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Almighty and everlasting God be pleased to dispose the hearts of Your servants to close this day with serious reflection and fervent prayer. Your name, O Lord, endures forever from one generation to another.  Your merciful kindness is ever more and more towards us. You load us daily with Your benefits and give us richly all things to enjoy.  We praise You for continuing our life, with all its comforts; for blessing us in our families, in our persons, and in our friends.  Help us to see Your hand, and Your providence, in all our concerns.  We thank You for Your fountain of eternal love.  We bless You for Jesus Christ, through whom these and all Your other mercies are promised. We adore You for having delivered Him up for our salvation. 

Truly Your ways are not as our ways, nor Your thoughts as our thoughts. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are Your ways higher than ours. O Lord our God, who is like You, that pardons iniquity and  that does not retain Your anger forever, because You delight in mercy?  Since You have promised that all things are ours, if we are Christ’s, mercifully grant that we may be made partakers of His great salvation. Justify us freely through the redemption that is in Him. Though sin has abounded in us, let Your grace abound much more.

From all evil and mischief, from sin, from the crafts and assaults of the devil, from Your wrath, and from everlasting damnation, good Lord, deliver us. Grant that Christ, the hope of glory, may be formed in our hearts and that, having this blessed hope, we may purify ourselves, even as He is pure. Show us all the things, in our hearts and lives, which are displeasing in Your sight. May we abstain from every practice, and mortify every desire, which would cause You to withdraw Your presence from us. Make us holy in thought, word, and deed; abhorring that which is evil, and cleaving to that which is good.

May we daily be established in grace and find the joy of the Lord to be our strength. As in times past You taught the hearts of Your faithful people, by sending to them the light of Your Holy Spirit, so may we, by the same Spirit, have a right judgment in all things, and evermore rejoice in His holy comfort.

May Your good providence provide us rest and protection this night. You, Lord, are our refuge, our fortress, and our merciful God, in whom we trust. May we abide safely under Your almighty shadow. Let Your truth and faithfulness be our shield and buckler. May no evil befall us, nor any plague come nigh our dwelling.

Grant, we ask You, Almighty Father, that Your goodness and mercy may follow us all the days of our life. Be our continual ruler and guide; and teach us to pass through things temporal, that we may not lose the things eternal.

With these prayers for ourselves, we offer up our earnest intercessions for our friends, relations, and neighbors, and for all our fellow-creatures. O God, the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, we humbly ask that You make Your ways known to all conditions of men and give Your saving health to all nations.

More especially, we pray for the Universal Church, that it may be so guided and governed by Your good Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life.

Finally, we commend to Your fatherly goodness all those who are in any way afflicted or distressed in mind, body, or estate; we ask You to comfort and relieve them according to their several necessities, giving them patience under their sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions.  These things we ask for Jesus Christ’s sake, in whose blessed name and words we further pray — Our Father …

From Cotterill’s Family Prayers (1832)
Heavily Revised