Holy Father, I bless You for the refreshment of the past night, and for the cheering light of another morning. Still more I praise You for the rest and happiness You gave to my soul in the consciousness of Your continued presence, and in the light of Your countenance. You, who watched over my body while I slept, watch over my spirit, I ask You, now that I am awake to be with me in all my labors and occupations, my joys and sorrows. Do not remember my transgressions, O Lord; but in Your fatherly goodness, help me this day to keep in the straightway which You have set before me. May I do nothing which Your voice within me tells me is wrong; may I omit nothing which that voice tells me I ought to do. May I not be too anxious for a happy earthly lot; but may I never doubt that all things will work together for good to those who strive to keep Your commandments. Increase and purify my love for my fellow- men, not only those of my own home and acquaintance, but also all my brethren of mankind. Put away from me all selfishness, and every feeling of unkindness, and may I not neglect the opportunity which You offer to all, of becoming, at least in some lowly way, the instruments of Your goodness to others. Our Father, etc.
Book: Closet Prayers Original and Compiled from the Writings of Eminent and Holy Men of Various Churches
Author and Compiler: Thomas Sadler, P.H.D.
Publisher: Williams and Norgate (1885)
Edited by: Karrol (2016)