For Preservation of the Nation

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Almighty and everlasting God, the all-wise and all righteous Ruler of mankind. Vouchsafe to grant the prayer of Your unworthy servant.  If in the course of Your inscrutable providence, I can contribute, even by the sacrifice of my life, or fortune, or reputation, to the preservation of my native country, to the advancement of virtue, and public peace and happiness, may  I always be willing, and by Your divine assistance strengthened, to surrender every blessing and comfort of life, and life itself, into Your most bountiful hands, from whom I have received them all, through Jesus Christ our Lord. — Philip, Earl Stanhope. (1714-86). The best mathematician in his day.

Knowledge and True Understanding of God’s Word

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Grant unto us, O merciful God, knowledge and true understanding of Your word, that we may know what Your will is, and also may show forth in our lives those things that we do know. that we be not only knower’s of Your word but also doers of the same; by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The Mission of Disciples

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O Lord Jesus Christ, Who sent forth Your first disciples to proclaim Your kingdom, and to teach Your commandments. Give to us, Your disciples this day, such an understanding of the word, that we may teach to others what we have been taught of You, to the glory of Your Name, and the spread of Your Kingdom. — Daily Prayer

Prayer of Confession

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Lord be merciful to us sinners, and save us for Your mercy’s sake. You are the great God, Who has made and rules all things, deliver us for Your name’s sake. You are the great God to be feared above all, save us, that we may praise You. You, O Lord, are just and powerful, defend our cause against the face of the enemy. O God, You are a strong tower of defense to all Who fly unto You: Save us from the violence of the enemy. O Lord of Hosts, fight for us, that we may glorify You suffer us not to sink under the weight of our sins, or the violence of the enemy.  Lord, arise, help us, and deliver us, for Your name’s sake. Amen.

ATTITUDE OF PRAYER

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Prayer is the soaring of the soul towards God, an appeal to His mercy, an homage to His greatness. how seriously it behooves us to perform this duty in a proper manner! In this life, while man is assailed by so much suffering, so many anxieties, and endures so much misery and sorrow, whence can he seek aid and consolation? Can his fellow-man, his companion in weakness and impotence, be his comforter? As. child in his grief appeals instinctively to his parent, so man in his distress appeals to his heavenly Father, Who alone can aid him. Anxieties and misery attack us in vain, when we resist them by seeking consolation from Him Who knows our sorrows.. Towards the mountains. raise my eyes,” says the Psalmist,. thence will come my aid.”
What cannot fervent prayer obtain? When the sentence of condemnation is borne to the heavenly tribunal, let us pray, and God may revoke it. Moses, prostrate at the summit of Sinai, stayed by prayer the arm of the Eternal, already raised to exterminate guilty, idolatrous Israel.
I. We will not fear then, loaded though we be with sin, we will not fear to offer our repentance to the Lord. we will pray for ourselves and others, and hope, though we fear; for. day or. night not begun or ended with prayer, might be. fatal one to us, or to one dear to us, the last day or the last night.
2. Prayer would, indeed, be imperfect, did it lead us towards God only when in trouble or in fear, or had it no other motive than that our wants should be supplied. Besides supplication, is it not just and proper that we should offer our thanks and gratitude to our merciful Father, for the daily blessings He bestows, and the miracles He renews for our preservation, our sustenance, and our existence?
But prayer does more than this. When the mind is imbued with the idea of God, we contemplate His greatness and wonders, and then. sentiment is awakened within us of veneration and delight at His glory, His omnipotence. His wondrous works; this divine joy, tJiis soaring of the soul, find vent in words of blessing and praise, as expressed in the divine harmony of the Psalms..How wondrous are thy works, Lord! how profound are thy thoughts.”
3. But how should we pray.
To move the lips mechanically, without feeling prayer in the heart, is an offence to God. To pray mentally, without. devout attitude, is to fail in respect towards the Great Being with whom we desire to hold communion.
Above all we should take heed lest prayer become an act of routine,. duty fulfilled hastily, amid noise, irreverence, and disturbance. we should attune our hearts to devotion. retire to some silent spot, assume an humble,. contemplative posture, and resign our souls to God; then only can we hope to be in communion with Him.
But to present ourselves humbly before God is not all; we must bring faith. faith that gives life to prayer and warms the heart; and, above all, prayer must proceed from purity of intention, the desire to do that which is pleasing in the sight of God, and also from filial submission to His will.
4..Oh! that our minds could be fully impressed with the glory of God, or that we could duly reflect on His holiness! Faith teaches us that our God, of whose majesty even Moses could not bear the glorious presence, is near us when we pray. He sees and hears us. He knows every thought of the soul, every secret of the heart. Yes, He, the Holy God, is near. and should we, Who bow with respect and humility before. mortal somewhat above us in rank and power, not watch over our words and deeds in the presence of the King of kings, before whom terrestrial monarchs are as. grain of dust.. how dare we in His presence give ourselves up to levity of any kind.
5. Let us, then, strictly observe the duty of prayer, for it is the life of the soul. early in the morning let us appear before the Lord, offer Him the first-fruits of the day. the purity of our actions may depend on the fidelity with which we fulfill this first duty. But, before praying, let us examine ourselves. remember what we are, and reflect on the nature of God before whom we appear. then will our hearts be filled with sentiments of humility, respect, and devotion, and thus we shall become worthy of addressing the Creator of the universe.
A day should not pass without returning thanks for the favors God has granted. before retiring to rest we should recall to mind every event of the day, and repent of any unworthy act we may have committed. and thus reconciled to God, we may be able to invoke His protection, for ourselves and others, from the dangers of the night.
Not alone during the stated times of prayer, but in every circumstance of life. in joy, as in sorrow. should we have God in our hearts and in our thoughts.
6.  Yes, Lord! it is to You I turn to pour put my grief and anguish. it is to You I render homage for the happy days it pleases You to bestow.. If affliction assail me, teach me to bear it according to Thy will. if joy be my portion,. will say, It is God Who gives it.

