O GOD, Whose blessed Son was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil, and make us the sons of God and heirs of eternal life ; grant us, we beseech Thee, that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves even as He is pure ; that, when He shall appear again with power and great glory, we may be made like unto Him in His eternal and glorious Kingdom ; where with Thee, Father, and Thee, Holy Ghost, He lives and reigns, ever one God, world without end. Amen. (Bishop Cosin, A.D. 1594 ; Book of Common Prayer, A.D. 1662.)
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.
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 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
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
PRAISED be God, Almighty Ruler, who makes the day bright with Your sunshine, and the night with the beams of heavenly fires; who has led us through the hours of daylight and has brought us to the quiet hour Listen now to our prayers, and the prayers of all Your people, and forgive us all, both our conscious and unconscious transgressions. Accept our prayers and pour out upon us who are Your heritage, the fullness of Your mercy and Your compassion. Protect us by Your holy angels; clothe us with the armor of righteousness; shield us with Your truth; watch over us with Your power; save us from all calamity, and from the snares of our adversaries; and give us grace to pass this day and all the days of our life, blameless, holy, peaceful, free from sin, terror, and offense. For with You is mercy and plenteous redemption, O Lord Jesus Christ, our Lord and God, and to You we bring our thanks and praise.
O FATHER of Lights, how much cause have we to thank You for the many benefits which You have showered today on us and ours, on all Your people, yea, on the whole world! Every blessing You have given is a fresh testimony to Your overflowing love towards us, who are so far beneath You. Your gifts, O God, are one with Your love, as the warmth is with the light. Therefore we love You, the Giver, and also the gifts which are the instances of Your love; and our lips praise You. O that every complaint of ours, every cry of impatience, might be changed into a song of thankfulness; for even when You tarry with Your help, yet is this very delay a true kindness, teaching us to pray, to seek, to knock more earnestly, and to wait in patience upon Your all-wise Providence. So now this day we ask Your presence among us, O Lord Jesus; when our bodies sleep may our souls rest in You; to Your loving heart, O great High Priest, we commend ourselves and all whom we love, our friends and also our foes; and most especially those who have asked us to remember them in our weak intercessions. Plead for them and for us evermore. Amen. Stark 1756.
Holy Almighty God,I, a poor sinner have now arisen. On the sacred cross, You, the real and patient lamb of sacrifice, did endure for me the most painful death and did redeem me with Your crimson blood from all my sins and from death, satan and hell. O Lord govern my heart by Your Holy Spirit, refresh it with the heavenly dew of Your grace, keep me this day with Your divine love, and hide me, body and soul, in Your holy wounds; cleanse me from all my sins, preserve me in all good works, and guide me out of this veil of tears into Your eternal joy and glory, In the Name of our most faithful Savior, Jesus Christ, my only comfort, hope and life. Amen.
Book: The Abridged Treasury of Prayers
An Epitome from the Larger “Gebets-Schatz” Published by Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Mo.
Publisher: American Lutheran Publication Board, Pittsburgh, PA. 1906
Edited by Karrol 2016
O GOD the Father, of Heaven: have mercy upon us, miserable sinners.
O God the Son, Redeemer of the world: have mercy upon us, miserable sinners.
O God the Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son: have mercy upon us, miserable sinners.
O Holy, Blessed, and Glorious Trinity, three persons and one God: have mercy upon us, miserable sinners.
Remember not, Precious Lord, our offenses; neither deal with us according to our sins; spare us, good Lord, Spare Your people, whom You have redeemed with Your most precious blood: after the multitude of Your great mercies, Spare us, good Lord.
From all evil, especially from the evil of sin; from the crafts and assaults of the devil; from Your wrath, and from everlasting damnation, Good Lord, deliver us.
From all blindness of heart; from pride, self-conceit, and hypocrisy; from envy, hatred, and malice, and all uncharitableness, Good Lord, deliver us.
By the mystery of Your holy Incarnation; by Your cross and passion; by Your precious death and burial; by Your glorious resurrection and ascension; and by the coming of the Holy Ghost, Good Lord, deliver us.
In all the times of our tribulation; in all the times of our wealth; in the hour of death, and in the day of Judgment, Good Lord, deliver us.
