the solemn vow and promise, which I made. I have believed in You and trusted You to be my God, and myself to be Your people. I have engaged to renounce the devil and all his works, the pomp’s and vanities of this wicked world, and all the sinful lusts of the flesh; to believe all the articles of the Christian faith; to keep Your holy will and commandments, and to walk in the same all the days of my life.

But, O God, I confess that I have been unfaithful to my vows, and unmindful of that covenant which You, for Your part, will most surely keep and perform. I have forfeited, by my manifold sins, all its great and glorious privileges; and You might justly refuse to restore me to Your favor, or any more to be entreated of by me.

But You are God, and not man. You, Lord, are good, ready to forgive; plenteous in mercy to all that call upon You in the name of Your beloved Son. Yea before I call, You are willing to answer; and, while I am yet speaking, You will hear.

Have mercy upon me, therefore, Almighty Father; and, though I am unworthy, in myself, to be numbered with Your children, yet, for the worthiness of Your Son, I pray You, admit me again into Your family. Heal my backsliding; receive me graciously; forgive me freely; and let Your righteous anger be turned away. Enable me now, in Your strength, to join myself to You, in a perpetual covenant, that shall never be forgotten; remembering always, that baptism is a representation of my faith and an act of obedience; which is, to follow the example of my Savior Christ, and to be made like Him; that, as He died and rose again for me, so should I, who are baptized, die to sin, and rise again to righteousness; continually mortifying all my evil and corrupt affections, and daily proceeding in all virtue and godliness of living.

You know, Lord, how many there are who rise up against me. I wrestle not only against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers; against the rulers of the darkness of this world; against spiritual wickedness in high places. To whom should I flee for help, but to You, O You Captain of my salvation, who has triumphed over them openly? There is none other that helps me, only You O God. I ask You, therefore, Almighty Lord, who sees that I do not put my trust in any thing that I do, mercifully grant, that by Your power, I may be defended against all adversity.  Grant that the old Adam may be so buried, that the new man may be raised up in me. Grant that all carnal affections may die in me; and that all things belonging to the Spirit may live and grow in me. Grant that I may have power and strength to have victory, and to triumph against the devil, the world, and the flesh.  Grant that I may be endued with all heavenly virtues; and everlastingly rewarded through Your mercy, O blessed Lord God, who lives and governs all things, world without end.

Hear my prayers, O Lord of hosts, for all mankind; more especially for the whole state of Christ’s Church, militant here on earth.  Bless all who have been baptized into the same faith; and are engaged in the same spiritual contest with myself. Enable them to wage a good warfare; to fight manfully the fight of faith; and to endure hardness, as good soldiers of Christ Jesus. Clothe them with Your whole armor, O God. Gird them with strength to the battle; and let all their enemies flee before them. Keep them as the apple of Your eye: hide them under the shadow of Your wings from the ungodly that trouble them, and from all those that compass them round about to take away their souls.  May it please You, to strengthen such as do stand, and to comfort and help the weak hearted; to raise up them that fall, and finally to beat down Satan under their feet.

Grant these my requests, O merciful Father, for the honor of my only Mediator and Advocate, Jesus Christ; in whose name, example and words  I am taught thus to call upon You:

Our Father, etc.. The peace of God etc.

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

Daily Prayer No. 29

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Almighty God, maker of all things, father of all mankind, receive my morning tribute of prayer and praise. We are Yours; and are bound to honor and serve You, as the creatures of Your hand, and as the disciples of Your blessed Son.

You alone have preserved us this day; it is through Your mercy that we have this opportunity of magnifying and praising Your holy name.

