And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” Matthew 19:16-17 (ESV)

O God, who causes the light to shine out of darkness, and renews the face of the earth which You have made for man, the heavens declare Your glory, and the firmament shows Your handy work. Day to day utters speech, and night to night teaches the knowledge of Your power, Your wisdom, and Your love.

You, O Lord, are gracious; Your mercy is everlasting; and Your truth endures from generation to generation. I worship, and fall down, and kneel before You; for You are the Lord my God; and I am the people of Your pasture, and the sheep of Your hand. Hear me, while I come into Your presence with thanksgiving, and with the voice of supplication; for I come in the name of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, my Mediator and Redeemer.

I praise You, O Father Almighty, for the many and undeserved comforts which You have provided for me in this mortal life.

But, chiefly, I laud and magnify Your name for the prospect of that better world which You have revealed to me, where the sun does not shine for a light by day, nor the moon and stars for a light by night; but You Yourself are the light and the glory of the Lamb shines upon it.

Prepare me, O Lord, for that world of honor and immortality. Teach me ever to remember, that it is a world where righteousness dwells, and where nothing that defiles can enter.

Create in me those heavenly desires and dispositions, which will fit me for the society and enjoyments of Your holy angels, and the spirits of just men made perfect.

Put away from me all anger, wrath, malice, pride, envy, uncleanness, inordinate affection, and evil concupiscence, which is idolatry. Clothe me with meekness, gentleness, humility, charity, kindness, purity. Grant that, as an obedient child, I may not fashion myself according to the former lusts in my ignorance; but as You who has called me are holy, so may I be holy in all manner of conversation and godliness.

I am greatly ashamed, O Lord, that I have not been more diligent in seeking my heavenly inheritance, and have made no better progress in the ways of godliness.

I look up to You this morning for Your pardoning mercy and Your sanctifying grace. As You have raised my body from sleep, so raise my soul from their spiritual slumbers. Dispose me more earnestly to seek Your kingdom and righteousness. Stir me up to the great work that lies before me, and quicken me daily in the way of Your commandments.

Let not the pomp’s and vanities of this world draw me aside, and beguile me into luke warmness of spirit. But make me sober and vigilant against all the enemies of my salvation; especially against my adversary, the devil. Enable me to resist him, steadfast in the faith, nor ever suffer him to get advantage over me.

Grant that I may become a very member incorporate with the mystical body of Christ, which is the blessed company of all faithful people, and be made heir through hope of Your everlasting kingdom, by the merits of the most precious death and passion of Your dear Son.

I most humbly ask You, O heavenly Father, to assist me, from time to time, by Your grace, that I may continue in that holy fellowship, and do all such good works as You have prepared for me to walk in; till, at ‘length, I am joined to the general assembly of the faithful, and behold Your face in righteousness.

Bestow these blessings, I humbly ask You, on all who partake of Your common nature. Teach Your ways to the wicked; and lead them to consider that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of heaven. Bless Your faithful people; and make them daily more meet for the inheritance of the saints in light.

Remember those who are in any kind of trouble. Make them partakers of Your holiness. Comfort their hearts with the sure and certain hope of that blessed world, in which You will wipe away all tears from their eyes, where there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain. For the former things shall have passed away; where the wicked cease from troubling, and where the weary are at rest.

Fulfil now, O Lord, these my petitions, for the honor and glory of Your name, through Jesus Christ my Lord.

My Father, … Lord bless my family and all those I intercede for, shower them with Your love and favor. Amen

Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2014