We pray to You, Almighty God, for future mercies, let us not forget to acknowledge those which we have already received. We bless You for our creation; we bless You for preserving us till now; we bless You for all Your goodness towards us; but, above all, we bless You for Your great love in sending Your Son Jesus Christ into the world, to die for our sins, and to rise again for our justification. We beseech You to make us so sensible of Your mercies, that our hearts may be truly thankful; and that we may praise You, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to Your service; and by walking before You in holiness and righteousness all our days, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, to whom with You, and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen. – A Selection of Prayers for Families by Edward Jones
O heavenly Father, you have filled the world with beauty: Open our eyes to behold your gracious hand in all your works; that, rejoicing in your whole creation, we may learn to serve you with gladness; for the sake of him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For All Sorts and Conditions
O God, the creator and preserver of all mankind, we pray to you for all sorts and conditions of people; that you would be pleased to make your ways known to them, your saving health to all nations. More especially we pray for your holy Church universal; 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 ways afflicted or distressed, in mind, body, or estate; [especially those for whom our prayers are desired]; that it may please 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. And this we beg for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen
For the Human Family
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
From the Book of Common Prayer
O LORD, the great Almighty God, You art the giver of life and strength, and of all grace all goodness; without whom we can do nothing; and through whose gracious assistance it is, that we are enabled to do all things belonging to Your service and our duty. We humbly pray, that You will be graciously present with us, and powerfully assist us this day. Direct and quicken us in all the ways and duties of Your holy service. Lord forgive our iniquities, that separate us between You and our souls; and remember not the sins against us, which may justly provoke You to hide Your face from us. But according to Your mercy, remember us, O Lord, and accept us, and our imperfect services, at the hands, and for the sake of Jesus Christ.
O leave us not to the dullness and hardness, the vanity and deceitfulness of our own depraved hearts but show the power of Your heavenly grace, in working mightily upon these hearts of ours: to bring and keep them in such a holy frame, that we may be fit to attend upon You, and perform more faithful and appropriate service to You and enjoy more of that heavenly communion with You, which You have made us capable of; and which our souls will be forever restless without.
O let us not serve You in formality and hypocrisy, making any duties of course the cover of a vain licentious life. But let our hearts and souls, and all that is within us, be taken up in a reverent, faithful and affectionate attendance upon You. Nor let us serve You out of duty, only because we must; but with all readiness and gladness, and love and delight. Making Your pleasure to be ours, and the daily service of our Lord, the joy and solace of our souls. O help us so to sanctify this day, that Your day may be a means to promote the sanctification of our souls. Let us bestow ourselves in exercises benefitting the holy season; and not profane it to any vain and vicious purposes. But on the Lord’s day may we abound in the work of the Lord; and not do our own works, nor find our own pleasure, nor speak our own words, in the day which You have hallowed for Yourself. Let us rest from all our sinful ways, as well as from our continuous labors; and so delight ourselves in You. O Lord, give us pure hearts, and bless to us Your word, O gracious Father. Give to us all the means of grace, which through Your favor we enjoy, that we may not use them in vain, nor to our hurt: but for the informing of our minds, the reforming of our lives, and the saving of our souls; still growing in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; till we attain to be such as Your holy word requires, in all holy conversation and godliness.
Great peace have they that love Your law. O Lord, increase our love of Your word, which the angels desire to look into. Make our souls pliable and submissive, to be turned and ruled by it, till we become in all things agreeable to it.
Bless us, our Father, and command a blessing upon all our pious designs and performances this day: and bless Your servants whom You have appointed to break the bread of life to our souls, that they may speak Your word and give to everyone their portion in due season. And that Your word, which they deliver, may be to our conviction, edification and comfort, and the savor of life to our souls. O You that has the key of David, and opens and no man shuts, You that speaks to the heart, and gives the increase, open our understandings to receive Your truth, both in the light, and in the love of it. And set it home so powerfully in our hearts that it may take root deep in our souls, make the fruits of Your Spirit be seen in our lives. Let us not be forgetful hearers but faithful doers of Your word.
And grant, O God, that our services this day be such, as may tend to our advantage and in the great day of Your appearing and that we may so hallow these Sabbaths on earth, that hereafter we may be attend the joyful celebration of the eternal life in Your kingdom of heaven: therewith all the church triumphant, to magnify Your glorious name, and to enjoy Your love, and sing Your praise forever. For the addition of this Sabbath to all the rest, for the benefit of Your word, and the ordinances of Your worship, and all the means of grace, and hopes of Your eternal glory, to You, the God of all grace, be the praise, and honor, and glory rendered by us, and by all .’ thine, from this time forth, and fοrever. AMEN.