Meditations and Prayers for Every Situation and Occasion in Life

 

Prayer My Friend

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MY good God, prayer to You is my fortress, prayer is my friend, in prayer I forget all my misery and littleness. Cause me, therefore, to pour my soul out to You in prayer at the present time. I have known no help in times of difficulty, in shame and humiliation I found no sympathizer, but Your watching and Guardian Spirit. Desert me not now. I want You more than ever, Your assurance and Your comfort my soul craves for. My God, my tower of strength, my sweetness and peace of heart, be ever near. God of truth and righteousness, I seek justification in Your sight only. Stand in my conscience, King of holiness, give me Your word, and I will be calm though the whole world rise in rage like a surging sea. Holiness and judgment are Yours, and I humbly stand before Your throne. Crush me in Your justice if I am guilty, and let confusion overtake me. But if in Your sight I stand acquitted, what man is there that shall make me tremble? My Father, purge me from all fear and shame before You. – The Ministers Prayers Part 2

Daily Prayer No 91

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Almighty God, who orders all things and rules the wills and affections of sinful men, we beseech You to dispose the course of this world, that we may serve You in all godly quietness. We ask You to remove all the hindrances out of our path, which might prevent our attainment of everlasting felicity and carry on the work of grace within us. For this and every day gives us fresh occasions to thank You for Your goodness, may every day witness in us fresh tokens of grace and amendment of life, to Your honor and glory. Quicken our languid desires after spiritual blessings; and make us to hunger and thirst after righteousness, that Your gracious promises may be fulfilled in us.
We confess with sorrow and shame, how little we have profited from the many means of improvement which it has been our privilege to possess; and how little we have adorned the doctrine of God our Savior. O that we had served You more steadily and sincerely ; and had improved the time which is past and cannot be recalled. Help us, merciful Father, to be more earnest in improving that which may still remain to us. O Lord incite us to resolve to be more watchful and diligent; and confirm our good resolutions by the inspiration of Your divine strength. Enable us to avoid all temptations that they may be avoided, and steadfastly to resist all temptation we encounter. May the fear and love of You so possess our hearts, that no allurements may entice, and no violence drive us from the way of obedience. Let Your grace and strength be present with us this day, and bring us to the close of it with a conscience void of offense towards You and towards men. May the love of Christ dwell within us, that we may keep His commandments ; may Your grace abound to us, that we may grow in faith, in hope and in charity, and become more ready to be translated to Your heavenly kingdom.
We commit both our bodies and our souls to Your protection this day ; we beseech You also to preserve and bless our dear friends and neighbors, and all for whom it is our duty to pray. As we desire the continuance of Your goodness to us; so we bless and praise Your Holy Name! for Your manifold and great mercies bestowed upon us; and we beseech You to make us so unfeignedly thankful, that we may show forth Your praise, not with our lips only, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to Your service and walking before You in holiness and righteousness all our days, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Our Father, &c.
The Grace, &c.

Prayers for Families for Four Weeks
Author: Rev. E. Galtbett, M.A.

