ALMIGHTY and most merciful GOD, who has graciously been pleased to bring us to the beginning of another Sabbath, enable us, we beseech You, to sanctify it as You require. Teach us to remember that it is Your own special ordinance, one of those unchangeable laws which You wrote with Your own finger, that this day should be set apart in a special manner to Your service. Being freed from all worldly thoughts and cares, may we apply ourselves to our spiritual duties in the public and private exercises of godliness. Give us grace, therefore, that we may call Your Sabbath a delight, and may consecrate it religiously to the honour of Your great Name, not in doing things in our own way, nor finding our own pleasures, nor speaking our own words, but striving to devote its hallowed hours entirely to Your Service.
Prepare us then, 0 God, for the sacred duties which lie before us, and meet us according to Your gracious promise in Your House of Prayer. Let us not dare to mock You by the vain sacrifice of mere bodily service, but may we come into Your presence with true devotion, and worship You in spirit and in truth.
In praying, give us reverence for Your Majesty, sensibility to our own wants, faith in Your promises, fresh remembrance of Your former mercies, charitable and compassionate affections towards all our brethren of mankind. In hearing, promise to us open and enlarged understandings, meekness of spirit, liveliness of affection, joy and peace in believing. In private, sanctify our thoughts that we may meditate on good things and may so cherish the good seed sown in our hearts, that it may bring forth fruit abundantly in our lives and conversation. Thus would we ask You, to guide and prosper us, both in our public and private duties that, when evening comes, we may find our knowledge to be increased, our faith strengthened, and our souls and consciences abundantly refreshed.
We pray for Your blessing upon the whole race of mankind. You have declared that all souls are Your. Have mercy then, we humbly ask You, upon all. Look in pity upon Your ancient people Israel, of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all God blessed forever, and graft them again into that place in Your Church, from which because of unbelief they were broken off. Be with those whom You have called to preach the Gospel in here at home and in heathen lands, and make them able instruments in Your hands for pulling down the strongholds of Satan, and building up the Church of Christ. Inspire Your universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord. Send down upon the ministers of Your Word, especially those who labor among us, the healthful Spirit of Your Grace, and open the hearts of many to receive Your Truth in the love of it.
Finally, we ask You, that after this transitory life is ended, we, with all those that are departed in the true faith of Your Holy Name, may have our perfect consummation and bliss in that rest which remains to the people of God. These mercies for others, and for ourselves, we humbly ask, in the Name and through the merits of Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord. Amen.
Book: A Manual of Family and Occasional Prayers
Author: Rev. William Sinolair, M.A.
Publisher: London: L’Hatchard & Son 1854
Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2014