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.