O most gracious and merciful God, I give You thanks that it has pleased You to add another day to the years of my life, and that none of Your judgments to which my sins I am justly liable, have fallen upon me.
Accept, O Lord, my unfeigned thanks, for Your care over me, for delivering me from the dangers of an evil world, and for the many undeserved blessings bestowed upon me from day to day.
Blessed be Your goodness, that my sins and ingratitude have not prevented You from bringing me safe to the evening of this day.
O God, infinite in mercy, pardon my sins of the days past, whether in thought, word or deed, which I have committed through the fraud or malice of the devil, or through my own weakness and frailty, and grant that they may never rise up in judgment against me.
Prepare me, I ask You, for a continuance of Your favors, by giving me the grace of true repentance, and a thorough amendment of life.
But, O Lord, the frailty of man without You, will always fail. In all temptations, therefore, I ask You to succor me, that no sin may ever get dominion over me.
Give me a salutary dread of the corruption of my heart; make me truly sensible of the weakness and sinfulness of my whole nature; show me the absolute need I have of Your gracious help, that I may pray for it continually.
Graciously give to all sinners, a true sense of their unhappy state, a fear of Your judgments, and grace and strength to break the bonds of sin asunder.
May I ever make a right use of the time which Your goodness shall yet graciously give me, and not dare to abuse Your patience and long suffering-
May the thoughts of death mortify in me all pride and covetousness, and a love for this world; and may my firm belief of a judgment to come, make me ever careful to please You, my Lord and Judge, that I may find mercy at that day.
Make me ever mindful of my latter end, and fix in my heart a lively sense of the happiness and misery of the world to come.
Grant that I may lie down to sleep with the same charitable and forgiving tempers, in which I desire and hope to die.
And now, O God, all powerful, take me this night under Your protection; preserve me from the powers of darkness, and from the dangers of the night; and by Your grace and providence, bring me at last, through all the trials and temptations of this world, to a blessed end, that I may die in peace, and rest in hope, and rise in glory, through Jesus Christ; in whose name, and according to the full meaning of that holy prayer which he has taught me, I most humbly beg You to hear me, for myself, and all mankind.
My Father, &c.
Book: Christian’s Daily Companion
SELECTED FROM THE PRAYERS OF BISHOPS WILSON AND ANDREWS TO WHICH IS ADDED A COMPILATION FROM PALMER’S AND COTTERILL’S FORMULARIES.
PUBLISHED BY ELIJAH WEEMS, FOR GABRIEL NOURSE
Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2014