Almighty and most merciful Lord God, who has been the dwelling-place of your people in all generations, we would cast ourselves, this evening, upon your wakeful care and grace. You cause the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice over us. We have, this day, experienced your gracious protection and loving-kindness. Bless the Lord, O our souls, and forget not all his benefits. We beseech you, O God, to follow with your richest blessing all the religious duties in which we and others have been engaged. May your holy word sink deeply into our hearts. Forbid, O Lord, that it should prove to be the condemnation of any of us, that light is come into the world, but that we love darkness rather than light, because our deeds are evil. May we receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save our souls.
Grant that your Holy Spirit may impart to us spiritual discernment of the truth as it is in Jesus—enlightening our minds in the know ledge of Him—and working in us both to will and to do of your good pleasure. We beseech you, good Lord, to forgive the sins and infirmities with which we are all chargeable in the duties of this your holy Sabbath. In everything, we sin and come greatly short of your glory. Be merciful, O Lord, to our unrighteousness’s: and remember not our transgressions against us. Grant that the whole services of the sanctuary on earth may be blessed for preparing us to join in the purer services of the house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
Lord, increase our faith, deepen our repentance, enlarge and sustain our charity towards all men. May we die daily unto sin, and live unto righteousness. May we stand in awe and sin not. May we commune with our own heart upon our bed in the night watches, and be still.
Whatever be your will concerning us, with respect to the good things of this life, be pleased to put gladness into our hearts; even the gladness of your nation, that we may rejoice with your inheritance. Lord, lift you up the light of your countenance upon us, and give us peace through the peace-speaking blood of the great atonement, and we will both lay ourselves down in peace and sleep: for you, Lord, only make us dwell in safety.
O Lord our God, let your way be known upon earth, your saving health among all nations. Let the people praise you, O God, let all the people praise you. Restore your ancient Israel, with the fullness of the Gentile nations. Grant that Pagan idolatry and the power of the man of sin, may be destroyed by the Spirit of the Lord and the word of his testimony. Revive your work in the midst of the years: in the midst of the years make known : in wrath remember mercy. Bless and prosper your true church: clothe your priests with righteousness, and let your saints shout for joy. Prosper vital religion in our hearts and families. Bless our Sovereign, and all in lawful authority. May they be ministers of God to us for good, both spiritual and temporal. Take us, and all near and dear to us, under your divine protection. May we be defended by the Shepherd of Israel, who never slumbers nor sleeps. Into your hands we commend ourselves—that, whether we wake or sleep, we may be the Lord’s. Never leave nor forsake us. Be our God and guide, even unto death; and may we dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Now, unto Him that is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy; to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
Book: Family Worship A Series of Prayers
Author: Clergymen of the Church of Scotland
Publisher: Glasgow: Blackie & Son
Adapted by: Karrol Sneed 2014