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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MORNING

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

Daily Prayer No. 17

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Most blessed Lord, who delights in showing mercy to those who honor Your beloved Son; we come into Your presence this morning, trusting to that complete atonement which He has made upon the cross.

You have commended Your love to us, in that You have given Your Son for our sins; and yet we have requited Your goodness by ingratitude and rebellion. O Lord, we humble ourselves before You on account of our sins. We pray to be delivered from them. We want that holiness which is happiness. We knock at the door of mercy this morning, and implore You to give us a father’s blessing. We ask You not so much for the good things of this world: we know that these cannot ease the burdened conscience, nor subdue our corruptions. But we pray for You to give us the Holy Spirit that we may resist the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil so that we would not retain one secret sin, but would mortify and resist every unholy thought and vain desire.

We pray for the mind that was in Christ Jesus. O for more of the life of God in our hearts! Lord, confirm and strengthen in us whatever You Yourself have planted; and cast out of us all things that offend against the holiness that becomes Your faithful followers.

O Lord, look in mercy upon those who are yet unconverted by the Spirit of Christ, who love the world in preference to You, and who follow its ways instead of the ways of holiness. Show them their danger and their loss. Convince them that they are in the road that leads to the ruin of their souls. Give them Your Spirit to display to them the love and beauty of the Lord Jesus; so that their affections may be withdrawn from unworthy objects, and centered upon Him. O adorable Redeemer, so manifest Your love to each of us, that we may esteem You the chief among ten thousand, and altogether lovely. May our hearts and thoughts dwell upon You all the day long.

O Lord, we would praise You for what we have so undeservedly received. Praise to You for the blessings of the past night—that You laid us down to sleep, and were raised in safety. Help us to begin this day with an increased desire to live to Your glory. We give You thanks for the measure of health You permit us to enjoy, for food and raiment, and for all the blessings of this life.  But, above all, we praise You for the unspeakable gift of Your beloved Son, and for our perfect redemption by Him. O God, mercifully grant to us such a measure of Your grace, that we, running the way of Your commandments, may obtain Your gracious promises, and be made partakers of those heavenly blessings that are treasured up in Jesus.

And now, Lord, we pray for You to watch over us while we pass through the world this day. Lead us not into temptation—deliver us, if tempted. Enable us to glorify You in our several callings in life. We ask You to be ever present with us, to regulate our tempers, affections, and pursuits. Hear our prayers, O Lord, for the sake of Him in whom You are ever well pleased—the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Book: Daily Prayers for Family Worship in a Course of Four Weeks
Author: Rev. William Dalton, B.D.
Publisher: London: Hamilton, Adams, and Co. Paternoster Row, Wolverhammpton: Simpson and Steen (1861)

Daily Prayer No. 16

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O ALMIGHTY God, who gives to all men liberally, and does not chastise, and does not despise the meanest of Your creatures who come to You in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, hear and answer us while we come to the throne of grace through Him as the way, the truth, and the life.

You have encouraged us to ask for great things, and we desire now to do so; yet not for the things of this world—for its riches, or its honors, which might prove a curse, instead of a blessing: but we ask for the pardon of daily sin, through the blood of Jesus; for an assurance of Your favor, and peace in our souls; for an abundant outpouring of the Holy Spirit, that we may resist the temptations of the evil one, and manifest in our lives the power of Your grace. Blessed Lord, You have encouraged us to expect great things. We acknowledge that we have need of more faith and holy boldness; we have been distressed in ourselves, but not in You; our conquest over sin might have been greater, had we waited upon You more for the Spirit. Oh God, put into our hearts large desires, and satisfy the same by giving us all that we stand in need of, for the Savior’s sake.

We give You thanks, O Lord, for Your preservation of us during the past night. We might have perished by fire, or have been visited by the pestilence that walks in darkness. Oh, how great is Your goodness towards us. When we reflect how we have been kept in health and quietness, and free from the pain and misery that many have suffered this night, how greatly should we praise You! O Lord, enable us to show forth that praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives.

