O LORD and heavenly Father, we Your humble servants entirely desire Your fatherly goodness mercifully to accept us, and our offering of prayer and praise which we present to You, this morning, in the name of our adorable Savior. Like as a father pities His children, so do You pity us, O Lord. You know our frame; You remember that we are but dust. Let Your bountiful goodness speedily help and deliver us; and cause us to rejoice, while we now speak to You in prayer.
O our God and Father, we wonder at the love that gave Your Son. Make us full partakers of that love, in the enjoyment of Christ, and in the possession of the Holy Ghost. May that heavenly teacher direct, control, and sanctify our hearts; that we, being brought under His holy power, may be separated from the world to Your service, and finally enter into the joy of our Lord.
We grieve to think, O blessed Lord, how long we have lived to ourselves—how little we have done for You — how earnestly we have entered into the things of this life — and how coldly we have engaged in Your service. Quicken us, we pray You, by the Spirit. Reveal to us from Your word the coming glory of Jesus. Show us our inheritance by faith; and so make known to us what Your love has prepared for us, that we may by that sight be weaned from the world, and be entirely devoted to You. We wish to be so wholly Your, that Your glory may be the business of our daily care; that we may engage in nothing —enjoy nothing, which does not tend to Your glory. Sanctify us in body, soul, and spirit. Teach us to set our affections on things above, not on things on the earth. Give us the spirit of prayer, O Lord, that we may love to draw near to You, through Jesus, and speak to You as helpless children, to their heavenly Father.
Teach us to long for the time, most blessed Lord, when we shall be free from a body of sin and death—when we shall love You with a pure heart, fervently—when no earthly cares shall entice our hearts from You—but when, in the likeness of the Savior, we shall see You as You are, and praise You as we ought. Till then, preserve and strengthen us; and grant us such supplies of the Holy Spirit as shall give us the conquest over the flesh, with its affections and lusts. May the image of Your holiness be stamped upon our hearts more strongly, and may our lives proclaim the holy power of our God.
We beseech You, O merciful Lord, to look upon all who are afflicted in mind, body, or estate. Loose their bands who mourn in spiritual darkness or desertion. Support those who suffer under sickness and bodily pain; relieve those who are in want of the necessaries of life; and give us hearts of tenderness, that we may never spend on selfish indulgence or worldly display, what would remove the miseries of the afflicted in our. land. Give us to feel Your love towards us, and we shall not see our brother have need, and shut up our bowels of compassion from Him.
From the snares and temptations to which we may this day be exposed, we ask Your merciful protection, O Lord. Hold up our goings in Your way, that our footsteps slip not. Grant us patience for unceasing watchfulness.
Hear us, and answer us, for the sake of Him whom You lovest the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
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.