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.
MY good God, prayer to You is my fortress, prayer is my friend, in prayer I forget all my misery and littleness. Cause me, therefore, to pour my soul out to You in prayer at the present time. I have known no help in times of difficulty, in shame and humiliation I found no sympathizer, but Your watching and Guardian Spirit. Desert me not now. I want You more than ever, Your assurance and Your comfort my soul craves for. My God, my tower of strength, my sweetness and peace of heart, be ever near. God of truth and righteousness, I seek justification in Your sight only. Stand in my conscience, King of holiness, give me Your word, and I will be calm though the whole world rise in rage like a surging sea. Holiness and judgment are Yours, and I humbly stand before Your throne. Crush me in Your justice if I am guilty, and let confusion overtake me. But if in Your sight I stand acquitted, what man is there that shall make me tremble? My Father, purge me from all fear and shame before You. – The Ministers Prayers Part 2
WHILE Shepherds watched their Flocks by Night,
All seated on the Ground,
The Angel of the Lord came down,
And Glory shone around.
“Fear not said he,” for mighty Dread,
had seized their troubled Mind.
“Glad Tidings of great Joy
I bring to you and all Mankind.
“To you, in David’s Town this Day,
“Is born, of David’s Line,
“The Savior who is Christ the Lord,
“And this shall be the Sign:
“The heavenly Babe you there shall find
“To human View displayed,
“All meanly wrapped in Swathing-bands
“And in a Manger laid.”
Thus, spoke the Seraph; and forthwith
Appeared a shining Throng Of Angels,
praising God, and thus Addressed their joyful song:
All Glory be to God on high,
“And to the Earth be Peace:
Good-Will, henceforth, from Heav’n to Men,
Begin and never cease.”
-The ABC With the Church of England Catechism (1785)
O Righteous Lord, who hates iniquity, I your sinful creature cast myself at your feet, acknowledging that I most justly deserve to be utterly abhorred and forsaken by You; for I have drunk iniquity like water, gone on in a continued course of sin and rebellion against you, daily committed those things you forbidden and leaving undone those things you Commanded; my heart which should be a habitation for Your Holy Spirit, is become the seat of unclean thoughts, of soul and disordered affections and out of this abundance of the heart, my mouth speaks, my hands act; so that in thought, word and deed I continually transgress against you. Nay, O Lord, I have despised that goodness of Yours which should lead me to repentance, hardening my heart against all those means You have used for my amendment. Now, O Lord, what can I expect from You but judgment and fiery indignation, that is, indeed, the due reward of my sins? But, O Lord, there is mercy with you, that you may be feared; O fit me for that mercy, by giving me a deep and hearty repentance; and then according to Your goodness, let Your anger and Your wrath be turned away from me: look upon me in Your Son, my blessed Savior, and for the merit of His sufferings pardon all my sins. And, Lord, I beseech you, by the power of Your grace, so to renew and purify my heart, that I may become a new creature, utterly forsaking every evil way and living in a constant sincere universal obedience to You all the rest of my days; that, behaving myself as a good and faithful servant, I may by Your mercy at the last be received into the joy of my Lord. Grant this for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
[Taken out of the whole Duty of Man.]
“To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him neither have we obeyed the Voice of the Lord Our God, to walk in his laws which he set before us.” “In my trouble I will call upon the Lord, and complain unto my God. So shall he hear my voice out of his holy temple; my complaint shall come before him.
Hear our prayers, O God; and do not hide Yourself from our petitions.
Take heed unto us and hear us: how we mourn in our prayer and are vexed.
Unto You will I cry, O Lord, my strength: think no scorn of me; lest, if You make as though You hears not, I become like them that go down into the pit.
Turn O Lord, and deliver my soul: O save me for Your mercies sake.
Nevertheless tho’ I am sometime afraid; yet I put my trust in God.
He verily is our strength and our salvation:
He is our defense, so that we shall not greatly fall.
O put your trust in Him always, ye people: pour out your hearts before Him, for God is our hope.
As for the children of men they are but vanity: the children of men are deceitful upon the weights; they are altogether lighter than vanity itself.
O trust not in wrong and robbery: give not yourselves unto vanity: if riches increase set not your heart upon them.
O God, we ask You to be our help in trouble; for vain is the help of man.
You alone deliver our souls from death, and our feet from falling: that we may walk before You in the light of the living.
Go not far from me, O God: my God, hasten to help me.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
Proper Psalms, 25, 38, 57.