We bless You for the returning light; and if our souls have contracted aught of evil during the night-season, cleanse them, we earnestly request You, by Your Holy Spirit, and dispose them to Your service. We confess that we have sinned against You, and done much evil in Your sight; neither have we obeyed Your law with perfectness of heart.  You know, O Lord, the weakness of our nature: have compassion upon our infirmities, and for-give us all our sins, for Jesus Christ’s sake.  Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us; speak peace to Your people; and let them not turn again to folly: but send them grace, to preserve them from the power of sin.  Enable us this day to fulfill the duties of our respective callings with truth and diligence; that when we again meet together to pursue You, may our consciences not reproach us with having broken any of Your commandments.

Grant that we may this day be set forward in our Christian course; that we may be more able to resist temptation more mindful of Your presence, more desirous of Your grace.  To this end, open our eyes, that we may see the wondrous things of Your law;  give us understanding, that we may know Your testimonies; and write the words of Your Gospel in our hearts.

Bless all our honest endeavors; make us content with what Your providence shall order for us; and grant that no worldly business or pleasures may divert us from the thoughts of the life to come.  Make us duly thankful for all Your mercies, and mindful of the wants of others; tender hearted and compassionate; forgiving others, even as You. Lord, for Christ’s sake, have promised to forgive us.  May it please You to forgive my enemies, persecutors, and slanderers, and to turn their hearts.

Be merciful to all men: convert the sinful, strengthen the weak-hearted, raise up those who fall, and finally beat down Satan under our feet.

We humbly thank You, O heavenly Father, for the continuance of Your mercies; for all the good gifts which You have bestowed upon us: for our life, our senses, our worldly substance; our means and opportunities of grace.

But above all, we desire to praise You for Your blessed Son, and for the redemption which He has wrought; and we earnestly request You, for the sake of that great Mediator and Intercessor, to accept these imperfect petitions, which with conclude with the words taught us by the Lord himself.

Our Father …,

The grace of our Lord etc.

Book: Manual of Family Prayers
Compiled by: C.J. Blomfield, D.D.
Publisher: New York Protestant Episcopal Tract Society 1829
Edited by: Karrol 2016

Daily Prayer No. 28

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O You great and glorious God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, permit us to meet You as a family who desires to honor You at all times, and on all occasions. Oh, make our worship to be no mere formality, but while before You may our thoughts be withdrawn from the necessary duties and engagements of life, and centered on Yourself. We feel it to be a great privilege to be permitted to come near You at any time, and we desire to acknowledge ourselves before You as poor, lost, undone sinners, unworthy of the least of Your mercies.

But, O God, we praise You for Your love to us, in covenanting with Your Son to be our ransom and our substitute, and to be “made sin for us.” You have said (oh, may we believe it!) that You have “laid upon Him the iniquities of us all,” that “He has borne our sins in His own body on the tree.”

Oh, may we be enabled in some degree to understand and to believe in this, Your great compassion for us, in so reconciling sinners to Yourself. We confess how utterly unworthy we are of such condescending love, and we would not mistrust You, but receive with humble gratitude such a wonderful and rich provision for our eternal safety. Oh, let us then, by Your infinite sovereign grace, lay our sins on Jesus, and utterly renounce anything and everything for our pardon and acceptance, but His all-complete, all-sufficient work. May it please You, O our Father, to enable us to lay ourselves out for Your glory. Let us not seek “our own, but the things which are Jesus Christ’s.” Let us not desire our own personal benefit so much, as that which shall redound to Your glory. Lord, assist us mercifully with Your Holy Spirit, to lead lives of true holiness, resisting the temptations incidental to every position of life, and enable us to watch with all perseverance, “praying always,” whether in prosperity or in adversity, and adorning the doctrine of God our Savior in all things. We commend to Your care and guidance all our relations and friends, especially any who are, from any cause, in perplexity or affliction, Oh, send them help and comfort according to their need. We ask You to bless our beloved country, to make us to be a Sabbath-keeping nation, and a people that fear the Lord always, and keeps the truth. Oh, may we esteem Your holy Word our greatest treasure, and be guided by it in all our words and works. Fill our hearts with a longing desire for the appearing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; and grant that when our day on earth is ended, we may enter Your prepared mansions, to be united with those who have gone before, and to be “ forever with the Lord.” Hear our earthly cries in heaven, Your dwelling-place, and when You hear, forgive! O Lord, hearken, and do according to all that Your servants have called to You for, through Jesus Christ our blessed Redeemer and Advocate. Amen.

