Almighty Father, who has given Your only begotten Son to be to us a sacrifice for sin, an example of meek and patient suffering, and a mirror of righteousness and true holiness of life ; give us grace that we may receive His inestimable benefit with all thankfulness of heart. May we also daily endeavor to follow the blessed steps of His most holy life, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen – Rev. Hook
O God, who has commanded that no man should be idle, but that we should all work with our hands doing the thing that is good Graciously look upon Your servants now going forth to do their duty in that station of life unto which You have been pleased to call them. May Your blessing be upon us and upon our labors, upon our substance, and upon all that belongs to us. Enable us to resist the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil; to follow the motions of Your good Spirit; to be serious and holy in our lives, true and just in our dealings; watchful over our thoughts, words, and actions; diligent in our business, and temperate in all things. Give us grace, that we may honestly improve all the talents You have committed to our trust; and that no worldly business and no worldly pleasures, may ever divert us from the thoughts of the life to come. We ask You to grant these petitions through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen – Family Prayer by Rev. Hook
O GOD, my God who is the source of every blessing, the giver of every good and perfect gift, grant us the aid of Your Holy Spirit, that we may be sanctified, and made the recipients of rich love and indwelling peace. We need Your forgiveness, and would seek Your favor. Trusting in Your free and boundless grace, we most earnestly desire that God wouldst take up Your abode in our hearts. Make us wholly Your. Without You we are nothing, and can do nothing. But in our weakness and poverty of soul God hast promised to hear our cry. Keep us from sin. We need You. We seek You. Come now, O God, in Your infinite mercy, and bless us, Your offending children. Spare us, good
Lord. Stir our souls to greater diligence, and quicken within us more devout aspiration. May our consciences be pierced with the arrow of contrition, so that, through the conviction of past sins and the spiritual renewal of faith, we may be born anew in Christ Jesus. By the constant renewing of our minds, may we walk with him in the regeneration, and grow daily into the knowledge and love of You, and obedience to Your commandments. We pray for the members of this household, and may each give to You the heart’s sincere and lowly service. Grant that there may be in each of our souls a true Bethel, from which shall arise the lowly incense of pure devotion, and may the offering thus holy and acceptable in Your sight bring to Your children the angel ministries of purity and peace.
We plead with You for a more sanctified life. Lift us up out of sin and folly. May we feel Your presence, and see Your smile, and through a personal experience taste of the richness and know the joys of true piety. God will dwell near Your lowly children: may we welcome You to our hearts, so that we may know the height and depth, the length and breadth, of the love of You. May we daily grow into a knowledge of Your goodness, live more devoted to Your service, and more singly to Your glory. And Your shall be the praise, through Christ 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
If you are a regular reader I would ask your continuous prayers to be with me as I prepare a book of prayers to be published sometime in the future. I am also working on the sister site Jesus Teach us, please keep me in your prayers as I strive to write these studies.
Glory be to You O God, glory be to You, Creator of light and Enlightener of the world.
We kneel before You to bless and praise Your Holy Name for all the mercies bestowed upon us; for Your goodness in preserving us during the night past, and for bringing us in safety to the beginning of a new day.
As, on this morning, You brought again, from the dead, the Holy and the Just Jesus Christ our Lord. Heavenly Father by His Resurrection raise us up unto newness of life.
0 Lord, we acknowledge that we are not worthy to come into Your presence, nor to lift up our eyes towards the throne of Your mercy-seat. Our sins and transgressions are many, and many of them have been often repeated; the corruption of our hearts and the sinfulness of our thoughts are perfectly known to You; and the punishment due unto our sins is greater than we are able to bear.
O Lord, if You should deal with us as we have deserved, how justly might You deprive us of all those means of grace, and opportunities of working out our salvation, which You have previously granted us!
But, O merciful Father, You have declared Yourself to be a God merciful and gracious, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin. Our only hope, therefore, is in Your tender mercies, which have been of old; in that pity and compassion which You have shown to mankind, in the redemption of the world by the death of Your Dear Son.
For Your Name’s sake, O Lord, and for Your Beloved Son’s sake, pardon, we most humbly beseech You, all our past sins and shortcomings. O, replenish our souls with the graces of Your Holy Spirit, that we may become vigorous and active in Your service, and fruitful in every good work.
We implore You also to look with compassion on the nation to which we belong; pardon our great and crying sins, and avert from us the evils which we have most justly deserved; forgive our manifold abuses of the great privileges You have conferred upon us; put a stop to all profaneness, irreligion, and impiety, to all our unhappy strife’s and animosities; and let truth and righteousness, brotherly love and charity, flourish and increase among us.
Be gracious to Your Holy Church, and especially to that branch of it which You have planted in this land; heal the breaches and divisions of it; bring back to the fold of Christ those who have erred and strayed from You; and grant that all who confess Your Holy Name may agree in the truth of Your Holy Word, and live in unity and Godly concord.
Bless our President, His Cabinet, and all the elected officials of this nation. Grant that they may all study to serve You, and to discharge the duties of their several stations, always remembering the great account which they must one day give.
Be merciful, O God, to all that are in affliction or distress; be pleased to support and comfort them, and in Your good time to deliver them according to Your great mercy.
Send down the graces of Your Holy Spirit upon all our friends, relations, and acquaintances; pardon all our sins; unite our hearts in love to You and to each other in You; and bestow to every one of us whatever Your infinite wisdom knows to be most needful and expedient both for our souls and bodies. Amen
Family Devotions for A Fortnight
Adapted from the Works Of Andrews, Ken, Wilson, Kettlewell, Nelson, Spinckes, &C.
London: James Burns; 17, Portman Street, Portman Square. 1847.
ALMIGHTY God, who has brought me in peace through the night and enabled me to come before You in health and strength: as You have mercy on my body, so, and for Your Son’s sake much more also, have mercy on my soul. Grant that, in Him, I may grow in Your saving health, and in everlasting strength, and in enduring affections; until the time when my body and earthly comforts fail, I may finally inherit that everlasting and glorious kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus.
