O You great and glorious God, who is from everlasting to everlasting. The same yesterday, today and fo ever, we would endeavor to lift up our hearts with our eyes and hands unto You in the heavens. Who is a God like unto You? Glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders. O Lord, behold we are vile; what shall we answer You? We will lay our hands on our mouths in the dust, if so there may be hope, crying, unclean! unclean ! It is of Your mercy that we are not consumed, because Your compassion fails not. If You should be strict to mark iniquity against us, who could stand? but there is forgiveness with You, and plenteous redemption. O God we would acknowledge and bewail our sins. We have walked in the ways of our own hearts, and in the sight of our own eyes, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind. We have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God to walk in his laws which he hath set before us. Even the good that we would that we do not; and the evil that we would not, that we do. O, wretched creatures that we are who shall deliver us? Truly our hope is in thee O God. All our desire is before You, and our groaning is nor hid from You. Though our sins have been as scarlet, let them be white as snow; though red like crimson, let them be as wool; and make us willing and obedient O God, have compassion upon us subdue our iniquities, and cast all our sins into the depth of the sea. O, that we may be found in Christ, not having our own righteousness, but the righteousness which by faith. Justified by faith may we have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ May the Holy Ghost, the Comforter witness with our spirits that we are the children of. God. May it fill us with all joy and peace in believing, and make us abound in hope May we adore the height and depth, and length of that great love of Christ which passes knowledge. O, that his way may be known upon earth, and his saving health among all nations.. O God, give Your Son the heathen for his inheritance, and the utter* most part of the earth for his possession.. Revive Your work in the midst of the years. Disappoint all those who take counsel together against the Lord, and against his anointed. Let no weapon formed against Your church prosper. May wisdom and knowledge be the stability of our times, and the fear of the Lord our treasure. May all Christians be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. Hasten the time when wars shall cease unto the end of the world and nation shall no more lift up sword against nation, nor kingdom against kingdom, but swords shall be beaten into ploughshares, and spears into pruning-hooks, and men shall learn war no more. Grant these prayers, O heavenly Father, for the sake of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, in whose own words we would pray for ourselves, and all mankind: Our Father, who are in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom and the power; and the glory for ever* Amen.
Author Right Rev. William Mead, D.D.
Publisher: Alexandria, D.C. by WM. M. Morrison 1834