Our Father, etc.

Daily Incense A Course Of Family Prayer For Four Weeks
Contributed By Various Friends Expressly For This Volume.
London: James Nisbet & Co., 21 Berners Street.
Edited by Karrol 2016

Daily Prayer No. 27

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Holy Father, I bless You for the refreshment of the past night, and for the cheering light of another morning. Still more I praise You for the rest and happiness You gave to my soul in the consciousness of Your continued presence, and in the light of Your countenance. You, who watched over my body while I slept, watch over my  spirit, I ask You, now that I am awake to be with me in all my labors and occupations, my joys and sorrows. Do not remember my transgressions, O Lord; but in Your fatherly goodness, help me this day to keep in the straightway which You have set before me. May I do nothing which Your voice within me tells me is wrong; may I omit nothing which that voice tells me I ought to do. May I not be too anxious for a happy earthly lot; but may I never doubt that all things will work together for good to those who strive to keep Your commandments. Increase and purify my love for my fellow- men, not only those of my own home and acquaintance, but also all my brethren of mankind. Put away from me all selfishness, and every feeling of unkindness, and may I not neglect the opportunity which You offer to all, of becoming, at least in some lowly way, the instruments of Your goodness to others. Our Father, etc.

Book: Closet Prayers Original and Compiled from the Writings of Eminent and Holy Men of Various Churches
Author and Compiler: Thomas Sadler, P.H.D.
Publisher: Williams and Norgate (1885)
Edited by: Karrol (2016)

Daily Prayer No. 26

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Great and gracious God, who is the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is holy, and yet condescends to dwell with him that is of a humble and contrite spirit.  You revive the spirit of the humble and revive the heart of the contrite ones; we desire to draw near to You by the new and living way of Your own appointment and to plead Your promises of mercy and grace to help in every time of need.

We thank You that You have given us Your Sabbaths, days of holy rest from earthly toil; and, above all, that You have revealed to us One who is the Lord of the Sabbath, and who has said, “Come unto me, and I will give you rest”

Heavenly Father, it is under a deep consciousness of our own unworthiness, and sinfulness, and folly; it is with shame and confusion of face, on account of our often misdoings and manifold transgressions, that we now come before You, entreating You, for Christ’s sake, to pardon all our sins, to blot out all our transgressions, to cleanse us from all impurity, and to make us glad with Your salvation. Your Word has taught us, and our own daily experience confirms its truth, that in us, that is in our flesh, dwells no good thing. The more we see of self, and the more intimately acquainted we become with our own hearts, the more convinced are we, that all our thoughts and feelings, all our desires and affections, are tainted with corruption, and that our very “righteousness’s” themselves are as “filthy rags.” Oh, look not upon us, Lord, for we are black through the defilement of sin; but look upon Him who is altogether comely, whom You have set forth to be a propitiation for sin, and in whose righteousness alone we can hope to be permitted to stand before You.

Oh, let that blood which cleanses from all sin be applied now to our needy souls; let that righteousness which justifies the ungodly be freely imputed to us by Your grace, and may we be seen of You without spot or blemish, or any such thing, because accepted in the Beloved. Holy Spirit! it is Your especial office to take of the things of Jesus, and to show them unto Your believing people.  Discover more to us of the tender sympathy of His manhood; more of the mighty power of His Godhead; more of the efficacy of His atoning sacrifice; more of the stability of that foundation which He has laid in Zion; more of the perfection of His finished work. Give us to rejoicing in Christ Jesus, though we have no confidence in the flesh; and while we become daily more conscious of our own sinfulness and folly, the unholiness of our nature, and the sadness of our fall, may we realize more fully Your own gracious declaration, that Christ “of God is made to His people wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.”

