Almighty God, the Father of my Lord Jesus Christ, who is always more ready to hear than I to pray. I Your humble servant once again draws near to You with all humility and thankfulness of heart.
Lord, how precious are Your mercies! How great is the sum of them! The least of them all is more than I have deserved. You are never weary of doing good for me but daily loads me with Your benefits; for You are the God of my salvation.
This day You have added to the number of Your mercies in that You have preserved my life, continued my comforts, and given me more time for repentance. O gracious Lord, I am still too far from You; I do not esteem Your goodness as I ought, nor bend myself in earnest to Your service. Give me a lively sense of all Your benefits; and renew a right spirit within me. Turn me, and I shall be turned.
I have this day been wanting in many particulars of my duty: I have left undone those things which I ought to have done, and I have done those things which I ought not to have done. Accept my confession, O Lord, and make my repentance sincere.
Now I ask You to graciously listen to my prayers for the sake of Your blessed Son; seeing that I pray to You as his disciples did, with a lively faith in the atonement which he has made for my sins.
Take from me all ignorance, hardness of heart and too much carefulness about the things of this life; and make me to be a household fearing You, submitting myself to Your good pleasure, and putting my whole trust in Your merciful Son Jesus Christ. Be my protection this night, that no evil may befall me, nor any plague come nigh my dwelling.
To Your blessing I commend myself and all that belongs to me, and all for whom I ought to pray. Keep me in peace and safety; grant that I may go to rest in charity with all men; and let Your Holy Spirit so rule the hearts of all, that the course of this world may be peaceably ordered, and that Your Church may joyfully serve You in all godly quietness.
Keep me, O Lord, if it seems good to You, in health and safety another day; and give me grace to employ it to Your honor in the work of my salvation. Whenever, You are pleased to end my term of days and to call me out of this mortal state, grant that my peace may be made with You by Jesus Christ. At the last day, raise me from the sleep of death to the resurrection of eternal life, through Him, who died and rose again for me, the same Jesus Christ my Lord.
Book: Manual of Family Prayers
Compiled by: C.J. Blomfield, D.D.
Publisher: New York Protestant Episcopal Tract Society 1829
Revised and Edited by Karrol Sneed 2014