Grant unto us, O merciful God, knowledge and true understanding of Your word, that we may know what Your will is, and also may show forth in our lives those things that we do know. that we be not only knower’s of Your word but also doers of the same; by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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
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
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
O Lord God Almighty, the God of our salvation, we close this day in humble reliance upon Your mercy. You have given us this day, fresh tokens of Your favor. You have permitted us again to meet as a family to worship You. You send us Your Word to teach us in Your way. Make these means of grace helpful to our souls. May the Spirit of grace rest upon us, and write on our hearts the truth as it is in Jesus.
O Lord, we would humble ourselves before You, for our sins and backsliding; our promises and resolutions have been as the morning cloud. We have turned aside from You, and have borne but little fruit acceptable in Your sight. We have destroyed ourselves by breaking Your commandments and departing from Your ways.
But, O Lord, our help is in You alone. You would have us return to You who will heal our backsliding and love us freely. In You the sinful and the sorrowful find mercy and grace. O take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously. Turn away Your anger from us, and give us the joy of Your salvation.
Let the dew of Your Spirit lighten upon us from day to day. Deepen our contrition and increase our faith. Make us to grow in holiness and love, and in every Christian grace. Make us more steadfast in our profession of Your name, and more fruitful in Your service. Make us useful by our example to those around us, and may our prayers on behalf of others be abundantly answered. May we cast away every idol to only worship and serve You, the only God. May we live as strangers and pilgrims on earth, waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Mercifully behold Your household, the Church, and bestow the fullness of Your Spirit on all who love You. Look upon Your flock throughout the world, and in every land multiply exceedingly the number of Your true servants. Make them pure in the faith, and holy and consistent in their walk with You.
We beseech You also to comfort this night all that are in trouble. Relieve the sick and suffering, and give them quiet rest. Bind up the broken hearted with the consolations of Your Gospel. Speak peace to the lonely and desolate. Cheer the hearts of the fainting, and assure them that You will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax. Be very close to all whom we love. Keep them from all evil, and lead them in Your way.
Finally, we bless You for all Your servants departed this life in Your faith and fear. Give us grace to follow them in all virtuous and godly living, and may we come at last to those unspeakable joys which You have prepared for them that truly love You. Grant this and all our petitions, most merciful Father, for Jesus Christ’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 2015
O You great and glorious God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, permit us to meet You as a family who desires to honor You at all times, and on all occasions. Oh, make our worship to be no mere formality, but while before You may our thoughts be withdrawn from the necessary duties and engagements of life, and centered on Yourself. We feel it to be a great privilege to be permitted to come near You at any time, and we desire to acknowledge ourselves before You as poor, lost, undone sinners, unworthy of the least of Your mercies.
But, O God, we praise You for Your love to us, in covenanting with Your Son to be our ransom and our substitute, and to be “made sin for us.” You have said (oh, may we believe it!) that You have “laid upon Him the iniquities of us all,” that “He has borne our sins in His own body on the tree.”
Oh, may we be enabled in some degree to understand and to believe in this, Your great compassion for us, in so reconciling sinners to Yourself. We confess how utterly unworthy we are of such condescending love, and we would not mistrust You, but receive with humble gratitude such a wonderful and rich provision for our eternal safety. Oh, let us then, by Your infinite sovereign grace, lay our sins on Jesus, and utterly renounce anything and everything for our pardon and acceptance, but His all-complete, all-sufficient work. May it please You, O our Father, to enable us to lay ourselves out for Your glory. Let us not seek “our own, but the things which are Jesus Christ’s.” Let us not desire our own personal benefit so much, as that which shall redound to Your glory. Lord, assist us mercifully with Your Holy Spirit, to lead lives of true holiness, resisting the temptations incidental to every position of life, and enable us to watch with all perseverance, “praying always,” whether in prosperity or in adversity, and adorning the doctrine of God our Savior in all things. We commend to Your care and guidance all our relations and friends, especially any who are, from any cause, in perplexity or affliction, Oh, send them help and comfort according to their need. We ask You to bless our beloved country, to make us to be a Sabbath-keeping nation, and a people that fear the Lord always, and keeps the truth. Oh, may we esteem Your holy Word our greatest treasure, and be guided by it in all our words and works. Fill our hearts with a longing desire for the appearing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; and grant that when our day on earth is ended, we may enter Your prepared mansions, to be united with those who have gone before, and to be “ forever with the Lord.” Hear our earthly cries in heaven, Your dwelling-place, and when You hear, forgive! O Lord, hearken, and do according to all that Your servants have called to You for, through Jesus Christ our blessed Redeemer and Advocate. Amen.
Our Father, etc.