We thank You for the many mercies of the past week. To the fountain-head of Your grace would we trace up each stream of mercy with which You have refreshed us in our weary pilgrimage. May the consciousness of Your past goodness lead us to trust You more, and to love and serve You better. May this day be a day of spiritual refreshment and of holy joy to our souls. Solemnise our minds for the services in which we are about to engage. Awaken within us feelings of warm affection to You, and to all those who are members of the household of faith. Do not let our mouths be rash, or our hearts hasty to utter anything before God; but, in the acknowledgment of our unworthiness, may we feel that we are vile; in the confession of sin, may we groan beneath its burden; and in pleading for mercy, may we count it an honor to be permitted to pick up a few scattered crumbs beneath the Master’s table. Bless all who stand up in Your name to proclaim the glad tidings of Your great salvation. Give them largely of Your grace, and water them abundantly with the dew of Your Holy Spirit. Make them wise to win souls. Shield them from the assaults of Satan, and suffer them not to be led away with the error of the wicked, or to fall from their own steadfastness; but, while holding the confidence and the rejoicing of their hope firm unto the end, enable them to set forth Your truth to others in a spirit of meekness and love, and give them many souls as their joy and crown of rejoicing in the day of the appearing of Christ.

Look down with pity on the many thousands who are about to assemble in Your name, and mingle their voices in the cry for mercy and the song of praise which shall arise to Your throne from the great congregation. Do not let them come into Your presence in cold unconcern about their spiritual welfare, or heartless indifference to those things which accompany salvation; but impress their minds with the solemn realities of an unseen world; give them the means to stand in awe of Your majesty, and to tremble for fear of Your presence apart from union to Christ by living faith; and as they cry to You for mercy, give them that faith which is of the operation of the Spirit of God, which works by love, and cleanses the heart.

Blessed Lord, may Your kingdom speedily come! You have given us to see the weakness and instability of all other kingdoms.  Establish that kingdom which shall never be moved. Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth; You have promised to destroy the face of the covering which is cast over all people, and the vail spread over all nations, and to take away the rebuke of Your people from off all the earth. We plead for the fulfilment of these promises. Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly! Come and claim this earth as Your own blood bought possession. Come and extend over it the scepter of Your own dominion. Cast out the prince of this world, who up till now has usurped its government. While You yet tarry, give us the sense to be watching and waiting for Your appearing; and when the cry is heard, “Behold the bridegroom comes, go out to meet him,” may this be the glad response of our believing hearts, “Lo, this is our God, we have waited for him, and He will save us.” “We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.” And now, Lord, we commit ourselves to Your special care and protection this day. Guide us in all our ways; defend us from all the assaults of the world, the flesh, and the devil. May all our thoughts and feelings, our affections and desires, be brought into subjection to Yourself; and while You lead us to covet earnestly the best gifts, fulfil in our experience the precious promises of Your word.  You be our sun and shield. Give us grace and glory. And when our appointed race on earth is run, minister unto us an abundant entrance into the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Our Father, etc.

Daily Incense A Course Of Family Prayer For Four Weeks

Contributed By Various Friends Expressly For This Volume.

London: James Nisbet & Co., 21 Berners Street.

Edited by Karrol 2016

Daily Prayer No. 25

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O God, my heavenly Father, who over shadows us with darkness, and stills the tumult of the world, that the weary may have rest; let Your evening blessing now descend upon us. I commit to Your mercy all my faults, to Your pity all my weaknesses, and to Your fatherly and almighty goodness all my  cares. Take me and all who are dear to me into Your most gracious keeping; and as by sleep You fill my body with new life and strength, so by Your Spirit fill my soul with holy desires and heavenly affections, that in the new day to which I am looking forward, I may be enabled to resist every temptation to evil, and fulfill the purposes of Your divine wisdom and love. May I be patient with the infirmities of others, as I hope they will be with mine. Grant, O most holy Father, that, as I call myself a disciple of Your Son Jesus Christ, so I may not be without something of His likeness, which I ask You to increase within me. O God, I would remember before You my brethren of the human family, and rejoice that You are the Father of all, and are especially near to those who are in pain and sorrow. May all at last know You, and serve You faithfully, and be gathered into the home which abides forever. Amen.

