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O Lord God Almighty, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we come once more to seek Your help. Another day has quickly come and passed by, and we are one stage nearer to our latter end. But You are the living God, unchangeable in truth and loving-kindness. With You is no variables nor shadow of turning. You never fail them that trust in You, and Your mercy toward them that fear You is from everlasting to everlasting.

We confess, O Lord, that our sins have risen up toward heaven as a thick cloud. By thought and word and deed we have provoked You to anger. We have grieved and vexed Your Holy Spirit by our continual back sliding. Spare us, O merciful Father, we humbly ask You, and cast us not away from Your presence. Though we be tied and bound by the chain of our sins, yet let the bountifulness of Your great mercy loose us.

We plead before You the great work of redemption which Christ has wrought on our behalf. He has died, being the just for the unjust. He has borne our sins in His own body on the tree. O look upon Him wounded and bruised for-our iniquities, and may His death answer for all our guilt. Impute not unto us the sins which we have done, but behold us with Your merciful favor for His sake.

We plead with You, O Lord, Your own faithful promises. You are God, and Your words are true, and that which You have spoken with Your mouth You will fulfill with Your hand. You have promised eternal life to those that believe in Christ. You have promised deliverance from the guilt and power of sin to all who seek Your face. • Grant us these blessings we .humbly beseech You. Give us Your grace on earth and Your glory in the world to come.

Be our refuge in the day of trouble. When trials come You only can support and comfort us. Be You are our Stronghold, our Hiding-place, and our Covert from the storm and tempest. Teach us, O Lord, to fear the judgments which You have pronounced against such as neglect Your salvation. You are faithful to Your promises: You are likewise faithful to the threatening of Your Word. O teach each one of us to flee from Your wrath and take refuge in Your mercy. If any before You are yet unsaved, lead them this night to turn unto You, and wash us every one in the fountain opened for sin and uncleanness.

O Lord Jesus, abide with us by night and by day, and amidst the changes and chances of this mortal life may we ever lean on You, who is the same yesterday, to-day, and forever. Keep us near to Yourself this night. May our last thoughts be of You. Refresh us with quiet rest, and raise us up on the morrow strengthened to serve and please You. Hear us for Your name’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 Sneed 2015