0 God, the heavens declare Your glory. The earth is full of Your riches. The universe is Your temple. Your presence fills immensity. It is Your pleasure to produce life, and to communicate happiness. From You we have derived all we are, and all we own; and in You we live and move and have our being continued. Your good providence has determined the bounds of our habitation, and wisely administered all our affairs.
But above all, we bless You for the exceeding riches of Your grace, in Your kindness towards us by Christ Jesus. Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift, and for the unclouded revelation of Him in the Word of Truth. There we behold His person and character, His grace and glory. There we see Him when rich, for our sakes becoming poor, and dying that we may live; delivered for our offences, and raised again for our justification. May we deeply feel our need of this dispensation, in all its parts, and in all its influences; and with Peter exclaim, “Lord, save, I perish;” and with the publican, “God be merciful to me a sinner.”
Convince us of the pollution of sin, as well as of its guilt, that we may not only have our fear excited, but our aversion; that with Job we may see that we are vile; and abhor ourselves, repenting in dust and ashes. May we feel the necessity of renovation as well as forgiveness, in order to serve You and enjoy You in time and eternity. 0 Holy God, who has no fellowship with iniquity, subdue in us the love of sin; create in us a clean heart, and renew in us a right spirit.
May we not be in the number of those who are always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth; but may our hearts be established with grace. May we never rest in a mere system of doctrine, however scriptural, that does not bring salvation, or teach us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live soberly, righteously and Godly, in the present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ. May we live in the Spirit, and may we walk in the Spirit; and instead of relying on our own convictions and resolutions, may we be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
In all our duties, conflicts and trials, may His grace be sufficient for us. To Him who gives rest to the weary and heavy ladened, may we rest in all our spiritual distresses, in all our outward troubles, and in all the dissatisfactions experienced in creature enjoyments. From a world where all is vanity and vexation of spirit, may we retreat to Him who is full of grace and truth; a Friend that loves at all times; who is touched with the feeling of our infirmities; and who is able to do for us exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think.
The Bible Prayer Book for Family Worship
W. W. Everts