Book: Closet Prayers Original and Compiled from the Writings of Eminent and Holy Men of Various Churches
Author and Compiler: Thomas Sadler, P.H.D.
Publisher: Williams and Norgate (1885)
Edited by: Karrol (2016)

Daily Prayer No.24

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O God of the families of Israel, and the hope of all the ends of the earth, behold with compassion Your weak and sinful creatures, waiting for Your blessing at the throne of grace. Let my prayer now be  made to You in an acceptable time and manner, in which You may be found. Hear me, O Lord, for Your loving-kindness is great. Turn to me, in the multitude of Your tender mercies, and draw near to the souls which You have redeemed.

I do not present My supplications from my righteousness; for I am before You in the midst of trespasses and sins; and cannot stand in Your sight because of them. But we bow the knee before You, in the name of Him whom You Yourself has made, the Lord my righteousness.  Through Him I ask You to show me Your mercy, and to grant me Your salvation. Pass by my innumerable transgressions, as though You had not seen them. Remember me with the favor which You bear to Your people, and visit me with Your salvation; that I may see the good of Your chosen people, and rejoice in the gladness of Your people, and give thanks with Your inheritance.

May I now go forth to the discharge of my several duties with Your love shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Ghost. Enable me to feel its constraining influence in all my ways; and to show forth Your praises, who calls me out of darkness into marvelous light.  Teach me to faithfully improve my various talents, and to continually be occupied with them untill You come.

Preserve me from being led away with the error of the wicked. Keep me that I may not fall from my steadfastness, nor make a shipwreck of faith and a good conscience. May I be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and in every temptation, hold fast my integrity. Dispose me day by day, to give all diligence, to add to my faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge, and to knowledge temperance, and to temperance brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness charity. Grant that these, and all other heavenly dispositions, may be in me, and abound.  O  Lord, may I never be neither idle nor unfruitful in the knowledge of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Bless me in that state of life in which Your good providence has placed me.

I am troubled, O Lord, about many things; and disquiet myself in vain. Give me faith to cast all my cares upon You, who cares for me.  Believing that You, who has not spared Your only Son, but has delivered Him up for me, will with Him also freely give me all things.

Prepare me for the various changes of this mortal life; and lead me, in every visitation, to see Your hand, and submit to Your will.

Teach me in whatever state I am in to be content. May I know how to be abased, and how to abound; everywhere, and in all things.  Instruct me both to be full, and to be hungry; both to abound, and to suffer need; and in all the ways of Your good providence to praise and magnify Your Holy Name.

Have pity, O God of mercy, on the whole world. Extend Your compassion’s on every side. Bring near to You, by the blood of the cross, those who are now afar off.  Regard all sorts and conditions of men. Preserve those who are rich in this world’s goods, that they do not trust in uncertain riches, but in You the living God.  Keep their hearts true and may they not make themselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness.

Grant that the poor of this world may be rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which You have promised to them that love You.  Save and defend all the faithful in Christ Jesus. Holy Father, keep through Your own Name those whom You have given Him; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Him, and He in You; that they also may be one, even as you are one.

Comfort the afflicted; succor the tempted; strengthen the weak; instruct the ignorant; and reclaim the wandering.

Lastly, I ask You to give to my dear friends and to all others for whom I wish more especially to pray, that godliness which is profitable to all things; having the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.  These mercies, for them, for me, and for all mankind, I humbly beg in the name, and through the mediation, of Jesus Christ, my most blessed Lord and Savior.

Our Father ….  The peace of God ….

