0 GOD, who has given the Holy Scriptures to be a light unto our feet and a lamp unto our path, guide our steps at all times in the way of Your precepts. Suffer us not to go astray from You, nor to err from Your truth. Acknowledging our ignorance and the deceitfulness of our hearts, we call upon You, 0 God, for help and deliverance.
0 Lord, our merciful Father, be pleased to guide and defend us in all our ways, that we may be delivered in all dangers and temptations of this day, and may so follow the example and pattern which Your dear Son has left us, both in joyfully bearing and constantly performing Your holy will, that we may glorify Your name, and may abide in Your love.
0 Lord God Almighty, who makes all things work together for good to them that love You, we pray that You would so order the course of Your providence respecting us, and so enlighten and purify our souls, that all the events of this life may be made conducive to our eternal salvation.
Almighty and most merciful Father, who works in Your children both to desire and to perform those things that please You, grant us grace that we may pursue our several callings and duties in the world with a devout, holy, and heavenly mind, considering that we are ever in Your presence and under Your eye; that in all our works and labors, working the work of God, and laboring for the meat that endures unto everlasting life, we may be found good and faithful servants, and may finally enter into the joy of our Lord.
0 God, everlasting and almighty, who is the Creator and Preserver of all men, and who wills not that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance, send forth Your light and Your truth among all nations.
Guide all Your flocks in the paths of truth, righteousness and peace, and make them to be numbered with Your saints in glory everlasting.
Comfort the afflicted; send consolation and joy to all that are in trouble and sorrow; hear the groaning of the prisoners; deliver the oppressed from him that hurts him; relieve the wants of the poor, and save all afflicted people. Arise, O God, for judgment, and save all the meek of the earth.
0 God, who has revealed to us the light of Your gospel and called us into the fellowship of Your Son, grant that we may put away all the works of darkness, and may walk in purity, uprightness and truth. That we may have fellowship with You, for You are light, and in You there is no darkness at all; that so, when the shadows of this mortal life are passed away, we may behold those things which the eye of man has not seen, and be made partakers of everlasting glory; through Christ, our Lord.
Almighty and most gracious God, look in compassion upon our infirmities, and uphold us by Your mighty power. Let us not faint or be weary in running the race that is set before us, but, animated by Your promises, may we be strong both to do and endure Your holy will, looking unto our merciful High-Priest, Jesus Christ, who himself suffered and was tempted, and is able to succor us when we are tempted.
We pray that You would grant a spirit of wisdom and judgment to the President of the United States, to all magistrates, judges, and others invested with authority, that we, under them, may lead a quiet and peaceable life in godliness and honesty, adorning the doctrine of God our Savior.
And let Your blessing be upon all conditions of men among us. Bless them in the work of their hands; prosper their honest industry; grant unto them the things that are needful for the body and the life that now is; above all, make them rich towards God and heirs of thine everlasting kingdom.
We pray for our kindred, our friends, and all whom You hast made the instruments of Your grace and bounty to us, that You would reward and bless them abundantly; and also for our enemies, if we have them, that You would grant them repentance, and enable us to forgive them from the heart, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
AN ORDER OF WORSHIP WITH FORMS OF PRAYER FOR DIVINE SERVICE
BY BENJAMIN B. COMEGYS