O EVER-BLESSED Savior, who is able to save all them to the uttermost that come to God by You, we draw near to the throne of grace in Your all-prevailing name.
O God, we acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, which we from time to time most grievously have committed by thought, word, and deed, against Your divine majesty; provoking most justly Your wrath and indignation against us. We most earnestly repent, and are heartily sorry for our misdoings. We grieve that we have not loved You with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind. Our worship of You has been marked by infirmity; and pollution has cleaved to our holiest acts of devotion. We would fly to the cleansing fountain of the Redeemer’s blood, to be washed from the sins of this day. We would lay hold upon his strength, renouncing all self-dependence, and thus receive that blessing from You which You are ready to bestow. We would rejoice that the whole burden of our sin has been laid upon Jesus, who was made a sin-offering for us. We would look to Him as our advocate, mediator, and atoning priest,—so shall our conscience be eased of the burden of sin, and we shall lie down in peace, in the assured hope of acceptance with You.
We beseech You, O Lord, to pour upon us the Holy Spirit, and so give effect to Your word which we have this day heard. In vain shall we have received it, unless You follow it with Your blessing; but Lord we ask You to so prepare our hearts that the seed sown may be nourished, and bring forth abundantly the fruits of righteousness. Lord, we pray for Your Spirit.
You have said, “ Whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely.” Oh! teach us to thirst for the largest supplies of Your heavenly grace. May Your glory be revealed to us, and our hearts rejoice in the possession of Your love. Keep us ever near to You; enable us to walk in the light of Your countenance. Take us into a more close and happy union with Yourself, and nourish our souls with the bread of life, from day to day.
O Lord, we would remember before You those Ministers, Teachers, Laymen and Others who have been engaged this day in the ministry of Your holy word. Strengthen them with the food which they have dispensed to others; and enable them to exhibit an example of those precepts which they have taught in Your name. Grant that the petitions which have been offered this day, may be abundantly answered to the glory of Your Name, and to the good of our souls.
And now, Lord, we commend ourselves to Your care and keeping. Watch over us during the day. Preserve us from all dangers both of body and soul and enable us to show that we are not forgetful hearers of Your word.
Hear these our prayers, for the sake of Him, through whom alone we can expect an answer—the Lord Jesus Christ; to whom, with You and the Holy Ghost, be ascribed, as is most justly due, everlasting praise and glory. Amen.
Book: Daily Prayers for Family Worship in a Course of Four Weeks
Author: Rev. William Dalton, B.D.
Publisher: London: Hamilton, Adams, and Co. Paternoster Row, Wolverhammpton: Simpson and Steen (1861)