O LORD, who is always more ready to hear than we are to pray, and are wont to give more than either we desire or deserve, look in compassion upon us, assembled this morning in the name of Jesus at Your throne of grace. We come under a sense of want and infirmity to You the giver of every good and perfect gift. You, O Lord, have proved Your willingness to give us all we need, by having sent Your well beloved Son to seek and to save that which was lost. O for hearts to praise You for all the riches of redeeming love.
But, O heavenly Father, we cannot enter into the comprehension of Your love, nor enjoy the pleasure of fellowship with You and with Your Son, unless You do give us the Holy Spirit. We pray to receive this gift in all its fullness. Take from us whatever hinders the full enjoyment of that heavenly gift. Empty us of all prejudice against whatever Your truth may teach. Grant us to see Your will, and give us grace to follow it. Root out of our hearts all pride and selfishness. Make us teachable as babes, waiting upon You to know Your will. O our Father, instruct us by the Spirit. Lead us into all truth. You have declared Your willingness to grant whatever we ask in Your Son’s name. We plead Your promises. We ask You to do as You have said. We beseech You to make us whatever You would have us to be. Remove whatever we possess, or wish to retain, which is inconsistent with Your word: and supply what is deficient, however opposed to our carnal will or fleshly reason.
Make us Your children after Your own will, O Lord. Enable us to crucify the flesh, with its affections and lusts; to practice self-denial; to combat the love of ease and self-indulgence; and to endure hardness as good soldiers of Jesus Christ. Make it the object of our daily care, to live the life of faith upon earth, and to be separate from the world; and may we prove ourselves to be the followers of the rejected Jesus. Grant us so to maintain the enjoyment of a spiritual life, that we may desire and even long for our heavenly home.
O our Father, we would glorify You in our daily walk. We would spend, and be spent in Your service. Teach us to welcome shame, or death itself, so that Your name be magnified, and sinners be converted to You. Oh, make us feel more deeply Your exceeding great love in our Lord Jesus, and we shall abound in the fruits of gratitude. Impress upon us also the value of time, and enable us to redeem it from all vain occupations, and to employ it in Your happy service. Oh, how many precious hours, and days, and months, and years, have we wasted upon vain and unprofitable pursuits! Enter not into judgment with Your servants, O Lord; but give us the will, and the strength, to devote what remains of our lives to Him who lived and died for us.
O Lord, be merciful to us, according to Your word; for in Your favor is life; yea, Your loving-kindness is better than life itself. Make Your face to shine upon Your servants; so shall we praise You with joyful lips. We would now laud and magnify Your holy name; but when we see You as You are, we shall praise You as we ought.
Answer these our petitions, O Lord, and accept these our poor unworthy praises, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom, with You and the Holy Ghost, be ascribed all might, majesty, and dominion, for ever 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)