Most blessed Father and God, whom to know is life eternal, and whom to serve is perfect freedom, give us the light of the knowledge of Your glory, in the face of Jesus Christ; and help us now, through Him, to offer to You a spiritual sacrifice.
Your mercies are new every day; great is Your faithfulness. You have again preserved us in safety during the night, and do allow us to worship You this morning in peace. For all the blessings of this life, accept our thanksgivings. You fill our hearts with food and gladness—You protect us as with a shield. But, O our God, renew the supplies of the* Holy Spirit, to furnish our lamps with oil for the day, that we may shine as lights in the world. We cannot live this day upon the strength of yesterday. Give us a fresh and increased supply, that we may be more holy and devoted in Your service.
We would go forth in Your strength this day. Display before us the unseen realities of Your eternal kingdom, that we may rise above the things of time and sense. O Lord, we grieve to think how much the world still prevails to draw our hearts from You.
Crucify us to the world, and the world to us. May we be dead to its enjoyments, and find no pleasure in anything on earth, except as it leads us to You, or is connected with Your service. Make us truly citizens of a heavenly city—strangers here, in the land of our pilgrimage. May we often dwell upon the glory that is to be brought to us, at the revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ. May our hearts have no place for the trifling concerns of this passing scene.
Grant to Your faithful people, O Lord, the enjoyment of all Your spiritual gifts. Your Church is the temple of the Holy Ghost. Be You seen in the midst of her; and may each member of Your body here on earth be an epistle of the Spirit, read and known of all men. O separate us from the world, and let us shine as a city set upon a hill.
Strengthen the hands of those who labor in Your word and doctrine. May the truths of Your revealed word be taught them from above, that they may teach others. Lead us into all Your truth, O Lord;, and sanctify us by the same.
We praise You, O our God, for the blessings of Your providence and Your grace; for freedom from merited sufferings, and for the hope of eternal glory, through Jesus. We praise You for a crucified, risen, and ascended Savior. Bestow Your gifts on us, O merciful Lord, and endue us with power from on high. Give faith to those who have it not; increase that faith to those who possess it. May our lives proclaim Your praise; and may we ever rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
Blessed Lord, You only know what trials and temptations may befall us this day. Keep us by Your almighty power: preserve us from temptations if it be Your will; deliver us if tempted. Enable us to keep in mind the hope of our calling; and neither to say nor to do what may be inconsistent with our profession. We would live this day, as though it were our last; strengthen us so to do. Let the power of the Spirit be felt by us, subduing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and bringing every thought, and word, and action, into captivity to You.
Father of mercies, hear our prayer, and let our cry come to You. Be You our very present help this day, and in every time of need, for the sake of Your beloved Son, our 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.
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)