Proper Lessons, 1st, Isaiah 37 – 2d, Luke 21
LORD, most good and powerful, we, Your sinful people here assembled before You, acknowledge it to be of Your unspeakable mercy, that for our manifold and heinous provocations, we are not utterly consumed, and given over for a prey to the fury of our enemies, or other scourge of Your avenging hand. We confess, with sorrow and confusion, our long unfruitfulness, under the means of grace, the light of the Gospel, and the many wonderful deliverance’s, which You, in Your great goodness, hast vouchsafed unto us. O Lord, should You enter into judgment with us for our sins, for our profaneness and infidelity, our heresies and schisms, our exclusive pursuit of the business, or inordinate love, of the pleasures of the world, our forgetfulness alike of Your past judgments and mercies, and our other numberless offences, You might justly inflict upon us the severity of Your wrath, and visit us with renewed and heavier calamities. But there is mercy with You ; and therefore shalt You be feared : You art the Lord God, tender and full of compassion, not willing that any should perish, but that all should repent and live. Look down, therefore, we beseech You, with an eye of pity and loving kindness upon Your servants, who, with contrite hearts, here bewail their transgressions and their wickedness. Let us, in this time of trouble, still enjoy the light of Your countenance, and the blessings of Your bountiful hand; and so work upon our hearts and minds, by the influence of Your Holy Spirit, that being turned from the error of our-ways, and created to newness of life, we may walk before You, in righteousness and holiness, in this world, and inherit Your everlasting Kingdom, in that which is to come, through the merits of Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen,
TURN us, O good Lord, and so shall we be turned. Be favorable, O Lord, be favorable to Your people, who turn to You in weeping, fasting and praying. For You are a merciful God, full of compassion, long-suffering, and of great pity. You spare us when we deserve punishment, and in Your wrath You think upon mercy. Spare Your people good Lord, spare them, and let not Your heritage be brought to confusion. Hear us, O Lord, for Your mercy is great, and after the multitude of Your mercies look upon us; through the merits and mediation of Your blessed Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O ALMIGHTY God, who rules over all the nations of the earth, and on whose glorious providence they depend evermore for preservation and prosperity: Extend, we beseech You, Your accustomed goodness to the people of these Provinces; who, looking up to You, as the author of all blessings, and their sure safe-guard and Almighty Deliverer in all dangers and difficulties, do now implore Your watchful care and protection. O Lord, You have before wonderfully delivered us: if You had not been on our side when men rose up against us, they would have swallowed us up ; Continue Your mercy and do not cast out the prayer of Your people who call upon You. Defeat the counsel of the wicked; Open the eyes of the deluded; Strengthen the hands of our defenders; Grant to our rulers a spirit of wisdom and firmness, and give to them and to all of us a spirit of faith and prayer. Stretch forth the right hand of Your majesty to save and defend us from the evils with which we are threatened: But if, in Your wisdom, You have ordained that they should visit us, give us grace that we may humbly and patiently submit to Your correction, and, after having been exercised thereby, may bring forth the peaceable fruits of righteousness, to the praise and glory of Your name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle, Isaiah 58, verse 1
CRY aloud, spare not; lift up Your voice like a trumpet ; and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins Yet they seek me daily, .and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God. Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and You see not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and You take no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast you find pleasure, and exact all your labors. Behold ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness j ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. Is it such a fast that I have chosen ? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt You call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord? Is not this the fast that 1 have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal Your bread to the hungry, and that You bring the poor that are cast out to Your house? when You see the naked, that You cover him, and that You hide not thyself from Your own flesh? Then shall Your light break forth as the morning, and Your health shall spring forth speedily ; and Your righteousness shall go before You: the glory of the Lord shall be Your reward. Then shalt You call, and the Lord will answer; You shalt cry, And he shall say, Here I am.
The Gospel, Matt. chap. 3.
IN those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea. And saying Repent ye : for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esias, saying, the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leather girdle about his loins: and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan. And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisee’s and Sadducee’s come to his baptism, he said unto them “O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee. from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance. And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to, our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to “raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast, into the fire.”
From the Church of England On Friday, the 7th day of December, 1838
Did you ever think, short though it be, how much there is in it? O, it is beautiful and; like a diamond in the crown of a queen, it unites a thousand sparkling gems in one.
It teaches all of us, every one of us, to look to God as our parent — Our Father
It teaches us to raise our thoughts and desires above the hear – Who art in heaven
It tells us that we must reverence our Holy Father — Hallowed be Thy name
It breathes the saints’ reward — Thy kingdom come
It teaches us to have a submissive obedient spirit – Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven
It teaches us to have a dependent trusting spirit – Give us this day our daily bread
It teaches us to have a forgiving spirit – Deliver us from evil
Last of all it teach us to have an adoring spirit – For Your is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen
Almighty, everlasting Lord, the faithful and the true God, who keeps Your appointed covenant, that day and night shall not fail, grant that I may be reminded, by Your unchangeableness and truth, of the covenant which I have made with You.
You graciously admit me, by confession of faith and baptism, into Your holy Church; and I have frequently renewed, in Your presence, the solemn vow and promise, which I made. I have believed in You and trusted You to be my God, and myself to be Your people. I have engaged to renounce the devil and all his works, the pomp’s and vanities of this wicked world, and all the sinful lusts of the flesh; to believe all the articles of the Christian faith; to keep Your holy will and commandments, and to walk in the same all the days of my life.
But, O God, I confess that I have been unfaithful to my vows, and unmindful of that covenant which You, for Your part, will most surely keep and perform. I have forfeited, by my manifold sins, all its great and glorious privileges; and You might justly refuse to restore me to Your favor, or any more to be entreated of by me.
But You are God, and not man. You, Lord, are good, ready to forgive; plenteous in mercy to all that call upon You in the name of Your beloved Son. Yea before I call, You are willing to answer; and, while I am yet speaking, You will hear.