— A collection of Family Prayers and Devotions
O God, whose name alone is Jehovah. You are the Most High over all the earth; and You have set Your glory above the heavens. All Your works praise You, Ο Lord, and Your saints bless You. You are our father’s God, and we will exalt You. You are our own God, and early will we seek You, for in Your favor is life.
Open our lips, and our mouth shall show forth Your praise. You have made us, and not We ourselves. Yours eye see our substance and in Your book our names are written. You have taught us more than the beasts of the field, and made us wiser than the fowls of the air. There is a spirit in man, and the inspiration of the Almighty gives him understanding. Your providence has watched over us from the womb, supplied all our wants, arranged all our affairs, and determined the boundaries of our habitation.
The lines have fallen to us in pleasant places, yea, we have a good heritage. We live in a land of vision. How superior are our advantages to those of Your ancient people, the Jews. The SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, which was below the horizon to them, has risen upon us with healing in His wings; and we are all the children of the day. Let us not, therefore, sleep, as do others; but while we have the light, may we walk in the light, lest darkness come upon us.
May we ever be impressed with the conviction that where much is given, much will be required and that our greatest danger results from our distinguishing advantages— our Sabbaths; our sanctuaries; the Scriptures of truth; the preaching of the gospel; and all the other means of grace.
What more could have been done for us than You have done? and yet how little fruit have we brought forth. We deserve to be cut down as encumberers of the ground, and cast into the fire. Yet, Ο Lord, spare us, for the sake of Your Son, our Savior; and lengthen out our day of grace. Convict us of sin, of righteousness, and of a judgment to come. May we see our danger, and our refuge too, and be led to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ; and may we find Him to be precious to our souls, the CHIEF AMONG TEN THOUSAND, AND THE ONE ALTOGETHER LOVELY.
May we be made the partakers of Christ, and not only of His righteousness, but of His Spirit. That we may be, not only pardoned, but renewed; and not only have a title to heaven, but a meetness for it. No longer alienated from the life of God, may our meditations of You be sweet, and may we draw near to You with exceeding joy. May we trust in Your promises, and rely on Your constant protection and care. May we be devoted to Your service, and find in it perfect freedom. May we delight ourselves in Your commandments, and forget not Your word, that we may not sin against You.
With afflictions weaned from the world, and with evidences bright for heaven, all the days of our appointed time may we wait till our change comes: may we die, supported by the consolations of the gospel, and surrounded with the glory of God; and have an entrance ministered to us abundantly, into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior.
Prepare us for our passage, as well as for our end. While we are here, may we fulfil the duties and bear with firmness, the trials of our respective stations; may we glorify our Father, who is in heaven; and serve our generation according to His will.
Continue Your goodness to us as a family. Adapt Your mercies to each of our wants. May those of us who hope in You that we have passed from death to life, walk humbly with God and grow in grace, and may those who are still impenitent, be convinced of sin and become the devoted servants of Christ. Remember our absent friends. Let Your ministers enjoy Your presence; and Your churches be filled with Your glory. Let this nation be under Your care. Ever protect the seat of learning and science; of civil and religious freedom; of social blessedness; and of gospel privileges; shall they be the source of usefulness to the ends of the earth.
May Ethiopia stretch forth her hands to God. And may all nations whom You have made, come and worship before You. For Yours, Ο God, is the power; and Yours shall be the glory, through our Lord and Savior. AMEN. — Rev. Emerson Davis
THE heavens declare Your glory, Ο God, and the raiment shows Your handy work. Day to day utters speech, and night to night shows knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where Your voice is not heard. We behold displays of Your wisdom, power and goodness in all Your works, from the largest to the least.
You have magnified Your word above all Your name; and we can never be sufficiently thankful for the revelation of Your will in the Scriptures of truth. We bless You that this sacred volume has been preserved, and translated, and published, and multiplied, so that we all have it in our possession, and can read in our own tongue Your wonderful works O God. Here we see not only Your greatness, but Your grace; and not only Your pity, but Your rectitude; we see mercy and truth meeting together, righteousness and peace embracing each other. Here You have shined in our hearts, to give us the knowledge of Your glory in the face of Jesus Christ.
For in Christ You have reconciled the world to Yourself, not imputing their trespasses to them. You have made Jesus to be sin for us, Jesus who knew no sin. You gave us Your Son that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. You have raised Him from the dead, and given Him glory, that our faith and hope may be in You, O God. In view of this infinite kindness, may we reign all our unworthy and suspicious thoughts; and placing our confidence in You, return and say Lord, Ι am Yours, save me. Look upon me, and be merciful to me, as You used to do to those that love Your name.