Daily Incense A Course Of Family Prayer For Four Weeks
Contributed By Various Friends Expressly For This Volume.
London: James Nisbet & Co., 21 Berners Street.
Edited by Karrol 2016
O ALMIGHTY And merciful God, gracious Father in heaven, You have again, by the protection of Your ministering spirits, the holy angels, kept me this past night, so that I have lived to see this day in good health and spirits. For this I earnestly glorify, praise and magnify You, furthermore praying for You, dear heavenly Father, in whose will I center all I do or leave undone, all my ends and aims, graciously to remember me also in future.
Govern, I ask You, with Your Holy Spirit, my heart, mind and thoughts, all my designs and purposes, my words and works, that I may understand what is good or evil, and may I, in this wicked and perverted world so live and walk this day as, above all things, to be free from sin and to experience a heartfelt desire for that eternal home purchased and secured for me by Christ, my Savior—not forfeiting it by a life of sin.
To this end graciously lend me the aid of Your divine love and the power of the Holy Ghost, for Jesus Christ, Your dear Son’s sake.
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
O ALMIGHTY God, who gives to all men liberally, and does not chastise, and does not despise the meanest of Your creatures who come to You in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, hear and answer us while we come to the throne of grace through Him as the way, the truth, and the life.
You have encouraged us to ask for great things, and we desire now to do so; yet not for the things of this world—for its riches, or its honors, which might prove a curse, instead of a blessing: but we ask for the pardon of daily sin, through the blood of Jesus; for an assurance of Your favor, and peace in our souls; for an abundant outpouring of the Holy Spirit, that we may resist the temptations of the evil one, and manifest in our lives the power of Your grace. Blessed Lord, You have encouraged us to expect great things. We acknowledge that we have need of more faith and holy boldness; we have been distressed in ourselves, but not in You; our conquest over sin might have been greater, had we waited upon You more for the Spirit. Oh God, put into our hearts large desires, and satisfy the same by giving us all that we stand in need of, for the Savior’s sake.
We give You thanks, O Lord, for Your preservation of us during the past night. We might have perished by fire, or have been visited by the pestilence that walks in darkness. Oh, how great is Your goodness towards us. When we reflect how we have been kept in health and quietness, and free from the pain and misery that many have suffered this night, how greatly should we praise You! O Lord, enable us to show forth that praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives.
Now that we enter upon the last day of the week, we would pray for the spirit of self-examination, and would remember before You that this is the preparation of the Sabbath. Prepare our hearts before you. Enable us to set our house in order, and to so arrange our worldly business, that we may serve You without distraction, on Your holy day. And for as much as we do not know what a day may bring forth, Oh, teach us to live each day as though it were our last, and be ready to welcome at any time the coming of our Lord. Cut every tie which binds us to earth; overcome our attachment to the things of the world; and enable us to sit completely loose to all but You. Oh, may the roots of our affections strike deeper into the good soil, that being established and grounded in Him we may be proof against the storms of adversity, and the force of temptation. Correct, we whatever You see amiss in our tempers and dispositions. Subdue the risings of unholy passions; say to the ruffled waves, Be still; let pride and harshness give place to meekness and humility; and may the spirit of the Savior be manifest in all we say and do.
We pray for You to aid and to look upon Your ministering servants who are to stand up on the morrow to preach the gospel of Your grace. Be with them in their preparation for this great work. May the Holy Ghost so fill them with the love of Jesus, and the love of souls, that they may fully testify of the riches of redeeming grace. Feed their own souls while they prepare to feed their flocks; and cause an abundant blessing to follow their labor in the Lord.
Grant these our petitions, O Lord, for Jesus Christ’s sake, our only Savior and Redeemer; to whom, with You and the Holy Ghost, be ascribed everlasting praise and glory. 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)
Almighty God, who has commanded us to call upon You; help us to draw near to You with our hearts, and not with our lips alone.
We do not kneel before You, trusting in our own righteousness; but in Your great mercy. If You were to judge us according to what we deserve, we could not stand in Your sight If we said that we had no sin, there would be no truth in us. But You have promised to receive all those who come to You in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ; You have said, that His blood cleanses us from all sin. Teach us to trust in Him, with all our hearts: and enable us to obey Him in our lives. Enable us to walk worthily of our high calling: enable us to renounce the devil and all his works: the vanities of this wicked world, and all the sinful lusts of the flesh. Enable us to live righteously, soberly, and godly; and to finish our course with joy, looking for the second coming of our Lord and Savior, when He shall take to Himself forever those who have been His disciples here on earth.
Bless, O God, all our relations and friends. Give them the same mercies which we ask for ourselves. Give them all things needful both for soul and body. Into Your hands we commend ourselves for this day. May it help to prepare us for the great day of account. Teach us always to remember that You see us, You hear us: and enable us to do and say what is pleasing to You.