Have mercy upon me, therefore, Almighty Father; and, though I am unworthy, in myself, to be numbered with Your children, yet, for the worthiness of Your Son, I pray You, admit me again into Your family. Heal my backsliding; receive me graciously; forgive me freely; and let Your righteous anger be turned away. Enable me now, in Your strength, to join myself to You, in a perpetual covenant, that shall never be forgotten; remembering always, that baptism is a representation of my faith and an act of obedience; which is, to follow the example of my Savior Christ, and to be made like Him; that, as He died and rose again for me, so should I, who are baptized, die to sin, and rise again to righteousness; continually mortifying all my evil and corrupt affections, and daily proceeding in all virtue and godliness of living.
You know, Lord, how many there are who rise up against me. I wrestle not only against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers; against the rulers of the darkness of this world; against spiritual wickedness in high places. To whom should I flee for help, but to You, O You Captain of my salvation, who has triumphed over them openly? There is none other that helps me, only You O God. I ask You, therefore, Almighty Lord, who sees that I do not put my trust in any thing that I do, mercifully grant, that by Your power, I may be defended against all adversity. Grant that the old Adam may be so buried, that the new man may be raised up in me. Grant that all carnal affections may die in me; and that all things belonging to the Spirit may live and grow in me. Grant that I may have power and strength to have victory, and to triumph against the devil, the world, and the flesh. Grant that I may be endued with all heavenly virtues; and everlastingly rewarded through Your mercy, O blessed Lord God, who lives and governs all things, world without end.
Hear my prayers, O Lord of hosts, for all mankind; more especially for the whole state of Christ’s Church, militant here on earth. Bless all who have been baptized into the same faith; and are engaged in the same spiritual contest with myself. Enable them to wage a good warfare; to fight manfully the fight of faith; and to endure hardness, as good soldiers of Christ Jesus. Clothe them with Your whole armor, O God. Gird them with strength to the battle; and let all their enemies flee before them. Keep them as the apple of Your eye: hide them under the shadow of Your wings from the ungodly that trouble them, and from all those that compass them round about to take away their souls. May it please You, to strengthen such as do stand, and to comfort and help the weak hearted; to raise up them that fall, and finally to beat down Satan under their feet.
Grant these my requests, O merciful Father, for the honor of my only Mediator and Advocate, Jesus Christ; in whose name, example and words I am taught thus to call upon You:
Our Father, etc.. The peace of God etc.
Book: Christian’s Daily Companion
SELECTED FROM THE PRAYERS OF BISHOPS WILSON AND ANDREWS TO WHICH IS ADDED A COMPILATION FROM PALMER’S AND COTTERILL’S FORMULARIES.
PUBLISHED BY ELIJAH WEEMS, FOR GABRIEL NOURSE
Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2014
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
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
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 that we, Your humble and unworthy servants, should now pay to You O God, worship and praise. Receive, Ο Lord, we ask 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, and blessed be Your glorious and holy Name. Yours, Ο Lord, is 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, all is Yours.
Yours is the kingdom, Ο Lord, and You are exalted as Head above all. We will sing to 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 soul bless 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.)
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
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
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
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
LORD, remember those who walk in paths of temptation—and my own self, too. We know a little about temptation, and because we know, because we have been tempted, our hearts go out in sympathy and love for the tempted and in pity for those who have failed. But You, Lord Jesus, You know ‘What strong temptations mean, For You hast felt the same.”
You were tempted in all points like we are. You know the power of the great wind that would sweep us out of the path, the long, long strain that would wear out at last the utmost resistance. Oh, help us! We are not always strong to resist—we have been weakened by yielding—nor always wise to recognize the subtle foe. Make us alert to see the danger and strengthen us to meet it. Lead us not into temptation. Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin!
Isaac Watts. Heb. 4:15. Prayer Book
LORD, help me to pray. Make me faithful in the stated times of prayer; but oh, more than that, so breathe upon my heart a love and longing for You, so make me to feel my constant need of You, so burden me with the needs of this lost world, that I shall pray without ceasing; that the blessed background of all my thinking, the state to which my soul returns at every moment of leisure, shall be You.
O God, my good Father; Jesus my Savior and the Lover of my soul; the Holy Spirit the blessed Comforter, help me when I pray not only to talk to You, but to expect You to talk to me. Help me to listen. Grant that even on earth, Lord, the heavenly blessings of constant communion with You.
1 Thess. 5:17. Jno. 14:16.
Some Little Prayers by Lucy Rider Meyer (1907)
Publisher: CINCINNATI: JENNINGS AND GRAHAM
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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And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel; and there he built an altar unto the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord. Gen. 12:6, 8.
Jacob was left alone, and there wrestled a man with him, until the breaking of the day. And he said, let me go for the day breaks: and he said, I will not let you go, except you bless me. And he said unto him, What is your name? and he said, Jacob. And he said, Your name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast you power with God, and with men, and hast prevailed. Gen. 32:24, 25,26, 27. Gen. 32:28.
And Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers; and they presented themselves before God. And Joshua said unto all the people, fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served, on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve you the Lord. And if it seems evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom you will serve; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:14-18 (TLB)
14 “So revere Jehovah and serve him in sincerity and truth. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Worship the Lord alone.
