Daily Prayer No. 50



O GOD, Who is holy, and rest in the holy places, Who is hymned by the Seraphim, glorified by the Cherubim, and adored by all the heavenly powers, Who has vouchsafed Your care over Your humble and unworthy servants. We come to worship and praise You. Receive, Ο Lord, we beseech You, our fervent thanksgiving, and grant that we may serve You in holiness and peace all the days of our life. Blessed are You, Ο Lord God of our fathers, You are to be praised and exalted above all forever. Blessed be Your glorious and holy Name. You, Ο Lord, are the greatness and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty, for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine. Thine is the kingdom, Ο Lord, and Thou is exalted as Head above all. Yours. We will sing unto the Lord a new song. Ο Lord, You are great and glorious, wonderful in strength and invincible. Let all creatures serve You, for You spoke and they were made. You sent forth Your Spirit and they were created. Ο God, You are worthy to be praised with all pure and holy praise, therefore let Your saints praise You with all Your creatures, and let all Your angels and Your elect praise You forever. Let our souls bless You God, the great King, for worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing, both now and evermore. Amen.

(St. Chrysostom, A.D. 347.)

Daily Prayer No. 49


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Heavenly Father we come to You this morning to praise and worship You.  We thank You for the peaceful rest we have had this past night and now that the dawn breaks we are anxiously awaiting the day You have prepared for us.  Lord God Almighty we know that You are our strength, our hope, our refuge, our counselor, our guide, our everything. We long for more of You each day.  We continually seek Your face and desire that Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  God watch over our coming and going today that we may not sin against You.  Bless our family and relations. May we be a light to the world and a source of comfort to the afflicted.  God give us the word’s to say to those that need encouragement.  May our business dealings be just and true.  Lord our hearts desire is to walk in a manner worthy of our calling as Christians, do not let that desire be thwarted. Now we dedicate this day to You in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen —Karrol

Daily Prayer No. 48


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O GIVE thanks unto the Lord; for He is good: because His mercy endures forever.
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do to me?
The Lord is my strength and song, and has become my salvation.
The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous:
The right hand of the Lord does all things wonderfully.
I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.
Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord.

COME, my soul, you must be waking!
Now is breaking
O’er the earth another day.
Come to Him who made this splendor;
See You render
All your feeble strength can pay.

Gladly hail the sun returning;
Ready burning
Be the Incense of Your powers:
For the night is safely ended, —
God has tended
With His care your helpless hours.

Pray that He may prosper ever
Each endeavor,
When your aim is good and true;
But that He may ever thwart you,
And convert you,
When evil you would pursue.

O GOD, mercifully accept the prayers of Your children throughout the world, which shall this day be offered at the footstool of Your throne: give us grace to prepare our hearts, that we may serve You with reverence and godly fear: grant us a true apprehension of Your divine majesty, and a deep sense of our unworthiness; that so, approaching Your presence with lowliness and devotion, we may present an offering acceptable to You, and in the spirit of Him who has taught us how to pray. Amen. — Rush Rees Shippen

Daily Prayer No. 47


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O LORD, our heavenly Father! the great Source of life, the benevolent Power, in Whom all our comfort and happiness exist! You are good and do good continually; Your tender mercies are over all Your works. Our voice will You hear in the morning, Ο Lord! in the morning will we direct our prayer unto You, and look up.

To whom should we look up with sentiments of gratitude at the beginning of every day, but to You, whose care has protected us through the hours of darkness; whose goodness has refreshed us with sleep? To whom, in our ignorance of what a day may bring forth, we direct our prayers, with sentiments of trust in a paternal providence, and with mutual solicitude for each others virtue and happiness. We look to You, our eternal Refuge, whose mercies towards us are great and constant. Hear, most gracious God, these our united prayers and thanksgivings.  The goodness we have in Jesus Christ, encourages us to pour out before You our gratitude. It is our earnest desire, to enter on the employments, and meet the events of every day, with a deep sense of the importance of religion. Dispose us, Father of our spirits, amidst all the cares and business of this life, to regard the salvation of our souls as the one thing needful. Make us sincere Christians; render our habitation a holy sanctuary, the residence of piety and Christian knowledge. Let every heart be an altar to You. May the religion of Christ, possessing our wills and pervading our affections, become a bond of union, the spring of every virtue, the animating motive to every duty, a support under every trial, and the pledge of Your favor and everlasting love.

