O You great and glorious God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, permit us to meet You as a family who desires to honor You at all times, and on all occasions. Oh, make our worship to be no mere formality, but while before You may our thoughts be withdrawn from the necessary duties and engagements of life, and centered on Yourself. We feel it to be a great privilege to be permitted to come near You at any time, and we desire to acknowledge ourselves before You as poor, lost, undone sinners, unworthy of the least of Your mercies.
But, O God, we praise You for Your love to us, in covenanting with Your Son to be our ransom and our substitute, and to be “made sin for us.” You have said (oh, may we believe it!) that You have “laid upon Him the iniquities of us all,” that “He has borne our sins in His own body on the tree.”
Oh, may we be enabled in some degree to understand and to believe in this, Your great compassion for us, in so reconciling sinners to Yourself. We confess how utterly unworthy we are of such condescending love, and we would not mistrust You, but receive with humble gratitude such a wonderful and rich provision for our eternal safety. Oh, let us then, by Your infinite sovereign grace, lay our sins on Jesus, and utterly renounce anything and everything for our pardon and acceptance, but His all-complete, all-sufficient work. May it please You, O our Father, to enable us to lay ourselves out for Your glory. Let us not seek “our own, but the things which are Jesus Christ’s.” Let us not desire our own personal benefit so much, as that which shall redound to Your glory. Lord, assist us mercifully with Your Holy Spirit, to lead lives of true holiness, resisting the temptations incidental to every position of life, and enable us to watch with all perseverance, “praying always,” whether in prosperity or in adversity, and adorning the doctrine of God our Savior in all things. We commend to Your care and guidance all our relations and friends, especially any who are, from any cause, in perplexity or affliction, Oh, send them help and comfort according to their need. We ask You to bless our beloved country, to make us to be a Sabbath-keeping nation, and a people that fear the Lord always, and keeps the truth. Oh, may we esteem Your holy Word our greatest treasure, and be guided by it in all our words and works. Fill our hearts with a longing desire for the appearing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; and grant that when our day on earth is ended, we may enter Your prepared mansions, to be united with those who have gone before, and to be “ forever with the Lord.” Hear our earthly cries in heaven, Your dwelling-place, and when You hear, forgive! O Lord, hearken, and do according to all that Your servants have called to You for, through Jesus Christ our blessed Redeemer and Advocate. Amen.
Our Father, etc.
Daily Incense A Course Of Family Prayer For Four Weeks
Contributed By Various Friends Expressly For This Volume.
London: James Nisbet & Co., 21 Berners Street.
Edited by Karrol 2016