15 But if you are unwilling to obey the Lord, then decide today whom you will obey. Will it be the gods of your ancestors beyond the Euphrates or the gods of the Amorites here in this land? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”
16 And the people replied, “We would never forsake the Lord and worship other gods!
17 For the Lord our God is the one who rescued our fathers from their slavery in the land of Egypt. He is the God who did mighty miracles before the eyes of Israel, as we traveled through the wilderness, and preserved us from our enemies when we passed through their land.
18 It was the Lord who drove out the Amorites and the other nations living here in the land. Yes, we choose the Lord, for he alone is our God.”
As for me, I will call upon God: and the Lord shall save me. Evening and morning, and at noon will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. Ps. 55:16, l7.
In the morning, rising up a great while before day, he (Jesus,) went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. Mark 1:35.
When he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. Matt. 14:23
Peter was kept in prison, hut prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. And behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell from off his hands. Acts 12:5, V.
We have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities: but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Heb. 4:15, 16.
See also Gen. 19:20. 35:2. 3, 7. 2 Sam. 6:20. Job 1:5. Acts 1:13,14. Acts 10:2, 16:25. 20:36. 21:5. Gen 32:9-12. Jud. 6:22. 36. 39. 1 Sam. 1:10. 2. Sam. 7:18-29. 2 Kings 20:2, 11. 2 Chron. 33:18 19. Ezr. 9:5, 6. Neh. 2:4. Jon. 32:16-25. Dan. 9:3. 17. Jon. 2:1. Heb. 1:2. Luke 2:37. Acts:9 11. 40. 10:9. 30. Josh. 7:6-9. 1 Chron. 29:10-19. 2 Chron. 6th chap. 20:5,13. Neh. 9th chap. Luke 1:10. Acts 2:46. 4:24. 12:5,12. 3:1. 13:3. 16:16.
Lord we come before your now
At your feet we humbly bow.
O do not our. suit disdain!
Shall we seek your, Lord, in vain?
In thine own appointed way
Now we seek your—here we stay;
Lord, from hence we would not go
Till a blessing you bestow.
O Lord you alone are Jehovah—the Most High over all the earth—and the Ruler of the Universe! Angels and Archangels veil their faces before you in homage and adoration; all your works praise you, and your name is excellent in all the earth; your saints bless you and with adoring gratitude proclaim your name to succeeding generations.
Imitating the example of patriarchs and prophets; of apostles and martyrs; and above all of our Lord Jesus Christ the great exemplar of human duty, may we offer to you our bodies and our spirits a living sacrifice acceptable unto God, and our reasonable service. May we find a bower of prayer in whatever part of the earth we live; raise an altar in our family dwelling, however lowly or solitary; and consecrate a Bethel in every place of our sojourn among men.
May we be numbered with your people, share with them your partial providence in this world, and the inheritance reserved for them in heaven. May our habitation be blessed with those of the just, and not experience the avenging fury poured out upon the families who call not upon your name.
May the community where we shall dwell enjoy peace and prosperity; our land become Emanuel’s land; and the whole earth be filled with the knowledge of God through our Lord Jesus Christ, in whose language teach us ever to pray, “Our Father,” &c., &c.
Book: Book of Worship for Family and Private Use
Author: W. W. Everts
Publisher: New York: Sheldon & Company, 1865
Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2014
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
This is a list of character traits to pray on for your family.
- Agreeable finds Biblical solutions and support for others, without compromising truth. (Amos 3:3)
Prayer Example: Lord may You find my family and I agreeable without compromising truth, always looking for a biblical solution to any problems we may have and supporting others through an attitude of peace and harmony. Lord please develop the character trait of being agreeable in our home, at work and at school. In Jesus Name we Pray Amen.