We ask not to be enrolled among the rich and the great of this world, but to be numbered‚ with those who are blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. The graves are ready for us; and we shall soon be in a state, that will render it a matter of indifference to us whether we have filled a cottage or a palace — but it ‚will be eternally important to us, that we have been justified by Your grace, and sanctified by Your Spirit, and adopted into Your family. May we, therefore, be wise to salvation: and make it our present, our supreme, our persevering concern, tο obtain those blessings which are spiritual in their nature; eternal in their continuance; satisfying in their possession; and which unerringly indicate that we are the friends of God.
Preserve us from a false estimate of the whole of our character, or any part of it. May we regard our principles as well as our conduct; our motives as well as our actions. May we never mistake the excitement of our passions for the renewing of the Holy Ghost. May we never judge our religion by occasional impressions and impulses; but by our constant and prevailing disposition. May our heart be right with God, and our life such as becomes the gospel.
May we maintain a supreme regard for one another and always strive for a better world. May we feel and confess ourselves to be only strangers and pilgrims in this life. How often by bodily infirmities and pains, and by dissatisfaction’s growing out of every enjoyment —how often have we been taught that this is not our rest. Afford us, we pray, all the assistance we need while passing through the scenes of life. Give us, in large abundance, the supply of the spirit of Jesus Christ, that we may be prepared for every duty: that we may love You for all our mercies; that we may submit to You in every trial. May we trust You when we walk in darkness, and have no light; and amidst all the changes of the present, and the uncertainties of the future, may our minds be kept in perfect peace, being stayed upon God.
Have You not made with us an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure? The very hairs of our head—are they not all numbered? Are not all Your ways mercy and truth? Lord, we believe, help our unbelief. And now to Him that is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy: to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. AMEN. — Rev. Emerson Davis
O GOD, Who is holy, and rest in the holy places, Who is hymned by the Seraphim, glorified by the Cherubim, and adored by all the heavenly powers, Who has vouchsafed Your care over Your humble and unworthy servants. We come to worship and praise You. Receive, Ο Lord, we beseech You, our fervent thanksgiving, and grant that we may serve You in holiness and peace all the days of our life. Blessed are You, Ο Lord God of our fathers, You are to be praised and exalted above all forever. Blessed be Your glorious and holy Name. You, Ο Lord, are the greatness and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty, for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine. Thine is the kingdom, Ο Lord, and Thou is exalted as Head above all. Yours. We will sing unto the Lord a new song. Ο Lord, You are great and glorious, wonderful in strength and invincible. Let all creatures serve You, for You spoke and they were made. You sent forth Your Spirit and they were created. Ο God, You are worthy to be praised with all pure and holy praise, therefore let Your saints praise You with all Your creatures, and let all Your angels and Your elect praise You forever. Let our souls bless You God, the great King, for worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing, both now and evermore. Amen.
(St. Chrysostom, A.D. 347.)
Heavenly Father we come to You this morning to praise and worship You. We thank You for the peaceful rest we have had this past night and now that the dawn breaks we are anxiously awaiting the day You have prepared for us. Lord God Almighty we know that You are our strength, our hope, our refuge, our counselor, our guide, our everything. We long for more of You each day. We continually seek Your face and desire that Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. God watch over our coming and going today that we may not sin against You. Bless our family and relations. May we be a light to the world and a source of comfort to the afflicted. God give us the word’s to say to those that need encouragement. May our business dealings be just and true. Lord our hearts desire is to walk in a manner worthy of our calling as Christians, do not let that desire be thwarted. Now we dedicate this day to You in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen —Karrol
O GIVE thanks unto the Lord; for He is good: because His mercy endures forever.
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do to me?
The Lord is my strength and song, and has become my salvation.
The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous:
The right hand of the Lord does all things wonderfully.
I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.
Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord.
COME, my soul, you must be waking!
Now is breaking
O’er the earth another day.
Come to Him who made this splendor;
See You render
All your feeble strength can pay.
Gladly hail the sun returning;
Be the Incense of Your powers:
For the night is safely ended, —
God has tended
With His care your helpless hours.
Pray that He may prosper ever
When your aim is good and true;
But that He may ever thwart you,
And convert you,
When evil you would pursue.