I come before You, O Lord, thanking You for making Christ the sacrifice for my sins; and praying for You to be reconciled to me, and to those dear to me, and to all around me, for His sake.
Do not look upon my unworthiness, and thanklessness of heart; from which I sincerely turn. Yes, I hate ungratefulness, though it cleaves to me.
Deliver me from my belief in the world and my slowness to love You.
I rejoice in and hope for Your favor and Spirit
Pardon my forgetfulness of my neighbors.
Forgive the pride and lack of affection I have often felt under Your mercies.
Forgive my sin in setting up carnal pleasures or aims, and so going astray myself and tempting Your servants.
I humbly pray You forgive my stumbling at Your laws and providential warnings.
I confess that my heart has departed from justness and mercy in my dealings, looking towards willfulness, covetousness, and oppression, O Lord forgive my transgressions.
I have fallen very far from You, and from righteousness, from Your happy truth and holiness, in my spirit, affections, and thoughts. I am too content with trifling and folly; too unbelieving to trying Your mercy and care. Restore me, O Lord, for I call upon You in Your Son’s name. Be reconciled to me, and to those dear to me, according to Your promises, for His sake. Rescue me, as You are already defending me.
According to Your Holy Word, give to me and all who ask You, Your Holy Spirit.
Grant new desires, and new judgment; that I may rejoice, turning more and more from earthly things to heavenly joys and hope.
Let the light of Your countenance shine upon me and the blessing of Your protection keep me safe, that my faith may be steadfast in You.
Grant that in the crowding in and changes of earthly things my heart may never cease to trust and love You.
May I seek with confidence and constancy those great mercies of love, spiritual discernment, faith and holiness which You have promised to give to those who ask them.
Bless, O Lord, this day, my (President and Cabinet) (Queen, and princes), and all raised to any authority or influence. Protect and save them; and defend their hearts from slighting Your law, under blindness of their own natural lust.
To Your Church look with help and forgiveness. To Your people bring Your messages of truth and peace. Give my own family and kindred a heart to know and love You, and to search out Your commands; and the blessings of this earth in their season; and finally bring us into Your eternal rest. Grant these humble petitions, O Jehovah, and lead and bless me, this day and for evermore: for Jesus, Your Anointed’s sake. Amen.
A Book Of Prayers For Working Men Of All Ranks
Earnestly Designed For Family Devotion Private Meditation And Prayer
By John Elden.
Macmillan And Co. Cambridge: And 23, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London. 1860.
Revised by: Karrol 2017
OMNISCIENCE AND OMNIPRESENCE OF GOD
GLORIOUS Jehovah, Father, Son and Holy Ghost! You are the unsearchable and incomprehensible Lord God! Who by searching can find out God? Who can find out the Almighty to perfection? When we consider Your infinite perfection, the wisdom of Your counsels, Your power in creation, the mysteries of Your providence, and the wonders of redemption, we can do nothing but stand in awe! O the depth of the riches, both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!
Great and Omnipresent Deity our God and Father! Where shall I go from Your spirit, or where shall I flee from Your presence? You are all pervading and fill immensity with Your presence, sustaining and governing the universe of matter and of mind. May a realizing sense of Your presence inspire seriousness and encouragement, and consolation. May it preserve us from sin, animate us to a cheerful discharge of our duties, and enable us to bear, with pious resignation, the afflictions and sorrows of life.
God of Omniscience, Yours eyes are upon all the ways of the sons of men; to give every one according to His ways, and according to the fruit of His doings. O You that search the heart and try the reins of the children of men, may each one of us feel You in his heart. O Lord, You have searched me and known me; You know my down-sitting and my uprising, You understand my thoughts afar off. May the solemn truth that You God see ue, restrain each of us from sin, and lead us to the worship of Your great name in spirit and in truth.
Omnipresent and Omniscient God, who is everywhere, be very near to us in all times of difficulty, in danger and in the hour of death, and in the solemnities of the judgment, clothe our naked souls with the garments of Christ’s righteousness. For the blessings of the day we thank You, 0 Lord, keep us this night, and save us. Amen!
Manual of Devotion or Religious Exercises for The Morning and Evening of Each Day in The Month For the Use of Schools and Private Families.
By N. C. Brooks, A. M., President of The Baltimore Female College.
Sixth Edition. New York: Published by A. S. Barnes & Co. Cincinnati: H. W. Derby & Co. 1855
Edited and Revised by Karrol 2017
My merciful Creator and Savior, everything I possess by nature or grace is Yours.
My soul and body are the work of Your hands.
Any virtue I may have comes from the grace You merited for me through Your Passion and Death.
As Your due, I lovingly return and give You all You have granted me in charity and mercy.
I fervently abandon and cast myself into the paternal bosom of Your Divine Providence.
With an absolute and irrevocable abandonment, I commit myself and submit to Your Divine Will.
Here I am, Lord, stripped of my will, my affections and my desires.
What will You have me do? I want only Your most holy Will. AMEN. — Sister Jeanne de Matel
Prayer for Transformation of the Past
O LOVE unspeakable and full of glory, whose majesty is not to destroy, but to save, save me from myself.
My past relentlessly pursues me. Days that I thought dead live over again; deeds that I deemed buried meet me on the way; be You my rearward, O my God.
Fill up that which my life has left behind, undo that which my life has done amiss. Repair the places I have wasted, bind the hearts I have wounded, dry the eyes I have flooded. Make the evil I have done to work for good, so that I myself would not know it. Overrule the acts I did in malice; weave them into Your divine mosaic, that my very wrath may be made to praise You.
Take up my yesterdays into Your own golden light, and transfigure them there, that I may learn with joyful surprise how even against my will I was laboring together with You; so shall my former self find me no more. Amen.
Meditation: Atonement for past sins is every man’s duty.
If the past has already been to you one of wasted opportunities and neglected responsibilities, though it is too late to undo, let us feel that it is not too late to do with redoubled energy what yet remains to be done.