Ο Lord most holy! what we ask for ourselves, we desire for others. Increase the number of those who serve You with holy joy, and with a Christian life. Multiply the triumphs of truth over error; of the filial spirit of love over gloomy fears. In all the habitations of men, from the rising of the sun to the going down thereof, may the incense of acceptable praise, and the pure offering of virtuous lives be presented to You. Endue those who are appointed to rule over their fellow men, with superior wisdom and benevolence. Inspire all instructors of youth, and all teachers of religion, with an ardent concern to promote the greatest welfare of those for whom they labor. Incline the young, Ο God, to cultivate a sober mind; to remember You their Creator, Redeemer and Judge; and to acquire those habits which shall secure their present usefulness and future peace. Lead those in the middle of life, to labor, while it is day, in Your service and for the benefit of their fellow men, before the night comes. Support Your aged servants under all their infirmities, and help them by their example to convince the rising generation, that religion has power to shed comfort upon the decline of life, and to smooth the passage to the tomb.

Ιn the arms of faith and prayer we would commend to You the sick and the afflicted, we ask You to be very near and gracious to them in weakness and trouble. May Your blessing be upon all our families. Grant that parents may be duly impressed with the high and solemn trust committed to their charge; and see that they set before their children examples, which they can follow with safety; and, when they die, leave behind them characters, which may be remembered with love and veneration. And may children be mindful of how much they owe to their parents; and be induced to do all in their power to promote their happiness. Ο God, grant that all, whether as parents or children, as masters or servants, as members of families, or as citizens of the state, may discharge their obligations with diligence, fidelity, and zeal. In every situation, may it be our chief care to do justly, to love mercy, and walk humbly before You, our God.

In the name of our Redeemer we offer our prayer; and in Him, the Resurrection and the Life, we look forward to a better and happier world, to which You will at last receive us; and to You shall be rendered ceaseless praises. Amen. — Charles Brooks

Daily Prayer No. 46


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ALMIGHTY and most merciful God! Maker of all worlds! Judge of men! Your name is excellent in all the earth; and Your glory is above the stars. You inhabit eternity, and dwell in light which no man can approach.

We Your dependent and sinful creatures would bow before You, acknowledging how unworthy we are to appear in Your presence, or to lift up so much as an eye to those holy heavens, where You dwell. Ο Lord! though we are thus unworthy to presume on Your favor, yet so great is Your goodness, as to encourage our addresses to You, by many gracious promises of Your love and acceptance. With humble confidence, then, would we approach Your throne of grace, beseeching You, in the name of Jesus Your beloved Son, to be merciful to us and forgive us according to Your abundant goodness.

We acknowledge, Ο Father, that we have acted foolishly and wickedly, by doing those things which You have forbidden, and by neglecting to do those things, which You have commanded: Ο let that divine mercy, which has spared us so long, lead us to repentance, that we may forsake our evil ways, and turn unto You, the Lord our God.

Give us grace, we beseech You, to seriously consider the great work we have to do, and the uncertainty of the time in which we must perform it; so that we may not foolishly consume our days in vanity and indolence; in the gratification of corrupt desires and empty wishes. Grant us aid to lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily besets us; and may we run with patience and perseverance the race laid out for us, looking unto Jesus.

Gracious God! You have mercy in all Your ways, and desire not the death of sinners, but rather that they should turn from their ways and live; look in pity upon us, and, through our Redeemer, enable us to conquer every evil habit and surmount every temptation. Look with Your favor upon our remaining part of life; grant, if it please You, that the days, few or many, which You shall yet allow us, may pass in reasonable trust, in holy fear, and ardent love. Strengthen our good purposes till they shall produce lives pleasing to You. Enable us so to shun sloth and negligence, that every day we may discharge our part of the duties You have allotted us: and will You, Ο Lord, further with that labor which, without Your help, must be ineffectual. Enlighten us with divine knowledge; animate us with heavenly hope; comfort us in Your love, and aid us in all our good resolutions; so that we, who have been created by Your power, and sustained by Your providence, may live to answer the high purposes of our being. Let us not add wickedness to wickedness; but tο experience Your favor, which is life, and Your loving kindness, which is better than life.

We are now to begin another term of duty; will You, Ο God, be with us. May our increase of days produce increase of grace: and as Your bounties are multiplying upon us, may we return to You the offering of holy lives.

Father of mercies! You have defended us through another night and bestowed on us another morning. We desire to dedicate to You the lives You are sparing. Give us wisdom, that we may know You; sanctify our affections that we may love You; put Your fear into our hearts, that we may dread to offend You, and grant that in the conclusion of the day we may be able to review our conduct with increasing satisfaction, and have our hope in Your mercy stilt more established.