Daily Prayer No. 90

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Eternal God, who has made all things for man, and man for Your glory, sanctify my body and soul, my thoughts and my intentions, my words and actions, that whatsoever I shall think, or speak, or do, may be by me designed to the glorification of Your name, and by Your blessing it may be effective and successful in the work of God, according as it can be capable. Lord, turn my necessities into virtue, the works of nature into the works of grace, by making them orderly, regular, temperate, subordinate, and profitable to ends beyond their own proper efficacy; and let no pride or self-seeking, no covetousness or revenge, no impure mixture or unhandsome purposes, no little ends and low imaginations, pollute my spirit, and unhallow any of my words and actions; but let my body be a servant of my spirit, and both body and spirit servants of Jesus; that doing all things for Your glory here, I may be a partaker of Your glory hereafter, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. – Prayers When the Door is Shut

Daily Prayer No 89

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O Lord God, of infinite mercy and of infinite excellency, who hast sent Your Holy Son into the world to redeem us from an intolerable misery, and to teach us a holy religion, and to forgive us an infinite debt; give me Your Holy Spirit, that my understanding and all my faculties may be so resigned to the discipline and doctrine of my Lord, that I may be prepared to die for the testimony of Jesus, and to suffer any affliction or calamity that shall offer to hinder my duty, or tempt me to shame, or sin, or apostasy; and let my faith be the parent of a good life, a strong shield to repel the fiery darts of the devil, and the author of a holy hope, of modest desires and confidence in God, and of a never-failing charity to You, my God, and to all the world; that I may never have my portion with the unbelievers, or uncharitable and desperate persons; but may be supported by the strengths of faith in all temptations, and may be refreshed with the comforts of a holy hope in all my sorrow’s, and may bear the burden of the Lord, and the infirmities of my neighbor, by the support of charity ; that the yoke of Jesus may become easy to me, and my love may do all the miracles of grace, till from grace it swells to glory, from earth to heaven, from the imperfections of a beginning and a little growing love, it may arrive to the consummation of an eternal and never-ceasing charity, through Jesus Christ, the Son of Your love, the Author of our hope, and the Author and Finisher of our faith : to whom with You, 0 Lord God, Father of heaven and earth, and with Your Holy Spirit, be all glory, and love, and obedience, and dominion, now and for ever. Amen. – Prayers When the Door is Shut by A Lady Deceased

Daily Prayer No 88

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O GOD, our Father, as we come to You at the beginning of the new day, may our hearts be open to receive the gift of Your spirit for which we pray. Grant that we may not be unresponsive to the promptings of Your spirit, but that we may go through all the manifold duties and tasks of this day with a real consciousness of nearness to You, and of dependence upon You.
Give us wisdom in the performance of our daily work in the use of our time and opportunities, so that we may not be restricted in our vision to the immediate interests of the present, but that we may look forward to a time when we may be called upon to use our talents in some service in which our real value to You, as fellow-workers, will depend upon the thoroughness with which we have trained ourselves for efficient service. May we strive to grow in spiritual strength, as well as in mental and physical powers.
Grant that our many experiences of Your love, the realization of the blessings of the past, may give us ever increasing faith. Give us strength of will and clearness of conscience to follow more steadfastly that which we know is right. Forgive, we beseech You, the many things which we do contrary to Your laws, and the many things which we fail to do because of negligence and indifference.
May all our thoughts, words, and acts throughout this day be prompted by right motives, and by worthy ideals; may we live with the constant desire to make our lives acceptable to You. Amen.
C. B. Breed

Daily Prayer No 87

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O God, who hast made us all, rich and poor, scholars and teachers, masters and servants, parents and children; and hast enriched us with so many blessings, of house and field, providence and instruction ; grant that we may this day live as a family worthy of so good and great a blessing. In all our occupations, lift up our hearts to You, grant that we may pray in Your holy Spirit, and draw near to You in Christ; turning our thoughts away from all our worldly wishes but may our work be done unto You.
May we not pray for ourselves alone, nor in our praises praise You for our own comforts only: but may we be, like You, anxious to bless all with whom we have to do. May we worship You from no selfishness, but from trust in Your goodness and power. O Lord may we make all our sacrifices in gratitude and faith, and all our self-denial and labor in hope and affection; for how much more should we in all our thoughts and prayers care for You, who always from heaven cares for us. Turn us from the sleep of selfishness or perplexity, the sleep of death to all that is good: renew our hearts, and give new life to our spirits. So may our thoughts be undivided by doubtful lusts, and our souls strong in a pure spirit; that we may, by Your great help, live in that true change of thought to which You have promised life for ever.
Extend, too, merciful and Almighty God, the blessing of Your providence and of Your glad tidings of peace and life, to all men and to all lands: to the heathen that know You not; to the Jews who have received You not; and to all those bearing the name of Christ who are choked amid the cares or splendor of living, or carried away by Satan and their own lusts. Bless all, O God: feed those who hunger after You this day; clothe us in Christ’s righteousness. Forgive those who are ashamed of their errors; and gladden those who depend upon You, with peaceful fruit to their labors: for Jesus Christ’s sake; who is the true bread, from heaven. Amen. — John Elden in Book of Prayers for Working Men

