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Blessed Lord, we are gathered again before You, to ask Your blessing upon the hours of darkness, and to thank You for the mercies of the past day. Pour upon us the spirit of grace and supplication, that no wandering or irreverent thoughts may mingle with this offering of our evening sacrifice, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Take this house and every inmate of it, under Your gracious protection this night. May we lie down at peace with You, through our Lord Jesus Christ; may we rest in Your charge, who slumber not nor sleeps, and awake to be with You all the day long.

Look in mercy, O Lord, upon the earth which You have made, and upon all the sorrows and miseries of Your creatures. We would commend especially to Your Fatherly compassion all who mourn for sin; all upon whom the hand of punishment and judgment lies heavily, and who have not yet found forgiveness and cleansing in the blood and in the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Lift up the light of Your countenance upon them, O Lord, who wills not that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Bless Your Church universal, and make it the joy and the blessing of the whole earth. Grant that all who profess and call themselves Christians may walk according to the Word and the example of their Lord and Master.

O heavenly Father, make us, and all who are dear to us, true and living members of the body of Jesus Christ; that, living herein the light of Your truth, we may attain at last to the light of everlasting life, and dwell forever in Your heavenly presence, through our Lord Jesus Christ; to whom, with You and the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen!

Book: Alone with God

Author: Br. James H. Garrison

Publisher: St. Louis: Christian Publishing Company 1891