O GOD, mercifully accept the prayers of Your children throughout the world, which shall this day be offered at the footstool of Your throne: give us grace to prepare our hearts, that we may serve You with reverence and godly fear: grant us a true apprehension of Your divine majesty, and a deep sense of our unworthiness; that so, approaching Your presence with lowliness and devotion, we may present an offering acceptable to You, and in the spirit of Him who has taught us how to pray. Amen. — Rush Rees Shippen
O LORD, our heavenly Father! the great Source of life, the benevolent Power, in Whom all our comfort and happiness exist! You are good and do good continually; Your tender mercies are over all Your works. Our voice will 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 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, we direct our prayers, with sentiments of trust in a paternal providence, and with mutual solicitude for each others virtue and happiness. We look to You, our eternal Refuge, whose mercies towards us are great and constant. Hear, most gracious God, these our united prayers and thanksgivings. The goodness we have in Jesus Christ, encourages us to pour out before You our gratitude. It is our 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 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 every trial, and the pledge of Your favor and everlasting love.
Ο Lord most holy! what we ask for ourselves, we desire for others. Increase 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 to 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.
Ιn the arms of faith and prayer we would commend to You the sick and the afflicted, we ask You to 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. — Charles Brooks
ALMIGHTY and most merciful God! Maker of all worlds! Judge of men! Your name is excellent in all the earth; and Your glory is above the stars. You inhabit eternity, and dwell in light which no man can approach.
We Your dependent and sinful creatures would bow before You, acknowledging how unworthy we are to appear in Your presence, or to lift up so much as an eye to those holy heavens, where You dwell. Ο Lord! though we are thus unworthy to presume on Your favor, yet so great is Your goodness, as to encourage our addresses to You, by many gracious promises of Your love and acceptance. With humble confidence, then, would we approach Your throne of grace, beseeching You, in the name of Jesus Your beloved Son, to be merciful to us and forgive us according to Your abundant goodness.
We acknowledge, Ο Father, that we have acted foolishly and wickedly, by doing those things which You have forbidden, and by neglecting to do those things, which You have commanded: Ο let that divine mercy, which has spared us so long, lead us to repentance, that we may forsake our evil ways, and turn unto You, the Lord our God.
Give us grace, we beseech You, to seriously consider the great work we have to do, and the uncertainty of the time in which we must perform it; so that we may not foolishly consume our days in vanity and indolence; in the gratification of corrupt desires and empty wishes. Grant us aid to lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily besets us; and may we run with patience and perseverance the race laid out for us, looking unto Jesus.
Gracious God! You have mercy in all Your ways, and desire not the death of sinners, but rather that they should turn from their ways and live; look in pity upon us, and, through our Redeemer, enable us to conquer every evil habit and surmount every temptation. Look with Your favor upon our remaining part of life; grant, if it please You, that the days, few or many, which You shall yet allow us, may pass in reasonable trust, in holy fear, and ardent love. Strengthen our good purposes till they shall produce lives pleasing to You. Enable us so to shun sloth and negligence, that every day we may discharge our part of the duties You have allotted us: and will You, Ο Lord, further with that labor which, without Your help, must be ineffectual. Enlighten us with divine knowledge; animate us with heavenly hope; comfort us in Your love, and aid us in all our good resolutions; so that we, who have been created by Your power, and sustained by Your providence, may live to answer the high purposes of our being. Let us not add wickedness to wickedness; but tο experience Your favor, which is life, and Your loving kindness, which is better than life.
We are now to begin another term of duty; will You, Ο God, be with us. May our increase of days produce increase of grace: and as Your bounties are multiplying upon us, may we return to You the offering of holy lives.
Father of mercies! You have defended us through another night and bestowed on us another morning. We desire to dedicate to You the lives You are sparing. Give us wisdom, that we may know You; sanctify our affections that we may love You; put Your fear into our hearts, that we may dread to offend You, and grant that in the conclusion of the day we may be able to review our conduct with increasing satisfaction, and have our hope in Your mercy stilt more established.
These our petitions, we would offer through the Son of Your love, our Intercessor at Your right hand; while we ascribe to You praises everlasting. Amen. — Charles Brooks
ETERNAL and infinite Jehovah! Framer of our bodies and Father of our spirits! we adore You as our Father and our God, and the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, — as that most high and holy Being, whom angels praise,. whom dominions adore, before whom all pοwers fall down and. tremble, and whose excellent glory cherubim and seraphim proclaim forever.. On this morning of the day sacred to You, we would come before You, in the name οf that Savior, whose glorious rising this day is commemorated. By Your good providence we are once more permitted to assemble in the tranquility and happiness of the family circle. You have watched over us during the past night, have spared our lives, and made us the monuments of Your preserving goodness. And now, our Father, may we come to You in the spirit of faith and devotion. Save us from the guilt of hollow professions and heartless prayers, — and let us not draw near unto You with our lips while our hearts are far from You.