Now that we enter upon the last day of the week, we would pray for the spirit of self-examination, and would remember before You that this is the preparation of the Sabbath. Prepare our hearts before you. Enable us to set our house in order, and to so arrange our worldly business, that we may serve You without distraction, on Your holy day. And for as much as we do not know what a day may bring forth, Oh, teach us to live each day as though it were our last, and be ready to welcome at any time the coming of our Lord. Cut every tie which binds us to earth; overcome our attachment to the things of the world; and enable us to sit completely loose to all but You. Oh, may the roots of our affections strike deeper into the good soil, that being established and grounded in Him we may be proof against the storms of adversity, and the force of temptation. Correct, we whatever You see amiss in our tempers and dispositions. Subdue the risings of unholy passions; say to the ruffled waves, Be still; let pride and harshness give place to meekness and humility; and may the spirit of the Savior be manifest in all we say and do.

We pray for You to aid and to look upon Your ministering servants who are to stand up on the morrow to preach the gospel of Your grace. Be with them in their preparation for this great work. May the Holy Ghost so fill them with the love of Jesus, and the love of souls, that they may fully testify of the riches of redeeming grace. Feed their own souls while they prepare to feed their flocks; and cause an abundant blessing to follow their labor in the Lord.

Grant these our petitions, O Lord, for Jesus Christ’s sake, our only Savior and Redeemer; to whom, with You and the Holy Ghost, be ascribed everlasting praise and glory. Amen.

Book: Daily Prayers for Family Worship in a Course of Four Weeks

Author: Rev. William Dalton, B.D.

Publisher: London: Hamilton, Adams, and Co. Paternoster Row, Wolverhammpton: Simpson and Steen (1861)

Daily Prayer No. 15

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EVER-LIVING God, whose existence is the perpetual spring of our being, and whose loving-kindness is the inspiration of our daily joys: O God impress our minds with gratitude while we remember Your mercies, and turn our voices to praise while we call upon Your name ? By the tender and wise ordering of Your providence, the night has brought us the delightful refreshment of sleep, amid social security and domestic peace; and the welcome radiance of the morning calls us to new activity, to fresh experiences, to a deeper acquaintance with life, and to ever-augmenting responsibilities.

May our hearts be susceptible to every influence that testifies to Your holy presence in the beauty of the world Your hands have fashioned, —in the genial ministries of domestic love and noble friendships, — in the silent witness of a good conscience to the pure thoughts and good deeds that have blessed mankind, — and in every spiritual emotion and aspiration that may ennoble us, by lifting us into a higher realm of life.

O Lord, our Preserver, in guarding our bodies from danger through the day that lies before us, withdraw our eyes from beholding vanity, and exclude from our minds all gross and presumptuous thoughts. May the words which our tongues may utter, and the meditations which our hearts may entertain, be acceptable in Your sight, and worthy the bodies and spirits which You have deigned to call Your temple. Here, O God, enthrone Your Holy Spirit, that all our purposes and desires may be subjected to You; that all our duties may be elevated into privileges; that our pleasures may be exalted into praises; that our forgiven sins may bear the fruit of humility and grateful love; and that the trials of a mortal day, borne to You on the wings of prayer, may return to us in everlasting benedictions. We ask it through the grace and truth of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Book: The Alter at Home 2nd Series 8th Edition