Grant us these blessings, O Lord, for Jesus Christ’s sake, in whose words we sum up all our prayers.
Our Father, &c.
Book: A Corse of Morning and Evening Prayers for the Use of the Families of the Poor
Publisher: London: J. Hatchard and Son, 187 Piccadilly (1831)
Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed (2016)
ALMIGHTY God, who has commended Your love to us, in that while we were yet sinners, You gave Your Son to die upon the cross for us; be mercifully pleased to show us the light of Your countenance, and bless and comfort us, while we now draw near to worship You. We trust, alone, to the atoning blood of Jesus. All our dependence is on Him, for time, and for eternity.
You are greatly to be praised, O Lord, for the love that You have shown to us, guilty sinners. We have rebelled against You; we have provoked You to anger; we have been transgressors against Your laws; and You would have been just, had You condemned us to the lake of fire. Yet, in mercy You have spared us, and have made known to us Your willingness to save us by the Son of Your love. Your name be adored for those who, through grace, believe; and Your mercy be entreated for those who, as yet, are dead in trespasses and sins. Give them the light of the knowledge of Your glory, in the face of Jesus Christ, O Lord cause the day-spring from on high to visit them.
Let none of us, O Lord, be satisfied with a mere deliverance from the punishment of sin. Give us such a hungering and thirsting after righteousness—such an ardent love for holiness, as will make us press after an abundant entrance into Your heavenly kingdom. O blessed Savior, who has received all the fullness of the Spirit for Your Church, we beseech You to give to us that Spirit, in all the power that You see we require. Oh, cleanse our hearts; and mortify our carnal desires. Lead us to a higher perception and enjoyment of spiritual things; increase our love to You. May we, through faith in Your word and promise, be raised above the world, to live in happy, peaceful waiting for Your coming. We desire to be kept in that weaned state from worldly things, that we shall long for You, and love the time of Your appearing. Cut those ties that bind our souls to earth. Enable us to walk through this world as Jesus did. We grieve to feel how much our hearts still cling to the things of earth. Strengthen us for the time that remains; and enable us to rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
You know, O Lord, how much we need Your continual help. Guide and protect us as the sheep of Your pasture. We commend especially to Your gracious care the younger members of this family. Give to them Your Holy Spirit, that they may be taught to love and fear You, and to make them conscious of their ways in all they think, and say, and do. Grant that they may grow in grace daily, and in the knowledge of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
We have great reason to praise You for Your continued mercies toward us. We thank You, O God, for the rest, protection, and. preservation of the night past. We thank You that we have had a place to lay our heads, while others were in want and wretchedness. Give us hearts to feel for their miseries and to relieve them. Be near, to us, all the day long, and let not our hearts wander from You. Let Your word be the rule of our lives—Your Son our holy example—and Your Spirit our heavenly teacher. Let Your glory be our aim in whatever we do or say; and teach us so to value the joy of Your countenance, as to make any sacrifice, rather than lose it for a moment.
To the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be everlasting praise, majesty, and dominion, now and forever. 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)
O Lord God of infinite mercy, of infinite excellency, who has sent Your Holy Son into the world to redeem us from an intolerable misery, and to teach us a holy religion, and to forgive us our infinite debt: give me Your Holy Spirit, that my understanding and all my faculties may be so resigned to the discipline and doctrine of my Lord that I may be prepared in mind and will to die for the testimony of Jesus, and to suffer any affliction or calamity that shall offer to hinder my duty, or tempt me to shame, or sin, or apostasy: and let my faith be the parent of a good life, a strong shield to repel the fiery darts of the devil, and the author of a holy hope, of modest desires, of confidence in God, and of a never-failing charity to You, my God, and to all the world; that I may never have my portion with the unbelievers or uncharitable and desperate persons: but may be’ supported by the strengths of faith in all temptations, and may be refreshed with the comforts of a holy hope in all my sorrows, and may bear the burden of the Lord and the infirmities of my neighbor, by the support of charity: that the yoke of Jesus may become easy to me, and my love may do all the miracles of grace, till, from grace it swell to glory, from earth to heaven, from duty to reward, from the imperfections of a beginning and still growing love, it may arrive at the consummation of an eternal and never-ceasing charity, through Jesus Christ the Son of Your love, the anchor of our hope, the author and finisher of our faith, to whom with You, O Lord God, Father of heaven and earth, and with Your Holy Spirit be all glory and love and obedience and dominion now and forever. Amen. – Jeremy Taylor
- Being quickened together with Christ, and raised from the death of sin to a life of righteousness, may I be diligently engaged in seeking those things that are above, where He now sits at Your right hand.