We praise You, God of Grace, for all those religious blessings, which we are now especially called upon most gratefully to remember, and for all the holy recollections which this day brings to our minds. Glory be to You, Father of mercies, for that Savior, who triumphed over the grave and made death His captive. We bless You, that You, who, in times past, spoke to the fathers by the prophets, have, in these latter days, spoken to us by Your Son Jesus Christ; that You have sent Him to go before us in the way of duty and of suffering, to be our guide and deliverer, to save us from our sins, and to show us the way to Your favor, which is life, and Your loving kindness, which is better than life. How should we adore Your goodness, Ο God, that when spiritual darkness covered the earth, and mankind had wandered far from You, You stretched forth the arm of Your mercy, mighty to save, and powerful to bless, — and that the Messenger of Your truth and love appeared, the friend of sinners, and the guide to immortality. We bless You, that though earth be a land of darkness, and over it be spread the shadow of death, yet there is an inheritance of glory reserved for Your children in a brighter world, —that though we are born to die, yet Christ has taught us that we die but to live forever, — and through the grave has opened to us the pathway to the mansions of bliss and glory. And we pray, Ο Father, that while we are grateful for the high and rich blessings of the Gospel, our hearts may be subdued to its dominion and sanctified by its influences; that we may live in the purity of Christian faith, and die in the joy of Christian hope.
Father in heaven! we beseech You to be with us, and bless us this day, and prepare our hearts for Your service. Ο send out Your light and Your truth; let them lead us, let them bring us to Your holy place. In Your earthly temple, may we this day meet around Your altar, and there put away all our earth-born passions, our distracting cares, οur vain and frivolous thoughts, and offer to You that homage of the soul, which You will not despise. May we enter Your gates with thanksgiving, and Your courts with praise, there to pour out our hearts to You in the voice of prayer, and to seek some good instruction, some purifying, sanctifying, influences from Your holy word. Ο save us from a careless, formal, hypocritical worship; and when we receive good impressions, let them not be as the morning cloud and the early dew. We lament before You, that we have so often forgotten Your goodness and violated Your laws, and that our souls have been so much estranged from You, and from pure and holy things. We pray that this day, and during the whole of our lives, we may love You more and serve You better than ever yet we have done. May we leave behind, our follies and our sins, and press on toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. May the virtues and graces of the Gospel be the ornaments of our lives and characters. May we seek to imitate the example of our Savior, and to transcribe into our own souls something of His meekness and humility, His fervent piety and patient resignation, His enlarged benevolence, His generous and holy zeal in doing good. Knowing that a day is coming, in which You will render unto every one according to His works, may we be as those who live for eternity.
We pray for Your servant, who ministers in sacred things to the society, of which we are members. Bless his labors in the cause of Christ, and make him the instrument of turning many to righteousness. Let Your blessing rest on all the ministers of the Gospel; may they be animated, faithful, zealous, and successful in imparting and enforcing the truths, the warnings, and the hopes of our holy religion. We pray that Your presence and blessing may be with all the assemblies of Your worshipping people this day, — and may the power of Your word be displayed in turning men from the error of their ways unto You, the living and true God. Grant, Ο God, that the kingdom of Your Son may be more widely diffused and more firmly established, and that all the nations of the earth may come to the knowledge and worship of You, through Jesus Christ, whom You have sent. In His name we offer our prayer, and ascribe unto You all power and glory forever. Amen.
Book: A Family Prayer Book
Author: Charles Brooks
Edited by: Karrol 2016
GOD, most holy and most gracious, never could we climb up to You by any ladder of our own making; therefore in pity You have sent Your Son into the world to show us the way to You. You have set the glory of Your omnipotence in Heaven and earth. And yet were You only an infinitude of might, our hearts would faint within us. But now in Jesus Christ You have veiled Your power, have come forth in the strength of Your gentleness to live our life and die our death, that You might win us as sons and give us eternal life. O God, we know not the meaning of Gethsemane and the Cross. If we seek to grasp it, too often we but darken counsel with words of ignorance. We can only praise You for Your grace, and lift up a cry of penitence and of trust.