To shake off the lethargy of spiritual indifference, to renounce all unmanly and ignoble selfishness, to respond to the call of duty, to begin a life of earnest, active beneficence, to crowd our days with deeds, and, God helping us, in what remains of life to be as good and to do as much good as we can – for this at least it is not too late.
The harvest indeed is past, the summer is over and gone! Gone are the sweet days of innocence, gone the vernal time of youthful ardor, gone the sunny harvest hours of manhood’s effort and activity! But, oh, still happy you are, if when the sands of life are running out, in that supreme moment when earth and earthly things shall be passing forever from your sight, you can look back on this last period of your earthly probation with the blessed consciousness that, that at least has not been given in vain.
And may God forbid that when the last comes to the last, as we lie waiting the inevitable summons, it should be with the terrible conviction that for all the higher purposes of existence, for all the ends for which God has given us our life, our life has been a failure, a failure for which there is now no place of repentance. — John Caird
WHILE Shepherds watched their Flocks by Night,
All seated on the Ground,
The Angel of the Lord came down,
And Glory shone around.
“Fear not said he,” for mighty Dread,
had seized their troubled Mind.
“Glad Tidings of great Joy
I bring to you and all Mankind.
“To you, in David’s Town this Day,
“Is born, of David’s Line,
“The Savior who is Christ the Lord,
“And this shall be the Sign:
“The heavenly Babe you there shall find
“To human View displayed,
“All meanly wrapped in Swathing-bands
“And in a Manger laid.”
Thus, spoke the Seraph; and forthwith
Appeared a shining Throng Of Angels,
praising God, and thus Addressed their joyful song:
All Glory be to God on high,
“And to the Earth be Peace:
Good-Will, henceforth, from Heav’n to Men,
Begin and never cease.”
-The ABC With the Church of England Catechism (1785)
O LORD, our Heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, who has safely brought us to the Beginning of this Day; defend us in the same with Your Mighty Power, and grant that this Day we fall into no Sin, neither run into any Kind of Danger; but that all our Doings may be ordered by Your Governance, to do always what is righteous in Your Sight, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
O Righteous Lord, who hates iniquity, I your sinful creature cast myself at your feet, acknowledging that I most justly deserve to be utterly abhorred and forsaken by You; for I have drunk iniquity like water, gone on in a continued course of sin and rebellion against you, daily committed those things you forbidden and leaving undone those things you Commanded; my heart which should be a habitation for Your Holy Spirit, is become the seat of unclean thoughts, of soul and disordered affections and out of this abundance of the heart, my mouth speaks, my hands act; so that in thought, word and deed I continually transgress against you. Nay, O Lord, I have despised that goodness of Yours which should lead me to repentance, hardening my heart against all those means You have used for my amendment. Now, O Lord, what can I expect from You but judgment and fiery indignation, that is, indeed, the due reward of my sins? But, O Lord, there is mercy with you, that you may be feared; O fit me for that mercy, by giving me a deep and hearty repentance; and then according to Your goodness, let Your anger and Your wrath be turned away from me: look upon me in Your Son, my blessed Savior, and for the merit of His sufferings pardon all my sins. And, Lord, I beseech you, by the power of Your grace, so to renew and purify my heart, that I may become a new creature, utterly forsaking every evil way and living in a constant sincere universal obedience to You all the rest of my days; that, behaving myself as a good and faithful servant, I may by Your mercy at the last be received into the joy of my Lord. Grant this for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
[Taken out of the whole Duty of Man.]
We thank You, Lord our God and universal Ruler, for that You have created light and darkness, and caused them to alternate to the well-being of all Your creatures. For it is Your power gives light to the earth and to them that dwell thereon, renewing day by day the wonders of creation. How manifold are Your works, O God! and You have formed them all in consummate wisdom, the earth is full of Your bounties. The origin of all things proclaims Your greatness, so that from aforetime You are praised and glorified by Your works. Lord of the Universe, let Your love always rule upon us. that we may never cease to tender our dutiful gratitude to You as the Lord of our strength, the rock of our refuge, our shield and our salvation.
Accept our humble thanks, Almighty Ruler, for the Majesty of Your handiwork and for the beautiful luminaries of the skies You have formed.
In Your all-encompassing love, O God, You have revealed Yourself to us, Your people; Your majesty and Your glory to us are clear. To our ancestors You gave precepts of life, You also extend Your mercy by making us receptive to them. All-merciful Father, inspire our hearts with affection and earnest zeal for knowledge and perception, that we may lovingly cleave to the teachings of Your law, understand them and esteem them, learn and teach them, observe and do them in affectionate devotion. Enlighten our eyes in Your law, confirm our hearts in Your precepts and let us unite, in the love of You and reverence for Your name, with all our fellowmen. In Your great and holy name we trust that You will give us with Your salvation and we will rejoice. For You are the source of all enlightenment, and You have chosen us of all races and nations to come nearest to You in the knowledge of Your being, and to proclaim You, One forever and indivisibly One. Be praised then, O God, our Lord and universal Ruler, for You have chosen us in love, to preach You and to praise You. Amen.
Book: Jewish Home Prayer Book (1887)
IN GOD’S IMAGE.
And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and the fowl of the air and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.. And God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.
—Gen. 1: 26,27.
What a stupendous fact! Man created in the image of God! How few seem to grasp its significance! What light it throws on the great problems of human life! What a wide chasm it makes between man and all lower orders of created being! Here is a base fact without which there can be no true theology or anthropology. Surely here is sacred ground. Let us remove the sandals from our feet while we meditate reverently on the meaning of this marvelous truth. With bowed heads let us invoke the guidance of the Holy Spirit while we seek to understand the lesson contained in these wonderful words.
“Let us make man in our image, after Our likeness.” This is the divine counsel and purpose which lies back of the great mystery of human life and. all its pages of tragic history. It is a purpose formed deliberately and in full view of all its mighty consequences—sin, suffering, sorrow, conflict, death, the incarnation, Gethsemane, Calvary, the open Sepulcher, redemption! “God is love.” Out of all this struggle, discord and misery, then, there are to flow results which will more than vindicate the wisdom and goodness of God. Let this sweet reflection comfort our hearts until life’s conflicts shall issue in eternal peace.