- Help me to chase away carnal and worldly affections from my heart, and to raise my thoughts and views to spiritual and heavenly objects.
- May all my sentiments, words, and actions, from the beginning to the end of this day, be holy and unreprovable in Your sight!
- Fill me with all suitable affections towards You,—the deepest veneration, the purest love, the liveliest hope, and the sublimest joy.
- Give me, O Lord, such worthy apprehensions of Your adorable nature and attributes; such exalted views of Your creating power and wisdom, of Your providential care, and of Your redeeming love and grace; as shall excite in my soul.
- O Lord, form my soul into a resemblance of Yourself; and grant that, by the influence of Your Holy Spirit, I may be renewed in the spirit of my mind; and may be enabled to put on that new man which is created after God, in righteousness and true holiness.
- O Lord, preserve me to Yourself; and let nothing be able to separate me from Your love.
- Heavenly Father, help me to live under a constant sense of Your presence; and to maintain a habitual communion with You, as the disciple of Christ Jesus.
- May l find it good and desirable for me to draw near to You, from time to time, in the exercises of private and public devotion.
- May I be in the happy number of those whom You choose, and cause to approach You with acceptance.
- Grant, O Lord, that, in a humble imitation of Your goodness, I may cherish in my heart a sincere good will and fervent charity to all my fellow-creatures, as Your offspring. Let me not think it enough, merely to wish them well, and to abstain from injuring them; but make me ever ready to do them all the good in my power. Especially let me never be wasting in the discharge of those duties that belong to my particular station and relations.
- Give me wisdom to clearly discern, and effectually pursue the course You have set before me for I know that by following You it will result in my own truest welfare and result in eternal happiness.
- Teach me to prefer the interest of my soul to that of my body, to keep all my appetites and passions under due regulation.
- Teach me to cultivate the graces of humility and meekness, moderation and contentment; to possess my soul in patience, amidst all the trials and troubles of this present state; and to be, above all things, attentive to ensure my future and eternal bliss.
- Let my thoughts be more frequently and delightfully employed in meditating on the glorious perfections of Your nature, as displayed in Your works, and in Your word.
- Purify my affections; that I may love You above all, and delight in You, and in Your laws; and renounce and detest whatever is evil in itself and displeasing to You.
- Grant that I may feel more and more of that peace and satisfaction, which is the genuine effect of a growing acquaintance with You, and of a close adherence to You, in all the ways of holy obedience.
- While I am here in this world,’ help me to live by faith in You and those things that are above.
- Suffer me not to pursue earthly things, as if I had chosen the world for my portion, and had no better inheritance in view: but knowing that I do not have a continuing city here on earth, may I seek the one to come! For I know that city has strong foundations, O God for You are its builder and maker.
- Considering myself as only a stranger and pilgrim on earth, let me live like a citizen of heaven and have my conversation there.
- Enable me, O Lord, by Your mighty power, to overcome all the difficulties and oppositions, the trials and temptations, which I may meet on my journey heavenward.
- O Lord through Your strength and assistance and by making daily advances and improvements in holiness and goodness, may I gradually grow more and more fit for a share in that glorious inheritance, which is among Your saints in light.
Excerpts from DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR THE CLOSET BY THE LATE REV. SAMUEL MERIVALE
Edited by Karrol 2015
The Armed Forces
Key Thought: Valiant men and women guard our nation — and all our freedoms — from watch posts around the world.
Key Scripture: “He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover you with his feathers, and under his wings shalt you trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler ” (Ps. 91:1-4) .
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you prophesied correctly that there would always be wars and rumors of wars.1 Because this is true, we need our armed forces to defend us from those nations that plot against us.
Bless our Commander-in-Chief, the President of the United States. Give him wisdom, Father, as he makes the decisions that affect the defense of our nation. Be with him, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the chiefs of each military force, the generals, admirals and other officers of our armed forces. Bless especially the men and women of the army, navy, air force, marines, coast guard, and other services as they work hard to protect us in lonely places around the world.
Thank you for the veterans of the armed forces who have sacrificed so much to protect our land and our freedom. Many thousands have died in the service of our country and we thank you, Father, for giving them the courage and honor to lay down their lives for us. We acknowledge the truth that no man or woman has greater love than that which is demonstrated by their willingness to lay down their lives for another.2
Help the members of our armed forces to realize that by serving our country they are serving you. Help each one to see that he or she is your minister for good, that they do not bear the sword in vain because it is their divine commission to execute wrath upon those who do evil.3
Surround our service people with your love, O Lord. Anoint the military chaplains to preach your Word with clarity and conviction so that many military personnel will come to know you in a personal way.