Living Father! We thank You for our life with its unspeakable privilege and dread responsibility. You have given it to us that, through it may throb the mighty tide of Your love, that in it may be revealed some aspect of Your being and beauty. You have beset us behind and before. You make us to sorrow for our sins. You stir us with a divine discontent, and we forget the things that are behind and reach forth unto the things that are before. We rejoice that You have set our life amid gracious opportunities, whereby You would train us to truer vision and larger understanding of You and of ourselves.
We bless You for the Church as the school of virtue and godly living; for the sacred Scriptures that bring to us the story of Your redeeming will; for all the wise and saintly men of the past and of the present; for the goodly fellowship of the prophets, and the noble army of the martyrs; for the great cloud of witnesses from whose faith and hope we would take courage in our struggles and trials. We rejoice to believe that You are always overruling trouble and temptation and sin and disappointment, and out of them are making stepping- stones to bring us nearer to You. Forbid that we should know Your grace in vain. Rather may Your goodness bind us anew to loyalty and to faith, and constrain us to a life separate from evil, made consecrate to goodness.
We would not be selfish in our prayers. We cannot come into Your presence without bringing in our hearts the tears, the pain, the longing of our brothers. O God, our sympathy with them is but the broken reflection of Yours. Come to the burdened, the wretched, the grief-stricken, those who have been made sad by others, and those who have brought sadness upon themselves. May they hear, by faith, the still voice of Your sympathy! May they feel the beating of Your great heart of compassion! May they take comfort in the assurance that You suffer in and with them, and with You abides everlasting blessedness! Hear our prayers in behalf of all those who are struggling against the power of evil. Have pity upon the drunkard. Restore to him the power of self-control. Enable him to obey the behests of reason and conscience. Lay Your healing and soothing hand upon the victims of nervous tension, of sleepless nights, and fruitless days. Give them rest of soul that the body, too, may be at rest. Relieve those who are in pain. Grant them patience and courage, and let them not doubt Your goodness or love. Call the sinning and the suffering into fellowship with Christ that they may find in Him the secret of victory over the evil of the world; that He may rise in their souls, a star burning brightly through the long night unto Your perfect day. These blessings we beg, in His name, and for His sake. Amen — A Book of Prayers for Public and Personal Use By SAMUEL McCOMB, M. A., D.D..
LOVING Father, our hearts are moved to gratitude and trust when we look up to You. We rejoice that through our fleeting days there runs Your gracious purpose. We praise You that we are not the creatures of chance, nor the victims of iron fate, but that out from You we have come and into Your bosom we shall return. We would not, even if we could, escape You. You alone are good, and to escape from You is to fall into infinite evil. Your hand is upon us moving us on to some far off spiritual event, where the meaning and the mystery of life shall be made plain and Your glory shall be revealed. Look in pity upon our ignorance and childishness. Forgive us our small understanding of Your purpose of good concerning us. Do not be angry with us, but draw us from the things of this world which cannot satisfy our foolish hearts. Fill us with Yourself, that we may no longer be a burden to ourselves. So glorify the face of goodness that evil shall have no more dominion over us.
The strength of Your love, O Lord, we would have all men share. Let it go forth to all who feel themselves neglected, or despised, or forgotten. Be their great Companion, who understands all, whose sympathy is wider and deeper than all their need. Look in compassion upon the bereaved and brokenhearted. Help them to take up afresh the duties of life with a deeper devotion to You, that they may so pass into that world of experience, where sorrow alone can lead the way. Lift them above themselves so that their tears may bring forth fruit in tender ministry to those afflicted with like suffering, that they may comfort others with the comfort wherewith they themselves are comforted by You. For those who despair because of moral weakness and failure, we pray. May they throw themselves on Your truth and mercy, and hear Your voice of power and reassurance, “Be still and know that I am Your God, Your salvation.” Let the doubter see his doubts dissolve away in the vision of Yourself. Let the restless and discontented pass into Your peace, which the world cannot give and cannot take away. Let the miserable and ill at ease, the fretful and the careworn, come forth from their cabined world into the larger places of Your blessedness and Your rest.
O God, You have been our fathers’ God. They trusted in You, and were not ashamed. Be our God and our Fortress, even unto death, for Your mercies’ sake. Amen
— A Book of Prayers for Public and Personal Use By SAMUEL McCOMB, M. A., D.D..
O Heavenly Father, hear our cry and attend unto our prayer as we seek Your face at the close of another day.
