O LORD, our Heavenly Father, through whose gracious providence we are permitted to see the light of another morning, we bow down before You,unworthy as we are. We begin the day by imploring Your blessing to be with us in the whole course of it. We thank You for this happy privilege of prayer, in which we are allowed to hold communion with You. We rejoice in the gift of Your blessed Word, in which Your whole counsel for the redemption of man is made known to us. We thank You for all the means of grace, and especially for the Holy Spirit which is the sign and seal to every true believer of his spiritual fellowship with Christ. Oh, let Your Holy Spirit always attend us in our journey through this great wilderness. and bless to us Your appointed ordinances, that we may find them abundantly strengthening to our souls, till we are brought out of all temptations and sorrows to the city of our God, the New Jerusalem.
We do not presume to come unto You trusting in our own righteousness, but in trusting in Your manifold and great mercies in Christ Jesus. We know and lament that we have sinned against You, and have justly incurred the condemnation of Your broken law. We know and feel that if You were to enter into judgment with us, and much more if You were extreme to mark what we have done amiss, we could not abide it. But for the sake of all that our Blessed Savior suffered while on earth, we pray, grant us remission of sins that are passed, accept us graciously as You have loved us freely. Let Your grace be magnified in our salvation now, even as Your justice has already been magnified by delivering up Your Son to die for our sins. We pray also, for His sake, to bestow on us the promise of the Father, the indwelling influences of Your Holy Spirit. May He stir us up to work out our salvation with fear and trembling; may He cause us to abound in all the fruits of holiness, and give us constantly increasing evidences of that hope which makes us not ashamed because of the love of God shed abroad in our hearts.
Look in mercy, God who rules in the Heavens, upon this Church and nation. Direct the counsels of the Church to Your glory and the welfare of all classes of people; and grant that Your work, our God, may prosper in others, so that all its members may faithfully serve You in their several stations, and adorn the doctrine of God their Saviour in all things. May our friends and relations, and fellow members in the congregation, partake of Your favor. May they all be of one heart in loving, serving, and obeying You; may they all be prospered with useful, happy, and religious lives while on earth, and after peaceful deaths obtain everlasting life and glory in the kingdom of Heaven, through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. Amen
Book: Family and Occasional Prayers
Author: Rev. William Sinclair, M.A.
Publisher: London: J. Hatchard & Son, 187, Piccadilly: Hamilton, Adams, And Co., Paternoster-Row and T. Harrison, Leeds. 1854.
Revised and Adapted by: Karrol H. 2014