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.)
INFINITE Father, before engaging in our daily duties and daily cares, we would desire to commune with our own souls, and with You. In this morning quiet let us hear Your voice in our listening hearts. We remember that Your Beloved Son, the sinless and perfect one, went into a mountain, apart from men, for prayer and communion with You. How infinite the need of such meditation and prayer for Your faltering and sinful children! God, You have promised to draw near to those who draw near to You. O God reveal Your truth, and manifest Your love to the sincere and single heart of Your child here before You. Help us to gain that singleness of heart which will prepare us to receive great a blessing We need Your Spirit to enable us to pray aright, and truly fix our thoughts on You. O, hear our earnest cries for the grace to make our souls meet to become Your temple, and Your dwelling-place.
O God, our vain self-defense for our frailties and sins are gone when we come into Your presence, our excuses die upon our tongues. We cannot speak them to Your ear. We can only speak with the confession of the publican, and plead for mercy. And yet, O Father, though these meditations before You, prostrate us in humility, may we come to You in lowly joy. Set all our sins in order before us in the light of Your countenance. May we be strangers to all the world, rather than strangers to our own hearts. Rend away every disguise of selfishness and sin, and let us see what unworthy guests we have permitted to enter into our secret breasts, that we may drive them all away through Your assisting grace.
And then, O God, crown all Your mercies by sending angels to minister to us forevermore. May we long after You as the hart pants after the water-brooks. May we lay up within our souls an unfading treasure of holy affections and heavenly aspirations, which shall be the earnest and the foretaste of that life which is eternal. Grant us thus to find our strength and our rest in You, and then take us to thyself, in that forgiving love made known by Jesus, 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
How comforting, 0 Lord, is Your presence ! It makes afflictions light and easy to be borne. Nay, it enables us even to “glory in tribulations.” But when You withdraw Your presence—when, by our sins, we create a distance between You and our souls, how heavy are our spirits! nothing then can impart comfort or satisfaction. To a heart that has once felt Your love, it is not in the power of sublunary objects to afford substantial bliss. But, 0 Lord, though our sins have separated between You and us, yet when we return with weeping, You are ever ready to meet us, and to “restore to us, the joy of Your salvation.” You even hasten to embrace us, and to bestow upon us anew the tokens of Your love. You look tenderly upon Your penitent children. When they seek You sorrowing, You are always near. Your voice seems to say, “be of good cheer; Your sins are forgiven You.” Blessed be Your name, gracious Savior, that now You are risen ; and bast given us the assurance that You will be with Your people, not only in their solitude, but where “two or three of them are gathered together in Your name.” 0, may our souls ever live beneath the light of Your countenance! When we lose sight of You, our Lord, may we go weeping till we find You. Let our hearts-never be at rest when You are absent, Let it not be in the power of any creature to separate us from Your love. Reign supreme in our affections, and reign there forever. Amen. –A Book for the Sabbath by Jared Bell Waterbury
Almighty and everlasting God, the all-wise and all righteous Ruler of mankind. Vouchsafe to grant the prayer of Your unworthy servant. If in the course of Your inscrutable providence, I can contribute, even by the sacrifice of my life, or fortune, or reputation, to the preservation of my native country, to the advancement of virtue, and public peace and happiness, may I always be willing, and by Your divine assistance strengthened, to surrender every blessing and comfort of life, and life itself, into Your most bountiful hands, from whom I have received them all, through Jesus Christ our Lord. — Philip, Earl Stanhope. (1714-86). The best mathematician in his day.
O Lord Jesus Christ, Who sent forth Your first disciples to proclaim Your kingdom, and to teach Your commandments. Give to us, Your disciples this day, such an understanding of the word, that we may teach to others what we have been taught of You, to the glory of Your Name, and the spread of Your Kingdom. — Daily Prayer
Lord be merciful to us sinners, and save us for Your mercy’s sake. You are the great God, Who has made and rules all things, deliver us for Your name’s sake. You are the great God to be feared above all, save us, that we may praise You. You, O Lord, are just and powerful, defend our cause against the face of the enemy. O God, You are a strong tower of defense to all Who fly unto You: Save us from the violence of the enemy. O Lord of Hosts, fight for us, that we may glorify You suffer us not to sink under the weight of our sins, or the violence of the enemy. Lord, arise, help us, and deliver us, for Your name’s sake. Amen.