- Appreciation gives God our heartfelt thanks as a lifestyle of worship and adoration. This allows us to give to, and value others with respect. (Romans 12:10)
- Attentiveness will recognize the value of other people by giving them listening ears, respect, courtesy, and total concentration. This means paying attention to others, not just listening to our own needs and desires, and also giving genuine contemplation to God’s Word. (Hebrews 2:1)
- Availability is being willing to adjust our own schedule, agenda, and plans to fit the right desires of God and others. It makes personal priorities secondary to the needs of God and others. It is to reflect God’s priorities so we are always available to Him and others when we are serving. (Mark 1:17–18; Acts 16:10)
- Avoiding anger is the knowing of its destructive force and striving to maintain “cool” and serenity. (James 1:19)
- Being a Good Example is not allowing your relationship with Christ to become hypocritical, since people see your example as to what a Christian is! (1 Pet 2:21,22; 1 Pet 2:12,15,17)
- Childlike Faith is the wonder and awe of what Christ did for us. It is something that we should never lose. Let us maintain our enthusiasm and not become just a subculture or routine! ( 18:2–4,34)
- Commitment is being dedicated and pushing ahead as well as being satisfied with what you have. It is vowing to honor and be the best with what God has given of spiritual and material things. (1 Timothy 6:20)
- Communicating is being willing to convey thoughts, attitudes, feelings, and actions to others in a kind and listening manner that reflects Christ. (1 Timothy 4:12)
- Compassion will feel the pain and plight of others. It will enable us to convey a deep feeling of love and concern that moves us to meet their distresses, struggles, and needs. (Job 29:13; 40:11; Mark 1:41; Luke 19:4; 1 Peter 3:8)
- Confidence helps us rely on the Lord for all things in our life. It will enable us to push forward in the direction that we are called because He is governing. It makes us realize we are not responsible for the results–only the obedience. (Philippians 4:13)
- Contentment is the attitude of accepting whatever God provides for us, and being happy with it. It does not seek what we do not need for gratification, and does not find happiness in the shallow things of life. ( 9:19–21; Philippians 4:10–13; 1 Tim. 6:6–9)
- Conviction is devotion to and following of the precepts of Scripture with zeal, whatever the cost. (Daniel 1:8)
- Cooperativeness is the support and willingness to work together in peace, unity, and harmony. ( 4:3)
- Courage realizes that God has given us the strength to face any situation, trial, or peril. It is the ability to react, knowing that God is in control, that He who is in me is greater than he who is against me. (Deuteronomy 31:6; 1 John 4:4)
- Creative is being resourceful and imaginative in using the best of the goods and talents we have been given to serve the Lord. (1 Timothy 4:14)
- Decisive is sticking to right and just decisions based on God’s perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
- Deference is being willing to bend personal freedom for the respect and esteem of others. (Romans 14:21)
- Dependable is being constantly reliable and trustworthy. It will allow us to continue in our commitments even if it means personal sacrifice. (1 Corinthians 4:2; Colossians 1:10)
- Dependable is always being reliable and trustworthy. (Colossians 1:10)
- Determination is the ability to make difficult decisions and accomplish God’s goals based on the truths of God’s Word, regardless of the opposition. (Psalms 119:30; 2 Timothy 4:7,8)
- Devotion is aligning personal desires, plans, worship, and hope with God. (Colossians 3:2)
- Diligence allows us to operate with our best for His highest with excitement and passion in order to complete our work and call from the Lord. ( 10:4; Rom. 12:11; Colossians 3:23)
- Diligence the loving of our call and the pursuing of our work, doing our best for His glory. (Colossians 3:23)
- Discernment is the ability to see people and situations the way they really are with of neutrality and justice, while also being cautious with right timing and actions. (1 Samuel 16:7; Proverbs 19:2)
- Discipline is upholding and continuing a consistent and well-ordered life through godly obedience, regardless of how we feel. (1 Timothy 4:7)
- Discreet is the ability to not bully people with our personality or actions, or even with sound and right opinions. It is giving serious respect, attention, and thought to what we say and do. (Psalm 112:5)
- Discretion keeps our minds and focus on sound judgment, giving serious attention and thought to what is going on. It will carefully choose our words, attitudes, and actions to be right for any given situation, thus avoiding words and actions that could result in adverse consequences. (Psalm 112:5; Proverbs 22:3; 12:2, Rom. 9; Rom. 14:19, Rom. 22)
- Efficient is being well organized, competent, and resourceful so we can make the most of every situation, doing our best and seeking better ways. (Psalm 90:12; Ephesians 4:23; Ephesians 5:15– 16; 1 Pet. 4:10)
- Encouragement will lift, support, and help others up through difficult circumstances, all from God’s perspective. (Psalm 119:28; Psalm 143:3; 3:17; John 14:1; 1 Thes. 5:11–14)
- Endurance is the inner strength to remain in Him with staying power in order to accomplish God’s will. (Galatians 6:9)
- Enthusiasm will enable us to overcome disappointments and setbacks, so we can be positive, optimistic, and keep up our interest, attitude, and zeal, even when things are harsh. ( 5:16; Rom. 12:11; Gal. 6:9; Col. 3:23)
- Fairness sees a situation from the viewpoint of each person involved and not just ours. It seeks the best, just, equable solution, even if it hurts us. (Matthew 7:12)
- Faithfulness is the “gluing” fruit that will preserve our faith and the other characters of the Spirit as well as identify God’s Will so we can be dependable and trusting to God and others. (Matthew 17:19; Matthew 25:21; 1 Cor. 12:9; Hebrews 11:1; 1 Thes 5:24)
- Fearless is facing down peril without being stupid. Sound mind is being bold since God gives us strength. (2 Timothy 1:7)
