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O Lord God Almighty, the God of our salvation, we close this day in humble reliance upon Your mercy. You have given us this day, fresh tokens of Your favor. You have permitted us again to meet as a family to worship You. You send us Your Word to teach us in Your way. Make these means of grace helpful to our souls. May the Spirit of grace rest upon us, and write on our hearts the truth as it is in Jesus.

O Lord, we would humble ourselves before You, for our sins and backsliding; our promises and resolutions have been as the morning cloud. We have turned aside from You, and have borne but little fruit acceptable in Your sight. We have destroyed ourselves by breaking Your commandments and departing from Your ways.

But, O Lord, our help is in You alone. You would have us return to You who will heal our backsliding and love us freely. In You the sinful and the sorrowful find mercy and grace. O take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously. Turn away Your anger from us, and give us the joy of Your salvation.

Let the dew of Your Spirit lighten upon us from day to day. Deepen our contrition and increase our faith. Make us to grow in holiness and love, and in every Christian grace. Make us more steadfast in our profession of Your name, and more fruitful in Your service. Make us useful by our example to those around us, and may our prayers on behalf of others be  abundantly answered. May we cast away every idol to only worship and serve You, the only God. May we live as strangers and pilgrims on earth, waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Mercifully behold Your household, the Church, and bestow the fullness of Your Spirit on all who love You. Look upon Your flock throughout the world, and in every land multiply exceedingly the number of Your true servants. Make them pure in the faith, and holy and consistent in their walk with You.

We beseech You also to comfort this night all that are in trouble. Relieve the sick and suffering, and give them quiet rest. Bind up the broken hearted with the consolations of Your Gospel. Speak peace to the lonely and desolate. Cheer the hearts of the fainting, and assure them that You will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax. Be very close to all whom we love. Keep them from all evil, and lead them in Your way.

Finally, we bless You for all Your servants departed this life in Your faith and fear. Give us grace to follow them in all virtuous and godly living, and may we come at last to those unspeakable joys which You have prepared for them that truly  love You. Grant this and all our petitions, most merciful Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen

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Book: Before His Footstool Family Prayers for One Month
Author: Rev. George Everard, M.A.
Publisher: LONDON: William Hunt and Company 1874
Revised and Edited by: Karrol 2015