“And God created man in His own image.” Is it possible for the human mind to reach the pinnacle of thought which these words suggest? Not now; but let us pause reverently before them and seek a nearer approach to their full meaning. It cannot be that in His bodily or fleshly nature man is created in God’s image, for God is spirit. The human body is not man, nor any essential part of man. The man exists when His body returns to dust whence it came. It is the condition of man’s earthly existence. It is the house of clay in which the real man dwells for the time. “What, then, is the real man which no mortal eye has ever seen? Is it not the conscious, intelligent ego, that which thinks, chooses, apprehends moral motives, discerns between right and wrong and determines what motives shall influence its action? If so, then man is created in God’s image, (1) intellectually, (2) morally, (3) volitionally. The proof of this is supplied in every man’s own consciousness, in connection with God’s written revelation of His will and character.
That man is created in God’s image in His mental constitution is evidenced by the fact that He can “think God’s thoughts after Him,” as Kepler has so finely said. God’s thoughts are manifest in all the arrangements of the material universe. Everywhere there is plan, method, adaptation, design—the manifestations of the divine mind. Man can see, appreciate and make practical use of these thoughts of God. If His mind were not in the image of God, this would not be possible. God reasons with men and communicates His will to them on the basis of this likeness. Of what use could the ten commandments be to a tribe of chattering apes, or a village of prairie dogs? God can not convey such truths to these lower orders of creation, because there is nothing in their nature to apprehend such thoughts. A man can convey thoughts to the mind of His prattling child that can by no means be conveyed to the most sagacious of beasts, because the child is in His own mental image and the beast is not. There are, of course, thoughts which we cannot communicate to the undeveloped, mind of our children, just as there are truths which God cannot reveal to the greatest intellects on earth, because they are not yet able to receive them. Likeness does not imply equality, but it does open up possibilities of limitless progress.
The proof that man’s moral nature is after the pattern of God’s, may be found in the fact that man approves the moral law of God., however much He may violate it. Nor does He wait until some future judgment for an accuser. His own conscience—God’s vice regent in the human breast, as someone has called it— the reflection of God’s moral nature within man—is His accuser. With the majesty and authority of a supreme judge, it passes sentence on us when we violate that law and approves us when we yield obedience to it. When God says, “ You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” 44 You shall not murder,” etc., man’s moral nature approves these expressions of the eternal law of right. If man’s moral nature were unlike that of God, this would not be the case. In that event a man might violate the moral law of God while acting in perfect harmony with the moral law of His own nature. This would destroy all idea of personal accountability, and render a judgment day impossible. The basis of man’s accountability to God is the likeness of His moral nature to that of God. But if man be created in the moral image of God, marred though that image be by sin, what glorious possibilities of righteousness and holiness are open before Him, and what fearful responsibility rests on Him who debauches that nature!
That man is endowed with will, and has the power of choosing, is at once His crown of glory and His chief danger. God wills and it is done. His will is the law of the universe. When He made man in His own image, He clothed Him with the sublime and fearful prerogative of determining His own destiny—of choosing between motives. Confused with the subtle discussions of the schoolmen about “free will and necessity,” we turn to our own consciousness as a witness, and it testifies that every day and every hour, of our conscious existence, we are choosing between motives and deciding between this and that course of action. And when under the blinding influence of passion, appetite or ambition, we yield to the lower instead of the higher motive, no plausible fallacy about the necessity that controlled our action suffices to protect us against the accusations of our conscience. We feel and recognize our guilt. We had the power to choose otherwise and we know it, else there would be no consciousness of guilt. All this is assumed, too, in the provisions which God has made for man’s salvation. As sin is a matter of choice, so is salvation. God saves no man against His will. “ Choose ye this day whom ye will serve,” is His command in all times and to all peoples. Christ does not cross the threshold of man’s volition uninvited. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to Him, and will sup with Him and He with me.” Rev. 3:21
Here, then, is the solution of the dark problem of the origin of sin, so far as it is given us to know it. It is the abuse of freedom —of the power of choice. Here, too, is the great underlying reason of the incarnation and of the cross. The world must have a more perfect representation of God than the sinning race exhibited. Christ came as “the effulgence of His glory and the very image of His substance.” Heb 1:3 Man, a moral being, and a free, self-determining agent, must be won to God by moral motives. The stubborn will must be conquered by supreme love. Hence Gethsemane and Calvary. Why did God not save man by His naked omnipotence, without the awful tragedy of the cross? Because God created man in His own image, and such a being must be wooed and won by love, not driven by force.
In the light of these truths I can answer the question asked by David, who, on surveying the magnitude of the material universe, was led to inquire,
“ What is man that You are mindful of Him, And the Son of man that You visit Him?” Ps 8:4
What is He? He is God’s child—in His own image. That is why He is mindful of Him, and why He has visited Him in the person of Jesus Christ. My own parental heart teaches me why God would spare no effort to save His lost and erring children. O how this magnifies the cross and honors man!
O my soul, consider well Your high origin, the image which You wear, and weigh the responsibilities which come with such high endowments! Here, in the hush of this solemn stillness, alone with God, let me hear Your loving voice, dear Savior, and open the door of my heart and let You in, that I may sup with You and You with me!
