O God of the families of Israel, and the hope of all the ends of the earth, behold with compassion Your weak and sinful creatures, waiting for Your blessing at the throne of grace. Let my prayer now be made to You in an acceptable time and manner, in which You may be found. Hear me, O Lord, for Your loving-kindness is great. Turn to me, in the multitude of Your tender mercies, and draw near to the souls which You have redeemed.
I do not present My supplications from my righteousness; for I am before You in the midst of trespasses and sins; and cannot stand in Your sight because of them. But we bow the knee before You, in the name of Him whom You Yourself has made, the Lord my righteousness. Through Him I ask You to show me Your mercy, and to grant me Your salvation. Pass by my innumerable transgressions, as though You had not seen them. Remember me with the favor which You bear to Your people, and visit me with Your salvation; that I may see the good of Your chosen people, and rejoice in the gladness of Your people, and give thanks with Your inheritance.
May I now go forth to the discharge of my several duties with Your love shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Ghost. Enable me to feel its constraining influence in all my ways; and to show forth Your praises, who calls me out of darkness into marvelous light. Teach me to faithfully improve my various talents, and to continually be occupied with them untill You come.
Preserve me from being led away with the error of the wicked. Keep me that I may not fall from my steadfastness, nor make a shipwreck of faith and a good conscience. May I be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and in every temptation, hold fast my integrity. Dispose me day by day, to give all diligence, to add to my faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge, and to knowledge temperance, and to temperance brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness charity. Grant that these, and all other heavenly dispositions, may be in me, and abound. O Lord, may I never be neither idle nor unfruitful in the knowledge of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Bless me in that state of life in which Your good providence has placed me.
I am troubled, O Lord, about many things; and disquiet myself in vain. Give me faith to cast all my cares upon You, who cares for me. Believing that You, who has not spared Your only Son, but has delivered Him up for me, will with Him also freely give me all things.
Prepare me for the various changes of this mortal life; and lead me, in every visitation, to see Your hand, and submit to Your will.
Teach me in whatever state I am in to be content. May I know how to be abased, and how to abound; everywhere, and in all things. Instruct me both to be full, and to be hungry; both to abound, and to suffer need; and in all the ways of Your good providence to praise and magnify Your Holy Name.
Have pity, O God of mercy, on the whole world. Extend Your compassion’s on every side. Bring near to You, by the blood of the cross, those who are now afar off. Regard all sorts and conditions of men. Preserve those who are rich in this world’s goods, that they do not trust in uncertain riches, but in You the living God. Keep their hearts true and may they not make themselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness.
Grant that the poor of this world may be rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which You have promised to them that love You. Save and defend all the faithful in Christ Jesus. Holy Father, keep through Your own Name those whom You have given Him; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Him, and He in You; that they also may be one, even as you are one.
Comfort the afflicted; succor the tempted; strengthen the weak; instruct the ignorant; and reclaim the wandering.
Lastly, I ask You to give to my dear friends and to all others for whom I wish more especially to pray, that godliness which is profitable to all things; having the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. These mercies, for them, for me, and for all mankind, I humbly beg in the name, and through the mediation, of Jesus Christ, my most blessed Lord and Savior.
Our Father …. The peace of God ….
Book: Christian’s Daily Companion
SELECTED FROM THE PRAYERS OF BISHOPS WILSON AND ANDREWS TO WHICH IS ADDED A COMPILATION FROM PALMER’S AND COTTERILL’S FORMULARIES.
PUBLISHED BY ELIJAH WEEMS, FOR GABRIEL NOURSE
Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2014