Lord our God, we desire with all humility and reverence to adore You. You are infinitely blessed and glorious; who has all perfection in and of Yourself, and who is the fountain of all beings life and blessedness. It is a privilege that we have liberty of access to You, through Jesus Christ and that we have leave to call upon You, in Christ. O look upon us now, and be merciful to us, as we love Your name. May we all count our daily worship of You as the most needful part of our daily business; and the most pleasant of our daily comforts.
You are the God of all the families of Israel. Be the God of our family also. Grant that, we may always serve the Lord no matter what others do. Cause Your blessing to rest upon our dwelling place, from day to day, and from year to year. Lord bless us and we shall be blessed indeed.
We humbly thank You for the mercies of the night past, and of this morning. We have laid down and slept and arose again, because You have sustained us. Thanks be to God, that no plague has come near our dwelling; but You have spared us and blessed us enabling us to see the light, and enjoy the comforts, of another day. It is from Your mercies, O Lord, that we are not consumed, and because Your compassion’s fail not, they are new every morning, great is Your faithfulness
Confession of Sin
Through the corruption of our natures we are bent to backslide from You. We are backward to good, and prone to evil continually. Vain thoughts too often lodge within us, which defile or disquiet our minds, and push out the thoughts of God and things divine. We are too apt to burden ourselves with cares, which You have encouraged us to cast upon You. We are greatly wanting in the duties of our particular relationships.
Too often we are the cause of folly and sin in each other, instead of provoking one another to love and to good works. We are cold and defective in our love to You our God; weak in our desires towards You; unsteady in our walking with You; .and often not fit for Your service.
O Lord, forgive us all our sins, and be at peace with us, through him who died to make peace, and ever lives to make intercession.
There are many that say, Who will show us any good? Lord, let us not take up anything in this world as our portion. Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, and that shall put gladness into our hearts more than they whose earthly store increases.
To Your care, O God, we commit ourselves this, day. Encompass us with Your favor as with a shield; preserve our going out, and our coming in. We commit to the conduct of Your good providence, and cheerfully submit to its disposal our bodies and all our worldly affairs. Preserve our health; prosper us in all our lawful employments, and give us comfort in all our worldly enjoyments. We commend to the government of Your Spirit our souls, and all their more momentous concerns. O let Your grace be sufficient for us, and work in us both to will and to do that which is good in accordance to Your own good pleasure. Enable us to do the work of this and every day in its proper season. May we acknowledge You in all our ways, and we ask You to direct our steps.
Lord, keep us from all evil; but especially from the evil of sin. Give us the rule over our own spirits. Let us not be provoked to wrath, or speak unadvisedly with our lips. Dispose us to live together in peace and holy love; and may the God of love and peace be with us.
Make us conscientious in all our dealings, as becomes those who see Your eye ever upon us. Arm us against every temptation; keep us in the way of duty and preserve us in Your fear all the day long.
In every doubtful case let our way be made plain before us; and give us that wisdom which is profitable to direct us. Let integrity and uprightness preserve us, for we wait on You.
Prepare us for all the events of this day; for we know not what a day may bring forth: And make us to stand complete in Your whole will. May we be willing to deny ourselves, to take up our cross daily, and follow Christ.
Sanctify all our crosses and disappointments to us; teach us to submit to Your will in them, and let us find it good for us to be afflicted, that we may be partakers of Your holiness. Lord, fit us for death, judgment, and eternity. Give us grace to live, every day, as those who knows not whether it may be our last.
Lord, plead Your own cause in the world. Build up Your church, and erect the throne of the Redeemer on the ruins of Satan’s* kingdom. Let the reformed churches be more reformed. Support and deliver those that suffer for righteousness sake. Do good to us in these nations. Bless the king (President), and all in authority. Guide the public councils, and over-rule all affairs for Your own glory. Let peace and truth prevail in our day, and be preserved to those that shall come after us.
Be gracious to all our relations, friends, and neighbors, according to their necessities. Supply the wants of all Your people. Dwell in the families of them that fear You, and call upon Your name. Forgive our enemies, and give us a right and charitable spirit towards them and all men.
Visit, comfort, and relieve the afflicted. Succor the tempted, support the oppressed; and give joy to those that mourn in Zion. Deal with us and our family according to the tenor of the everlasting covenant, which is well ordered in all things and sure; which is all our salvation, and all our desire.
Now, blessed be God for all his gifts, both of nature and grace; for those that concern this life, and that which is to come; especially for Jesus Christ, the fountain and foundation of all.
Pardon our imperfections; accept our services; and grant us an answer of peace, for his sake who died for us and rose again; who has taught us to pray,
Our Father, &c.
A Collection Of Family Prayers
From The Devotional Writings Of Baxter, Henry, Willison, Bennett, Watts, Doddridge, And Others
With Various Occasional Forms,
Selected And Revised By Samuel Palmer
The Third Edition.
Printed By: London: Bye And Law, St. John’s Square, Clerkenwell; For J. Johnson, St. Paul’s Church-Yard;. 1803
Revised and Adapted by: Karrol 2014