O merciful and gracious Father, this night we venture once more to approach Your mercy-seat. You have opened for us a new and living way through the mediation of Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. May we come boldly to Your throne of grace, and pour out our hearts before You. Bow down Your ear, O Lord, and hearken to the prayers of Your servants.

O Lord, we are unworthy of all the mercy and truth which You have shewn toward us. We have made You to serve with our sins, and have wearied You with our iniquities. We confess before You the sins of our country. You behold on every side a contempt for • Your law, and a rejection of Your blessed Gospel. Your Sabbaths are profaned and Your name is dishonored. We cannot count the sins which prevail among us, nor worthily lament the evils which defile our land.

But we praise You for Your patience and forbearance. Deal not with us after our sins, nor reward us according to our iniquities. To You belong mercies and forgiveness. In spite of all our provocations, continue Your mercy toward us.

We bless You for the rich provision which You have made for our necessities. You make Your sun to shine upon the evil and the good, and send rain on the just and the unjust. You are kind to the unthankful and to the evil.

We bless You for Your special goodness to our Island Home. You have shielded us for many years from the bitter curse of the sword. You have given us liberty and freedom to worship You according to our conscience. You have made life and property sacred among us.

We would bless You also for our family and domestic mercies. You have given to us a quiet and peaceful abode, while Christ had not where to lay His head. Your hand, O Father, provides us day by day with food convenient for us. Your wing covers our dwelling-place and guards us from danger continually.

We bless You above all for our spiritual mercies. We would thank You with all our hearts for Your salvation in Jesus Christ. We thank You for Your Word which points to Him. We thank You for the Comforter whom You have sent to teach and sanctify us. We thank You for Christian Sabbaths, and Christian Pastors to assist us in our heavenly course. We thank You for Christian friends with whom we can take counsel by the way. We would praise You without ceasing for all the help and consolation You dost give us through Your dear Son, and for the everlasting kingdom promised to them that love You.

O gracious Father, let Your mercies be the granted to draw our rebellious hearts to You. May Your goodness lead us to repentance. May Your constant love fill us with the longing desire to yield ourselves wholly to Your service.

Be pleased to forgive all that has been amiss in these our prayers and praises, and accept and bless us this night, for the sake of Jesus Christ our only Lord and Savior. Amen


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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