Author: American Unitarian Association

Publisher: BOSTON: Walker, Wise, and Company 1891

Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2015

Daily Prayer No. 14

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ALMIGHTY and most merciful God, as once more we gather around the family altar, we would seek Your presence, and invoke Your blessing upon this household. We are weak; God grant us the aid of Your infinite strength. We are ignorant, and would seek from Your inexhaustible wisdom the light of true knowledge. Borne down with anxiety, with hearts burdened by trial and grief, may we meet the afflictions which beset and surround us with cheerful resignation and unfailing faith. O Lord, You know our trials and temptations. We confess our manifold transgressions. When we would do good, evil is present with us. Grant us Your guidance and forgiveness. Sanctify us by Your Holy Spirit. As the shadows of life fall upon our souls, we would seek heavenly light. Enable us, we do most earnestly beseech You, to bear our cross with lowly submission, uncomplaining fidelity, and serene trust. May we learn from our Savior to meet our trials with devout confidence and triumphant faith; and cherish the undoubted assurance that a crown of glory awaits the penitent, faithful, and obedient disciple. Though in Your Providence our present lot is grievous; though adversity frowns upon us and our bread is dipped in tears; though struggling with a besetting sin or afflicted with sorrow; or though subjected to loss of wealth,  — grant us Your strength, and may we say, in the spirit of Him who bore his agony with such triumphant patience, Not my will, but Yours, be done.” May we learn to be resigned even in pain and suffering, and through the pathway of the cross attain unto heavenly glory and divine peace; and thus reap the rich fruition of the believer’s faith and the believer’s hope. May we both live and die unto Christ, taking up the cross daily, and walking in faithful observance of the precepts of Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,— in the faith of whom, and as whose disciples, we ask for strength and forgiveness. For Yours shall be the praise, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

Book: The Alter at Home 2nd Series 8th Edition

Author: American Unitarian Association

Publisher: BOSTON: Walker, Wise, and Company 1891

Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2015

Daily Prayer No. 13

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We bless You, our Father in heaven, that You have kept us through another night, in which You have given rest and sleep.  We rejoice that You have brought us to behold the light of another day, with its duties and privileges. We thank You that our lives have been precious in Your sight. And now we pray for Your guidance throughout this day to which Your mercy has brought us. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive our sins. Help us to forgive those who wrong us. We invoke Your blessing in its fullness upon our loved ones, whether they kneel with us here this morning, or are far from us. You are near to all. Keep us O God, from sickness, from danger, and from sin. May the consciousness of Your love go with us, and Your presence guide us through this day. We ask not that we may walk in our own way, but in Your way. Help us to do Your will this day. May we labor to be accepted in the Beloved, whose we are and whom we serve. For Jesus sake. Amen!

Book: Alone with God

Author: Br. James H. Garrison

Publisher: St. Louis: Christian Publishing Company 1891

Daily Prayer No. 12

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INFINITE and Holy God, in this morning light we come to You with our offering of grateful worship. Whom have we in heaven but You; and there is none upon earth that we can desire in comparison’ with You. We thank You, Heavenly Father, for this new day, the gift of Your love, the accepted time, the day of salvation. Our duties wait for us; the work given us to do requires all our strength. Father, help us to work in such a spirit of devotedness and trust, with such singleness of purpose, that our life may all be in harmony with Your mighty agencies. May we work in such wisdom, and with such reference to Your will, that what we seek we shall find. A pure and unsullied conscience, may we possess it; the Christ-like spirit, may it be our inspiration. To-day may we have faith to commit ourselves to Christian principles, and follow the Master. Though appetite and sense should crave indulgence; though the world should tempt, or frown and threaten; though doubts and fears should rise up against us; may we dare to do right, and be strong to rise above sin. O, today may we have Jesus at our side, as a mighty brother to counsel us, and with deep spiritual sympathies to uplift us. With our hand in his, we cannot go astray; with our eye upon the beauty of his holiness, we cannot fail to hunger and thirst after righteousness.

O God, chasten and sanctify the eager, anxious thoughts and desires of the business world. May all learn what it means to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, trusting that all these things shall be added. Help us to make Your will our rule of duty, to be fellow laborers with You, and so to have Omnipotence for our stay and support. O save us from temptations that might overpower us. Lead us in the way we should go.Father of forgiving mercy, save us from our sins, and strengthen us to be pure and noble and holy, like Your Son. As his disciples, we wait for Your blessing, and render to You praise and thanksgiving forever and ever. Amen.

Book: The Alter at Home 2nd Series 8th Edition

Author: American Unitarian Association

Publisher: BOSTON: Walker, Wise, and Company 1891

Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2015

Daily Prayer No. 11

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LOOK down from heaven, O my God, and hearken to the prayer of Your servant. My wants are great; but, Lord, Your power to relieve is greater. You are the very Fountain: I come to You poor and needy; O fill me out of Your fullness. You delight to give; send me not away empty.