Book: Alone with God
Author: Br. James H. Garrison
Publisher: St. Louis: Christian Publishing Company 1891
Almighty God, our most gracious heavenly Father, when I consider with what powers and capacities You endowed Your creature, man, and for what high and holy service You have qualified Him, I am filled with shame and confusion at the remembrance of all my sins and short-comings. I confess before You, my transgressions, and all my faults and frailties, and beseech You, in the name of Your well- beloved Son, to grant me Your pardoning mercy and sustaining grace. I thank You for all my bodily and mental faculties, and especially for that moral nature which most allies me to You, and which I have so much abused. I bless Your holy name that You pity us, in our fallen condition, and send us Your only begotten Son, full of grace and truth, through whom we regain fellowship with You. Lord have our sinful nature renewed, and enter into Your most blessed service. O God, be pleased to so quicken me by Your Spirit, and uphold me, by Your right hand, that I may fill the purpose for which You have created me. Help me to use diligently all the means of grace which You have provided, and so grow continually both in grace and in the knowledge of the truth. Enable me to see the folly and the emptiness of all earthly allurements which would draw me away from You. Help me to understand more fully that, created as I am in Your image, You alone can satisfy the needs of my soul. May this thought of the dignity and worth of a human soul not only lead me to more earnest efforts for my own salvation, but may it give me far greater concern for the salvation of others. O You blessed Savior, who stooped from heaven to earth, and drank the bitter cup of death, for sinful and lost humanity, infuse me with more of Your spirit, that I may be willing to enter into the fellowship of Your sufferings and do all in my power for the salvation of my fellow-men! And finally, O Father, when we have finished the work You have given us to do, and it seems good to You to call us home, give us, we beseech You, an abundant entrance into Your everlasting kingdom through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!
Book: Alone with God
Author: Br. James H. Garrison
Publisher: St. Louis: Christian Publishing Company 1891
O God who hears prayer, bend low Your ear to hear the faintest whisper of one of the weakest of Your children. I come to You, O loving Father, because You have bid me come, and because I feel my need of You. You, O God, You alone can supply my needs. I am unworthy of the least of Your mercies, but I come in the name of Jesus, and beseech You, for His dear sake, to hear and answer my prayer, and to accept my thanksgiving and praise, which I offer in His name.
I thank You, most gracious Father, that You have called me into fellowship with You and with Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior. I thank You for a place in Your family, and the privilege of calling You Father, and feeling that You care for me, even me.
Now, I ask You, to grant that I may hunger and thirst after righteousness; that I may seek daily to feed on the divine manna which came down from heaven. O that my soul may be watered with the dew’s of Your salvation! As You nourish all the living things of nature and cause them to grow, so, O Lord, will You nourish this soul of mine which You have created. Lord stir up within me new thoughts of duty and new desires of holiness. Cause me to delight in Your word, in Your house, in the communion of saints, in the fellowship of Christian work, and in prayer. May I learn to love and to look forward to these precious moments of communion with You, where I can find the grace and strength for my daily need.
In the plenitude of Your mercy, O Father, forgive my past sins and strengthen me with might by Your Spirit in the inner man, that I may overcome all my evil inclinations and triumph over every evil habit. So feeding on Your word, meditating on Your goodness, and communing with You, may I grow up into the image of Him who is our living head, even Jesus Christ. And this I ask for His name’s sake. Amen!
Book: Alone with God
Author: Br. James H. Garrison
Publisher: St. Louis: Christian Publishing Company 1891
O LORD, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare Your praise.
Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to You.
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost
O God, make speed to save us: O Lord, make haste to help us
Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
O God, whose mercies fail not, but are new every morning, pardon the sins that I have committed against You, in thought, word, and deed; make me to be sorry for them with the godly sorrow that works repentance unto salvation; put far from me all evil ways and works; save me from the enemy of my soul; and grant me Your peace all the days of my life; through our only Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
O Lord, I give thanks to You, for You have kept me in the past night from all evils, bodily and spiritual; and I beseech You for Your mercies’ sake, to raise me up at the Last Day to life everlasting. Give me grace, now in the time of this mortal life, to cast off the works of darkness, and to walk as a child of the light; and do You preserve me this day from all sin, from all perils and dangers, for Jesus Christ’s sake.
I commend to You, 0 Lord, my soul and my body, my thoughts, words, and works, my life and my death: the Church and my pastor, my parents and relations, [here name them, and any for whom you wish to pray,’] and all the world.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. Amen
If you have time, read some verses of the Bible, or a Psalm from the Psalter, or a Hymn. But never omit to pray
CHRIST JESUS, my Refuge, my Lord, I believe and hope in You, and with my whole heart I love You. Whom have I in heaven but You? There is nothing on earth that I desire in comparison of You. What shall I desire? What shall I fear? I know not my going out, or my coming in; but You know. Do with me what pleases You. My times are in Your hands. In death, or in life, I will lift up mine eyes to You. To whom shall I look but unto You, O God? I will wait in silence for Your salvation ; and I beg this of You, that I may love You more and more. O Blessed Jesus, Who is with the Father I trust in You! –– Rev. W. E. Heygate
Behold, O my God, I am the man who went down to Jericho and fell among thieves; sorely have they wounded me and left me lying half-dead. Come, Lord, You faithful Helper, raise me up and heal me.
I have sinned heavily in my whole conduct, and done evil in Your sight; I have not exercised myself in the knowledge of You; I have been unthankful for Your many benefits, and have not praised Your name rightly. Often and in many ways have I abstained from uttering Your truths, and when You have stood and knocked at the door of my heart I have been slothful, and have not welcomed You as I ought. This body, which fades like a shadow, and shall be the food of worms, I have cherished too much; I have defiled my lips with unseemly words, and I have been negligent and careless about Your wholesome Word. I have not ever and always turned away my eyes from beholding vanity, nor kept my ears from listening to unprofitable things. Many a time my hands have not served my neighbor in his need, while my feet were swift to evil. Need I say more, my God? From the crown of my head to the sole of my feet there is no health in me.
Ah! my Lord Jesus, have You not died for me on the Cross, and redeemed me, my soul must have perished forever; but now I am a partaker, O merciful Lord, in Your great salvation. Do not reject me, my Savior, for I among those whom You have so dearly purchased with Your precious blood. Behold, I am a wandering sheep, seek me, You good Shepherd, and bear me home to Your fold, according to Your promise. You have promised, to be my Helper. I believe in You, Sweet Jesus. For it is written that whenever a poor sinner shall sigh unto You You will hearken unto him. Now see how humbly I mourn and acknowledge my sins, which are ever before me. In truth, I am not worthy to be called Your son, yet make me, my Savior, to hear joy and gladness, and not to turn Your face from me.