These our petitions, we would offer through the Son of Your love, our Intercessor at Your right hand; while we ascribe to You praises everlasting. Amen. — Charles Brooks

Daily Prayer No. 45


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O LORD our God, great, eternal, wonderful in glory, Who keeps Your covenant and promises for those that love You with their whole heart. Who is the life of all, the help of those that flee unto You, the hope of those who cry unto You. Cleanse us from our sins, and from every thought displeasing to Your goodness, cleanse our souls and bodies, our hearts and consciences, that with a pure heart and a clear mind, with perfect love and calm hope, we may venture confidently and fearlessly to pray and worship You, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Coptic Liturgy of S. Basil, A.D. 370.)
Revised by: Karrol 2016

Daily Prayer No. 44


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ETERNAL and infinite Jehovah! Framer of our bodies and Father of our spirits! we adore You as our Father and our God, and the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, — as that most high and holy Being, whom angels praise,. whom dominions adore, before whom all pοwers fall down and. tremble, and whose excellent glory cherubim and seraphim proclaim forever.. On this morning of the day sacred to You, we would come before You, in the name οf that Savior, whose glorious rising this day is commemorated. By Your good providence we are once more permitted to assemble in the tranquility and happiness of the family circle. You have watched over us during the past night, have spared our lives, and made us the monuments of Your preserving goodness. And now, our Father, may we come to You in the spirit of faith and devotion. Save us from the guilt of hollow professions and heartless prayers, — and let us not draw near unto You with our lips while our hearts are far from You.

We praise You, God of Grace, for all those religious blessings, which we are now especially called upon most gratefully to remember, and for all the holy recollections which this day brings to our minds. Glory be to You, Father of mercies, for that Savior, who triumphed over the grave and made death His captive. We bless You, that You, who, in times past, spoke to the fathers by the prophets, have, in these latter days, spoken to us by Your Son Jesus Christ; that You have sent Him to go before us in the way of duty and of suffering, to be our guide and deliverer, to save us from our sins, and to show us the way to Your favor, which is life, and Your loving kindness, which is better than life. How should we adore Your goodness, Ο God, that when spiritual darkness covered the earth, and mankind had wandered far from You, You stretched forth the arm of Your mercy, mighty to save, and powerful to bless, — and that the Messenger of Your truth and love appeared, the friend of sinners, and the guide to immortality. We bless You, that though earth be a land of darkness, and over it be spread the shadow of death, yet there is an inheritance of glory reserved for Your children in a brighter world, —that though we are born to die, yet Christ has taught us that we die but to live forever, — and through the grave has opened to us the pathway to the mansions of bliss and glory. And we pray, Ο Father, that while we are grateful for the high and rich blessings of the Gospel, our hearts may be subdued to its dominion and sanctified by its influences; that we may live in the purity of Christian faith, and die in the joy of Christian hope.

Father in heaven! we beseech You to be with us, and bless us this day, and prepare our hearts for Your service. Ο send out Your light and Your truth; let them lead us, let them bring us to Your holy place. In Your earthly temple, may we this day meet around Your altar, and there put away all our earth-born passions, our distracting cares, οur vain and frivolous thoughts, and offer to You that homage of the soul, which You will not despise. May we enter Your gates with thanksgiving, and Your courts with praise, there to pour out our hearts to You in the voice of prayer, and to seek some good instruction, some purifying, sanctifying, influences from Your holy word. Ο save us from a careless, formal, hypocritical worship; and when we receive good impressions, let them not be as the morning cloud and the early dew. We lament before You, that we have so often forgotten Your goodness and violated Your laws, and that our souls have been so much estranged from You, and from pure and holy things. We pray that this day, and during the whole of our lives, we may love You more and serve You better than ever yet we have done. May we leave behind, our follies and our sins, and press on toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. May the virtues and graces of the Gospel be the ornaments of our lives and characters. May we seek to imitate the example of our Savior, and to transcribe into our own souls something of His meekness and humility, His fervent piety and patient resignation, His enlarged benevolence, His generous and holy zeal in doing good. Knowing that a day is coming, in which You will render unto every one according to His works, may we be as those who live for eternity.

We pray for Your servant, who ministers in sacred things to the society, of which we are members. Bless his labors in the cause of Christ, and make him the instrument of turning many to righteousness. Let Your blessing rest on all the ministers of the Gospel; may they be animated, faithful, zealous, and successful in imparting and enforcing the truths, the warnings, and the hopes of our holy religion. We pray that Your presence and blessing may be with all the assemblies of Your worshipping people this day, — and may the power of Your word be displayed in turning men from the error of their ways unto You, the living and true God. Grant, Ο God, that the kingdom of Your Son may be more widely diffused and more firmly established, and that all the nations of the earth may come to the knowledge and worship of You, through Jesus Christ, whom You have sent. In His name we offer our prayer, and ascribe unto You all power and glory forever. Amen.

