WEDNESDAY MORNING PRAYER
O God, You are our God; early will we seek You. You are good and do good to all; Your mercy is great. You made us, and not we ourselves; we are Your people and the sheep of Your pasture; we therefore worship and fall down and kneel before the Lord our Maker. Unworthy as we are to offer unto You any sacrifice, You have appointed unto us a great High Priest, in whose name we come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may find mercy, and grace to help us in the time of need.
Grant that the frequency and earnestness of our prayers may be proportioned to the greatness of our wants. Make us to rejoice in every opportunity of worshipping Your divine Majesty, and preserve us from the sin of drawing near to You with our lips, while our hearts are far from You.
We humbly thank You, O Lord, that You have preserved us the night past, and renew to us Your goodness this morning. Take us again into Your guidance and protection during the day; and so govern us by Your grace, that we may neither think, nor speak, nor do anything this day, which may displease You, or wound our own souls. Assist us to be sincere and hearty in dedicating ourselves, our souls and bodies, to Your service. Preserve us from the power of evil: from the temptations incident to our respective callings; from the lusts of the flesh, and the vanities of a wicked world.
Send Your good Spirit to direct and guide us in the ways and works of godliness: purify our affections; enliven our devotion; teach us how to pray, and how to hear, and read, and profit by Your holy Word. Make us Christians in heart, and in hope, and not only in Inline. Teach us the value o( our souls, and of die salvation which has been wrought for them by Christ Jesus. May we never be ashamed of confessing him before men; but, amidst all discouragements and difficulties, give us boldness to show ourselves his true disciples.
Let our conversation be such as becomes the Gospel; and whatsoever we do in word or in deed, let us do all in the name, giving thanks to God and the Father through him. And let the words of our mouth and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, our strength and our Redeemer.
Give us grace, we beseech You, that we may be just and honest in all our dealings; kind and charitable towards all men; sober, temperate, and chaste; and, more particularly, careful of the duties which we owe to one another, as members of a Christian family: that having, by Your grace, been kept this day without willful sin, we may, at the close of it, lie down to rest, with the answer of a good conscience towards God; and with a sure trust in the merits of our Savior Jesus Christ; for whose sake we beseech You to hear us, according to the full intention of his own most holy prayer.
Out Father etc.
The grace of our Lord etc.
Book: Manual of Family Prayers
Compiled by: C.J. Blomfield, D.D.
Publisher: New York Protestant Episcopal Tract Society 1829