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Almighty God, maker of all things, father of all mankind, receive my morning tribute of prayer and praise. We are Yours; and are bound to honor and serve You, as the creatures of Your hand, and as the disciples of Your blessed Son.

You alone have preserved us this day; it is through Your mercy that we have this opportunity of magnifying and praising Your holy name.

We bless You for the returning light; and if our souls have contracted aught of evil during the night-season, cleanse them, we earnestly request You, by Your Holy Spirit, and dispose them to Your service. We confess that we have sinned against You, and done much evil in Your sight; neither have we obeyed Your law with perfectness of heart.  You know, O Lord, the weakness of our nature: have compassion upon our infirmities, and for-give us all our sins, for Jesus Christ’s sake.  Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us; speak peace to Your people; and let them not turn again to folly: but send them grace, to preserve them from the power of sin.  Enable us this day to fulfill the duties of our respective callings with truth and diligence; that when we again meet together to pursue You, may our consciences not reproach us with having broken any of Your commandments.

Grant that we may this day be set forward in our Christian course; that we may be more able to resist temptation more mindful of Your presence, more desirous of Your grace.  To this end, open our eyes, that we may see the wondrous things of Your law;  give us understanding, that we may know Your testimonies; and write the words of Your Gospel in our hearts.

Bless all our honest endeavors; make us content with what Your providence shall order for us; and grant that no worldly business or pleasures may divert us from the thoughts of the life to come.  Make us duly thankful for all Your mercies, and mindful of the wants of others; tender hearted and compassionate; forgiving others, even as You. Lord, for Christ’s sake, have promised to forgive us.  May it please You to forgive my enemies, persecutors, and slanderers, and to turn their hearts.

Be merciful to all men: convert the sinful, strengthen the weak-hearted, raise up those who fall, and finally beat down Satan under our feet.

We humbly thank You, O heavenly Father, for the continuance of Your mercies; for all the good gifts which You have bestowed upon us: for our life, our senses, our worldly substance; our means and opportunities of grace.

But above all, we desire to praise You for Your blessed Son, and for the redemption which He has wrought; and we earnestly request You, for the sake of that great Mediator and Intercessor, to accept these imperfect petitions, which with conclude with the words taught us by the Lord himself.

Our Father …,

The grace of our Lord etc.

Book: Manual of Family Prayers
Compiled by: C.J. Blomfield, D.D.
Publisher: New York Protestant Episcopal Tract Society 1829
Edited by: Karrol 2016