O Lord, enable us to approach into Your presence admiring Your wisdom, standing in awe of Your power, praising Your beneficence, and abasing ourselves in deepest humility before Your holiness.
Holy and reverend is Your name. The heavens are unclean in Your sight, and the angels are charged with folly, and no beings which You have made are worthy in themselves to enter into fellowship with You. Much less may man presume upon equal purity or worthiness with God.
You are of purer eyes than to look upon iniquity with allowance. You have no pleasure in wickedness, and evil shall not dwell with You, and without holiness no man shall see You in peace. Wherewithal then shall we who are vile appear before You. We plead not for our own righteousness, but for Your great name’s sake.
Hear us, and accept us in the beloved. May he be made unto us wisdom and righteousness, sanctification and redemption. And while he becomes to us the end of the law for righteousness by faith; through the aids of his grace and example, and the helpful influences of the Holy Spirit, may the righteousness of the law be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.
May we instinctively shrink from every approach of sin, and carefully avoid even the appearance of evil. Enable us to preserve a conscience void of offence, rising to higher duties and higher enjoyments, and walking with You in our daily pursuits like Enoch of old. Aid us in the discharge of all our duties, and the wise improvement of all our privileges.
Bless our family and all our kindred with needful temporal and spiritual mercies. Bless the community in which we dwell, and our country in all its inhabitants, and departments of government. May it be Imanuel’s land, a dwelling place of righteousness. Bless the whole brotherhood of mankind, and help us ever to pray.
The Bible Prayer Book for Family Worship and for Other Private and Public Occasions
Author: W. W. Everts
Publisher: New York: Ivison & Phinney 1855
Revised and Adapted by: Karrol Sneed 2013