It is my prayer that families will resurrect family prayer times. I can think of no better way to lead a family than by setting an example in prayer. Today’s prayer is an example of how to lead a family in morning worship. I have revised it to be acceptable in any Christian denomination. May God richly bless you today!
Order for Morning Prayer
When the Family is met together let the Head of the family’, or someone appointed by him, read the sentence of Scripture that follows, and then let him say that which is written after the said sentence.
When the wicked man turns away from his wickedness that he has committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Ezekiel, 18:27
Dearly beloved, the Scripture moves us in sundry places humbly to acknowledge our sins before God; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy. Wherefore I pray and beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany me with a pure heart, and humble voice, unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying after me;
A general Confession
To be said by the whole Family, after the Head of the family, all kneeling.
Almighty and most merciful Father;
We have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against your holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But you, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. But you spare them, O God, which confess their faults. You restore them that are penitent, according to your promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. Grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of your holy name (Let it be so)
A Prayer for Forgiveness of Sins
To be read by the Head of the family.
O God, whose nature and property is ever to have mercy and to forgive, receive our humble petitions; and though we be tied and bound with the chain of our sins, yet let the pitifulness of your great mercy loose us; for the honor of Jesus Christ, our Mediator and Advocate
Here, and at the end of all other Prayers, the Family is to answer, (Let it be so).
The Lord’s Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer, to be said by the Head of the family; the Family repeating it with him, both here and wherever else it is used in Family Worship.
Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. (Let it be so).
O Lord, show your mercy upon us.
Ans. And grant us your salvation.
O Lord, save the King.
Arts. And mercifully hear us when we call upon you.
Endue your ministers with righteousness.
Ans. And make your chosen people joyful.
0 Lord, save your people.
Ans. And bless your inheritance.
Give peace in our time, O Lord.
Ans. Because there is none other that fights for us, but only you, O God.
O God, make clean our hearts within us.
Ans. And take not your holy Spirit from us. (Let it be so)
Prayer for Compassion on our Infirmities
Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, who knows our necessities before we ask, and our ignorance in asking. We beseech you to have compassion upon our infirmities; and upon those things, we dare not ask because of our unworthiness and for our blindness. Vouchsafe to give us your protection and guidance, for the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord. (Let it be so)
Prayer for Peace
O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsel, and all just works proceed,
Give to your servants, that peace which the world cannot give; that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments.
In addition, may we be defended from the fear of our enemies by you, that we may pass our time in rest and quietness.
O God, who art the author of peace, and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom stands our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom; Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries, through the might of Jesus Christ, our Lord. (Let it be so).
Prayer for Grace
O Lord, our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who has safely brought us to the beginning of this day;
Defend us this day with your mighty power; and grant that we do not fall into sin this day. Protect us that we may not run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings may be ordered by your governance, to do always that which is righteous in your sight; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. (Let it be so).
Prayer for all Conditions of Men
O God, the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, We humbly beseech you for all sorts and conditions of men; that you would be pleased to make your ways known unto them, your saving health unto all nations. More especially, we pray*for the good estate of the Church; that it may be so guided and governed by your good Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally, we commend to your fatherly goodness all those, who are in anyway afflicted or distressed in mind, body, or estate; that it may please you to comfort and relieve them, according to their several necessities, giving them patience under their sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions. This we ask for Jesus Christ his sake. (Let it be so).
A General Thanksgiving
Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants do give you most humble and hearty thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us, and to all men. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all, for your inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. We beseech you, give us that due sense of all your mercies, that our hearts may be undeniably thankful. May we show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives; by giving up ourselves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, to whom with you and the Holy Ghost be all honor and glory, world without end. (Let it be so).
Prayer of St. Chrysostom for the Fulfilment of our Petitions
Almighty God, who has given us grace at this time, with one accord to make our common supplications unto you; and does promise, that when two or three are gathered together in your Name you will grant their requests: Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of your servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. (Let it be so)
The Benedictory Prayer
2 Corinthians 13:11 (NKJV) Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. (Let it be so)
Book: The Book of Daily Family Prayer
Being a selection of prayers for every morning and evening in the week, from the Book of Common Prayer of the United Church of England and Ireland
Prepared for the use of Families, especially in the Diocese of Down and Connor
Author: Richard Mant, D.D.; Bishop of the Diocese
Publisher: Dublin: Milliken and Son, Grafton-Street 1835
Revised and Adapted by: Karrol Sneed 2013