Daily Prayer No 86

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O LORD GOD, maker of the heavens and the earth You sent Your Son Jesus Christ to us out of Your love and mercy. For this we are grateful beyond measure.  Our Lord Jesus left the assembly of Your purchased people both with a knowledge of the truth, and with established messengers and servants; and has since then given and preserved to us, in their ancient languages, the inspiration of Your holy Spirit. We beseech You to continue and complete these blessings; and to give a holy, true, and bold spirit of faith and love to those who minister to Your Church .  May Your Servants honestly fulfill Your charge, and spread the food of the Holy Writings in the plainest, simplicity, and truth of meaning, before the humble sheep and lambs of Your visible earthly fold.

O merciful Father, accept for Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, this petition of us unworthy sinners, – guide all who seek to spread Your truth; keep the translations of Your word into all languages true and plain, simple and unconfused. Restrain all those, children of Satan, who would turn Your word into obscurity or falsehood.

Bless too, O Lord, the readers of Your word ; in public and private. May those who attend to Your word be taught, forgiven, and blessed by Your fatherly compassion. Give us all grace to study Your word more than any other learning; and to perceive and know Your truth; and to carry Your good seed in continual growth and security in an honest and faithful heart, wherever we go.
Merciful Lord, grant the petition of us, unworthy and ungrateful children of God, work in our hearts true repentance and encouragement; according to Your gracious promises in the Father’s name. Grant us Your Spirit to guide our Church, and to renew our hearts according to Your gracious wish.
Grant that the holy servants and elders of Your flock may, under Your blessing, always provide complete and plain services for Your body of humble believers: may they defend Your people in good and holy order; and encourage them by every facility and convenience, according to Your example and teaching.  May all men give attention and reverence, to Your special servants in spiritual things.  Grant them Your special wisdom, temper, and Spirit; but may none be misled by priestcraft and worldly honor.
Hear us, merciful Lord Jesus and gather all men unto You, in the power given to You by the Father, for Your name’s sake. Amen. –Book of Prayers for Working Men of All Ranks by John Elden

Daily Prayer No 85

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Almighty Father, who has given Your only begotten Son to be to us a sacrifice for sin, an example of meek and patient suffering, and a mirror of righteousness and true holiness of life ; give us grace that we may receive His inestimable benefit with all thankfulness of heart.  May we also daily endeavor to follow the blessed steps of His most holy life, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen – Rev. Hook

Daily Prayer No 84

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O God, who has commanded that no man should be idle, but that we should all work with our hands doing the thing that is good Graciously look upon Your servants now going forth to do their duty in that station of life unto which You have been pleased to call them. May Your blessing be upon us and upon our labors, upon our substance, and upon all that belongs to us. Enable us to resist the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil; to follow the motions of Your good Spirit; to be serious and holy in our lives, true and just in our dealings; watchful over our thoughts, words, and actions; diligent in our business, and temperate in all things. Give us grace, that we may honestly improve all the talents You have committed to our trust; and that no worldly business and no worldly pleasures, may ever divert us from the thoughts of the life to come. We ask You to grant these petitions through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen – Family Prayer by Rev. Hook

Daily Prayer No 83

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O GOD, my God who is the source of every blessing, the giver of every good and perfect gift, grant us the aid of Your Holy Spirit, that we may be sanctified, and made the recipients of rich love and indwelling peace. We need Your forgiveness, and would seek Your favor. Trusting in Your free and boundless grace, we most earnestly desire that God wouldst take up Your abode in our hearts. Make us wholly Your. Without You we are nothing, and can do nothing. But in our weakness and poverty of soul God hast promised to hear our cry. Keep us from sin. We need You. We seek You. Come now, O God, in Your infinite mercy, and bless us, Your offending children. Spare us, good

Lord. Stir our souls to greater diligence, and quicken within us more devout aspiration. May our consciences be pierced with the arrow of contrition, so that, through the conviction of past sins and the spiritual renewal of faith, we may be born anew in Christ Jesus. By the constant renewing of our minds, may we walk with him in the regeneration, and grow daily into the knowledge and love of You, and obedience to Your commandments. We pray for the members of this household, and may each give to You the heart’s sincere and lowly service. Grant that there may be in each of our souls a true Bethel, from which shall arise the lowly incense of pure devotion, and may the offering thus holy and acceptable in Your sight bring to Your children the angel ministries of purity and peace.