Lord, I thank You for all Your past mercies to my body and my soul. I thank You for the measure of health which I enjoy, for the food which I eat, for the clothing which I put on, for the home in which I dwell. I thank You for the kind and dear friends who care for me, for the portion which Your love allots to me in this world.  I thank You for Your great kindness in watching over me, for shielding me from a thousand dangers, and for sparing my life up to this hour.

But still more I bless You for Your spiritual gifts. How great is Your love to my soul! You have given me a Savior to die for me. You have pointed out the way by which a lost one may be saved. O Jesus, save me.- Sprinkle Your own blood upon my soul. Stretch out the arms of Your mercy, and receive me, sinner as I am. O give me the joy of acceptance, the blessedness of pardon. Say to me, gracious Lord, Your sins are forgiven and make me Yours forever, Your true servant, Your faithful follower, Your loving disciple.

O my God, enable me this day to live nearer to You than I have yet done. Strengthen my faith; increase my love; fill me with Yourself; draw my sinful heart towards You.

Lord, I desire to know all the evil that is in me. Show me to myself I beseech You. Show me the hatefulness of my guilt; and make me to abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. You have called me unto holiness ; sanctify me by Your blessed Spirit. Lead me, O lead me, in the narrow path of life. Enable me to break off every evil habit, especially my besetting sin. Lord if there is any hidden sin lurking in my heart, give me grace to overcome it.

May the blessedness of Your own day still rest upon me. Let me not forget those holy lessons which were taught me in Your house. Deepen any good impression which has been made. Carry on any work of grace which You Yourself has begun in me. Make my future course a useful and a happy one. Make me a blessing to others. Lord, I have been too much a cumberer of the ground. Grant that I may now bear fruit. Show me what You would have me to do, and give me grace to do it.

Bless my minister, and those whom You have committed to his care. Help him to sow the seed of life; and may it spring up in many hearts. The harvest is truly plenteous; send faithful laborers to gather souls into Your garner. Be with those especially who are gone forth to labor in distant lands. O Lord, prosper them in their arduous work ; and as they bear the burden and heat of the day, may their own souls be refreshed, and may they receive a full reward.

Hear me, 0 my Father; and give me all that I have asked, and all that I need, for my Savior’s sake. Amen.

Our Father, &c

Book: Prayers for Private Use
Author: Rev. Ashton Oxenden

Daily Prayer No. 10

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Now the shades of night are gone;
Now is passed the early dawn;
Lord we would be Yours today;
Drive the shades of sin away.
Make our souls as noon-day clear;
Banish every doubt and fear;
In Your vineyard, Lord, today.
We would labor, we would pray.
When our work of life is past,
0 receive us all at last;
Labor then will all be o’er,
Sin’s dark night will be no more.

PRAYER.

0 God, You are the Creator, the upholder, and the proprietor of all things. Your dominion is everlasting and universal. You do according to Your own will in the armies of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: none can stay Your hand, or say unto You, What do You do?

We cannot escape from Your presence or control, nor do we desire it. It is our privilege that we are under the agency, not only of omnipotence, but righteousness, wisdom, and love. You have commended Your love toward us, in that while we were sinners Christ died for us. He that spared not His own Son but delivered Him up for us all—how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Here may all our fears drop off from our minds; here may we be filled with everlasting consolation and good hope through grace.

May there be a real and living union between our souls and Him, that quickened together with Christ, we may be raised up, and made to sit with Him in the heavenly places. And to you, our heavenly Father, and to Your Son Jesus Christ our Savior, and to the Holy Spirit, our Comforter, one God, be praises evermore. Amen —The Bible Prayer Book for Family Worship by W. W. Everts

Daily Prayer No. 9

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Almighty God, who has commanded us to call upon You; help us to draw near to You with our hearts, and not with our lips alone.

