O most holy, blessed and glorious Majesty of heaven and earth! Before You, the author of my being, I humbly prostrate myself this morning; most gratefully acknowledging the duty which I owe to You, both as I am Your creature, and as I wish to be Christian. I have so often neglected this duty, or been backward and cold in the performance of it; for this, now that I am in my right mind, I justly condemn myself; I heartily bewail it, and in the bitterness of my souls repent of it. Because I am not worthy to be heard for my own sake, I set before You the merits of Your Son, who is the propitiation for my sins. For His righteousness, pardon the offences of me Your servant, and grant me those things by Your mercy, which by the strict rule of justice are not due to me.
Reveal all the vicious inclinations of my soul and perfect in me a hearty love of holiness, that by Your grace I may perform all those engagements that are upon me. Blessed be my God for His goodness, who has so often presented me with that grace, to which I owe all the good thoughts that are in my heart, all the motions of my soul to virtue and piety, and all the effects of them in the whole course of my lives.
I thank You, heavenly Father, for all the blessings I have undeservedly received from You; and particularly that You have kept me the night past from all perils of body and soul, and have given me a comfortable sleep, which favor You have denied to many others. You have raised me up with desires of continuing to be Your faithful servant this day, and the remainder of my life.
Deny not, therefore, dear Lord, the desires of those souls which offer themselves up without reserve, to Your service. Preserve me always in this serious mindset; that a just sense of my duty may make me ever more ready and forward to do it. May the sense of my weakness make me watchful and diligent. That the remembrance of my former negligence, may make me more fervent and pressing. May the goodness of Your commands make my obedience more cheerful and that the great dangers which I have escaped, and the blessings before me, may provoke me to persevere most patiently in all well doing. May I be like my great Lord and Master. May I do him some service while I live in the world, and walk worthy of the mighty privileges he has bestowed upon me.
Conduct me safely, O good Providence, through all the temptations and troubles of this life, to that blessed place where my Lord Jesus Christ lives and reigns with You, world without end. Amen.
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
Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2014