We plead with You for a more sanctified life. Lift us up out of sin and folly. May we feel Your presence, and see Your smile, and through a personal experience taste of the richness and know the joys of true piety. God will dwell near Your lowly children: may we welcome You to our hearts, so that we may know the height and depth, the length and breadth, of the love of You. May we daily grow into a knowledge of Your goodness, live more devoted to Your service, and more singly to Your glory. And Your shall be the praise, through Christ our Redeemer. 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 2015

If you are a regular reader I would ask your continuous prayers to be with me as I prepare a book of prayers to be published sometime in the future.  I am also working on the sister site Jesus Teach us, please keep me in your  prayers as I strive to write these studies. 

Daily Prayer No 82

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Glory be to You O God, glory be to You, Creator of light and Enlightener of the world.

We kneel before You to bless and praise Your Holy Name for all the mercies bestowed upon us; for Your goodness in preserving us during the night past, and for bringing us in safety to the beginning of a new day.

As, on this morning, You brought again, from the dead, the Holy and the Just Jesus Christ our Lord.  Heavenly Father by His Resurrection raise us up unto newness of life.

0 Lord, we acknowledge that we are not worthy to come into Your presence, nor to lift up our eyes towards the throne of Your mercy-seat. Our sins and transgressions are many, and many of them have been often repeated; the corruption of our hearts and the sinfulness of our thoughts are perfectly known to You; and the punishment due unto our sins is greater than we are able to bear.

O Lord, if You should deal with us as we have deserved, how justly might You deprive us of all those means of grace, and opportunities of working out our salvation, which You have previously granted us!

But, O merciful Father, You have declared Yourself to be a God merciful and gracious, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin. Our only hope, therefore, is in Your tender mercies, which have been of old; in that pity and compassion which You have shown to mankind, in the redemption of the world by the death of Your Dear Son.

For Your Name’s sake, O Lord, and for Your Beloved Son’s sake, pardon, we most humbly beseech You, all our past sins and shortcomings. O, replenish our souls with the graces of Your Holy Spirit, that we may become vigorous and active in Your service, and fruitful in every good work.

We implore You also to look with compassion on the nation to which we belong; pardon our great and crying sins, and avert from us the evils which we have most justly deserved; forgive our manifold abuses of the great privileges You have conferred upon us; put a stop to all profaneness, irreligion, and impiety, to all our unhappy strife’s and animosities; and let truth and righteousness, brotherly love and charity, flourish and increase among us.

Be gracious to Your Holy Church, and especially to that branch of it which You have planted in this land; heal the breaches and divisions of it; bring back to the fold of Christ those who have erred and strayed from You; and grant that all who confess Your Holy Name may agree in the truth of Your Holy Word, and live in unity and Godly concord.

Bless our President, His Cabinet, and all the elected officials of this nation.  Grant that they may all study to serve You, and to discharge the duties of their several stations, always remembering the great account which they must one day give.

Be merciful, O God, to all that are in affliction or distress; be pleased to support and comfort them, and in Your good time to deliver them according to Your great mercy.

Send down the graces of Your Holy Spirit upon all our friends, relations, and acquaintances; pardon all our sins; unite our hearts in love to You and to each other in You; and bestow to every one of us whatever Your infinite wisdom knows to be most needful and expedient both for our souls and bodies. Amen

Family Devotions for A Fortnight
Adapted from the Works Of Andrews, Ken, Wilson, Kettlewell, Nelson, Spinckes, &C.
London: James Burns; 17, Portman Street, Portman Square. 1847.

Daily Prayer No 81

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ALMIGHTY God, who has brought me in peace through the night and enabled me to come before You in health and strength: as You have mercy on my body, so, and for Your Son’s sake much more also, have mercy on my soul.  Grant that, in Him, I may grow in Your saving health, and in everlasting strength, and in enduring affections; until the time when my body and earthly comforts fail, I may finally inherit that everlasting and glorious kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus.
I come before You, O Lord, thanking You for making Christ the sacrifice for my sins; and praying for You to be reconciled to me, and to those dear to me, and to all around me, for His sake.
Do not look upon my unworthiness, and thanklessness of heart; from which I sincerely turn.  Yes, I hate ungratefulness, though it cleaves to me.
Deliver me from my belief in the world and my slowness to love You.
I rejoice in and hope for Your favor and Spirit
Pardon my forgetfulness of my neighbors.
Forgive the pride and lack of affection I have often felt under Your mercies.
Forgive my sin in setting up carnal pleasures or aims, and so going astray myself and tempting Your servants.
I humbly pray You forgive my stumbling at Your laws and providential warnings.
I confess that my heart has departed from justness and mercy in my dealings, looking towards willfulness, covetousness, and oppression, O Lord forgive my transgressions.
I have fallen very far from You, and from righteousness, from Your happy truth and holiness, in my spirit, affections, and thoughts. I am too content with trifling and folly; too unbelieving to trying Your mercy and care. Restore me, O Lord, for I call upon You in Your Son’s name. Be reconciled to me, and to those dear to me, according to Your promises, for His sake. Rescue me, as You are already defending me.