We do not kneel before You, trusting in our own righteousness; but in Your great mercy. If You were to judge us according to what we deserve, we could not stand in Your sight If we said that we had no sin, there would be no truth in us. But You have promised to receive all those who come to You in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ; You have said, that His blood cleanses us from all sin. Teach us to trust in Him, with all our hearts: and enable us to obey Him in our lives. Enable us to walk worthily of our high calling: enable us to renounce the devil and all his works: the vanities of this wicked world, and all the sinful lusts of the flesh. Enable us to live righteously, soberly, and godly; and to finish our course with joy, looking for the second coming of our Lord and Savior, when He shall take to Himself forever those who have been His disciples here on earth.

Bless, O God, all our relations and friends. Give them the same mercies which we ask for ourselves. Give them all things needful both for soul and body. Into Your hands we commend ourselves for this day. May it help to prepare us for the great day of account. Teach us always to remember that You see us, You hear us: and enable us to do and say what is pleasing to You.

Grant us these blessings, O Lord, for Jesus Christ’s sake, in whose words we sum up all our prayers.

Our Father, &c.

Book: A Corse of Morning and Evening Prayers for the Use of the Families of the Poor

Author: Unknown

Publisher: London: J. Hatchard and Son, 187 Piccadilly (1831)

Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed (2016)

Daily Prayer No. 8

ALMIGHTY God, who has commended Your love to us, in that while we were yet sinners, You gave Your Son to die upon the cross for us; be mercifully pleased to show us the light of Your countenance, and bless and comfort us, while we now draw near to worship You. We trust, alone, to the atoning blood of Jesus. All our dependence is on Him, for time, and for eternity.

You are greatly to be praised, O Lord, for the love that You have shown to us, guilty sinners. We have rebelled against You; we have provoked You to anger; we have been transgressors against Your laws; and You would have been just, had You condemned us to the lake of fire. Yet, in mercy You have spared us, and have made known to us Your willingness to save us by the Son of Your love. Your name be adored for those who, through grace, believe; and Your mercy be entreated for those who, as yet, are dead in trespasses and sins. Give them the light of the knowledge of Your glory, in the face of Jesus Christ, O Lord cause the day-spring from on high to visit them.

Let none of us, O Lord, be satisfied with a mere deliverance from the punishment of sin. Give us such a hungering and thirsting after righteousness—such an ardent love for holiness, as will make us press after an abundant entrance into Your heavenly kingdom. O blessed Savior, who has received all the fullness of the Spirit for Your Church, we beseech You to give to us that Spirit, in all the power that You see we require. Oh, cleanse our hearts; and mortify our carnal desires. Lead us to a higher perception and enjoyment of spiritual things; increase our love to You. May we, through faith in Your word and promise, be raised above the world, to live in happy, peaceful waiting for Your coming. We desire to be kept in that weaned state from worldly things, that we shall long for You, and love the time of Your appearing. Cut those ties that bind our souls to earth. Enable us to walk through this world as Jesus did. We grieve to feel how much our hearts still cling to the things of earth. Strengthen us for the time that remains; and enable us to rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

You know, O Lord, how much we need Your continual help. Guide and protect us as the sheep of Your pasture. We commend especially to Your gracious care the younger members of this family. Give to them Your Holy Spirit, that they may be taught to love and fear You, and to make them conscious of their ways in all they think, and say, and do. Grant that they may grow in grace daily, and in the knowledge of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

We have great reason to praise You for Your continued mercies toward us. We thank You, O God, for the rest, protection, and. preservation of the night past. We thank You that we have had a place to lay our heads, while others were in want and wretchedness.  Give us hearts to feel for their miseries and to relieve them. Be near, to us, all the day long, and let not our hearts wander from You. Let Your word be the rule of our lives—Your Son our holy example—and Your Spirit our heavenly teacher. Let Your glory be our aim in whatever we do or say; and teach us so to value the joy of Your countenance, as to make any sacrifice, rather than lose it for a moment.

To the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be everlasting praise, majesty, and dominion, now and forever. Amen.

Book: Daily Prayers for Family Worship in a Course of Four Weeks

Author: Rev. William Dalton, B.D.

