Scripture Passage – Read from Luke 6:46
WHY call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whosoever Cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it; for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that, without a foundation, built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
Let us pray.
ALMIGHTY God, we desire to live this day without sin.
Renew and purify our hearts.
May we find our happiness not in those things of which we should be ashamed, but in honest and cheerful employment and in lawful pleasures.
Let each one of us live and work for some worthy end this day.
Give us the spirit of thoughtfulness for others; may we be willing to deny ourselves something if the denial checks what is evil in ourselves, or makes others happier or better.
Take from us our blind selfishness, which urges us to please ourselves at any cost; and may we at the end of this day feel joy in the thought that some evil thing has been resisted, some good work done, some kind word spoken, someone made happier or better by our forbearance, sympathy, or timely help.
O Lord, how often do we pass useless days! How often are our tasks ill-done or wholly neglected! How often do our tempers get the better of us! How often do our tongues offend against peace, against purity, and injure others, and lay up in store misery for ourselves! How often do we in our difficulties, trials, and temptations forget to turn to You for help! May it not be so today.
Let us begin with some definite duty at once; let us do whatever work You have given us in our several vocations thoroughly and cheerfully; let us guard our angry tempers, our jealous dispositions, our discontented or despondent thoughts, our rash tongue; and may we be able to seek and find that strength and comfort which comes at any moment to those who lift up their hearts to You for help in the time of need.
May we serve You as a family, remembering our duties to each other and trying to do them cheerfully to Your glory; and may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all ever-more. Amen.
Book: Unsectarian Family Prayers
Author: Rev. H. R. Haweis M.A.
Publisher: Henry S. King and Company; London 1874
Revised by: Karrol Sneed 2013