Almighty God, our heavenly Father, by whose kind providence the darkness of night is turned to the light of day, look down upon us your humble servants, who are assembled together, to praise you for your goodness, and to implore the continuance of your fatherly protection.
Surely we are bound to love and serve you ever more and more. Your daily mercies call us to gratitude and obedience.
But we must acknowledge, most gracious God, that, day testifies unto day, and night unto night, that you are good and kind to the unthankful and the evil. Pardon, O Lord, our unworthiness of your favors, and the coldness of our hearts in proclaiming them.
We bless you for your patience and forbearance, in bringing us, notwithstanding our sins and ingratitude, to the beginning of another day.
We come before you in the name of Jesus, the friend of sinners, and our advocate with you. Through him we have received all out’ good things; and through him, we beseech you to continue them to us, unworthy as we are, and ever shall be. He is worthy that you should be entreated by us. For his sake, therefore, O Lord, hear and answer; look down and save.
For his sake, also, bestow upon us not only the bounties of your providence, but the richer blessings of your grace. Without these, what good will our life do us? We shall but walk in a vain shadow, and disquiet ourselves in vain. Preserve not only our frail bodies from day to day; but, above all, have compassion on our guilty souls, and cheer them with the light of your countenance. Blot out, as a cloud, our transgressions, and, as the thickness of the morning cloud, our sins. Grant unto us, we beseech you, pardon and peace; that we may be cleansed from all our sins, and serve you with a quiet mind.
0 Lord, our only Mediator and Redeemer, who makes intercession for the transgressors, maintain you our cause at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Intercede day and night • for us miserable sinners. Plead the efficacy of your own most precious blood, 0 you beloved of the Father; for with you he is always well pleased.
Eternal spirit of the Father and of the Son, the Author and Giver of life, lead us unto all truth. Convince us of sin. Take of the things of Christ, and show them unto us. Let your grace distil into our hearts as the early dew, to quicken us in the way of life.
0 blessed and glorious Trinity, enable us to go forth in your strength to the duties of our various callings. Put your fear within us; that we may be kept from offending you. Give unto us the meekness and gentleness of Christ. Make us Israelites indeed, in whom is no guile. Keep us out of the way of temptation; or support us in the time of trial. Help us to look well to our ways, and to watch Over our hearts with holy jealousy.
May we be utterly purposed that our mouth shall not offend, showing out of a good conversation our works with meekness of wisdom.
Preserve ever in our minds a lively remembrance of that day, when the throne shall be set, and the books shall be opened; and every one of us shall give account of himself to you. And grant, O you Judge of men, that, in all our thoughts, words, and works, we may so learn to judge ourselves, that we be not judged of you, in that great and terrible day.
Be pleased, O God of mercy, to prepare our fellow-creatures, as well as ourselves, to stand before the Son of man.
We pray for all to whom you have committed a dispensation of your Gospel, and the message of reconciliation. 0 Lord Jesus Christ, who, at your first coming, didst send your messenger to prepare your way before you, grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready your way, by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that, at your second coming to judge the world, we may be found an acceptable people in your sight.
We pray for our fellow-men; particularly for our neighbors, our friends, and our relations. Grant unto them such a measure of your grace, that they, running the way of your commandments, may obtain your gracious promises; and together with us may be made partakers of your heavenly treasures.
We beseech you, Almighty God, who has promised to hear the petitions of them that ask in your Son’s name, mercifully to incline your ear unto us, who have now made our prayers and supplications unto you; and grant that those things, which we have faithfully asked according to your will, may effectually be obtained, to the relief of our necessity, and to the setting forth of your glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Our Father, etc. The peace of God, etc.
Book: Christian’s Daily Companion
SELECTED FROM THE PRAYERS OF BISHOPS WILSON AND ANDREWS TO WHICH IS ADDED A COMPILATION FROM PALMER’S AND COTTERILL’S FORMULARIES.
PUBLISHED BY ELIJAH WEEMS, FOR GABRIEL NOURSE
Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2014