I pray especially for_ _who serve(s) you and this nation in the armed forces. Be a very present help to him/her.4 Help him/her to realize that you are with him/her always,5 and to remember that you will never leave nor forsake him/her.6 Keep him/her from evil at all times.7 Protect him/her and give him/her a love for your Word and for Christian fellowship. Remind him/her of your promise that if he/she will abide under your shadow, that even if a thousand fall at his/her side and if ten thousand fall at his/her right hand, it will not come near him/her.8
Thank you for all the Christian people who minister to our service people around the world. Bless them in their important ministries. Fill the Christian servicemen’s centers with your Spirit so that earnest seekers will come and be won to you.
Lord, I beseech you in behalf of our nation and the armed forces who protect us, that when war clouds threaten on the horizon, you will lead our people to prayer. Then shall you go forth, Lord, and you will fight against those nations that become our enemies in the same way you often fought in behalf of your people in the Old Testament.9
Fight for us, Lord, in the same way that you fought against the Egyptians10 when Israel was oppressed by them. You are our strength and our song and you have become our salvation. You always triumph gloriously, and you throw the horse and his rider into the sea. You, O Lord, are a man of war. Your right hand has become glorious in power, and your right hand dashes our enemies in pieces. In the greatness of your excellency you overthrow those who rise up against you and your people. With the blast of your nostrils you can dry up a flood. When our enemies pursue us, you will overtake them. Who is like you, O Lord? You are glorious in holiness, fearful in praises and you always do wonders.11
Guide our armed forces, Lord, to do mighty exploits in your wonderful name.12
References: (l) Mark 13:7; (2) John 15:13; (3) Romans 13:4; (4) Psalms 46:1; (5) Matthew 28:20; (6) Hebrews 13:5; (7) Luke 11:4; (8) Psalms 91:1,7; (9) Zechariah 14:3; (10) Exodus 14:14; (11) Exodus 15:1-11; (12) Daniel 11:28.
PRAYERS THAT PREVAIL FOR AMERICA Changing a Nation Through Prayer Copyright © 1993 by K & C International, Inc. ISBN 0-932081-34-7 All rights reserved
Ο GOD, Who knows that we are not sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves, but that all our sufficiency is of You, assist us with Your grace in all the work which we are to undertake this week. Direct us in it by Your wisdom, support us by Your power, that doing our duty diligently, we may bring it to a good end, so that it may be profitable to our souls, and tend to the greater glory of Your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (Treasury of Devotion, A.D. 1872.)
Give ear, O Lord, to our prayer, and attend to the voice of our supplication.
Make us poor in spirit: that ours may be the kingdom of heaven.
Make us to mourn for sin: that we may be comforted by Your grace.
Make us meek: that we may inherit the earth.
Make us to hunger and thirst after righteousness: that we may be filled therewith.
Make us merciful: that we may obtain mercy.
Make us pure in heart: that we may see You.
Make us peacemakers: that we may be called Your children.
Make us willing to be persecuted for righteousness’ sake: that our reward may be great in heaven.
O God, true and highest Life, by whom, through whom, and in whom, all things live, which live truly and blessedly; pity and help us, accordingly as You knows we have need, in body and in soul, that casting off all that entangles us, we may serve and cleave to God alone, who knows all things, and can perform all things, and who lives forevermore. Amen — Unknown
Almighty God, the Fountain of all holiness, who by Your Word and Spirit conducts all Your servants in the way of peace and righteousness; grant to us to so diligently watch over all our actions, that we may never willingly transgress Your holy laws: but that it may be the work of our lives to obey You, the joy of our souls to please You, the fulfillment of all our hopes and the satisfaction of all our desires to dwell with You, in the holiness of Your everlasting kingdom.
Make us perfect in Christ Jesus; out of His fullness may we all receive, and rest in Him forevermore. May His passion be our deliverance; His wounds our healing; His cross our redemption; and His death our life. With His righteousness may we be clothed; by His Spirit may we be sanctified; in His blood may we be cleansed; and to His image may we be conformed. May we abide in Him as branches in the vine; may He be in us the hope of glory, and to us all in all. As He died, may we die to sin; as He rose again, may we rise to newness of life; suffering with Him here, may we reign with Him here after; and bearing now His cross, may we hereafter wear His crown. Amen – A Book of Common Order
O most loving Father, who has given us grace to pray for ourselves, hear us now while in humility and duty we pray O God, for others. We pray for men every where, that they may be brought to the knowledge and obedience of the truth.
We pray for our native land, and for Your humble servant may we be established in righteousness, and in the hearts and affections of a free, loyal, and religious people; and that finally may we receive of You the crown of life which fades not away.
We pray for our President and all those in authority over us, along with all the members of their families, that Your blessing may rest upon them and Your grace be given to them.
