O LORD God, our Creator, and Preserver, who has brought us into being, and sustained us to this moment, we praise You for the many blessings of this life, the least of which we have not deserved. But above all, would we adore You for the manifestation, of Your love to a guilty world, in the gift of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
We come before You, O God, to receive those spiritual gifts, which Your love has provided, and which are treasured up in Jesus. We would hunger and thirst after righteousness: feed us, this morning, with the bread of life; satisfy our thirst by Your life-giving Spirit; and in the strength of this heavenly portion, will we go forth on our journey this day.
Blessed Lord, You know that this world can afford no abiding comfort. We travel through a wilderness, and yet we are too often contented here, as though this were our place of rest. Lord, suffer us not so to be. Oh, may no earthly things tempt our hearts from You; may we be weaned from this world; may our affections be set on the things above, where Christ sits at Your right hand.
O our God, give us the Almighty Spirit to sustain us in this painful warfare, and to keep eternal things in constant view before our minds. We would adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things. We would realize the power of the Holy Ghost in subduing sin, conquering our unruly and unholy tempers, and producing within us the meekness and gentleness of Christ. Grant us that chastened temper, which ever yields to the influence of love, and displays itself in the spirit of love, in all we do or say. We ask not for worldly things, O Lord. Feed us with food convenient for us; be You our portion, and we shall be satisfied.
We ask You, Lord, to give us a greater knowledge of ourselves. Our hearts are deceitful, as well as desperately wicked. Leave us not in doubt or ignorance as to our real state in Your sight. May we never think too highly of ourselves, nor yet be deceived with a name to live, without enjoying the power of true godliness. Oh, work in each of us that needful change of heart, which will make us meet for the inheritance of the saints in light. May we all be born again of the Spirit; and may we be made partakers of the divine nature.
Enable us, O Lord, to make full proof of Your promised presence. Teach us to walk after the example of Jesus; to live as strangers and pilgrims upon earth; to deny ourselves in earthly things, that we may have to give to those who are in need. Give us tender consciences—awake to every danger that might disturb the peace of our souls. Manifest Your glory to us, that being dead to this world, we may live upon the enjoyment of the hidden life of Jesus, and the assured hope of eternal life through His name. May our hearts never rest in earthly things, but be with our treasure in heaven; and may our conversation be such as becomes the gospel of Christ.
Preserve us this day, we beseech You, from the evils of the world through which we pass. May we walk as separate from its vanities and pursuits and choose rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. Keep us mindful that this day is the preparation of the Sabbath, so that no worldly care or business may be allowed to interfere with the day of sacred rest. Hear us, answer us, and bless us, for the sake of Him through whom You can receive us with acceptance, the Lord Jesus Christ. 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)