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

Daily Prayer No. 23

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Almighty and everlasting God, You have called us to Your throne of grace, and have invited us to draw near to You. We come making known our requests unto You. We obey Your call this morning. We come to You as Your children in Christ Jesus, and we ask You for the help we so greatly need.

O Lord, pour upon us richly the spirit of prayer and supplication. Dispose our hearts to seek Your face. Give us an earnest desire for Your salvation. Give us holy boldness in approaching You  through the blood and mediation, of Your only-begotten Son.

We come to You, most merciful Father, and cast on You all our burdens and our cares. You know that we are often cast down by the various trials of the way, but Your hand is in every sorrow and in every disappointment. If we meet with wrong and injury through our fellow-men, teach us to realize that You have permitted it for our good. If others speak evil of us, and judge us harshly, may we rest in Your faithfulness and love. Keep us from the least willful misdoing, and in Your own time bring forth our righteousness as the light, and our judgment as the noonday. If pain and suffering be appointed for us, give us cheerful submission to Your will, and in due season restore us again to health and strength. Give us a full persuasion that all our  steps are ordered by You, and may we see Your wisdom and love in everything that befalls us.

May we this day remember that we are called by Your name. We are pledged to fight manfully under Christ’s banner against sin, the world, and the devil. Make us faithful to our vows and promises. Be ever at hand to succor and help us in the hour of temptation. Keep us from denying You, or being ashamed of Your Word, or Your service. Fill our hearts with inward strength, that we may confess Your name in a sinful world. May we adorn Your gospel by a very holy and consistent life.

O God, the King of glory, who have exalted Your only Son Jesus Christ, with great triumph to Your kingdom and glory, send us Your blessed Spirit, the Comforter. May He dwell within us, to teach us, to sanctify us, and to guide  us into all the truth. Through His grace may we mortify every besetting sin and infirmity. Take us beneath Your gracious protection this day; and, though we be unworthy of any favor at Your hands, do for us far more than we can ask or think, through the worthiness of Your dear Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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Our Father, etc.

Book: Before His Footstool Family Prayers for One Month
Author: Rev. George Everard, M.A.
Publisher: LONDON: William Hunt and Company 1874
Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2015

 

Daily Prayer No. 22

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O merciful God, our Creator and our Benefactor, our Father in Christ Jesus, we come to You this morning to thank and praise You for all Your mercies. We thank You for the proofs of Your goodness which day by day we receive at Your hands. You have given us all things richly to enjoy. You have given to us home and friends, food and raiment, and You have preserved us in life and health. For all this we would adore and praise Your Holy Name.

But we would bless You most of all for Your inestimable love in the redemption of the world. You have given Your Son Jesus Christ to be a sacrifice for our sins. Through Your infinite mercy You have promised that whosoever believes on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. Teach us thankfully to accept the offer of Your Salvation. Fill us with unfeigned gratitude, and teach us to praise You both with our lips and in our lives.

O God of love, circumcise our hearts that we may love You as we ought. You are worthy that we should love You far above all else. But we are carnal, and our affections cling too much to the things of the world. O send us Your Holy Spirit to break the chains which bind us so closely to earth, and draw us nearer to Yourself. Shed abroad Your love in our hearts that we may desire Your presence above all things. Kindle within each of us the heavenly flame, and may it bum ever more and more brightly.

Most gracious Father, we pray for You to teach us to love one another with a pure heart fervently. May we show to the world around that we are indeed the children of a God of love. You have taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing. Without this, all our words and works are but as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. Breathe into our souls this heaven-born grace of charity. Take from us all envy and malice and unkind suspicion. Help us to put away all heart burning s, and evil speakings against one another. May we judge hopefully of the actions and motives of others. Make us gentle and forbearing towards those who wrong us, or wound us by cross and angry words.

