Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we are Yours. The God whom we ought to serve; whom to know is life eternal, and whom to serve is perfect freedom; we adore Your majesty and grace as they are revealed in the face of Jesus Christ.
We are sinful and rebellious creatures, and You are a consuming fire. But eternal praise be to Your wisdom, which provided a way in which You could be a just God, and yet a Savior. We praise and bless You for the Gospel, which reveals Your love to us in Jesus; that You have laid help upon One that is mighty; that You have delivered us from going down to the pit, because You have found a ransom. Accept us, this night, in Your beloved Son, the Lord our righteousness. We take hold of His salvation, and stand before You in our substitute; we rejoice, that in Him we can be justified from all things; that in Him You are a God of love.
May the Holy Ghost shed abroad in our hearts the love of Your name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and keep us in the same forever and ever.
O Lord, it is painful and grievous to us when we do not serve You better. Our hearts are too often charged with the anxious cares of earthly things. Our flesh clings to the dust; and our affections stray away from You, whom we ought to love. O our God, have compassion upon us, while we are struggling against the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Leave us not in our own strength to contend with our spiritual enemies, but let Your strength be made perfect in our weakness. O ever precious Savior, our great High Priest, our advocate with the Father, plead our cause, and supply all needful grace for the strengthening and refreshing of our souls. All that we can desire is treasured up in You. Give us whatever we need for Your service and for the enjoyment of heavenly things; so shall we be neither barren, nor unfruitful, in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
And bless Your mourning church, O Lord, which suffers from deadness and division. Grant a fuller measure of the Comforter’s presence. O heal the wounds which sin and selfishness have inflicted upon Your members. Cause Your ways to be known upon earth. Make it plain, how Your servants should serve You. Leave us not in doubt with regard to those things which make for our peace. May we in sincerity of heart look to You for direction. O Lord, rouse Your slumbering servants among us, and make them ready for the bridegroom’s coming. Give us oil in our lamps; and so wean our hearts from all worldly things, that we may be ready, at any moment, to go forth when the cry shall be heard, “Behold the bridegroom comes.” Give to us all that preparedness of heart, that we may be enabled to rejoice at the sign of the Son of Man, and hasten to meet Him.
Look in mercy upon those who are still living to the world, and who are not looking for the advent of Jesus. Prepare their hearts to obey the gospel of Your grace. Give them faith in Jesus, as a Savior, and the spirit of adoption, to call You, Abba Father. Spare them, we beseech You, yet a little longer, and supply that Spirit, which will cause them to bring forth fruit to Your glory.
Hear and answer, O Lord, these our humble petitions for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Book: Daily Prayers for Family Worship in a Course of Four Weeks
Author: Rev. William Dalton, B.D.
Publisher: London: Hamilton, Adams, and Co. Paternoster Row, Wolverhammpton: Simpson and Steen (1861)