Almighty and merciful God, who, by Your power and goodness, has preserved me until the evening of this day. Accept my thanks for all the blessings of the day. Humble me before You for all my sins; and favorably receive Your unworthy servants for the sake of Jesus Christ.
I confess, O Lord, that I have not given to You that tribute of gratitude and love which is most justly due to Your name. I have ill requited You for all Your goodness, as a foolish person and unwise; and have not rendered back to You according to the benefits which You have for me. Though You are my Father, who has made me, and bought me. You have blessed me all my days, yet have I not regarded the wonders, which Your hand has wrought, neither have I kept Your great goodness in remembrance. I have sinned against You, as a rebellious child. I have done amiss and dealt wickedly; and have gone on forwardly in the way of my own heart.
But I am encouraged to present myself before You, ladened as I am with the guilt of all the sins of this week, and of my past life; for You are long-suffering, and of great pity, forgiving iniquity, and transgression, and sin. Pardon me, therefore, O Lord, according to the multitude of Your mercies. Have regard to Him, who knew no sin, and was made a sin offering for me, that I might be made Your righteousness in Him. Look upon Jesus, the Son of David, the Son of Your love. Lord, remember Him, and all His troubles. Remember His offering, and accept His sacrifice. Do not turn away the face of Your Anointed; who, by His own blood, is entered into heaven itself, and now appears in Your presence for me. Hear me, I pray, for His sake, and for the glory of Your name.
Another week of my life is closing; and my last week will soon come. Lord, make me to know my end, and the measure of my days, that I may know how frail I am. Behold, You have made my days, as it were a span long; and my age is even as nothing in respect of You. Verily every man living is altogether vanity. May the time that is past suffice me to have spent in sin, and forgetfulness of You; and may I learn to redeem the time that remains.
O merciful God, the Father of my Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Resurrection and the Life; in whom whosoever believes shall live, though He die. Whosoever lives, and believes in Him, shall not die eternally. I meekly ask You, O Father, to raise me from the death of sin to the life of righteousness; that, when I shall depart this life, I may rest in You. May I, at the general resurrection in the last day, be found an acceptable person in Your sight; and receive that blessing which Your well-beloved Son shall then pronounce to all that love and fear You; saying, come, you blessed children of my Father, receive the kingdom prepared for You from the beginning of the world.
I a sinner ask You to hear me, O Lord God; that it may please You to rule and govern Your holy Church Universal in the right way. Keep it continually in Your true religion; that they, who lean only upon the hope of Your heavenly grace, may evermore be defended by Your mighty power.
Pour down Your blessing on the ministers of Your Gospel. May those who are appointed to teach others be themselves taught of You. Qualify them, in all things, for the work to which You have called them; that they may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers, and to promote the edification of Your believing people.
I pray especially for You to be gracious to the place in which I live; to the Church of which I am a member; [to Your servant, who ministers to me in holy things;] and to all my beloved friends and neighbors. Keep them and me, by Your mighty power, through the hours of darkness: and fit me for the sacred employments of Your Sabbath.
And when, at the last, it shall please You to gather me to my fathers, raise up others in my room, who shall serve You better than myself; that, from generation to generation, Your name may be glorified on the earth till days and weeks shall be no more forever.
These things I ask for Jesus Christ’s sake; who, with You, O Father, and You, O Holy Ghost, lives and reigns, ever one God, world without end.
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