O You Son of the Living God, Only Begotten of Your Father before all worlds! Blessed are those who love You and desire naught else; blessed are those who daily remember You and keep Your ways unto their life’s end. O Holy Bread of Heaven, how rich and bounteous are You; how overflowing are Your gifts! For You exclude no man unless it be that he despises You and refuses to come to You. Is anyone young and small, let him come boldly to You and eat, and he will grow and increase; he will put away his childish mind, and walk in the paths of true wisdom. Is any yet weak, let him hasten to You and eat and he shall soon wax strong. Is any sick, he shall be relieved. Is any dead in sins, let him but hearken to You and he shall attain everlasting life. And though one be strong and full grown, yet will he perceive that he is still in need of many things, and in You will he find abundantly that whereby he may daily increase in them. None can live a moment without You, for it is You alone who give life to all creatures.
O God, the joy and consolation of my heart, my soul is glad in You, and my spirit has a desire for You; for all who turn away from You must pine forever. O You true and invisible Light which never can be quenched, behold me sitting like a poor blind man beside the way, and crying unto You, “ Jesus, You Son of David, have mercy upon me, open the eyes of my soul, that I may see You! Lord, be merciful to me, a sinner. You are my Help and my Confidence, oh lead me unto eternal salvation! Lord, You are my physician, heal me! I am naked, and suffer cold, O You rich Lord, cover me with the mantle of Your righteousness. My soul hungers in this desert. O Lord, the true Food, quicken my heart. My soul is thirsty. Lord, You are the true healing Spring, water and refresh my spirit with Your wholesome comfort. I have come into the deep mire, and my strength fails me; I am far out on the seas, and the floods threaten to swallow me up. I have cried till I am weary and hoarse, and the waters of death are coming into my very soul. Save me, O Lord, my Shield, my Deliverer, my Comfort, my Refuge, my Strength, my King and my God, for Your mercies’ sake. Amen
|St. Jerome 329-420 – A Father of the Latin Church, born in Dalmatia, died at Bethlehem. His Latin version of the Old Testament, from the original language, was the foundation of the Vulgate|
COME sound His praise abroad,
And hymns of glory sing:
Jehovah is the sovereign God,
The universal King.
He formed the deeps unknown;
He gave the seas their bound;
The watery worlds are all His own,
And all the solid ground.
Come, worship at His throne,
Come, bow before the Lord;
We are His works, and not our own,
He formed us by His word.
Today attend His voice,
Nor dare provoke His rod;
Come, like the people of His choice,
And own your gracious God.
O Lord our God, You are very great, You are clothed with honor and majesty. How manifold are Your works, in wisdom and goodness have You made them all. The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours; as for the world and the fullness thereof You have founded them. In Your hands is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. You open Your hand, they are filled with good. You hide Your face, they are troubled: You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
Our Father and God, we thank You for our creation and preservation: it is in You we live, and move, and have our being. We thank You that You have not made us as the beasts that perish, but that there is a spirit in man, and the inspiration of the Almighty gives him understanding. We bless You that You have made us in Your own image, with faculties capable, in some degree, of appreciating Your power, and loving Your excellence.
Inspire our hearts with gratitude for the opportunities which we enjoy of acquiring an education; and grant that while we are gaining that knowledge which will fit us for usefulness in the world, we may obtain that higher and better knowledge which makes us wise to salvation, and shall fit us for eternity. Bless the young in their studies: may the truths of science and literature elevate their minds to the great source of all power and goodness —from the contemplation of the created may they rise to the Creator, and come to know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
Your goodness preserved us during the past night, watch over us this day, and by Your power defend us. In firm reliance on Your providence may we ever be able to exclaim, Alleluia, for the Lord God Omnipotent reigns. And, at last, may we be saved with the power of an endless life. Amen! – Manual of Devotions by N. C. Brooks
“To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him neither have we obeyed the Voice of the Lord Our God, to walk in his laws which he set before us.” “In my trouble I will call upon the Lord, and complain unto my God. So shall he hear my voice out of his holy temple; my complaint shall come before him.
Hear our prayers, O God; and do not hide Yourself from our petitions.
Take heed unto us and hear us: how we mourn in our prayer and are vexed.
Unto You will I cry, O Lord, my strength: think no scorn of me; lest, if You make as though You hears not, I become like them that go down into the pit.
Turn O Lord, and deliver my soul: O save me for Your mercies sake.
Nevertheless tho’ I am sometime afraid; yet I put my trust in God.
He verily is our strength and our salvation:
He is our defense, so that we shall not greatly fall.
O put your trust in Him always, ye people: pour out your hearts before Him, for God is our hope.
As for the children of men they are but vanity: the children of men are deceitful upon the weights; they are altogether lighter than vanity itself.
O trust not in wrong and robbery: give not yourselves unto vanity: if riches increase set not your heart upon them.
O God, we ask You to be our help in trouble; for vain is the help of man.
You alone deliver our souls from death, and our feet from falling: that we may walk before You in the light of the living.
Go not far from me, O God: my God, hasten to help me.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
Proper Psalms, 25, 38, 57.