Publisher: London: Hamilton, Adams, and Co. Paternoster Row, Wolverhammpton: Simpson and Steen (1861)

Daily Prayer No. 7

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O YOU, who dwells in the highest heavens, and yet humbles Yourself to receive the prayers and praises of Your servants upon earth, we approach Your footstool this morning, in the name of Your beloved Son Jesus.

We come to confess our sin—to implore Your blessing—and to sing Your praise. We would lay the burden of our sins upon our great High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ. We adore His holy name who bore our griefs, and carried our sorrows, and made reconciliation by the blood of His cross. To the merits of His sacrifice and righteousness alone we look for pardon and salvation.

We implore Your blessing, O heavenly Father, for Christ’s sake. You know what we stand in need of. Make us, we pray, more spiritually minded. Remove from our hearts whatever exalts itself against You. Take away all self-esteem, and self-indulgence; and give to us the meek and humble spirit of the Lamb of God. Make us lowly in our own eyes—swift to condemn ourselves, and slow to judge our neighbor. Restrain all hastiness of speech, of temper, and of conduct. Give us that charity which suffers long and is kind; which bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things, which vaunted not itself, and is not puffed up.

Bestow upon us, O Lord, an abundant measure of Your Spirit, that our whole body, soul, and spirit may be brought into submission to You. Make us so perfectly conformed to Your will, that whether sickness or health, poverty or wealth, prosperity or adversity be our lot, we may say, Your will be done. Lord Jesus, be You our joy—the glory of our brightest day—the comfort of our gloomiest night. May all our happiness be drawn from You; so that no outward circumstances shall rob us of our peace.

But, O our Father, we cannot number our wants, nor our sins and infirmities. You know all, and yet knowing, do love us still. You do hate the sin, but love the sinner. O blessed Lord Jesus, in You we shelter our guilty souls, and rejoice in the blessings which, through You, we are entitled to receive. Give us largely of Your grace; that we may be enabled to forsake those sins which You do hate, and follow that holiness which You do approve. Give us the Spirit, as an earnest of our inheritance, that our souls may rejoice in the blessed foretaste of the glory that is yet to be revealed.

Be with us throughout the whole of this day. O Lord, direct, control, suggest, all we shall do, or think, or say. Keep us mindful that this is the preparation of the Sabbath. May our minds be prepared for Your service, that we may worship You without distraction on the morrow, should our lives be prolonged. And may we ever so live by faith on the Son of God, that to depart, and to be with Christ, would be to us far better than to abide in this world of sin. O our God, hear us, answer us, and bless us. Give us more than we have asked, and much more than we deserve, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.

Book: Daily Prayers for Family Worship in a Course of Four Weeks

Author: Rev. William Dalton, B.D.

Publisher: London: Hamilton, Adams, and Co. Paternoster Row, Wolverhammpton: Simpson and Steen (1861)

Daily Prayer No. 6

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Most gracious God, whom angels worship with unwearied service, how greatly should we adore You for all Your manifold mercies, especially for the gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Thanks be to You, O Lord, for this Your unspeakable gift. May all that is within us bless and praise Your holy name.

O merciful Father, who has manifested Your love to a guilty world, and who has proved Your willingness to receive those who have rebelled against You, be gracious to us who now return to You in faith and penitence. We come to You in our Savior’s great and prevailing name. We make mention of His righteousness, and that only. We make full confession of our guilt. We stand condemned—yea, self-condemned, by reason of sin. We have nothing to plead, but Your love and mercy through Jesus. Hear us, we beseech You, while in this, Your own appointed way, we now draw near to You.

You have preserved us through another night, and You have brought us to see another day—a day to be employed in Your service. But, O Lord, we cannot live for You, unless You live in us. Our flesh cleaves to the earth. We are by nature carnal; and the things of the world too often seduce our hearts, while the things of Your eternal glory are too often forgotten.

