Great and good God, in whom I live and move; You have now added another day to my forfeited life, and most gratefully I acknowledge Your unwearied care and kindness in keeping me from dangers, and providing for me in the supply of all my wants from day to day. With grief and shame must I at the same time confess and bewail the many errors, imperfections, and offenses of my past life, and particularly any instances where I have transgressed Your righteous laws, or neglected the duty which I owe You today. Pardon me Good Lord, for Your mercy’s sake, as manifested in and by Your son, Jesus Christ, whatever has been amiss in my past temper and conduct. Cleanse me by Your sanctifying grace from all unrighteousness, that I may always live, for the time to come, as I am always in Your immediate presence, and have become one who is accountable to You for the whole of his conduct. I now commit myself to Your guardian care during the darkness and silence of this night. May I awake in the morning refreshed with comfortable sleep, and still find myself blessed with Your favor and surrounded with Your powerful protection. At length may I attain the happiness of heaven, where I shall forever live in the enjoyment of Your favor, and the light of Your countenance. These petitions I offer up to the throne of Your grace, through the mediation of my great redeemer, Jesus Christ the righteous, through whom to You be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
Book: The Youth’s Prayer Book
Author: John Gorham Palfrey
Publisher: Boston: Gray and Bowen, 1830
Revised and Adapted by: Karrol Sneed 2014