Lord of my life, 0 may Your praise
Employ my noblest powers,
Whose goodness lengthens out my days
And fills the circling hours.
Preserved by Your almighty arm
I passed the shades of night,
Secure and safe from every harm
And see returning light.
O Let the same almighty care
My waking hours attend:
From every danger, every snare,
My heedless steps defend.
Smile on my minutes as they roll,
And guide my future days:
And let Your goodness fill my soul
With gratitude and praise.
0 Lord, You are good, and You do good. You have revealed Yourself as near to all that call upon You in truth. May we who now address you be found the heirs of this promise; suffer us not to incur the reproach of drawing near to you with the mouth and honoring you with our lips, while our hearts are far from you. Unite our hearts to fear Your name; and grant that we may worship you in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh.
We remember that we are sinners, and acknowledge the multitude and aggravations of our offences. Conscious not only of the reality, but the greatness of our guilt, we could indulge no hope, had not You exhibited Your infinite benevolence and revealed a Mediator, in whom You are reconciling the world unto Yourself, not imputing their trespass unto them.
You have not left Yourself without witness, in that You have been doing us good, and giving us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. But herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Blessed be Your name, we have all the certainty we could desire, that with You there is mercy. That mercy the publican sought and found: that mercy has never disappointed any that trusted in it; that mercy at this very moment cries to us, Ask and it shall be given you, seek and you shall find.
0 Lord, we avail ourselves of Your invitation, and plead Your promise! According to the multitude of Your tender mercies blot out our transgressions. Create in us also a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within us. O visit us with Your salvation, in the illumination of the mind, and the sanctification of the life; in all the comforts of the Holy Ghost, and in all the fruits of the Spirit. May we willingly obey all Your commands, and cheerfully submit to all Your appointments. In the annihilation of self-will, and in the temper of implicit devotedness, may we, as to every duty, say, Lord, what will You have me to do? And as to every event, here I am, do to me what seems good to You, and enable us to maintain a Christian temper and behavior in all the changing scenes of providence, that all things may work together, if not for our gratification, yet for our good.
May we disengage ourselves from the present evil world, and be received and acknowledged as the sons and daughters of the Lord Almighty. May the righteous be our attraction and delight; and though few in number, and despised by the foolish and wicked, may we go with them, because God is with them: and like Moses, may we choose rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.
By Your mercies we renew this morning the consecration of ourselves to Your service. Go forth with us into the concerns of the day. Keep us in all our ways. Uphold our goings therefore in Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over us. May we abstain from all appearance of evil; and the my God of peace sanctify us wholly: and may our whole spirit and soul and body, be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
And to God only wise, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, be ascribed all honor and praise for ever and ever. Amen —The Bible Prayer Book for Family Worship by W. W. Everts