Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts! You great first cause; You author of our being; You Lord of heaven and earth! How could we have dared to speak to You, or to raise our eyes to the place where Your honor dwells, had You not opened a way of access, through the Lord Jesus Christ! He is our only Savior. Lord, we disclaim all others; and cling to His cross as the only refuge of our guilty souls.
We grieve to think of our base ingratitude towards You, who are so worthy of our best affections. We are pained to think what trifles draw our hearts from You, and how soon we return to earthly things. O God, for Your mercy’s sake, give us the victory over ourselves. We acknowledge that we are insufficient, of ourselves, to control the passions of our minds. Our hearts are easily taken from You, though we have charged them to love You; they too often rove after forbidden objects. We ask deliverance from self. O our Father, hear us; and send the Holy Ghost into our hearts, to reign and rule over every thought within. We pray for the full power of the Spirit, to the end that we may subdue self and live more decidedly to Your glory. We desire that the life which we now live, may be by the faith of the Son of God, who loved us, and gave himself for us. Enable us to crucify the flesh, with its affections and lusts. Take from us everything that interferes with our devotedness to You, and make us wholly Yours. Whom have we in heaven but You! Whom upon earth shall we desire in comparison of You! O give us freely of Your Spirit; purifying our hearts from the dross of earth, and conforming us more fully to the image of Jesus. Dispel every cloud of unbelief, and warm our hearts with the beams of Your love. Knit our affections to You in a bond that no earthly power can sever; so that we may each be enabled to say, “To me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
Give us grace that we may go forth this day as witnesses for Jesus, and testify for Him by our lives and by our lips. Give us boldness to overcome the fear of man;—to rebuke sin wherever it appears;—and to exhibit in ourselves the power of Your Spirit to subdue it. Enable us to live this day above the world; and to keep in view the prize of our high calling in Christ Jesus. May we have deeper acquaintance with our own hearts, and larger manifestations of Your love, that we may live a life of praise and devoutness to the honor of Your name. O God, who have prepared for them that love You such good things as pass man’s understanding, pour into our hearts such love toward You, that we, loving You above all things, may obtain Your promises, which exceed all that we can desire. And, O Lord Jesu Christ, who have promised to come again to Your people, teach us to love and long for the time of Your appearing, when Your will shall be done on earth as it is in heaven—when You shall bind Satan with everlasting chains, and rule the world in righteousness. May we wait for that day more than they who wait for the morning; may we all look for Your coming in power and great glory.
Now to Him that is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy—to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. 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)