According to Your Holy Word, give to me and all who ask You, Your Holy Spirit.
Grant new desires, and new judgment; that I may rejoice, turning more and more from earthly things to heavenly joys and hope.
Let the light of Your countenance shine upon me and the blessing of Your protection keep me safe, that my faith may be steadfast in You.
Grant that in the crowding in and changes of earthly things my heart may never cease to trust and love You.
May I seek with confidence and constancy those great mercies of love, spiritual discernment, faith and holiness which You have promised to give to those who ask them.

Bless, O Lord, this day, my (President and Cabinet) (Queen, and princes), and all raised to any authority or influence.  Protect and save them; and defend their hearts from slighting Your law, under blindness of their own natural lust.

To Your Church look with help and forgiveness.  To Your people bring Your messages of truth and peace.  Give my own family and kindred a heart to know and love You, and to search out Your commands; and the blessings of this earth in their season; and finally bring us into Your eternal rest. Grant these humble petitions, O Jehovah, and lead and bless me, this day and for evermore: for Jesus, Your Anointed’s sake. Amen.

A Book Of Prayers For Working Men Of All Ranks
Earnestly Designed For Family Devotion Private Meditation And Prayer
By John Elden.
Macmillan And Co. Cambridge: And 23, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London. 1860.
Revised by: Karrol 2017

Daily Prayer No 80

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OMNISCIENCE AND OMNIPRESENCE OF GOD

GLORIOUS Jehovah, Father, Son and Holy Ghost! You are the unsearchable and incomprehensible Lord God! Who by searching can find out God? Who can find out the Almighty to perfection? When we consider Your infinite perfection, the wisdom of Your counsels, Your power in creation, the mysteries of Your providence, and the wonders of redemption, we can do nothing but stand in awe! O the depth of the riches, both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!

Great and Omnipresent Deity our God and Father! Where shall I go from Your spirit, or where shall I flee from Your presence? You are all pervading and fill immensity with Your presence, sustaining and governing the universe of matter and of mind. May a realizing sense of Your presence inspire seriousness and encouragement, and consolation. May it preserve us from sin, animate us to a cheerful discharge of our duties, and enable us to bear, with pious resignation, the afflictions and sorrows of life.

God of Omniscience, Yours eyes are upon all the ways of the sons of men; to give every one according to His ways, and according to the fruit of His doings. O You that search the heart and try the reins of the children of men, may each one of us feel You in his heart. O Lord, You have searched me and known me; You know my down-sitting and my uprising, You understand my thoughts afar off. May the solemn truth that You God see ue, restrain each of us from sin, and lead us to the worship of Your great name in spirit and in truth.

Omnipresent and Omniscient God, who is everywhere, be very near to us in all times of difficulty, in danger and in the hour of death, and in the solemnities of the judgment, clothe our naked souls with the garments of Christ’s righteousness. For the blessings of the day we thank You, 0 Lord, keep us this night, and save us. Amen!

Manual of Devotion or Religious Exercises for The Morning and Evening of Each Day in The Month For the Use of Schools and Private Families.
By N. C. Brooks, A. M., President of The Baltimore Female College.
Sixth Edition. New York: Published by A. S. Barnes & Co. Cincinnati: H. W. Derby & Co. 1855
Edited and Revised by Karrol 2017

Daily Prayer No 79

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My merciful Creator and Savior, everything I possess by nature or grace is Yours.
My soul and body are the work of Your hands.
Any virtue I may have comes from the grace You merited for me through Your Passion and Death.
As Your due, I lovingly return and give You all You have granted me in charity and mercy.
I fervently abandon and cast myself into the paternal bosom of Your Divine Providence.
With an absolute and irrevocable abandonment, I commit myself and submit to Your Divine Will.
Here I am, Lord, stripped of my will, my affections and my desires.
What will You have me do? I want only Your most holy Will.      AMEN. — Sister Jeanne de Matel

Daily Prayer No 78

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Omnipotence of God

O LORD our God, You are very great, You are clothed with honor and majesty. How manifold are Your works, in wisdom and goodness, You made them all. The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours; as for the world and the fullness thereof, You have founded them. In Your hands is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. You open Your hand, they are filled with good. You hide Your face, they are troubled: You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.

