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Most gracious God, whom angels worship with unwearied service, how greatly should we adore You for all Your manifold mercies, especially for the gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Thanks be to You, O Lord, for this Your unspeakable gift. May all that is within us bless and praise Your holy name.

O merciful Father, who has manifested Your love to a guilty world, and who has proved Your willingness to receive those who have rebelled against You, be gracious to us who now return to You in faith and penitence. We come to You in our Savior’s great and prevailing name. We make mention of His righteousness, and that only. We make full confession of our guilt. We stand condemned—yea, self-condemned, by reason of sin. We have nothing to plead, but Your love and mercy through Jesus. Hear us, we beseech You, while in this, Your own appointed way, we now draw near to You.

You have preserved us through another night, and You have brought us to see another day—a day to be employed in Your service. But, O Lord, we cannot live for You, unless You live in us. Our flesh cleaves to the earth. We are by nature carnal; and the things of the world too often seduce our hearts, while the things of Your eternal glory are too often forgotten.

Under the consciousness of our weakness, we cry to You for the mighty power of the Spirit; enable us to crucify the flesh, with its affections and lusts; and raise us to the enjoyment of spiritual things. Give us an abiding view of Your glory, O Lord. May Your Holy Spirit reveal it to our hearts—may He manifest to us the exceeding great love of Jesus, that we may be constrained to make a more entire surrender of ourselves to You. Lord, You are worthy of more than we can give; but give us hearts to rejoice in consecrating ourselves—body, soul, and spirit, to Your service. Oh, that we could love You more and serve You better! So would our joy be increased; and so wouldst You honor us, as instruments of usefulness to others.

We come to You now, O Lord, to seek strength for the wants of the day. We can do much for You, if You give us willing minds. We would redeem the time from worldly pursuits, to be employed for You. Grant O Lord, we implore You, that we may this day manifest the power of godliness, and bear witness for You, by the testimony of our lips and of our lives.

Enable us so to see the prize of our high calling in Christ Jesus, that we may count all things but loss for His sake, and be willing to forsake all, to take up our cross and follow Him. May we glory in the cross, and count it all joy, if, for the sake of Jesus, we fall into divers tribulations. Lord, we would live as strangers and pilgrims on the earth; we pray You to enable us to deny ourselves all carnal indulgence which wars against the mind of the Spirit. Let us not desire to imitate the practice of a world that is at enmity with You; but may we rather study to be conformed to the image of the Savior’s holiness.

We prostrate our souls before the throne, and worship You, O Lord, saying, Amen, blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be to You, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, 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)