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