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O YOU whose name is Jehovah—the self- existent God, whose creatures we are, and by whose bounty we live; it is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should worship at Your footstool from day to day. We praise You that You have permitted us to do so this morning—that You have provided a way of access to Yourself, through the Lord Jesus Christ; and that, by Him, we may expect to be supplied with whatever is needful for time and for eternity.

We know not, O Lord, what is for our good. Give us food and raiment, and make us therewith content. We know, O Lord, that we may ask for spiritual blessings without reserve. We therefore beseech You to bless us abundantly with all that our souls require. Give us a deep sense of our own unworthiness. Show us more of the corruption of our own evil hearts, that we may trust them less, and cling to You for strength to resist their unholy propensities. We confide in the blood of Jesus for the pardon of all that is past; and we implore a plentiful supply of the Holy Spirit, to shed abroad the love of Jesus in our hearts. Make us holy, O our God; make us faithful and devoted witnesses for Jesus, in the midst of an ungodly world. Help us to manifest in our lives the power of godliness;—to be living epistles, known and read of all men;— to exhibit the Spirit’s work in subduing our flesh.

Lord, we pray for greater light, and for greater enjoyment in the reading of Your holy word. We would feed upon its precious truths —love it as the record of our Father’s will— and prefer it to every other study. May we find it profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; and may we, by it, be thoroughly furnished to all good works.

Enable us to walk in wisdom toward them that are without; to show forbearance in all things; to reprove sin, in the spirit of love; and to manifest, that while we hate the sin, we are moved by kindness toward those whom we are called to rebuke. Teach us, also, to correct those faults in ourselves, which we discover in others.

Lord, increase our faith, and perfect what is lacking in it, that we may be strong in faith, giving glory to You. As we have received Christ Jesus the Lord, enable us to so walk in Him, rooted, and built up in Him, and established in the faith, as we have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. We bless You, gracious Lord, that we have heard the sound of the Gospel. O, may our advantages never turn to our greater condemnation; nor may we be found among those unprofitable servants, who knew their Master’s will, but did not do it.

Accept our thanks for the blessings of the past night; for peace, protection, and health. Keep us this day in Your faith and fear. May we walk knowing we are in Your presence, assured that there is not a thought in our hearts, that You do not know it altogether; and may we do all things to Your glory.

May the very God of peace sanctify us wholly; and we pray that our whole spirit, soul, and body, may be preserved blameless to the day of the glorious appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ. Teach us to wait for that day with our loins girt and our lamps burning brightly; so shall we ever dwell in the presence and kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom with You and the Holy Ghost be all honor and glory, now and forever. 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)