O Lord our God, You are our Father, our Guardian, our constant Benefactor. Another day we have been spared in Your mercy. You have preserved our going out and our coming in. You have shielded us in many dangers. You have given us strength sufficient for our appointed work. O give us hearts to praise You for Your goodness. May we yield to You our hearty thanksgivings for all Your benefits, temporal and spiritual. May we take the cup of salvation and call upon Your holy name.
We confess, O Lord, that we have too often made an ungrateful return for Your loving kindness. We have been unprofitable servants. We have been negligent in searching Your Word. We have not stirred up ourselves to take hold of You. O Lord, our hearts are full of iniquity and evil. You desire truth in the inward parts, but we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags.
O Father, we would hide from You nothing of the sin which cleaves to us. But we pray You cleanse us from all iniquity. You are faithful and just to forgive those who confess their sins unto You. We cast ourselves upon Your abounding mercy, and do You wash us from every stain of guilt.
We beseech You, O Lord, renew us in the spirit of our minds. We are the clay and You our Potter, and we all are the work of Your hands. O work in us both to will and to do of Your good pleasure. Mold and fashion us after Your own image. Make us holy, pure, long suffering, and full of charity. Make us vessels unto honor, sanctified both in body and soul. Make us very useful in the Master’s service, and prepare us to every good work.
O Lord, quicken us by Your Spirit, and help us to run the race set before us. Keep us from turning aside through the cares or pleasures of this life. Give us patience and steadfastness when hindrances arise. Uphold our goings in Your way that our footsteps slip not. Lift us up whenever we fall, and let us never yield to unbelieving thoughts of Your grace or power. Help us to lay aside every weight, and the sin which most easily besets us. May we ever be looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. Forgetting the things which are behind, may we press forward till we reach the goal.
This night graciously protect this household and all those who are dear to us. Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us. O Lord save us, and help us now and evermore, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. 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