INFINITE Father, before engaging in our daily duties and daily cares, we would desire to commune with our own souls, and with You. In this morning quiet let us hear Your voice in our listening hearts. We remember that Your Beloved Son, the sinless and perfect one, went into a mountain, apart from men, for prayer and communion with You. How infinite the need of such meditation and prayer for Your faltering and sinful children! God, You have promised to draw near to those who draw near to You. O God reveal Your truth, and manifest Your love to the sincere and single heart of Your child here before You. Help us to gain that singleness of heart which will prepare us to receive great a blessing We need Your Spirit to enable us to pray aright, and truly fix our thoughts on You. O, hear our earnest cries for the grace to make our souls meet to become Your temple, and Your dwelling-place.

O God, our vain self-defense for our frailties and sins are gone when we come into Your presence, our excuses die upon our tongues. We cannot speak them to Your ear. We can only speak with the confession of the publican, and plead for mercy. And yet, O Father, though these meditations before You, prostrate us in humility, may we come to You in lowly joy. Set all our sins in order before us in the light of Your countenance. May we be strangers to all the world, rather than strangers to our own hearts. Rend away every disguise of selfishness and sin, and let us see what unworthy guests we have permitted to enter into our secret breasts, that we may drive them all away through Your assisting grace.

And then, O God, crown all Your mercies by sending angels to minister to us forevermore. May we long after You as the hart pants after the water-brooks. May we lay up within our souls an unfading treasure of holy affections and heavenly aspirations, which shall be the earnest and the foretaste of that life which is eternal. Grant us thus to find our strength and our rest in You, and then take us to thyself, in that forgiving love made known by Jesus, our Redeemer. Amen,

Book: The Alter at Home 2nd Series 8th Edition
Author: American Unitarian Association
Publisher: BOSTON: Walker, Wise, and Company 1891
Revised and Edited by: Karrol 2015