ALMIGHTY and most merciful God, in whom we live and move and have our being, our breath is in Your hands.
We desire to thank You for the rest of the past night, and to acknowledge Your goodness in the gift of a new day. We laid ourselves down and slept; we have arisen because You have allowed us to dwell in safety.
Our voice shall You hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will we direct our prayer unto You, and will look up.
This is the day which the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it!
Glory to You for the holy and blessed celebrations of the day.
On the first day of the week our Lord Jesus Christ, died for our sins, rose from the dead, and brought life and immortality to light having overcome the pain of death.
He opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
He ascended upon high, entered within the veil, appears in Your presence for us, and can save, to the uttermost, all that come unto You by Him.
We desire to approach Your footstool, O Lord, by that new and living way which He has consecrated for us by His most precious blood.
Having been accepted in the Beloved, we come that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help us in every time of need.
May we be in the Spirit on the Lord’s day.
May we enter into Your house in the multitude of Your mercies, and so may we worship towards Your holy temple.
We are not worthy of this great privilege, for we have been disobedient and rebellious, and have grieved and offended Your good and Holy Spirit.
But, acknowledging our manifold sins and iniquities, casting ourselves on Your fatherly compassion, pleading the blood which cleanses us from all sin, and supplicating the help of Your grace, we would look up to the place where Your honor dwells, feeling that Your glory need not make us afraid.
Proceeding from penitent and contrite hearts, may our prayer be set forth before You as incense; may the lifting up of our hands be as the morning and evening sacrifice of old.
Grant unto each of us the blessing of the man whose transgression is forgiven, and whose sin is covered.
Build up within us every holy purpose, exalt and purify our desires and affections.
May we, this day, be led into the green pastures and by the still waters, that our souls may be fed and solaced and refreshed.
May we wait upon You without distraction; may the lessons of Holy Scripture come to us, not in word only, but in power.
May our prayer and song be acceptable to You, and strengthening to ourselves.
May the instructions of the preacher, accompanied by Your rich and capable blessing, prove to us stimulating, edifying, and consoling.
May the lessons be productive, making an impression on our conscience and our heart, which may result be practical application.
We pray for all worshipping assemblies, commending to You the household of faith spread throughout all the world.
Grace be with all humble and holy souls, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
May every member of this family, and all with whom we are connected by the ties of nature, or any of the relationships which connect man with man, share in the blessings of Your Church and kingdom ; and so live, this and every day, as to be prepared for the inheritance of the saints in light.
May we, and all whom we love, find a place at last in the general assembly and Church of the firstborn, and be permitted to share in the holy satisfactions, and to take part in the pure and perfect worship, of the upper world.
These and all other mercies we humbly ask in the name and for the sake of the Lord Jesus, to whom with You, O Father, and the Holy Ghost, be glory and honor, dominion and praise, world without end. Amen
The Daily Prayer Book for the use of Families with Additional Prayers for Special Occassions
By Various Contributors
Edited by: John Stoughton, D.D.
Publisher: London: Hodder & Stoughton