Book: A Family Prayer Book
Author: Charles Brooks
Published: 1846
Edited by: Karrol 2016

Daily Prayer No. 43


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Blessed be God, the maker of heaven and earth, blessed be the Lord, who only does wondrous things, and blessed be His glorious name forever who has made both day and night through His glorious wisdom, and so ruled, that while the earth remains, they shall not cease, that man may rest by night, and proceed again to his labors by day. O Lord, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom have You made them all: the earth is full of Your riches. For such gifts we thank You before the sun rises, and come into Your presence when the light breaks forth. Therefore I bless You now also, for You have suffered me securely to rest and sleep this night, and again awakened me to the joy of living. You have mercifully sheltered me from the assaults and malice of enemies. I supplicate Your grace: grant that my soul may repose in Your hands, my body continue in health according to Your good pleasure, and be kept from all injury and peril. Be my mighty protection and strong stay, a defense from heat, and my cover from the sun at noon, my preservation from stumbling, and my help from falling, that no harm may come unto me.

O Merciful God, knowing the hour is come to awaken out of the sleep of sin and iniquity, for now is our salvation so near, the night is far spent, the day is at hand: so help us to cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, that we may walk honestly as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in clambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying, but putting on the Lord Jesus Christ in the true faith and a Christian conduct. Thus awaken us each morning. Open my ears that I may hear Your holy Word with a believing heart and keep the same in my memory. Let my ears incline to the entreaties and prayers of the needy, not to forsake them in their distress. And when in my distress I cry unto You, hear the voice of my supplications, and despise not my sighing in the hour of death. Let my prayers come before You early. Incline Your ears to my entreaties. Satisfy us early with Your mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Amen. –– John Habermann

Daily Prayer No. 42


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GOD, most holy and most gracious, never could we climb up to You by any ladder of our own making; therefore in pity You have sent Your Son into the world to show us the way to You. You have set the glory of Your omnipotence in Heaven and earth. And yet were You only an infinitude of might, our hearts would faint within us. But now in Jesus Christ You have veiled Your power, have come forth in the strength of Your gentleness to live our life and die our death, that You might win us as sons and give us eternal life. O God, we know not the meaning of Gethsemane and the Cross. If we seek to grasp it, too often we but darken counsel with words of ignorance. We can only praise You for Your grace, and lift up a cry of penitence and of trust.

Living Father! We thank You for our life with its unspeakable privilege and dread responsibility. You have given it to us that, through it may throb the mighty tide of Your love, that in it may be revealed some aspect of Your being and beauty. You have beset us behind and before. You make us to sorrow for our sins. You stir us with a divine discontent, and we forget the things that are behind and reach forth unto the things that are before. We rejoice that You have set our life amid gracious opportunities, whereby You would train us to truer vision and larger understanding of You and of ourselves.

We bless You for the Church as the school of virtue and godly living; for the sacred Scriptures that bring to us the story of Your redeeming will; for all the wise and saintly men of the past and of the present; for the goodly fellowship of the prophets, and the noble army of the martyrs; for the great cloud of witnesses from whose faith and hope we would take courage in our struggles and trials. We rejoice to believe that You are always overruling trouble and temptation and sin and disappointment, and out of them are making stepping- stones to bring us nearer to You. Forbid that we should know Your grace in vain. Rather may Your goodness bind us anew to loyalty and to faith, and constrain us to a life separate from evil, made consecrate to goodness.

We would not be selfish in our prayers. We cannot come into Your presence without bringing in our hearts the tears, the pain, the longing of our brothers. O God, our sympathy with them is but the broken reflection of Yours. Come to the burdened, the wretched, the grief-stricken, those who have been made sad by others, and those who have brought sadness upon themselves. May they hear, by faith, the still voice of Your sympathy! May they feel the beating of Your great heart of compassion! May they take comfort in the assurance that You suffer in and with them, and with You abides everlasting blessedness! Hear our prayers in behalf of all those who are struggling against the power of evil. Have pity upon the drunkard. Restore to him the power of self-control. Enable him to obey the behests of reason and conscience. Lay Your healing and soothing hand upon the victims of nervous tension, of sleepless nights, and fruitless days. Give them rest of soul that the body, too, may be at rest. Relieve those who are in pain. Grant them patience and courage, and let them not doubt Your goodness or love. Call the sinning and the suffering into fellowship with Christ that they may find in Him the secret of victory over the evil of the world; that He may rise in their souls, a star burning brightly through the long night unto Your perfect day. These blessings we beg, in His name, and for His sake. Amen — A Book of Prayers for Public and Personal Use By SAMUEL McCOMB, M. A., D.D..

