O LORD, our heavenly Father, Almighty and Everlasting God, who has safely brought us to the beginning of this day, look with pity on those here assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus, to worship at Your throne of grace.
You have mercifully answered the prayers which we offered up on the last evening:— You have preserved us from the perils and dangers of the night, and we are here to thank You for Your mercy. But, gracious Lord, we need a continual supply of that mercy, from day to day. We cannot walk this day, in the strength of yesterday. We are dependent on You for everything; make us content to be so, that You may have all the glory. Hear us now, for the sake of Jesus, while we renew our petitions, and make our requests known to You.
Blessed Lord, You have promised to supply all our necessities both for our bodies, and for our souls. We ask You, then, as regards the things of this life, to give us what is required to preserve our bodies in health for Your service. We ask not for anything to gratify the desires of our fallen nature. Give us food and raiment, as You see fit; and teach us to be therewith content. We beseech You more especially to quicken and satisfy our souls. Oh, that we hungered less for the meat that perishes, and more for that which endures to everlasting life! Give that hungering and thirsting after righteousness to those amongst us, who may not have it; and satisfy the desires of those within whom You have already created it. May we feed on the bread of life. Blessed Lord, give us a large supply, that we may love and praise You.
O ever gracious Savior, we ask You to come and take possession of our hearts. Cause us to feel the power of Your love. We would be crucified with You, to all the things of time and sense. We would enter into the valley of humiliation with You. We would have our will so subject to Yours, as to lose all will of our own, that You alone may be glorified. We would mortify self, that You alone may live within us. We would live to Your glory, and cut off every indulgence which interferes with our enjoyment of Your presence.
And You, O Holy Ghost the Comforter, whose office it is to create these desires within us, fill us with Your mighty power, and strengthen us to accomplish what You teach us to approve. Be in us a Spirit of holiness—a Spirit of humility—a Spirit of boldness in the cause of Christ
O Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, accept our grateful but imperfect thanksgiving for all Your inestimable benefits. Teach us, we pray, to love that holy word which reveals Your truth to us. Give us the Spirit to see its hidden treasures, that we may read it, not by constraint, but with the joy of those whose souls are enriched by its store. And cause, O Lord, we pray, that it may be known and valued through the dark places of our land. Have mercy on those who would interfere to check the progress of Your word. Give them to see the danger of fighting against God; and reveal to them the knowledge of that truth, which will turn their enmity into zeal for Your glory.
Now to You, the Almighty God, who are able to keep us from falling, with the adorable Redeemer, and the ever blessed Spirit, three persons in one God, be ascribed everlasting praise, by us on earth, as by all in heaven. 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)