- Flexibility is being open to others plans and ideas and willing to be instructed and challenged to change for the better. (Colossians 3:2)
- Forgiving is the realization of how much we have been forgiven by Christ. This enables us to forgive the insignificant things that are done to us. It involves not being resentful to others, and ignoring the wrongs that we have received so we can heal relationships by expressing Christ’s love. (Luke 23:34; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13)
- Friendship is the companionship and closeness we are to have with one another. It is the commitment to help form the character in others. This is not to be feared but embraced, even when it hurts! (Proverbs 27:17)
- Generosity allows us to give to others because God has given abundantly to us. It is the wise use of stewardship and the attitude that all I have belongs to God and knowing we are the caretakers for His purpose. ( 16:17; Matthew 10:8)
- Gentleness is the character that will show calmness, personal care, and tenderness in meeting the needs of others. ( 40:11; Philippians 4:5; 2 Timothy 2:24; 1 Thes 2:7)
- Godliness is being pious, which is rearranging our priorities to line up with God’s character. (3 John 11)
- Godly Priorities is choosing to follow Scriptural precepts as the primary important schedule and value for life. (Matthew 6:33)
- Goodness displays integrity, honesty, and compassion to others, and allows us to do the right thing. (Matthew 19:16)
- Grace is elegant simplicity and calm that minimizes crudeness. (Psalm 94:11; James 4:6)
- Gratitude is an attitude of being thankful, even when we do not see what we have. This is an aspect of worship, expressing to God and others how they have benefited our lives by showing their support and benevolence. (1 Corinthians 4:7; 1 Thes. 5: 18)
- Guidance is a willingness to help others to apply the precepts of Scripture in everyday and difficult situations. (Proverbs 27:9)
- Harmless is not willing or deliberately hurting anyone or anything. (Heb 7:26)
- Honest is being truthful and doing what is sincere and right before God and others. (Heb 7:26)
- Honesty & Truthfulness mean being straight and honest with others and doing what is right. This trait will allow us to earn trust by being accurate with facts and situations. (2 Cor. 8:21; Ephesians 4:25)
- Hospitality is a willingness to share, with discernment, what God has given us, including our family, home, finances, and food. (Romans 12:13)
- Humility minimizes arrogance and removes pride. It is understanding our fallen nature and tendency to think we are better than we are, and our striving to lift up ourselves above others and God. It is admitting that others, and more importantly God is responsible for our achievements. Humbleness will enable us to be a teachable person who is willing to have the attitude of submission and servant-hood, one who confesses sin and remembers how Christ served us! (Luke 22:27; Philippians 2:8; 1 Peter 5:3–5)
- Initiative will take the front position to recognize and do what needs to be done before being asked to do it. ( 22:29; Philippians 3:14; Philippians 4:13–15)
- Integrity is the obedience to a moral code of values that have honor, truth, and reliability. It will allow one to keep his word and do his best even when no one else is looking. (Psalm 78:72)
- Joy will allow us to enjoy His creation, others, and our circumstances with an expression of delight and real, authentic happiness from and with harmony with God and others. (Proverbs 15:13; John 15:11; John 17:13)
- Just is doing what is fair, moral, impartial, and right, according to God’s will. (Genesis 6:9)
- Kindness is practicing benevolence and a loving attitude towards others. (Ephesians 4:32)
- Love will enable us to appreciate our brothers and sisters in the Lord, and, of course, our family, and others around us. Love is taking the initiative to build up and meet the needs of others without expecting anything in return. (John 13:1; John 15:13; 1 Corinthians 13:3)
- Loyalty is remaining committed to those whom God has brought into our lives and has called us to serve, even in times of difficulty. (Proverbs 17:17)
- Meekness is not about being weak! It is strength under control, which yields personal rights and expectations to God. (Psalms 62:5)
- Merciful is demonstrating more forgiving and gracious kindness than the world requires. (Luke 6:36)
- Not to swear or slander is refusing to verbally hurt others! (James 1:26)
- Obedience is submitting to do what God requires of us. It is also recognizing the authority and direction from others, such as the pastor and church, so we can create winning situations. ( 13:4 ; Prov. 19:16; John 14:14; John 15:14; 2 Corinthians 10:5)
- Optimism will think the best of and be positive with people and all situations, even if later proven wrong. (Luke 21:18; John 16:33; Romans 8:25; Romans 28)
- Patience is showing tolerance and fortitude to others, and even accepting difficult situations from them and God without making demands and conditions. (Matthew 27:14; Romans 12:12; James 1:3,12)
- Patience is the fortitude to accept from others difficult situations that we do not like. With God, it is trust of His timing, and not giving Him a deadline. (Romans 12:12)
- Peace is surrendering and yielding to the Lord’s control, for He is our ultimate peace! It is allowing tranquility to be our tone and to control our equanimity. This will be fueled by our harmonious relationship with God so we can hand over control of our heart, will, and mind to Him. Once we make real peace with God, we will be able to make and maintain peace with others. (Matthew 5:9; Colossians 3:15; Philippians 4:7)
- Perseverance is not being faint with our call, but being able to persist and continue to deal with stress so we can accomplish what God calls us to. (Galatians 6:9)
- Persuasiveness advocates God’s Word to others so they can be changed in their thinking and can conform to His will. (2 Timothy 2:25)
- Prompt is not holding others back with our inadequacies; it is respecting the time of others and being able to act quickly when God and others call on us. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