We pray for the Courts now assembled and] for all rulers, judges, and magistrates [especially for the magistrates of this city and those who sit in council with them], that You would bestow the spirit of wisdom upon all to whom You have given the authority of government, and that we, under them, may lead quiet and peaceable lives, in all godliness and honesty.
We pray for all universities and schools of learning [especially for the university of this’ city] that You would replenish them with that wisdom which comes from above.
We pray for the whole company of the faithful throughout the world, that grace, mercy, and peace may be multiplied to all who love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.
We pray for those who minister in holy things, [and especially for those who serve You in this parish… hat they may feed rightly the flock of Christ; and do God so perfect Your gifts in them that they may now faithfully discharge their ministry, and at the last may enter into Your eternal joy.
We pray for all who are engaged in works of mercy and compassion, for all who preach the gospel among the heathen, for all who teach the ignorant, who Head of the Family to the sick, who visit the fatherless and the widows in their affliction, or who plead the cause of the oppressed; that You would grant to them the aid of Your fatherly counsel, and the support of Your divine strength, [especially we ask Your blessing upon… every good work for You carried on in this parish.]
We pray for all who wander in doubt and uncertainty amid the darkness of this present evil world, and for all who are hardened through the deceitfulness of sin, that You would grant them grace to come to themselves, the will and the power to return to God, and the loving welcome of Your forgiveness.
We pray for all travelers; for the stranger in a strange land; and for all who are far from home; that they may be kept by You in peace and safety, and may never want the comforting sense of Your presence.
We pray for our benefactors that they may be rewarded, and for our enemies, that they and we may be tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as You, for Christ’s sake, has forgiven us.
We pray for all dear to us. Fill us with such love, gentleness, and patience, that we may walk in our homes with a perfect heart, and have joy in each other that passes not away.
We pray for all in sickness and distress, [and for any such known to ourselves whom we name in our hearts before You. . .] that You would give strength to the weary, aid to the sufferers, comfort to the sad, and help to all in tribulation.
We pray for the dying, that they may depart in the peace of Christ, and be forever with the Lord.
Book of Common Order
Almighty God, who has commanded us to make prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks for all men, hear these our intercessions which we now present to You:
Remember, O Lord, every work of Your hand for good, and visit the whole world in Your mercy.
Remember, O Lord our native land. Bless its people. Lead us in the way of honor and justice, and of true and enduring prosperity. May we be mindful of the trust which You have laid upon us, and ever be found faithful to Your cause.
Remember, O Lord, our President, Senate, and House of Representatives, and all the members of their family. Let Your humble servants, may they live in Your fear, and live for the welfare of Your people. May they guide this into peace. Finally bring them to the glory of Your kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Remember, O Lord, all in authority, that they may exercise their power as ministers of Your justice and mercy. Especially guide and direct [the High Court of Parliament now assembled] [the magistrates of this city and those who sit in council with them]. May a wise and faithful spirit prevail in our councils; and may we be delivered from all evil ambitions, selfish motives, and false judgments, that we may hold a worthy place in the community of nations, and live as fellow-citizens of Your kingdom.
Remember O Lord. the churcn of Your Son Jesus Christ, which is from one end of the earth to the other. Plentifully furnish her with the gifts of Your Spirit. Heal her divisions. Grant to her peace. Unite all Your people in the bonds of faith, and hope, and charity, and let Your kingdom come everywhere.
Remember. O Lord, those who serve You in the ministry of Your Son’s church [especially those who serve You in this parish]. Make their ministry blameless. Adorn them with all Christian virtues. Make them guides to the blind, light to them that sit in darkness, followers of the good shepherd who gave his life for his sheep; so that at the last they may receive the reward which You have prepared for those who have contended earnestly for Your gospel.
Remember. O Lord, all those who are laboring in the cause of Your righteousness and truth, those who preach Your gospel among the heathen, those who bring forth fruits and do good works in Your holy church, and who remember the poor. Recompense them with Your rich and heavenly gifts. Render to them, instead of earthly things., the heavenly: instead of temporal, the eternal: instead of corruptible. the incorruptible.
Remember, O Lord, those who serve You in the upbringing of the young;—all universities and schools [especially the university of this city]. May they train up a seed to serve You better in their day than we have been able to do in ours, and may they be to You a name and praise in all generations.
Remember, O Lord, the whole body of the people,—those present here, and those absent from our midst. Have compassion upon them and on us according to the multitude of Your mercies. Fill their stores with every good thing; keep their families in peace and concord: Bring up the little ones; teach the young; strengthen the old; comfort the disheartened; gather those who are scattered; bring back and join to Your church those who have gone astray; guide the travelers by land or sea; solace the lonely; care for the widows; protect the orphans; deliver the captive; heal the sick; prepare the dying.