Under the consciousness of our weakness, we cry to You for the mighty power of the Spirit; enable us to crucify the flesh, with its affections and lusts; and raise us to the enjoyment of spiritual things. Give us an abiding view of Your glory, O Lord. May Your Holy Spirit reveal it to our hearts—may He manifest to us the exceeding great love of Jesus, that we may be constrained to make a more entire surrender of ourselves to You. Lord, You are worthy of more than we can give; but give us hearts to rejoice in consecrating ourselves—body, soul, and spirit, to Your service. Oh, that we could love You more and serve You better! So would our joy be increased; and so wouldst You honor us, as instruments of usefulness to others.

We come to You now, O Lord, to seek strength for the wants of the day. We can do much for You, if You give us willing minds. We would redeem the time from worldly pursuits, to be employed for You. Grant O Lord, we implore You, that we may this day manifest the power of godliness, and bear witness for You, by the testimony of our lips and of our lives.

Enable us so to see the prize of our high calling in Christ Jesus, that we may count all things but loss for His sake, and be willing to forsake all, to take up our cross and follow Him. May we glory in the cross, and count it all joy, if, for the sake of Jesus, we fall into divers tribulations. Lord, we would live as strangers and pilgrims on the earth; we pray You to enable us to deny ourselves all carnal indulgence which wars against the mind of the Spirit. Let us not desire to imitate the practice of a world that is at enmity with You; but may we rather study to be conformed to the image of the Savior’s holiness.

We prostrate our souls before the throne, and worship You, O Lord, saying, Amen, blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be to You, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, for ever and ever. Amen.

Book: Daily Prayers for Family Worship in a Course of Four Weeks

Author: Rev. William Dalton, B.D.

Publisher: London: Hamilton, Adams, and Co. Paternoster Row, Wolverhammpton: Simpson and Steen (1861)

Daily Prayer No. 5

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Great and glorious God, who has made the sun in the skies to give light by day; Your throne is in the highest heaven, yet Your goodness takes notice of Your creatures on earth, and You hear when children pray to You.

Look down, O Lord, and pity me; for I desire to be heartily sorry that I have so often offended You, by breaking Your commandments; and when I am serious, I am grieved to think that I should be so ready to break them again.

O God of mercy, punish me not as my faults and follies deserve, either in this world, or in the world to come.

But when You bring pain or trouble upon me, let me be patient under it, and grow the better for it.

Send Your good Spirit into my heart, to subdue my evil inclinations and form me after the likeness of Your son Jesus Christ.

Preserve me from the danger of evil company, and let me choose and love the company of the wise and good; nor suffer me to waste those hours in idleness or play, which are allotted for my learning or work.

Keep my heart from malice and from evil thoughts.

Preserve my tongue from lying and slandering, and all evil words.

Withhold my hands from fighting and stealing, and all evil actions.

Guard my feet from running into mischief.

Let me dwell with my companions in peace and love, and be ready to help them at all times.

Let me not dare to sin against You in secret, remembering that I am always in Your sight.

Grant me sufficient food and raiment while I live.

Increase my strength daily.

Secure me from sickness and from death in my younger days, that I may do some service for You on earth; and when I die, and my body is carried to the grave, may my soul be taken up to live forever with You and with Your son Jesus Christ.

I pray You, bless all my dear and honored relations and friends, and grant them those mercies that are proper for them here, and eternal life hereafter.

Give wisdom to all my teachers, so that they may instruct me in what is best for me to know.

Assist me to learn everything that is needful for me in this world, or that may keep me in my way to heaven.

And if my [parents or] governors see it necessary to correct me, let me not grow sullen, but meekly submit, and take care to amend what I have done amiss.

I praise You, O Lord, for all the blessings I have ever received, for they all come from You.

I give You thanks for my rest the last night, and that I find myself in peace this morning.

I bless You for my sight and hearing, for all my senses and my powers of mind and body; and above all, for the Holy Bible, and for all the helps that I enjoy in order to the salvation of my soul.

Let me so carefully fulfil all my duties every day, that I may come with delight to worship You when the evening returns.

Heavenly Father, accept all my prayers and praises through Jesus Christ, Your well beloved son.

Amen.

Book: The Youth’s Prayer Book

Author: John Gorham Palfrey

Publisher: Boston: Gray and Bowen, 1830

Revised and Adapted by: Karrol Sneed 2014

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