- Prudence is not being a prude, but implementing and applying good, logical, and just judgment to situations that will help in avoiding error and problems. (Proverbs 13:6; Proverbs 22:3)
- Purity & Holiness is being set apart for God’s use, which is holiness in action. It does not allow us to be contaminated nor interfere with others in our growth and relationship in Christ. ( 5:8; Philippians 4:8; 1 Tim. 1:5; 1 Tim. 5:22; James 4:8)
- Purpose is in knowing who we are in Christ and acting it out with our call. That is, devoting our life, Spiritual gifts, abilities, and call so it can bring out the best in people and situations. Our meaning of life will have eternal treasure and results. (John 15)
- Respectful is being polite and courteous to the people, and the civil authorities God has placed in our life. (1 Thes. 5:13–14)
- Responsibility is to know and do what God and others expect. (Romans 14:12)
- Reverence is recognizing and respecting people, not just because of their position and authority, but as brothers and sisters in the Lord, regardless of their personality, knowing He loves them too! (1 Peter 2:13–14)
- Security is trust and reliance upon God for our daily needs. This is not laziness, but working with God’s values, and organizing our life around God’s Will with an eternal outlook in mind for a secure feeling. We are safe because of God’s protection. (Proverbs 29:25; John 6:27)
- Self-Acceptance is realizing we are deeply loved and accepted by Christ, thus, we can accept us. To love others we have to love ourselves as Christ implies for us to. Self-hatred is not Biblical! Self-Acceptance will allow us to accept unchangeable physical features and situations that God has made, to allow us to focus on the more important things in life such as character. (2 Corinthians 12:9–10)
- Self-Control will allow us to have discipline, and restraint with obedience to God and others. (1 Thes 5: 22)
- Selflessness is the altruistic giving of ourselves to others, as Christ gave Himself to us. (Titus 2:14)
- Sensitivity is exercising kindness and compassion so we can go beyond just reason and logic to perceive and respond to others. (Romans 12:15)
- Servant Leadership is exercising real godly leadership as Christ did, by His taking a towel, influencing, equipping, and empowering people to accomplish God’s purpose and plan. (Luke 22:26)
- Sincerity is earnest honesty that is readily doing what is right, with pure and loving intention. (Joshua 24:14; 1 Peter 1:22)
- Submissive is, with awe and reverence, surrendering and yielding our will and plans over to God’s guidance. (Ephesians 5:21)
- Success is not what the world says is achievement; it is to know and faithfully follow God’s Will and His Word. It is our obedience, not our numbers or measurements! (Matthew 25:21)
- Suffering is not sought, but when it happens, it is d allowing it to turn into a mold to allow us to be made for the better as “Christ hath suffered” makes us better. It is not a personal attack, rather it is a means to get our attention to make us better, more useful, stronger, and to understand what takes place in others. (1 Peter 4:1–19)
- Supportive is to come along side others, sharing our strength and courage in their afflictions and troubles. (Galatians 6:2)
- Tactful is being considerate, delicate, and diplomatic with other’s feelings and ideas, doing, and saying the right thing. (Colossians 4:6)
- Teach is to share our insights and what we have learned with others, to disciple them. ( 7:28; Matt. 28:19–20; John 7:16; Mark 4:2; 2 John 1:9)
- Temperate is to have self-control so we do not lose control and give in to lust and extremes of society’s ills. (Titus 2:12)
- Thoroughness is careful diligence that carries out our call with our very best for God’s approval. (Ecclesiastes 9:10; Colossians 3:23)
- Thoughtfulness considers and gives attention and care to others and their feelings first. (Philippians 2:4)
- Time is the moments in which we either burn or live for His glory. It is the opportunities we have to live, serve, learn, and grow. In so doing, if we invest wisely, we will produce eternal treasures. If not, it will go to waste. (Psalm 90:12)
- Tolerant is being forbearing and patient with others, even when they are different or weaker. (1 Thes. 5:14)
- Understanding is the ability to reason and comprehend situations. (Psalms 119:34)
- Virtue is holding onto the principles of moral excellence that calls us to a higher level where few people desire to go, but as a Christian, we must go! ( 3:12–17)
- Wisdom truly desires the knowledge of God’s Word and the proper application to our life. This will enable us to make good judgments and decisions. (1 Kings 3:9; Psalm 119:97–98)
- Zealous is maintaining our enthusiasm for our faith and call, not allowing our church or us to fall into a rut of meaningless rhetoric. (Luke 2:49; John 2:17; John 8:29)
By CS Clark | December 25, 2009
O God, without faith it is impossible to please You, grant that I may with such assurance receive the unsearchable mysteries of Your truth, and embrace Your gracious promises, that faith may be counted unto me for righteousness, and all my words and works may be acceptable to You. Give me grace to walk always in Your presence, and to live by the word that proceeds out of Your mouth, that I may rightly use this world and not abuse it as You shall lead. Grant that I shall keep my eyes looking forward to the things that are eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Book: Words to Take With Us (Eight Edition)
Publisher: London: Longmans, Green and Co. and New York: 15 East 16th Street: 1895
Revised and Adapted by Karrol Sneed
0 GOD, who has given the Holy Scriptures to be a light unto our feet and a lamp unto our path, guide our steps at all times in the way of Your precepts. Suffer us not to go astray from You, nor to err from Your truth. Acknowledging our ignorance and the deceitfulness of our hearts, we call upon You, 0 God, for help and deliverance.
0 Lord, our merciful Father, be pleased to guide and defend us in all our ways, that we may be delivered in all dangers and temptations of this day, and may so follow the example and pattern which Your dear Son has left us, both in joyfully bearing and constantly performing Your holy will, that we may glorify Your name, and may abide in Your love.