Our Father and God, we thank You for our creation and preservation.  In You we live, and move, and have our being. We thank You that You have not made us as the beasts that perish, but that there is a spirit in man, and the inspiration of the Almighty gives him understanding. We bless You that You have made us in Your own image, with faculties capable, in some degree, of appreciating Your power, and loving Your excellence.

Inspire our hearts with gratitude for the opportunities which we enjoy of acquiring an education; and grant that while we are gaining that knowledge which will fit us for usefulness in the world, we may obtain that higher and better knowledge which makes us wise to salvation, and shall fit us for eternity. Bless the young in their studies: may the truths of science and literature elevate their minds to the great source of all power and goodness —from the contemplation of the created may they rise to the Creator, and come to know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

Your goodness preserved us during the past night, watch over us this day, and by Your power defend us. In firm reliance on Your providence may we ever be able to exclaim, Alleluia, for the Lord God Omnipotent reigns. And, at last, may we be saved with the power of an endless life. Amen!

Our Father, who are in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come; &c.

Manual of Devotion or Religious Exercises for The Morning and Evening of Each Day in The Month For the Use of Schools and Private Families.
By N. C. Brooks, A. M., President of The Baltimore Female College.
Sixth Edition. New York: Published by A. S. Barnes & Co. Cincinnati: H. W. Derby & Co. 1855

Daily Prayer No 77

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0 LORD our God, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, who has set Your glory above the heavens! While cherubim and seraphim continually cry, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts, we Your creatures would adore Your glorious majesty, O God, for who is like to You, 0 Lord, among the gods, who is like You, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders!

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows Your handiwork: day to day utters speech, and night to night shows knowledge. “When we behold Your wisdom and Your goodness throughout inanimate creation, and in the creatures You have formed, we can but exclaim, You are worthy 0 Lord to receive glory and honor and power, for You have created all things and for Your pleasure they are, and were created.

Sovereign of the Universe, You have prepared Your throne in the heavens, and Your kingdom rules over all. A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. We bless You for the power and goodness manifested in that providence which is over all the works of Your hands, but we adore You for the richer displays of Your grace in the gift of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the brightness of Your glory, and the express image of Your person.

Spirit of Grace, affect all hearts with the glories of our Redeemer’s person, the condescension of His life, the wonders of His death, and the infinite righteousness he has purchased for sinful man, until he shall have the heathen for His inheritance and the uttermost parts of the earth for His possession. Lord, we have seen Your glory, this day, in Your earthly abode; bless to us the exercises of the Sabbath, preserve us during the night which is coming on, and bring us at length to Your upper sanctuary where there is no more night, for the glory of God lights it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. Amen!

Manual of Devotion or Religious Exercises for The Morning and Evening of Each Day in The Month For the Use of Schools and Private Families.
By N. C. Brooks, A. M., President of The Baltimore Female College.
Sixth Edition. New York: Published by A. S. Barnes & Co. Cincinnati: H. W. Derby & Co. 1855

Daily Prayer No 76

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BEFORE the mountains were brought forth, or before You had ever formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting You are God. While the shining orders around Your throne prostrate themselves before You, with the most profound reverence and cry, Holy, holy, holy Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come, we who are inferior intelligence’s —the degenerate sons and daughters of a fallen race, desire to come into Your presence, and adore the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy.

Almighty Father! we are beings of yesterday, but You are from everlasting; our days are as a hand-breadth, and our age is as nothing before You, but You are to everlasting. Yet we adore Your boundless benevolence, that, for us sinners, far removed from original righteousness and who have our habitations in the dust, which is crushed before the moth, and who all fade away as a leaf, not only peace and pardon, but life and immortality have been brought to light in the gospel of Your son. Glory be to Your name for our redemption from hell and the grave by the death and suffering of the Savior, and for the blessed hope that because He lives, we shall live also, and shall participate in the eternity of Your own existence, when the earth and the heavens are departed as a scroll and there is no more sea. We thank You that it is the glorious privilege of the redeemed of Jesus to know, that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands eternal in the heavens.

We thank You for all the means of grace appointed to fit us for immortality with You in heaven — for the gift of a Redeemer and for the guidance and comforts of the Holy Spirit. We thank You for Your divine word, for Your holy Sabbaths and for the institution of Your church, with its preached gospel, its blessed sacraments, its solemn ordinances, and its Christian fellowship. As we have been permitted to see the light of another Sabbath, grant, O Lord, that we may be in the spirit on Your Holy day, and that we may consecrate its hours to Your holy service. Go with us to the temple of Your earthly abode, and while Your word is preached give us the attentive ear and the obedient heart, and may a sense of Your presence make us feel that a day in Your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.