We pray O Father, for You to pour down Your Spirit upon Your whole Church, weakened and distracted by manifold evils. Preserve among us the purity of the faith. Raise up a standard for Your truth. May Your Word ever be the light to guide and direct us, and may Christ alone be the resting-place of every heart. Deliver us from all bitterness and hatred, and whatsoever may hinder our godly union and concord. Hear us, O God, and preserve us evermore by Your help and goodness, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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Our Father, etc.

Book: Before His Footstool Family Prayers for One Month

Author: Rev. George Everard, M.A.

Publisher: LONDON: William Hunt and Company 1874

Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2015

Daily Prayer No. 21

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You who dwell in the highest heavens, and yet hear the voices of Your lowliest children on the earth; Your goodness has opened before me another day. I thank You for this and all Your goodness to me; most of all, that You have given me a mind to know, and a heart to love, things that are true and holy—to know and love You, O Father, who is the center of every excellence and perfection. May I show my gratitude to You, not in words only, but also by hastening to fit myself for any service which You may require of me. May I try to do all my duties this day faithfully as unto You. Help me to overcome all temptations to waste my life in follies and vanity. The remembrance of my former infirmities makes me afraid of myself. But, O You who gives courage to the fainthearted, grant me such assistance this  day that I may not strive in vain after the mind which is in Christ. O Lord, what I am in Your sight, that am I really and no more. I most humbly offer myself to You, my body and soul, my thoughts and affections, my joys and sorrows, to be disposed by You, to be directed by Your providence, to be blessed by Your loving-kindness, and to be sanctified by Your spirit. So may I be Yours in Christ for evermore. Amen.

EVENING

To You, O heavenly Father, I come with my offering of gratitude for the blessings of another week. I receive these blessings as from You, and acknowledge that You gave them to me, that I might use them, not selfishly and meanly, but with a good conscience and in purity of heart, and for the benefit of others as well as for myself. Look down upon my Shortcomings with Your fatherly compassion, and help me to make a true use of what remains of my earthly pilgrimage. May I remember that soon my life will seem as a tale that is told, and all my earthly opportunities will have passed away. May I be patient in troubles which will be soon ended, and may I be always tender towards those from whom I may at any time be separated for this world. I would make mention before You of all whom You have endeared to me by kindness or acquaintance, and thank You for them, and ask Your blessing on them. O heavenly Father, let Your blessing rest on them— that blessing which has in it so much more than I know how to ask. Our Father, &c.

 

Book: Closet Prayers Original and Compiled from the Writings of Eminent and Holy Men of Various Churches
Author and Compiler: Thomas Sadler, P.H.D.
Publisher: Williams and Norgate (1885)
Edited by: Karrol (2016)

Daily Prayer No. 20

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O HOLY AND MOST MERCIFUL FATHER, we come nigh to You this morning with humble thankfulness for Your goodness toward us. For all the mercy and the help vouchsafed to us yesterday we heartily thank and bless You. We bless You for all the light and comfort given to us in Your house of prayer.

We bless You for any knowledge we may have gained of Your holy Word. It has been good for us thus to leave the world awhile, and thus to have fellowship with You and Your Son Jesus Christ.

Continue to us, O Lord, through this week the blessing we have gained.

Sanctify all our toil and labor by the remembrance of Your Presence. Go forth with us to the conflict of life, and may we act and speak as becomes Your children.

O let Your blessed Spirit guide and control our thoughts and ways, and make us perfect in every good word and work!

Help us, O Father, to shew forth by our daily life that we have been with Jesus. May His image be formed in us, and may His life on earth be the pattern which we ever strive to follow.

Make us patient and gentle and forbearing toward all men. Draw our thoughts and desires toward Yourself Teach us often to frequent the Mount of prayer. Humble and subdue every vain and proud imagination, and make us willing to take the lowest room.

O You exalted and glorified Redeemer, behold Your Church, and fulfill towards her all Your purposes of mercy and love. Bring out Your people from the darkness and bondage of sin, and beautify them with the garments of salvation. Manifest Your everlasting love toward them, and draw them to Yourself by the cords of Your love. May they perfectly know You, as bearing their sins on the cross, and now pleading their cause above.

