ALMIGHTY and everlasting GOD, who governs all things in heaven and earth, we thank You for Your care and preservation of us the past night. Enable us to come before You this morning with grateful and humble hearts. We acknowledge, O Lord, that we have erred and strayed from Your ways like lost sheep. Having left the good Shepherd, we have wandered into a wilderness of sin and misery, where we are in danger of perishing every moment. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, which are continually evil. We have offended against Your holy laws, though we know Your laws are holy, just and good; and it grieves us, O Lord, when we remember how we have broken them by thought, word and deed: for we have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and have done those things which we ought not to have done, and there is no health in us. We are in our souls full of disease, and ready to perish. But do You, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable sinners. Make us to feel the misery of sin; for until we feel in ourselves the misery which our sins have already brought upon us in this world, and exposed us to in the next, we shall not be heartily desirous of Your mercy. Spare us, O Lord, though we deserve Your displeasure. May we honestly examine ourselves, and confess our faults to You. Those who confess their sins with burning with godly sorrow, You have promised to spare. Oh let not the guilt of our sins thrust us down into ever-lasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.
But, O Lord, give us the grace of true repentance; that mourning over the sins of our hearts and the sins of our hearts and lives, we may fly to the cross as the only refuge for the guilty soul.
You have mercifully spared us through another night. If You, O good God, had not upheld our lives, we should have slept to wake no more. Help us to seriously ask ourselves this morning, whether, if we had died last night, we have any reason from Your Word to conclude that we should have died happily. O how dreadful would it have been to have opened our eyes in hell, to have none around us but devils and lost souls, and have been without hope of ever being delivered from that frightful place of darkness and pain. In this state we should now be, were it not for Your great mercy. O Lord, make us more earnest than ever we have been, to save our souls. Help us to pray this morning with all our hearts, that we may receive the blessings we need. Oh what an instance of Your will it be, f we, Your poor sinful creatures are taught by Your Spirit, being brought to the knowledge of Jesus Christ, and to heaven at last, through His Name.
We thank You, blessed Lord, for the number- less favors and mercies we have received from You from time to time, both of a spiritual and temporal nature. Undeserving as we have been, yet Your goodness and mercy has followed us all our days, and we are this day living monuments of Your mercy. O Lord, be pleased to continue Your care over us, and give us grace that our ways may be made so direct that we might keep Your statutes.
You have safely brought us, O heavenly Father, to the beginning of this day: defend us, we ask You, in the same by Your mighty power, and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings may be ordered by Your Divine governance, to do always what is righteous in Your sight, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. — Short Prayers For Every Morning And Evening In The Week