Most blessed Lord, who delights in showing mercy to those who honor Your beloved Son; we come into Your presence this morning, trusting to that complete atonement which He has made upon the cross.
You have commended Your love to us, in that You have given Your Son for our sins; and yet we have requited Your goodness by ingratitude and rebellion. O Lord, we humble ourselves before You on account of our sins. We pray to be delivered from them. We want that holiness which is happiness. We knock at the door of mercy this morning, and implore You to give us a father’s blessing. We ask You not so much for the good things of this world: we know that these cannot ease the burdened conscience, nor subdue our corruptions. But we pray for You to give us the Holy Spirit that we may resist the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil so that we would not retain one secret sin, but would mortify and resist every unholy thought and vain desire.
We pray for the mind that was in Christ Jesus. O for more of the life of God in our hearts! Lord, confirm and strengthen in us whatever You Yourself have planted; and cast out of us all things that offend against the holiness that becomes Your faithful followers.
O Lord, look in mercy upon those who are yet unconverted by the Spirit of Christ, who love the world in preference to You, and who follow its ways instead of the ways of holiness. Show them their danger and their loss. Convince them that they are in the road that leads to the ruin of their souls. Give them Your Spirit to display to them the love and beauty of the Lord Jesus; so that their affections may be withdrawn from unworthy objects, and centered upon Him. O adorable Redeemer, so manifest Your love to each of us, that we may esteem You the chief among ten thousand, and altogether lovely. May our hearts and thoughts dwell upon You all the day long.
O Lord, we would praise You for what we have so undeservedly received. Praise to You for the blessings of the past night—that You laid us down to sleep, and were raised in safety. Help us to begin this day with an increased desire to live to Your glory. We give You thanks for the measure of health You permit us to enjoy, for food and raiment, and for all the blessings of this life. But, above all, we praise You for the unspeakable gift of Your beloved Son, and for our perfect redemption by Him. O God, mercifully grant to us such a measure of Your grace, that we, running the way of Your commandments, may obtain Your gracious promises, and be made partakers of those heavenly blessings that are treasured up in Jesus.
And now, Lord, we pray for You to watch over us while we pass through the world this day. Lead us not into temptation—deliver us, if tempted. Enable us to glorify You in our several callings in life. We ask You to be ever present with us, to regulate our tempers, affections, and pursuits. Hear our prayers, O Lord, for the sake of Him in whom You are ever well pleased—the Lord Jesus Christ. 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)