Author of life and being, who alone has immortality, impress our hearts ever with the reality and importance of our eternal destiny. Amid the vain pursuits and illusive hopes of time, suffer us not to forget the pure and abiding joys of eternity. Under the burdens and disquietudes of our earthly pilgrimage, cheer and console us with the reflection, that our light afflictions which are but for a moment, will work out for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. Son of God, by Your sufferings and death, elevate our thoughts to that inheritance which is incorruptible, undefiled, and which fades not away, eternal in the heavens. Holy Spirit of Grace, win our hearts away from the world, and woo them to thyself and to the joys of eternity.

Eternal Father! teach us who are children of eternity, aspirants for another and a better world, that every day and every hour allotted us is a period of probation for our final change. Lord, enable us to make a wise improvement of every means of grace. Pardon all our sins, seal us now by Your spirit to the day of redemption, and at length administer to us an abundant entrance into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Manual of Devotion or Religious Exercises for The Morning and Evening of Each Day in The Month For the Use of Schools and Private Families.
By N. C. Brooks, A. M., President of The Baltimore Female College.
Sixth Edition. New York: Published by A. S. Barnes & Co. Cincinnati: H. W. Derby & Co. 1855

 

Daily Prayer No 75

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Prayer for Transformation of the Past

O LOVE unspeakable and full of glory, whose majesty is not to destroy, but to save, save me from myself.

My past relentlessly pursues me. Days that I thought dead live over again; deeds that I deemed buried meet me on the way; be You my rearward, O my God.

Fill up that which my life has left behind, undo that which my life has done amiss. Repair the places I have wasted, bind the hearts I have wounded, dry the eyes I have flooded. Make the evil I have done to work for good, so that I myself would not know it. Overrule the acts I did in malice; weave them into Your divine mosaic, that my very wrath may be made to praise You.

Take up my yesterdays into Your own golden light, and transfigure them there, that I may learn with joyful surprise how even against my will I was laboring together with You; so shall my former self find me no more. Amen.

Meditation: Atonement for past sins is every man’s duty.

If the past has already been to you one of wasted opportunities and neglected responsibilities, though it is too late to undo, let us feel that it is not too late to do with redoubled energy what yet remains to be done.

To shake off the lethargy of spiritual indifference, to renounce all unmanly and ignoble selfishness, to respond to the call of duty, to begin a life of earnest, active beneficence, to crowd our days with deeds, and, God helping us, in what remains of life to be as good and to do as much good as we can – for this at least it is not too late.

The harvest indeed is past, the summer is over and gone! Gone are the sweet days of innocence, gone the vernal time of youthful ardor, gone the sunny harvest hours of manhood’s effort and activity! But, oh, still happy you are, if when the sands of life are running out, in that supreme moment when earth and earthly things shall be passing forever from your sight, you can look back on this last period of your earthly probation with the blessed consciousness that, that at least has not been given in vain.

And may God forbid that when the last comes to the last, as we lie waiting the inevitable summons, it should be with the terrible conviction that for all the higher purposes of existence, for all the ends for which God has given us our life, our life has been a failure, a failure for which there is now no place of repentance. — John Caird

Song of the Angels at the Nativity of our blessed Savior Luke 2:8-15

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WHILE Shepherds watched their Flocks by Night,
All seated on the Ground,
The Angel of the Lord came down,
And Glory shone around.

“Fear not said he,” for mighty Dread,
had seized their troubled Mind.
“Glad Tidings of great Joy
I bring to you and all Mankind.
“To you, in David’s Town this Day,
“Is born, of David’s Line,
“The Savior who is Christ the Lord,
“And this shall be the Sign:

“The heavenly Babe you there shall find
“To human View displayed,
“All meanly wrapped in Swathing-bands
“And in a Manger laid.”

Thus, spoke the Seraph; and forthwith
Appeared a shining Throng Of Angels,
praising God, and thus Addressed their joyful song:

All Glory be to God on high,
“And to the Earth be Peace:
Good-Will, henceforth, from Heav’n to Men,
Begin and never cease.”

-The ABC With the Church of England Catechism (1785)

Daily Prayer No. 74

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O LORD, our Heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, who has safely brought us to the Beginning of this Day; defend us in the same with Your Mighty Power, and grant that this Day we fall into no Sin, neither run into any Kind of Danger; but that all our Doings may be ordered by Your Governance, to do always what is righteous in Your Sight, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen