O merciful God, our Creator and our Benefactor, our Father in Christ Jesus, we come to You this morning to thank and praise You for all Your mercies. We thank You for the proofs of Your goodness which day by day we receive at Your hands. You have given us all things richly to enjoy. You have given to us home and friends, food and raiment, and You have preserved us in life and health. For all this we would adore and praise Your Holy Name.
But we would bless You most of all for Your inestimable love in the redemption of the world. You have given Your Son Jesus Christ to be a sacrifice for our sins. Through Your infinite mercy You have promised that whosoever believes on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. Teach us thankfully to accept the offer of Your Salvation. Fill us with unfeigned gratitude, and teach us to praise You both with our lips and in our lives.
O God of love, circumcise our hearts that we may love You as we ought. You are worthy that we should love You far above all else. But we are carnal, and our affections cling too much to the things of the world. O send us Your Holy Spirit to break the chains which bind us so closely to earth, and draw us nearer to Yourself. Shed abroad Your love in our hearts that we may desire Your presence above all things. Kindle within each of us the heavenly flame, and may it bum ever more and more brightly.
Most gracious Father, we pray for You to teach us to love one another with a pure heart fervently. May we show to the world around that we are indeed the children of a God of love. You have taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing. Without this, all our words and works are but as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. Breathe into our souls this heaven-born grace of charity. Take from us all envy and malice and unkind suspicion. Help us to put away all heart burning s, and evil speakings against one another. May we judge hopefully of the actions and motives of others. Make us gentle and forbearing towards those who wrong us, or wound us by cross and angry words.
We pray O Father, for You to pour down Your Spirit upon Your whole Church, weakened and distracted by manifold evils. Preserve among us the purity of the faith. Raise up a standard for Your truth. May Your Word ever be the light to guide and direct us, and may Christ alone be the resting-place of every heart. Deliver us from all bitterness and hatred, and whatsoever may hinder our godly union and concord. Hear us, O God, and preserve us evermore by Your help and goodness, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Our Father, etc.
Book: Before His Footstool Family Prayers for One Month
Author: Rev. George Everard, M.A.
Publisher: LONDON: William Hunt and Company 1874
Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2015