O God, whose name alone is Jehovah! who is the Most High over all the earth! Who is a God like You, glorious in holiness, doing wonders? Who, by searching, can find out God? Who can find out the Almighty perfection? Ο Lord! there is none great but You! Who shall number the ages of Your eternity; or describe the brightness of Your glory; or define the limits of Your power; or enumerate the treasures of Your goodness; or fathom the depths of Your wisdom; or estimate the riches of Your grace? Such knowledge is too wonderful for us! With profound veneration we would adore the Being we cannot comprehend. From You, who lives forever and ever, we, who are but of yesterday, would ask protection and guidance. We would rejoice that Your power is constantly directed by unerring wisdom, and exerted in effecting the purposes of Your boundless love. We, this moment, stand the monuments of Your sustaining care; for we have again been raised from the insensibility of sleep, to a conscious existence. We are before You now, to render our thanksgivings as the disciples of Jesus Christ. To You our spirits ascends in the prayer of faith. Heavenly Father! we acknowledge with gratitude the daily bounties of Your providence; our temporal favors; our spiritual privileges; our private mercies, and the share we have had in public blessings.
O Lord, may we show our thankfulness in our strict compliance with all Your laws. We pray for steadfastness in our religious purposes, and deprecate that transient goodness, which is compared to the morning cloud and the early dew. Cleaving to You and holding fast that which is good, may we endure unto the end. Increase, O God, our delight in Your law, and direct our examination of the sacred Scriptures. With just solicitude may we ask for the right paths. Excite our diligence in reading, meditation, and prayer. Preserve us from following a multitude to do evil; arm us against the influence of corrupt society; may our choice of companions fall upon such as fear You and keep Your commandments; fortify us against the enticements of dinners; and prevent our entering the path of the wicked. May we be content with that portion of good things allotted us, trusting Your fatherly care to fulfill our reasonable hopes, and supply our necessary wants.
We invoke Your influence to beget within us a strong and practical faith in Jesus Christ May we meditate upon Your purposes in giving a Savior to the world, till our hearts are warmed with true devotion. Ο God! we pray for more religious zeal, for more active piety, more Christian charity, and more divine light Grant to each of us greater fidelity in our several stations; and while on earth, may we work the works of You, our God, who placed us here. May our expectations, relative to future, influence every thought, wish, and pursuit May we consider ourselves as stewards, and remember the account we are to render of our talents. And Ο may it be our happy lot in the day of inquiry and sentence, to hear the approving words, Well done, good and faithful servants.
May the ministers of the Gospel experience in themselves those renovating influences of religion which they preach to others. By them, may the hungry receive the bread that came down from heaven, and the thirsty receive the pure waters of life; by them may the stranger be taken into our great Shepherd’s fold; and the prisoner be visited by the liberty in which Christ makes His people free.
Everlasting Father, most holy and merciful! Your children look to You for the protection of life in this world, and for its happy continuance in the next. It is our first and earnest desire, to perform all our duties, under a deep sense of the importance of religion, leaving our interests to Your disposal.
And now will the God of peace sanctify us wholly, and preserve us blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and present us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy. To the only wise God, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. – A Family Prayer Book by Charles Brooks