0 Lord God Almighty, who makes all things work together for good to them that love You, we pray that You would so order the course of Your providence respecting us, and so enlighten and purify our souls, that all the events of this life may be made conducive to our eternal salvation.
Almighty and most merciful Father, who works in Your children both to desire and to perform those things that please You, grant us grace that we may pursue our several callings and duties in the world with a devout, holy, and heavenly mind, considering that we are ever in Your presence and under Your eye; that in all our works and labors, working the work of God, and laboring for the meat that endures unto everlasting life, we may be found good and faithful servants, and may finally enter into the joy of our Lord.
0 God, everlasting and almighty, who is the Creator and Preserver of all men, and who wills not that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance, send forth Your light and Your truth among all nations.
Guide all Your flocks in the paths of truth, righteousness and peace, and make them to be numbered with Your saints in glory everlasting.
Comfort the afflicted; send consolation and joy to all that are in trouble and sorrow; hear the groaning of the prisoners; deliver the oppressed from him that hurts him; relieve the wants of the poor, and save all afflicted people. Arise, O God, for judgment, and save all the meek of the earth.
0 God, who has revealed to us the light of Your gospel and called us into the fellowship of Your Son, grant that we may put away all the works of darkness, and may walk in purity, uprightness and truth. That we may have fellowship with You, for You are light, and in You there is no darkness at all; that so, when the shadows of this mortal life are passed away, we may behold those things which the eye of man has not seen, and be made partakers of everlasting glory; through Christ, our Lord.
Almighty and most gracious God, look in compassion upon our infirmities, and uphold us by Your mighty power. Let us not faint or be weary in running the race that is set before us, but, animated by Your promises, may we be strong both to do and endure Your holy will, looking unto our merciful High-Priest, Jesus Christ, who himself suffered and was tempted, and is able to succor us when we are tempted.
We pray that You would grant a spirit of wisdom and judgment to the President of the United States, to all magistrates, judges, and others invested with authority, that we, under them, may lead a quiet and peaceable life in godliness and honesty, adorning the doctrine of God our Savior.
And let Your blessing be upon all conditions of men among us. Bless them in the work of their hands; prosper their honest industry; grant unto them the things that are needful for the body and the life that now is; above all, make them rich towards God and heirs of thine everlasting kingdom.
We pray for our kindred, our friends, and all whom You hast made the instruments of Your grace and bounty to us, that You would reward and bless them abundantly; and also for our enemies, if we have them, that You would grant them repentance, and enable us to forgive them from the heart, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
AN ORDER OF WORSHIP WITH FORMS OF PRAYER FOR DIVINE SERVICE
BY BENJAMIN B. COMEGYS
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I he afraid ?’— Ps. 27:1
ALMIGHTY GOD, whose presence fills the heavens and the earth, You control all things for Your children’s good; to Your paternal care I commit my way, in firm assurance that You will not leave me without protection, nor suffer my hope to fail. We are unworthy to ask anything of ourselves; but I come in the Name of our Lord and Savior, whom You always hear.
I am about to leave my home and go about my daily business which separates me from those whom You have made dear to me. My thoughts are resting on what is yet hidden in the mysteries of Your providence; on the time when my present purpose may be accomplished, and I may again return, and find my family, as they are now, surrounded with blessings of every kind, and trouble, sickness, and death, still strangers to our dwelling. We regard our separation as only for a short time. However we are too forgetful at times that in the midst of life we are in death, not knowing what a day may bring forth.
Praised be Your Name, for power, goodness, and mercy. We need fear no evil, for You are with us; and no enemy can harm, nor danger overcome the objects of Your care, unless sin should interpose to draw on us the strength of Your displeasure. Lord, be my guide, my helper, my preserver, in every place I travel. I pray for Your blessings to accompany me in my daily travels; keep me from harm. Help me to overcome every wicked, impure, unholy thought, or any thought which I dare not ask You to prosper with Your abundant grace.
In every circumstance of my journey, may I truly experience the consolation of Your all-prevailing watchfulness. I am never alone or unprotected, for You are at my right hand; and I know that You will require a due improvement of all the means wherewith You refresh my mind and body, to serve You more effectually.
All-bountiful Father, at the appropriate time restore me in good health to my home and family. For surely I am trusting in Your providence to keep and defend them. Permit me to look forward joyfully to the time when we may again assemble in Your Name, and be united with thankful hearts in declaring what rich mercies You have poured out on us. For Jesus’ sake, I humbly entreat all things necessary for our life here, in preparation for the life that is to come. Amen.
Book: Brief Prayers for Travellers
Author: Thomas Brittain Vacher
Publisher: London: Hatchard & Co. 187 Piccadilly 1868
Revised and Adapted by: Karrol Henry©2014
God thank You for the men and women who have stood in battle for the freedom of our Country on foreign and domestic soil. Thank You for our forefathers who wrote the Constitution and were not ashamed to say “In God We Trust”. God forgive our Nation for allowing the freedoms that were won for us by the blood of our brothers and sisters to be slowly taken away because we have been so lax in continuing the fight in our Courts. May we all stand up and say I will fight for my God, my Country and my freedom! In Jesus Name we pray. Amen
Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn: Grant that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. – Unknown