Let us pray
- O You great and glorious God, our Creator, Preserver, and continual Benefactor, to You would we lift up our souls. We thank You for the mercies of the past night, and that You have preserved us in peace and safety to see the light of another day. And now, we ask You, mercifully look upon us, and lift up the light of Your countenance, and have mercy upon us.
- Lord, we confess with sorrow of heart that we are not worthy in ourselves of the very least of all Your mercies. But, blessed be Your name, You have graciously assured us that You are willing to pardon our sins if we come to You as penitent believers in Jesus Christ. To You, therefore, we humbly come, we cast ourselves upon the riches of Your grace. We humbly pray, that the atoning blood of Christ may wash away all our corruptions. WE ask that Your Holy Spirit may be given to us, to deliver us from the power of sin and satan, and to bring us into the full enjoyment of the glorious liberty of the children of God.
- O merciful Father, grant us, we ask You, Your Holy Spirit in larger measure; enable us to know what is the hope of Your calling, and the riches of the glory of Your inheritance in the saints. May we learn to have a suitable value for those blessed things which You offer to our acceptance. May we never trifle in the great work of our salvation. May we strive more and more to enter in at the straight gate, or if we have reason to hope that we are now walking in the narrow way of life, Oh, may we press forward in it with increasing earnestness. May we grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior. Grant, Lord, we ask You, that we may learn to have our hopes and fears, our joys and sorrows, all grounded on Your holy word, that we may learn to love what You love, and to hate that which You hate. May we put aside all selfishness, be kind, generous, and forgiving. May we learn that self-denial which our Savior directs us, declaring that if any man will come after Him, he must take up his cross daily. Lord, may we be striving to tread in Your steps. We know our own great weakness and utter insufficiency, but, blessed be Your name, You have declared that You will give Your Holy Spirit to them that ask it. We call upon You, therefore, with earnestness and confidence, with an assured hope of Your merciful loving-kindness, and continual truth.
- Let us bless and praise You for Your unnumbered mercies, and for exempting us from the many evils to which our fellow men may suffer.
- Oh, let not the frequent and regular recurrence of Your mercies lead us to forget that it is to Your goodness we owe them all. Let us live under a continual sense of the mercies which we are receiving from You, and, above all, may we be thankful for that transcendent instance of them, the sending Your own Son to die for us, and for our salvation.
- Now, we ask You, take us, and all whom we should remember in our prayers, into Your gracious keeping for the ensuing day. Guard us and them against our great spiritual enemy; help us in every season of temptation; enable us this day to live in Your faith, and fear, and love, under a continual recollection of Your presence, and with a constant desire of Your glory.
- These and all other blessings we humbly ask in the name and for the sake of Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate.
Book: Family Prayers
Authors: William Wilberforce, Robert Isaac Wilberforce
Publisher: London: Botson And Palmer, Printers, Savoy Street, Strand 1834
Revised and Adapted by: Karrol Sneed 2013