O Lord, You have been my Refuge from one generation to another. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever the earth and the worlds were made, You are God from everlasting, and world without end.
Upon Your mercy-seat in the heavens You wait to be gracious; and I, Your sinful creatures, draw nigh to You, as to a God in Christ, reconciling the world to Yourself, not imputing their trespasses to them.
I trust, O Lord, to the word of Your promise, that though I have sinned, I have an advocate with You, Jesus Christ, the righteous; who is the propitiation for my sins; and not for ours only, but for the sins of the whole world.
If I say that I have no sin, I deceive myself, and the truth is not in me: but if I confess my sins, You are faithful and just to forgive me my sins, and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness.
I pray You, therefore, to create and make in me a new and contrite heart; that I, worthily lamenting my sins, and acknowledging my wretchedness, may obtain of You, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness. Regard me no longer as a child of wrath, but as a dear child; heir of the kingdom of heaven, and joint-heir with Christ. Satisfy me with Your mercy, that I may rejoice and be glad in You all my days.
Grant me, according to the riches of Your glory, to be strengthened with might, by Your Spirit, in the inner man’. Let Christ dwell in my hearts by faith; that, being rooted and grounded in love, I may be able to comprehend, with all saints, what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that I may be filled with all the fullness of You my God.
You have bought and defended me, O heavenly Father, through the dangers of another -day; and has blessed me with every needful blessing, in my going out and coming in.
But, I ask You, O God of the spirits of all flesh, in whom alone I live, and move, and have my being, to touch my hearts with the solemn and affecting truth, that I know not what shall be on the morrow. Keep me continually mindful,’ that in the midst of life I am in death. Of whom may I seek for succor, but of You, O Lord, who for my sins are justly displeased? Yet, O Lord God, most holy, O Lord, most mighty, O holy and merciful Savior, You most worthy Judge eternal, suffer me not, at my last hour, for any pains of death, to fall from You.
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayers for my fellow-creatures.
Put the ungodly in fear, that they may know themselves to be but men. Incline them seriously to think on their ways, and turn their feet to Your testimonies.
Let all those who trust in You rejoice; because their redemption draws nigh; and their salvation is nearer than when they first believed.
Be gracious to such as, in this transitory world, are suffering, either for their sins, or for righteousness’ sake; and sanctify their sufferings to the good of their souls.
Lastly, I pray Almighty God, with whom lives the spirits of just men made perfect, after they are delivered from their earthly prisons, to look with compassion on all whom the sorrows of death are encompassing about. I commend their souls into Your hands, as into the hands of a faithful Creator and most merciful Savior: humbly asking You, that they may be precious in Your sight. Wash them in the blood of that spotless Lamb that was slain to take away the sins of the world; that they may be presented pure and without spot before You.
And teach me to survive, in every daily spectacle of mortality, to remember how frail and uncertain my own condition is; and so to number my days, that I may apply my hearts to wisdom. Grant that neither the splendor of anything that is great, nor the conceit of anything that is good in me, may withdraw my eyes from looking upon myself as sinful dust and ashes; but that I may press forward to the prize of the high calling that is before me, in faith and patience, humility and meekness, mortification and self- denial; charity and constant perseverance to the end: and all this for Your Son, my Lord, Jesus Christ’s sake: to whom with You, and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, world without end.
My Father, fyc..The peace of God, &;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