Proper Lessons, 1st, Isaiah 37 – 2d, Luke 21
LORD, most good and powerful, we, Your sinful people here assembled before You, acknowledge it to be of Your unspeakable mercy, that for our manifold and heinous provocations, we are not utterly consumed, and given over for a prey to the fury of our enemies, or other scourge of Your avenging hand. We confess, with sorrow and confusion, our long unfruitfulness, under the means of grace, the light of the Gospel, and the many wonderful deliverance’s, which You, in Your great goodness, hast vouchsafed unto us. O Lord, should You enter into judgment with us for our sins, for our profaneness and infidelity, our heresies and schisms, our exclusive pursuit of the business, or inordinate love, of the pleasures of the world, our forgetfulness alike of Your past judgments and mercies, and our other numberless offences, You might justly inflict upon us the severity of Your wrath, and visit us with renewed and heavier calamities. But there is mercy with You ; and therefore shalt You be feared : You art the Lord God, tender and full of compassion, not willing that any should perish, but that all should repent and live. Look down, therefore, we beseech You, with an eye of pity and loving kindness upon Your servants, who, with contrite hearts, here bewail their transgressions and their wickedness. Let us, in this time of trouble, still enjoy the light of Your countenance, and the blessings of Your bountiful hand; and so work upon our hearts and minds, by the influence of Your Holy Spirit, that being turned from the error of our-ways, and created to newness of life, we may walk before You, in righteousness and holiness, in this world, and inherit Your everlasting Kingdom, in that which is to come, through the merits of Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen,
TURN us, O good Lord, and so shall we be turned. Be favorable, O Lord, be favorable to Your people, who turn to You in weeping, fasting and praying. For You are a merciful God, full of compassion, long-suffering, and of great pity. You spare us when we deserve punishment, and in Your wrath You think upon mercy. Spare Your people good Lord, spare them, and let not Your heritage be brought to confusion. Hear us, O Lord, for Your mercy is great, and after the multitude of Your mercies look upon us; through the merits and mediation of Your blessed Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O ALMIGHTY God, who rules over all the nations of the earth, and on whose glorious providence they depend evermore for preservation and prosperity: Extend, we beseech You, Your accustomed goodness to the people of these Provinces; who, looking up to You, as the author of all blessings, and their sure safe-guard and Almighty Deliverer in all dangers and difficulties, do now implore Your watchful care and protection. O Lord, You have before wonderfully delivered us: if You had not been on our side when men rose up against us, they would have swallowed us up ; Continue Your mercy and do not cast out the prayer of Your people who call upon You. Defeat the counsel of the wicked; Open the eyes of the deluded; Strengthen the hands of our defenders; Grant to our rulers a spirit of wisdom and firmness, and give to them and to all of us a spirit of faith and prayer. Stretch forth the right hand of Your majesty to save and defend us from the evils with which we are threatened: But if, in Your wisdom, You have ordained that they should visit us, give us grace that we may humbly and patiently submit to Your correction, and, after having been exercised thereby, may bring forth the peaceable fruits of righteousness, to the praise and glory of Your name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle, Isaiah 58, verse 1
CRY aloud, spare not; lift up Your voice like a trumpet ; and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins Yet they seek me daily, .and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God. Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and You see not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and You take no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast you find pleasure, and exact all your labors. Behold ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness j ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. Is it such a fast that I have chosen ? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt You call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord? Is not this the fast that 1 have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal Your bread to the hungry, and that You bring the poor that are cast out to Your house? when You see the naked, that You cover him, and that You hide not thyself from Your own flesh? Then shall Your light break forth as the morning, and Your health shall spring forth speedily ; and Your righteousness shall go before You: the glory of the Lord shall be Your reward. Then shalt You call, and the Lord will answer; You shalt cry, And he shall say, Here I am.
The Gospel, Matt. chap. 3.
IN those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea. And saying Repent ye : for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esias, saying, the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leather girdle about his loins: and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan. And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisee’s and Sadducee’s come to his baptism, he said unto them “O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee. from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance. And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to, our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to “raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast, into the fire.”
From the Church of England On Friday, the 7th day of December, 1838
Blessed are you, Sovereign God,
our light and our salvation,
to you be glory and praise for ever.
Now, as darkness is falling,
wash away our transgressions,
cleanse us by your refining fire
and make us temples of your Holy Spirit.
By the light of Christ,
dispel the darkness of our hearts
and make us ready to enter your kingdom,
where songs of praise for ever sound.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Book of Common Prayer
O Lord Almighty, God of hosts and of all flesh, dwelling in the highest, caring for the humble, searching the reins and the heart, and clearly discerning the hidden things of men – O ever-existing Light, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. O immortal King, accept our prayers which we offer to Thee at this present time from our soiled lips, trusting in the multitude of Thy bounties – forgive us our transgressions which we have committed knowingly or unknowingly, whether in word or deed or thought; cleanse us from all stain of body and soul. Grant us to pass through all the night of this present life with vigilant heart and sober thought, awaiting the coming of the radiant and manifest Day of Thy only-begotten Son, our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ, on which the judgment of all men shall come with glory, when to each man shall be given the reward of his deeds. May we not fall and become lazy, but instead have courage that, being roused to action, we may be found ready to enter into the joy and the divine bride-chamber of His glory, where the voice of those who feast is unceasing, and the gladness of those who behold the goodness of Thy countenance is unending. For Thou art the True light Who enlightens and sanctifies us, and all creation sings Thy praise forever. Amen.- Orthodox Prayer to God the Father
“My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”–PHIL. 4:19
O GOD, my Heavenly Father, who has permitted me to see the light and to enjoy the comforts of a new day, I bless You for the liberty of access into Your presence. Bend Your heavens and come down; fill my heart with Your love, as I draw near to the footstool of Your Throne. I thank You for Your gracious assurance that these Gates of Prayer lead to an abounding treasury of spiritual blessing, out of which all my need shall be supplied.
In Jesus, my adorable Redeemer, infinite fullness dwells; and out of His fullness —the riches of Your glory in Him —You are willing to impart even grace for grace. You have supplied all my need in the past. You have been a bountiful, and a wise Provider; presenting me with the blessings of Your goodness, and giving help from trouble, when vain was the help of man. I look to You for guidance and direction in the future. That future is veiled and hidden but it is in Your better keeping. I would say, in simple confiding faith, “Undertake for me.” Hitherto have You been true to Your unfailing promise “As Your day is, so shall Your strength be;” and over every coming need and exigency I may well write “Jehovah Jireh,” “The Lord will provide.”
Supply that need this day. If called to do battle with evil, let me go forth in Your might, prepared for the conflict. Strengthen me with Your Good Spirit: fortify me against every temptation. In the extremity of my own weakness, may I lean on Your Almighty arm. You hold me up, and I shall be safe. Preserve me from the world’s insinuating, seductive power, and from the treachery and deceitfulness of my own evil heart. Order my steps in Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me.