Remember, O Lord, those who are in tribulation, necessity, or danger, especially those known to ourselves whom we name in our hearts before You…; and all who are in need of Your great compassion: Those who love us or hate us; those who have given us charge, unworthy as we are, to pray for them; and those whom, through ignorance or forgetfulness, we have omitted to mention.
Remember us, O Lord, in this season of the year; grant us temperate and favorable weather. Crown the year with Your goodness. Receive us all into Your kingdom, showing us to be children of the day and sons of light; and grant us, O Lord our God, Your peace and love. Amen — Book of Common Order
Theme for the Day — Blessing Through Trouble
Great souls are wrought .out through grief and difficulty. Not many among us come to the estate of character save by the way that leads through sorrow. When we suffer untoward experiences we are not to think of them as sent upon us by God in wrath. But we are to think of Him as encompassing with His gracious purpose all our troubles and disappointments, as well as our achievements and joys. If our lives are committed to His keeping He makes all things work together for our good.
Scripture — Why art thou cast down, 0 my soul, and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God, for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. Psalm 42:11.
Life, I repeat, is the energy of Love,
Divine or human; exercised in pain,
In strife, or tribulation, and ordained,
If so approved and satisfied, to pass
Through shades and silent rest, to endless joy.
-ROBERT BROWNING. (“A Death in the Desert.”)
Prayer — Our Father, we rejoice in the assurance of Your presence and love in all our times of disappointment. It is not Your will that we should fail of any good. You do not grieve or afflict the children of men. Our sins, our mistakes and the evil of the world; bring us to many dry and barren places, pools in which there is no water. We take our way, thinking it good, and sometimes it leads us to the desert. Help us to lay our hand in Yours, and go where You will guide us. We do not ask that life may always be a pleasant road. Rather we would pray for courage to face disappointment and bear hardship. With the high courage of Christ, may we go on our way. Amen. — The Daily Alter
ALMIGHTY GOD, our Heavenly Father, we thank You that You have taught us to call You ” Father.” In the strength of Your name we go forth to meet the temptations and the duties of this day. May we be worthy of being called Your children. May we have Your patience and tenderness in our dealing with others, especially with the members of our own household. May we have pity for all weak and tempted persons, and lend them our strength, as You lend Your strength to us. Clothe us this day with armor of light. May we have Your purity, Your horror of all evil thoughts and all unholy desires, and may they be overcome and cast out of our hearts by a passion for holiness. Whatever we have to do, may we do it so that it shall be well-pleasing to You. Help us to adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things. Preserve us in all danger, keep us in the ways of Your precepts, and bring us at last to our Father’s house in peace. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. — H. E. Cobb
Book: A Book of Prayers for Boys
Author: Colin Clement
Edited by: Karrol
O God, the God of truth, mercifully grant that the Holy Spirit of Truth may rule my heart, grafting therein love of truth, and making me in all my thoughts and words and works, to study, speak and follow truth, that I may be sincere before men, and blameless before You. May no unworthy prejudice or sectarian pride prevent me from accepting whatever bears the divine impress of Your truth. May I love the truth, know the truth, and be made free by the truth; for His sake who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and in whom is no guile, even Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!
Book: Alone with God
Author: Br. James H. Garrison
Publisher: St. Louis: Christian Publishing Company 1891
I believe in You, O Lord, but make me believe more firmly. I hope in You, O Lord, but make me hope more fully. I love You, 0 Lord, but make me love more ardently. I grieve that I have offended You, 0 Lord, but make me grieve more sincerely.
I adore You, as my first beginning, I long after You, as my last end. I praise You, as my ceaseless Benefactor. I call upon You, as my Refuge and Defense. Direct me by Your wisdom; protect me by Your power; comfort me by Your mercy; and save me by Your love.
I offer to You, 0 God, my thoughts, that they may be towards You; my words that they may be of You; my deeds that they may be well pleasing to You; and my sufferings that they may be for the sake of You. Will what You will; I will because You will; I will as You will; and I will when You will.
I pray to You, 0 Lord, to enlighten my understanding, to direct my will, to purify my body, and to sanctify my soul. Let me never be puffed up by pride, nor corrupted by flattery, nor entrapped by the devil, nor deceived by the world. Give me grace to purify my memory, to bridle my tongue, to restrain my eyes, and to guard my heart. Make me bewail my past sins; resist future temptations; correct vicious desires; and cultivate all virtues.
Grant me, O Lord, the love of You, distrust of myself, zeal for my neighbor, and contempt of the world. Let my study be to obey my superiors; to help my inferiors; to respect my friends; and to hate nobody.
