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O YOU, who dwells in the highest heavens, and yet humbles Yourself to receive the prayers and praises of Your servants upon earth, we approach Your footstool this morning, in the name of Your beloved Son Jesus.

We come to confess our sin—to implore Your blessing—and to sing Your praise. We would lay the burden of our sins upon our great High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ. We adore His holy name who bore our griefs, and carried our sorrows, and made reconciliation by the blood of His cross. To the merits of His sacrifice and righteousness alone we look for pardon and salvation.

We implore Your blessing, O heavenly Father, for Christ’s sake. You know what we stand in need of. Make us, we pray, more spiritually minded. Remove from our hearts whatever exalts itself against You. Take away all self-esteem, and self-indulgence; and give to us the meek and humble spirit of the Lamb of God. Make us lowly in our own eyes—swift to condemn ourselves, and slow to judge our neighbor. Restrain all hastiness of speech, of temper, and of conduct. Give us that charity which suffers long and is kind; which bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things, which vaunted not itself, and is not puffed up.

Bestow upon us, O Lord, an abundant measure of Your Spirit, that our whole body, soul, and spirit may be brought into submission to You. Make us so perfectly conformed to Your will, that whether sickness or health, poverty or wealth, prosperity or adversity be our lot, we may say, Your will be done. Lord Jesus, be You our joy—the glory of our brightest day—the comfort of our gloomiest night. May all our happiness be drawn from You; so that no outward circumstances shall rob us of our peace.

But, O our Father, we cannot number our wants, nor our sins and infirmities. You know all, and yet knowing, do love us still. You do hate the sin, but love the sinner. O blessed Lord Jesus, in You we shelter our guilty souls, and rejoice in the blessings which, through You, we are entitled to receive. Give us largely of Your grace; that we may be enabled to forsake those sins which You do hate, and follow that holiness which You do approve. Give us the Spirit, as an earnest of our inheritance, that our souls may rejoice in the blessed foretaste of the glory that is yet to be revealed.

Be with us throughout the whole of this day. O Lord, direct, control, suggest, all we shall do, or think, or say. Keep us mindful that this is the preparation of the Sabbath. May our minds be prepared for Your service, that we may worship You without distraction on the morrow, should our lives be prolonged. And may we ever so live by faith on the Son of God, that to depart, and to be with Christ, would be to us far better than to abide in this world of sin. O our God, hear us, answer us, and bless us. Give us more than we have asked, and much more than we deserve, for Jesus Christ’s sake. 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)