In the discharge of duty, may it be my effort and endeavor to subordinate the secular to the sacred. Keep me ever roused from the low dream of earth, to see, as in the patriarch’s dream, the ladder of God. May Your providence’s be as angels traveling up and down that ladder, and beckoning me nearer to You.” Keep me from whatever would be detrimental to my spiritual interests: from all avarice and selfishness; from all malice and uncharitableness; from all indolence and sloth; from putting off till tomorrow what can be best done, and may only be done, today. If You have given me of this world’s goods, may I seek to be a generous almoner of Your bounties. If silver and gold I have none, may I give You the consecration of the heart, and the answer of the life; knowing that You accept according to that a man has, not according to what he has not. Forbid that my talent, be what it may, should be hid in the earth. May I ever listen to the prompting “How much You owe Your Lord?” and with a quickened sense of my responsibilities to You the Great Creditor, may I be diligent, that I may be found of You in peace, without spot, and blameless.
Supply the need of those whom I love. Wherever my friends are, O You ever-present God, protect and defend them by Your mighty power. If You send them prosperity, keep them from being intoxicated with it: if You send adversity, keep them from being unduly depressed by it. Enrich them with the blessings of Your covenant grace. May we all be bound up together, on the great reaping day of Judgment, in the same bundle of life.
Supply the need of those who are in sorrow. When human cisterns are emptied and human props removed, may they know You as the Portion that cannot be taken from them. May they honor You by being dumb in the midst of perplexing dealings —recognizing these as the ministers of Your will, sent on a mission of wisdom and mercy, and that while they are only planning for time, You are planning for Eternity. May they trust Your sure word of promise, that though now they may see through a glass darkly, —when death shall have rent with his wing the obstructing cloud, in Your light they shall see light. May the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, direct their hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
Bless the nations of the earth. Hasten the day when the nameless wrongs of a now groaning and travailing creation shall be redressed when all heathen shrines shall be demolished; when will-worship and superstition shall cease. Turn the world’s sighing’s into songs of gladness. Cause its sinful unbelief, the lust and tyranny of passion, the twin curse of slavery and war, to yield to the benign scepter of the Prince of Peace. Increase the ministry of holy lives, and loving deeds. Purify Your churches more and more. Stimulate them to greater energy in Your service. As witnesses for You may they seek with augmented and ever increasing fidelity to show forth the Word of life: and may Your faithful ministers enjoy at last the blessed testimony, that they have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.
Listen to these my humble prayers, and when You hear forgive and grant me an answer in peace for the Redeemer’s sake. Amen.
The Gates of Prayer
By John Ross MacDuff
Ο Lord, be our protection, for You are our redemption. Direct our minds by Your gracious Presence, and watch over our paths with guiding love; that among the snares which lie hidden in the path in which we walk, we may so pass onward with hearts fixed on You, that by the journey of faith we may come to be where You would have us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (Mozarabic Liturgy, A.D. 700.)
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
O LORD, our heavenly Father! the great Source of life, the benevolent Power, in whom are all our springs of comfort and happiness! You are good and do good continually; Your tender mercies are over all Your works. Our voice shall You hear in the morning, Ο Lord! in the morning will we direct our prayer unto You, and look up.
To whom should we look up to with sentiments of gratitude at the beginning of every day, but to You, whose care has protected us through the hours of darkness; whose goodness has refreshed us with sleep? To whom, in our ignorance of what a day may bring forth, should we direct our prayers, with sentiments of trust in a paternal providence, and with mutual solicitude for each other’s virtue and happiness, but to You, our eternal Refuge, whose mercies towards us are great and constant? Hear, most gracious God, these our united prayers and thanksgivings. Oh the goodness we have tasted and Your grace in Jesus Christ, encourages us to pour out our prayers before You. It is our first, and most earnest desire, to enter on the employments, and meet the events of every day, with a deep sense of the importance of religion. Dispose us, Father of our spirits, amidst all the cares and business of this life, to regard the salvation of our souls as the one thing needful. Make us a family of sincere Christians; render our habitation a holy sanctuary, the residence of piety and Christian knowledge. Let every heart be an altar to You. May the religion of Christ, possessing our wills and pervading our affections, become a bond of union, the spring of every virtue, the animating motive to every duty, a support under eνery trial, and the pledge of Your continued favor and everlasting love.
Ο Lord most holy! what we ask for ourselves, we desire for others. Ιncrease the number of those who serve You with holy joy, and with a christian life. Multiply the triumphs of truth over error; of the filial spirit of love over gloomy fears. In all the habitations of men, from the rising of the sun to the going down thereof, may the incense of acceptable praise, and the pure offering of virtuous lives be presented unto You. Endue those who are appointed to rule over their fellow men, with superior wisdom and benevolence. Inspire all instructors of youth, and all teachers of religion, with an ardent concern to promote the greatest welfare of those for whom they labor. Incline the young, Ο God, to cultivate a sober mind; to remember You their Creator, Redeemer and Judge; and to acquire those habits which shall secure their present usefulness and future peace. Lead those in the middle of life, to labor, while it is day, in Your service and for the benefit of their fellow men, before the night comes. Support Your aged servants under all their infirmities, and help them by their example to convince the rising generation, that religion has power to shed comfort upon the decline of life, and to smooth the passage to the tomb.
In the arms of faith and prayer we would commend to You the sick and the afflicted, and will You be very near and gracious to them in weakness and trouble. May Your blessing be upon all our families. Grant that parents may be duly impressed with the high and solemn trust committed to their charge; and see that they set before their children examples, which they can follow with safety; and, when they die, leave behind them characters, which may be remembered with love and veneration. And may children be mindful of how much they owe to their parents; and be induced to do all in their power to promote their happiness. Ο God, grant that all, whether as parents or children, as masters or servants, as members of families, or as citizens of the state, may discharge their obligations with diligence, fidelity, and zeal. In every situation, may it be our chief care to do justly, to love mercy, and walk humbly before You, our God.
In the name of our Redeemer we offer our prayer; and in Him, the Resurrection and the Life, we look forward to a better and happier world, to which You will at last receive us; and to You shall be rendered ceaseless praises. Amen. – A Family Prayer Book by Charles Brooks 1846