Make me remember, O Lord Jesus, Your command and example, by loving my enemies, by suffering injuries, by doing good to those that ill treat me, and by praying for those that despitefully use me.
Let me overcome sensuality by self-denial, covetousness by liberality, anger by gentleness, and luke warmness by prayer. Make me prudent in counsel, bold in danger, patient in adversity, and humble in prosperity.
Grant unto me, O Lord, earnestness in prayer, moderation in food, diligence in my duty, and firmness in my resolves. Grant that I may cultivate inward holiness, outward modesty, purity of conversation, and regularity of life.
Make me diligent in restraining my nature, in cherishing Your grace, in keeping Your commandments, and in attaining Your salvation.
Make me follow after holiness by sincere confession of my sins, by a worthy reception of the Body and Blood of Christ, by constant recollection of mind, and bay pure intention of heart.
Teach me, O God, the nothingness of this world, the greatness of Heaven, the shortness of time, and the length of eternity.
Grant me that I may prepare for death, fear the judgment, escape hell, and obtain Heaven. All this I pray through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.—The Altar Manual
0 God who hears prayer, give me a prayerful spirit, and draw my heart into a true communion with You. It is not by my words that my thought is known to You, for You see my inmost heart, You know my most secret desire. 0 may Your law so rule within me, that these thoughts, these desires, may be as a true prayer, raising me to a nearer union of spirit with You, and preparing me to receive the blessings which only You canst send.
Help me, 0 Heavenly Father, to make my life a true offering of devotion. May gratitude for every joy, patience under every trial, and diligence in my daily work, be the willing service of my heart and hand. And by all my experience may the treasure of my spiritual life be increased. 0 shew me how I may share with others the good gifts which You hist entrusted to me not for myself alone. May there shine even in my life some faint reflection of the infinite wisdom and perfect love of Your providence. Keep me in the sacred bond of fellowship with Your children of every nation and in every age. Touch me with a deep pity for the sinful, with tender sympathy for the tried and sorrowful. Save me from the evil of a cold and selfish or a careless spirit.
Finding You in everything that is true and fair and good, may my earthly home ever become more dear to me. Loving it for what there is in it of heaven, may I be ready when You call me to leave it, trusting still to Your guidance, secure in the shelter of Your love.
0 help me, Father, to live in the light of a faith and hope like this. Fix my heart on heaven and heavenly things. Teach me the true meaning and purpose of my life. Help me to live in the spirit of my prayer.
Book: Alone To The Alone Prayers For Theists, Edited, With A Preface, By Frances Power Cobbe 2nd Edition
By Several Contributors
Publisher: London: Williams and Norgate 1872
Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2015
Our heavenly Father: We thank You that we do not have to force ourselves to think of You. We thank You that You are a part of our every thought. When we want You, You are art not far from every one of us. When we turn away from You, we are quickly reminded of Your presence. We thank You that You are art with us, sometimes most impressively, when we are trying hardest to be alone. We thank You that, whatever our need, we have found recourse in You. Whenever we have been in moods like those of little children, we have found refuge in You as a parent. Whenever we have been stricken or smitten with the heavier sorrows or stripes that fall to the lot of older men and women, we have found comfort and healing in You. Whenever we have been most confident and inclined to arrogance, we have presently been reproved and corrected by finding that, at our utmost, we are still limited by the thought of God. We come to You now as men and women charged each with a part of the work of the world. Compared with Your eternity, we are creatures of a moment. Compared with Your providence and resources, we are futile. Yet among our fellow-men, for the brief space of our working years, we are trustees. To each of us is committed some important task, perhaps tasks of several different kinds. Your will is to be done through us, perhaps in more than one way. Will You then, enable us to see our service, which might otherwise seem trivial and irksome, in such light as part of thy design that it may be glorified. With every enlargement and enrichment of our thoughts about the meaning of life, may we increase in ability to think of You, and to act toward You, as the Master Workman, the Architect of time and eternity, with a place in Your infinite plan for the best that each of us can perform. Especially may we learn to traceYour purpose, not apart from the human beings with whom we live and move, but first and foremost in everything that we can understand about possibilities of edifying one another’s lives. In the fellowship of Him who discovered the Heavenly Father as the Eternal Worker. AMEN.
A Prayer for Guidance Source: The Biblical World, Vol. 45, No. 5 (May, 1915), p. 298
Published by: The University of Chicago Press
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O God, who has commanded that no man should be idle, but that we should all work with our hands the things that are 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, 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, no worldly pleasures, may ever divert us from the thoughts of the life to come: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen*
Rev. Walter Farquhar Hook, M.A,
London: Printed For J. G. & F. Rivington,
Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2014