O God, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort, we come to You this night, and desire to commit ourselves to Your merciful keeping. Watch over us during the hours of darkness, and refresh us with quiet rest. The darkness is no darkness with You, but the darkness and the light are both alike. Your eye is ever upon us, and Your arm is Almighty to defend and protect us.

O Lord, You have taught us in Your Holy Word to be ready at all times for the coming of the Son of Man. We know not the day nor the hour of His appearing. “When men cry, Peace and safety, and all around is wrapped in silence, then- may we hear the voice of the archangel and the trump of God. O Lord, prepare us for that great and solemn Day. Clothe us with the wedding garment of the Savior’s righteousness. Blot out all our sins through His most precious blood. Cover us with the covering of Your Spirit. Endue us with innocence of life, and make us holy in all manner of conversation.

We beseech You, O most merciful Father, quicken our cold and careless hearts, that we may watch and pray continually. May our loins be girded about and our lights burning. May we be like unto men who wait for their Lord, that when He comes and knocks we may open unto Him immediately.

O Lord Jesus, who are the resurrection and the life, fill our hearts with holy joy in the prospect of Your coining kingdom. You shalt raise up those that sleep in You. You shalt change our vile bodies that they may be made like unto Your glorious body. May we live day by day as Your true servants, and may we look forward in assurance of hope to that blessed time.

O God, we beseech You mercifully shield and protect every member of this family. There may be some whom You know to be in special danger. Health may be failing, or a sudden accident may bring peril when least expected. Be gracious to Your servants according to their need. Keep them evermore beneath the covert of Your almighty wing. Give us that which will tend most to our everlasting welfare. Grant us that which is requisite for our present comfort, if it be Your holy wall; but if it be otherwise, help us to trust You and to rely on Your Fatherly care.

Bless all our relatives and friends. We pray for all who pray for us, and we entreat You to give them whatsoever they need for time and eternity. Look upon all those traveling by land or by sea, and be near to help them in the hour of danger. Defend our soldiers wheresoever their lot may be cast, and make them faithful soldiers of the King of kings. Be merciful to all prisoners and captives. Give to them true repentance, and bring their souls out of prison that they may praise Your name. Fulfill these our desires and supplications, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen

Our Father, etc

Book: Before His Footstool Family Prayers for One Month
Author: Rev. George Everard, M.A.
Publisher: LONDON: William Hunt and Company 1874
Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2015