Daily Prayer No. 41


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LOVING Father, our hearts are moved to gratitude and trust when we look up to You. We rejoice that through our fleeting days there runs Your gracious purpose. We praise You that we are not the creatures of chance, nor the victims of iron fate, but that out from You we have come and into Your bosom we shall return. We would not, even if we could, escape You. You alone are good, and to escape from You is to fall into infinite evil. Your hand is upon us moving us on to some far off spiritual event, where the meaning and the mystery of life shall be made plain and Your glory shall be revealed. Look in pity upon our ignorance and childishness. Forgive us our small understanding of Your purpose of good concerning us. Do not be angry with us, but draw us from the things of this world which cannot satisfy our foolish hearts. Fill us with Yourself, that we may no longer be a burden to ourselves. So glorify the face of goodness that evil shall have no more dominion over us.

The strength of Your love, O Lord, we would have all men share. Let it go forth to all who feel themselves neglected, or despised, or forgotten. Be their great Companion, who understands all, whose sympathy is wider and deeper than all their need. Look in compassion upon the bereaved and brokenhearted. Help them to take up afresh the duties of life with a deeper devotion to You, that they may so pass into that world of experience, where sorrow alone can lead the way. Lift them above themselves so that their tears may bring forth fruit in tender ministry to those afflicted with like suffering, that they may comfort others with the comfort wherewith they themselves are comforted by You. For those who despair because of moral weakness and failure, we pray. May they throw themselves on Your truth and mercy, and hear Your voice of power and reassurance, “Be still and know that I am Your God, Your salvation.” Let the doubter see his doubts dissolve away in the vision of Yourself. Let the restless and discontented pass into Your peace, which the world cannot give and cannot take away. Let the miserable and ill at ease, the fretful and the careworn, come forth from their cabined world into the larger places of Your blessedness and Your rest.

O God, You have been our fathers’ God. They trusted in You, and were not ashamed. Be our God and our Fortress, even unto death, for Your mercies’ sake. Amen

— A Book of Prayers for Public and Personal Use By SAMUEL McCOMB, M. A., D.D..

Daily Prayer No. 40


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O Heavenly Father, hear our cry and attend unto our prayer as we seek Your face at the close of another day.

O Lord our God, we bless You for the sure foundation which You have laid in Zion. We bless You that You have given Your Son to bear our sins in His  own body on the tree. We bless You that He is the very Rock of Ages, and that none who trust in Him shall ever be confounded.

O blessed Savior, You are the only hope of lost and perishing sinners, help us to rest our souls on You! On You we lay all our sins, for You have died for our salvation. Wash away all our guilt in Your blood, and set us free from all condemnation. On You likewise would we lay all our wants. You know how great they are, but Your fullness is enough to supply every lack. Grant to us the spirit of true penitence and contrition. Take from us the heart of stone and give unto us the heart of flesh. Heal all our spiritual infirmities. Help our unbelief.  Take away from us all indifference and deafness of spirit. Open our eyes that we may behold more clearly Your marvelous love. Beat down Satan under our feet, and enable us to overcome all temptation.

Be our Friend and Comforter in days of sorrow and adversity. To You, we bring our griefs and our cares, and we beseech You to bear them for us. Speak peace to every weary burdened spirit, and give them rest in Your faithfulness and love.

O gracious Master, draw us more closely to Yourself, and make Your name more dear to us every day. May we lean on You, for You uphold us with Your own right hand. May Your mercy and loving kindness embrace us on every side. Let Your everlasting arms be beneath us, and when heart and flesh fail, be the strength of our heart and our portion forever.

We plead with You for all the members of this family, present or absent.  Knit us together in the love of Christ, and prepare each one of us for a home above. Bless our neighbors and our friends, and may they all be the friends of Jesus. Lift up all who are cast down, and succor all who are in sorrow and distress. Guide the footsteps of any who are seeking their way to Zion, and restore by Your grace any who have gone back from Your ways.

Finally, we beseech You to have mercy on all men, and hasten the day of Your appearing, when all sin and sorrow shall be ended. Hear us, O Savior, for Your mercy’s sake. Amen

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. 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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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.


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


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


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


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
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