O Lord our God, we bless You for the sure foundation which You have laid in Zion. We bless You that You have given Your Son to bear our sins in His own body on the tree. We bless You that He is the very Rock of Ages, and that none who trust in Him shall ever be confounded.
O blessed Savior, You are the only hope of lost and perishing sinners, help us to rest our souls on You! On You we lay all our sins, for You have died for our salvation. Wash away all our guilt in Your blood, and set us free from all condemnation. On You likewise would we lay all our wants. You know how great they are, but Your fullness is enough to supply every lack. Grant to us the spirit of true penitence and contrition. Take from us the heart of stone and give unto us the heart of flesh. Heal all our spiritual infirmities. Help our unbelief. Take away from us all indifference and deafness of spirit. Open our eyes that we may behold more clearly Your marvelous love. Beat down Satan under our feet, and enable us to overcome all temptation.
Be our Friend and Comforter in days of sorrow and adversity. To You, we bring our griefs and our cares, and we beseech You to bear them for us. Speak peace to every weary burdened spirit, and give them rest in Your faithfulness and love.
O gracious Master, draw us more closely to Yourself, and make Your name more dear to us every day. May we lean on You, for You uphold us with Your own right hand. May Your mercy and loving kindness embrace us on every side. Let Your everlasting arms be beneath us, and when heart and flesh fail, be the strength of our heart and our portion forever.
We plead with You for all the members of this family, present or absent. Knit us together in the love of Christ, and prepare each one of us for a home above. Bless our neighbors and our friends, and may they all be the friends of Jesus. Lift up all who are cast down, and succor all who are in sorrow and distress. Guide the footsteps of any who are seeking their way to Zion, and restore by Your grace any who have gone back from Your ways.
Finally, we beseech You to have mercy on all men, and hasten the day of Your appearing, when all sin and sorrow shall be ended. Hear us, O Savior, for Your mercy’s sake. Amen
Book: Before His Footstool Family Prayers for One Month
Author: Rev. George Everard, M.A.
Publisher: LONDON: William Hunt and Company 1874
Revised and Edited by: Karrol 2015
O Lord God Almighty, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we come once more to seek Your help. Another day has quickly come and passed by, and we are one stage nearer to our latter end. But You are the living God, unchangeable in truth and loving-kindness. With You is no variables nor shadow of turning. You never fail them that trust in You, and Your mercy toward them that fear You is from everlasting to everlasting.
We confess, O Lord, that our sins have risen up toward heaven as a thick cloud. By thought and word and deed we have provoked You to anger. We have grieved and vexed Your Holy Spirit by our continual back sliding. Spare us, O merciful Father, we humbly ask You, and cast us not away from Your presence. Though we be tied and bound by the chain of our sins, yet let the bountifulness of Your great mercy loose us.
We plead before You the great work of redemption which Christ has wrought on our behalf. He has died, being the just for the unjust. He has borne our sins in His own body on the tree. O look upon Him wounded and bruised for-our iniquities, and may His death answer for all our guilt. Impute not unto us the sins which we have done, but behold us with Your merciful favor for His sake.
We plead with You, O Lord, Your own faithful promises. You are God, and Your words are true, and that which You have spoken with Your mouth You will fulfill with Your hand. You have promised eternal life to those that believe in Christ. You have promised deliverance from the guilt and power of sin to all who seek Your face. • Grant us these blessings we .humbly beseech You. Give us Your grace on earth and Your glory in the world to come.
Be our refuge in the day of trouble. When trials come You only can support and comfort us. Be You are our Stronghold, our Hiding-place, and our Covert from the storm and tempest. Teach us, O Lord, to fear the judgments which You have pronounced against such as neglect Your salvation. You are faithful to Your promises: You are likewise faithful to the threatening of Your Word. O teach each one of us to flee from Your wrath and take refuge in Your mercy. If any before You are yet unsaved, lead them this night to turn unto You, and wash us every one in the fountain opened for sin and uncleanness.
O Lord Jesus, abide with us by night and by day, and amidst the changes and chances of this mortal life may we ever lean on You, who is the same yesterday, to-day, and forever. Keep us near to Yourself this night. May our last thoughts be of You. Refresh us with quiet rest, and raise us up on the morrow strengthened to serve and please You. Hear us for Your name’s sake. Amen
Our Father, etc.
Book: Before His Footstool Family Prayers for One Month
Author: Rev. George Everard, M.A.
Publisher: LONDON: William Hunt and Company 1874
Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2015