OUR Father who is in heaven; accept our grateful acknowledgments for Your goodness to us this day. For preserving our lives; for shielding us from danger; for supplying our daily bread; for permitting our attendance on the ordinances of Your house. Let those of us who have united with Your people in public worship, those who have lifted up their thoughts to You, O God and listened to the voice of instruction be heard. We fervently pray that whatever good impressions may have been made upon us may be durable; that whatever good resolutions we may have formed may be steadfastly kept; that the errors, which we have confessed, may be reformed. That every devout aspiration we may have breathed in the sanctuary may be remembered in the world, to guard us against temptation, and preserve us holy and undefiled. Help us all to set our affections on things above. Keep ever in our minds a lively sense of our responsibility to You. May we constantly live chaste lives as You desire in this world, in Your sight, as Your subjects, Your creatures, Your children. Let it be our study at home and abroad, by day and by night, to love and fear You as we ought, and to do those things which are well pleasing in Your sight.
We acknowledge, O You Father and judge of men, that we have sinned against You. We have been undutiful and unthankful; we have often forgotten, and often disobeyed You. O Father, pardon and reclaim us, and give us that repentance which needs not be repented of. Cleanse us from our secret faults, and let sin have no dominion over us. Enable us to become true followers of Your Son Jesus Christ in all things to clothe ourselves with His humility, purity, and benevolence. Let Your will, as it was His, be ours also. Like Him, may we go about doing good. May the contemplation of His character, and imitation of His example, bring us constantly nearer to His own perfection, and to those mansions of everlasting happiness which He has promised to His disciples, and gone before to prepare for them.
Take us, Almighty God, under Your sovereign protection. Make us in soul and body wholly Yours. Sanctify our domestic relations and strengthen and purify the bonds of love which join Your servants together. May the blessings which we receive from You, excite our gratitude and animate our obedience. May those sorrows, and privations, and pains, with which, in Your wisdom, You may afflict us, be endured with fortitude and resignation, and improved to our eternal peace. Watch over us during the darkness of this night, and the defenseless hours of sleep; preserve us from all dangers; and bring us to the light of another morning more inclined to love You, and resolved to serve You, than we ever have been.
Accept our evening sacrifice of prayer and praise, which we offer in the name of Jesus Christ our most blessed Lord and Savior. Amen.
Book: Morning and Evening Prayers
Publisher: BOSTON: Printed by John Wilson and Son 1865
Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2014