O Savior, may we know that we are Your, and that none shall pluck us out of Your hand. Keep us by Your mighty power from all the evil that is in the world. May Your love abide in us, and may we never be drawn aside by the love of present things. Sanctify us by Your truth, and may Your Word be our constant meditation. Bind us so closely to Yourself that we may be united together in love and sympathy one with the other. May all who believe in You be of one heart and mind, and at length together behold Your glory.

Bless and prosper throughout this week every effort which is made to advance Your kingdom, or relieve the sorrows and distresses of our fellow- men. Stir up the hearts of Your people that they may always abound in Your work and service. Make them zealous in doing good, and may they watch for every open door. May Your Spirit accompany the reading of Your Word, and of every Christian book and tract. And now, O Father, be very nigh to us through this day and through this week, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen

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Our Father, etc

Book: Before His Footstool Family Prayers for One Month

Author: Rev. George Everard, M.A.

Publisher: LONDON: William Hunt and Company 1874

Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2015

Daily Prayer No. 19

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O God, my heavenly Father, in whose presence I feel that purity, well-doing, love and goodness, alone are greatly to be sought after. I am trusting in Your Fatherly Providence for the supply of all my wants. May I make it my one care this and every day to go on with my work wisely and well, and to be of some use to those around me. Gracious Lord God, I lay open my heart to You. You know where I have striven well, and You will forgive my natural imperfections; but forgive me also where I have failed in my will, my steadfastness, my devoutness to what is truly good. May I keep before me Your will as the rule of my life, and try to live in accordance with the teachings and spirit of Jesus Christ. Help me, O heavenly Father, in Your own best way; lead me and teach me; send me such experiences as You see to be best for me; and make me truly Yours. Our Father, &c.

EVENING

O ever-present God, I would draw nigh to You to close the day with You. It is of Your loving-kindness that I am able to lift up my heart to You for the blessings of this day. I stop to think what my life has been this day in Your sight, and pray for You to forgive all my faults and shortcomings, and to quicken in me the desire, and increase in me the ability, to be truly Your child in all that I think and feel and do. May I be trustful, loving, patient; may I be earnest in all that is good. In all that is mysterious to me in this world, may I have a child-like faith in You, and look forward to the light which You will cause to shine through all darkness. In Your presence, O heavenly Father, as I think of all my fellowmen, and love them as my brothers, I thank You for their blessings as well as my own. I would commit to You their sins and wants and sorrows with my own. For all who are dear to me, I thank You, rejoicing that You love them as I cannot love them, and will do for them, not according to my poor prayers, but according to Your infinite wisdom and goodness. May we all rest in You this night and evermore. Amen.

Book: Closet Prayers Original and Compiled from the Writings of Eminent and Holy Men of Various Churches
Author and Compiler: Thomas Sadler, P.H.D.
Publisher: Williams and Norgate (1885)
Edited by: Karrol (2016)

Daily Prayer No. 18

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O ALMIGHTY And merciful God, gracious Father in heaven, You have again, by the protection of Your ministering spirits, the holy angels, kept me this past night, so that I have lived to see this day in good health and spirits.  For this I earnestly glorify, praise and magnify You, furthermore praying for You, dear heavenly Father, in whose will I center all I do or leave undone, all my ends and aims, graciously to remember me also in future.

Govern, I ask You, with Your Holy Spirit, my heart, mind and thoughts, all my designs and purposes, my words and works, that I may understand what is good or evil, and may I, in this wicked and perverted world so live and walk this day as, above all things, to be free from sin and to experience a heartfelt desire for that eternal home purchased and secured for me by Christ, my Savior—not forfeiting it by a life of sin.

To this end graciously lend me the aid of Your divine love and the power of the Holy Ghost, for Jesus Christ, Your dear Son’s sake.

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