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And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel; and there he built an altar unto the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord. Gen. 12:6, 8.

Jacob was left alone, and there wrestled a man with him, until the breaking of the day. And he said, let me go for the day breaks: and he said, I will not let you go, except you bless me. And he said unto him, What is your name? and he said, Jacob. And he said, Your name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast you power with God, and with men, and hast prevailed. Gen. 32:24, 25,26, 27. Gen. 32:28.

And Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers; and they presented themselves before God. And Joshua said unto all the people, fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served, on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve you the Lord. And if it seems evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom you will serve; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:14-18 (TLB)

14  “So revere Jehovah and serve him in sincerity and truth. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Worship the Lord alone.
15  But if you are unwilling to obey the Lord, then decide today whom you will obey. Will it be the gods of your ancestors beyond the Euphrates or the gods of the Amorites here in this land? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”
16  And the people replied, “We would never forsake the Lord and worship other gods!
17  For the Lord our God is the one who rescued our fathers from their slavery in the land of Egypt. He is the God who did mighty miracles before the eyes of Israel, as we traveled through the wilderness, and preserved us from our enemies when we passed through their land.
18  It was the Lord who drove out the Amorites and the other nations living here in the land. Yes, we choose the Lord, for he alone is our God.”

As for me, I will call upon God: and the Lord shall save me. Evening and morning, and at noon will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. Ps. 55:16, l7.

In the morning, rising up a great while before day, he (Jesus,) went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. Mark 1:35.

When he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. Matt. 14:23

Peter was kept in prison, hut prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. And behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell from off his hands. Acts 12:5, V.

We have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities: but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Heb. 4:15, 16.

See also Gen. 19:20. 35:2. 3, 7. 2 Sam. 6:20. Job 1:5. Acts 1:13,14. Acts 10:2, 16:25. 20:36. 21:5. Gen 32:9-12. Jud. 6:22. 36. 39. 1 Sam. 1:10. 2. Sam. 7:18-29. 2 Kings 20:2, 11. 2 Chron. 33:18 19. Ezr. 9:5, 6. Neh. 2:4. Jon. 32:16-25. Dan. 9:3. 17. Jon. 2:1. Heb. 1:2. Luke 2:37. Acts:9 11. 40. 10:9. 30. Josh. 7:6-9. 1 Chron. 29:10-19. 2 Chron. 6th chap. 20:5,13. Neh. 9th chap. Luke 1:10. Acts 2:46. 4:24. 12:5,12. 3:1. 13:3. 16:16.

Lord we come before your now
At your feet we humbly bow.
O do not our. suit disdain!
Shall we seek your, Lord, in vain?
In thine own appointed way
Now we seek your—here we stay;
Lord, from hence we would not go
Till a blessing you bestow.


O Lord you alone are Jehovah—the Most High over all the earth—and the Ruler of the Universe! Angels and Archangels veil their faces before you in homage and adoration; all your works praise you, and your name is excellent in all the earth; your saints bless you and with adoring gratitude proclaim your name to succeeding generations.

Imitating the example of patriarchs and prophets; of apostles and martyrs; and above all of our Lord Jesus Christ the great exemplar of human duty, may we offer to you our bodies and our spirits a living sacrifice acceptable unto God, and our reasonable service. May we find a bower of prayer in whatever part of the earth we live; raise an altar in our family dwelling, however lowly or solitary; and consecrate a Bethel in every place of our sojourn among men.

May we be numbered with your people, share with them your partial providence in this world, and the inheritance reserved for them in heaven. May our habitation be blessed with those of the just, and not experience the avenging fury poured out upon the families who call not upon your name.

May the community where we shall dwell enjoy peace and prosperity; our land become Emanuel’s land; and the whole earth be filled with the knowledge of God through our Lord Jesus Christ, in whose language teach us ever to pray, “Our Father,” &c., &c.

Book: Book of Worship for Family and Private Use
Author: W. W. Everts
Publisher: New York: Sheldon & Company, 1865
Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2014