Almighty God, we bless You for the rest of another night, and that we awake this day in life, and in so much health and enjoyment. We beseech You to shine upon us and teach us how to spend the coming day. May all we do be done honestly and faithfully. Preserve and deepen our trust in You and Your providence. Increase our confidence in Your love, wisdom, and justice; so that we may not live without God in the world.
Whatsoever our hands find to do may we do it with our might. May we begin our labor modestly and continue it in self-forgetfulness. Deliver us from all weakness, and fearfulness from want of purpose or misgiving. Grant us simplicity and earnestness in our ways; and whether we succeed in our purposes or fail, may we be upright in heart before You. Preserve us this day from all sloth and idleness, and from the misuse of what You have entrusted to our care; and forasmuch as the business of this life is apt to steal our hearts from You, give us grace to remember that we have a Master in heaven, and to live as seeing Him who is invisible.
In our temptations guard us, and in all difficulty uphold us. You have taught us not to think of ourselves only, but also of the wants of others, and we remember before You all who are burdened and oppressed; those whose hopes have been crushed, and whose purposes are overthrown. We remember all who are afflicted by poverty, or worn down by illness; the weary and heavy laden; those who are enduring wrong, or suffering for righteousness’ sake; those also who are in darkness, or despair. And we commend unto You, O You Father of our spirits, those who are about to depart this life, beseeching You to grant unto them the spirit of tranquility and trustfulness. May they put their hope in You; and, having passed through the valley of the shadow of death, may they enter into the rest that remains for the people of God.
Help us, O God, to spend this day, as if it were our last on earth, in willing obedience to Your Holy ‘Will and when the end of our earthly pilgrimage shall have been reached, receive us all into our heavenly home, through riches of grace in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen!
Book: Alone with God
Author: Br. James H. Garrison
Publisher: St. Louis: Christian Publishing Company 1891