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O ALMIGHTY God, who gives to all men liberally, and does not chastise, and does not despise the meanest of Your creatures who come to You in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, hear and answer us while we come to the throne of grace through Him as the way, the truth, and the life.

You have encouraged us to ask for great things, and we desire now to do so; yet not for the things of this world—for its riches, or its honors, which might prove a curse, instead of a blessing: but we ask for the pardon of daily sin, through the blood of Jesus; for an assurance of Your favor, and peace in our souls; for an abundant outpouring of the Holy Spirit, that we may resist the temptations of the evil one, and manifest in our lives the power of Your grace. Blessed Lord, You have encouraged us to expect great things. We acknowledge that we have need of more faith and holy boldness; we have been distressed in ourselves, but not in You; our conquest over sin might have been greater, had we waited upon You more for the Spirit. Oh God, put into our hearts large desires, and satisfy the same by giving us all that we stand in need of, for the Savior’s sake.

We give You thanks, O Lord, for Your preservation of us during the past night. We might have perished by fire, or have been visited by the pestilence that walks in darkness. Oh, how great is Your goodness towards us. When we reflect how we have been kept in health and quietness, and free from the pain and misery that many have suffered this night, how greatly should we praise You! O Lord, enable us to show forth that praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives.

Now that we enter upon the last day of the week, we would pray for the spirit of self-examination, and would remember before You that this is the preparation of the Sabbath. Prepare our hearts before you. Enable us to set our house in order, and to so arrange our worldly business, that we may serve You without distraction, on Your holy day. And for as much as we do not know what a day may bring forth, Oh, teach us to live each day as though it were our last, and be ready to welcome at any time the coming of our Lord. Cut every tie which binds us to earth; overcome our attachment to the things of the world; and enable us to sit completely loose to all but You. Oh, may the roots of our affections strike deeper into the good soil, that being established and grounded in Him we may be proof against the storms of adversity, and the force of temptation. Correct, we whatever You see amiss in our tempers and dispositions. Subdue the risings of unholy passions; say to the ruffled waves, Be still; let pride and harshness give place to meekness and humility; and may the spirit of the Savior be manifest in all we say and do.

We pray for You to aid and to look upon Your ministering servants who are to stand up on the morrow to preach the gospel of Your grace. Be with them in their preparation for this great work. May the Holy Ghost so fill them with the love of Jesus, and the love of souls, that they may fully testify of the riches of redeeming grace. Feed their own souls while they prepare to feed their flocks; and cause an abundant blessing to follow their labor in the Lord.

Grant these our petitions, O Lord, for Jesus Christ’s sake, our only Savior and Redeemer; to whom, with You and the Holy Ghost, be ascribed everlasting praise and glory. 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)