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O ETERNAL God, whose name is love, and who so loved the world that You gave Your only-begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life, help us, by the Holy Spirit, to believe in Christ Jesus; and trusting in him to have access unto You.
We feel our need of a Savior for sinners; for we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. When we look back even on the past day, Your law accuses us of many sins, and our own consciences justly condemn us. We have been forgetful of Your presence; our conversation has been light and trifling; and we have not with a single eye sought Your glory, or copied the holy life of our Savior Christ. He left us a perfect example, but how seldom we tread in his steps; how little have we of his meekness and lowliness of heart, of his zeal and love! We have sinned, notwithstanding the light of Your word, and the checks of our own consciences.
Grant us Your grace, that we may not be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Give us true repentance, and such a sense of our sinfulness as may lead us to despair of salvation by any works of our own; and bring us humbled and penitent at the foot of the cross. Help us by faith to behold the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world. Teach us to renounce our own righteousness, and to depend wholly on Jesus Christ. May we be able to say and feel, “In the Lord have I righteousness and strength.”
Teach us to come to Jesus Christ, and to look to him, not only for pardon and peace, but also for grace and strength. We are weak, but Jesus is strong: grant that we may be made strong in and through him. Draw us to Christ, that we may receive out of his fullness all that we need, repentance, remission of sins, and the gift of the Holy Spirit; that he may dwell in our hearts by faith, and we be rooted and grounded in love.
We commend ourselves to Your care during the night. Let no evil come near us. May our last thoughts be with You; and when we awake, may we be still with You. Refresh our bodies with the quiet repose of the night, and renew our spiritual strength. Teach us ever to watch and pray, and to be always ready, seeing we know neither the day nor the hour when the Son of Man shall come.
Extend Your merciful care to all that are near and dear to us. We pray for all our relatives. May those that are endeared to us by the ties of nature, be yet more dear by the stronger bonds of grace. Grant that we may be all one in Christ Jesus our Lord. We pray for our Christian friends, for our neighbors, and all with whom we have intercourse.
Bless those that minister before the Lord: may they all be faithful, wise, humble, and devoted servants of the Lord Jesus Christ; may they all fear God rather than man. Everywhere raise up pastors according to Your heart, which shall feed Your people with knowledge and understanding. Grant Your blessing to every missionary now preaching Christ to the Gentiles. Cause Jew and Gentile to turn to the Lord, that they may be. saved. Bring on the happy day, when there shall be one fold and one Shepherd; and when there shall be none to hurt or destroy in all Your holy mountain.
O God, giver of every good and perfect gift, we praise and bless You for Your great and continued mercies to us. All things You give to us richly for enjoyment. We receive from You full provision for all our temporal wants, and You forgive all our iniquities.
Like as a father pity’s his children, so You our Lord and Father, pities them that fear You. You know our frame; You remember that we are dust. You have had compassion on us in our low and lost estate, and You gave Your Son to die for us; and now You offer and give us Your Holy Spirit, to soften our hard hearts and to help our infirmities. Will You justify us freely by Your grace, adopt us into Your family, and give us a hope full of glory.
Behold what manner of love You our Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God! God of mercy, only grant that we may be followers of You as dear children, and show forth Your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, through Jesus Christ.
And now blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever. AMEN.
Book: Family Prayer Book, for the use of Heads of Families, Designed more Particularly for Aged Persons
Author: Rev. Emerson Davis
Publisher: Wood & Rupp (1842)