Almighty Father, who has given Your only begotten Son to be to us a sacrifice for sin, an example of meek and patient suffering, and a mirror of righteousness and true holiness of life ; give us grace that we may receive His inestimable benefit with all thankfulness of heart. May we also daily endeavor to follow the blessed steps of His most holy life, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen – Rev. Hook
LORD You have been our dwelling-place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or before you ever had formed the earth and the world.
Even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God.
You turn man from destruction and say. Return, you children of men.
For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past.
And as a watch in the night you carry them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep:
In the morning they are like grass which grows up.
In the morning it flourishes’, and grows up; in the evening it is cut down, and withered.
So teach us to number our days, that we may have a heart of wisdom.
And let us repent from our sins, hear the prayers of your servants.
Return, O Jehovah we long for you.
Oh satisfy us in the morning with your loving kindness,
That we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Let your work appear unto your servants,
And your glory upon their children.
And let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us.
O Lord establish the work of our hands. Yes establish the work of our hands.
INTO Your hands, O Lord, we commend our spirits, souls, and bodies, for You have created and redeemed them, O Lord God Almighty. Guide us and all whom we love this day with your eye, and kindle Your light in our hearts, that Your godly knowledge would ever be increasing in us more and more, that we may always be found to walk and live after Your will and pleasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. — From an Ancient Collect
Book: The Enrichment of Prayer
Compiled by: David R. Porter
Publisher: New York: Association Press 1918
Revised and Adapted by: Karrol Sneed 2013
Let us pray
- O You great and glorious God, our Creator, Preserver, and continual Benefactor, to You would we lift up our souls. We thank You for the mercies of the past night, and that You have preserved us in peace and safety to see the light of another day. And now, we ask You, mercifully look upon us, and lift up the light of Your countenance, and have mercy upon us.
- Lord, we confess with sorrow of heart that we are not worthy in ourselves of the very least of all Your mercies. But, blessed be Your name, You have graciously assured us that You are willing to pardon our sins if we come to You as penitent believers in Jesus Christ. To You, therefore, we humbly come, we cast ourselves upon the riches of Your grace. We humbly pray, that the atoning blood of Christ may wash away all our corruptions. WE ask that Your Holy Spirit may be given to us, to deliver us from the power of sin and satan, and to bring us into the full enjoyment of the glorious liberty of the children of God.
- O merciful Father, grant us, we ask You, Your Holy Spirit in larger measure; enable us to know what is the hope of Your calling, and the riches of the glory of Your inheritance in the saints. May we learn to have a suitable value for those blessed things which You offer to our acceptance. May we never trifle in the great work of our salvation. May we strive more and more to enter in at the straight gate, or if we have reason to hope that we are now walking in the narrow way of life, Oh, may we press forward in it with increasing earnestness. May we grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior. Grant, Lord, we ask You, that we may learn to have our hopes and fears, our joys and sorrows, all grounded on Your holy word, that we may learn to love what You love, and to hate that which You hate. May we put aside all selfishness, be kind, generous, and forgiving. May we learn that self-denial which our Savior directs us, declaring that if any man will come after Him, he must take up his cross daily. Lord, may we be striving to tread in Your steps. We know our own great weakness and utter insufficiency, but, blessed be Your name, You have declared that You will give Your Holy Spirit to them that ask it. We call upon You, therefore, with earnestness and confidence, with an assured hope of Your merciful loving-kindness, and continual truth.
- Let us bless and praise You for Your unnumbered mercies, and for exempting us from the many evils to which our fellow men may suffer.
- Oh, let not the frequent and regular recurrence of Your mercies lead us to forget that it is to Your goodness we owe them all. Let us live under a continual sense of the mercies which we are receiving from You, and, above all, may we be thankful for that transcendent instance of them, the sending Your own Son to die for us, and for our salvation.
- Now, we ask You, take us, and all whom we should remember in our prayers, into Your gracious keeping for the ensuing day. Guard us and them against our great spiritual enemy; help us in every season of temptation; enable us this day to live in Your faith, and fear, and love, under a continual recollection of Your presence, and with a constant desire of Your glory.
- These and all other blessings we humbly ask in the name and for the sake of Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate.
Book: Family Prayers
Authors: William Wilberforce, Robert Isaac Wilberforce
Publisher: London: Botson And Palmer, Printers, Savoy Street, Strand 1834
Revised and Adapted by: Karrol Sneed 2013
In Times of Adversity and Poverty.
Ps. 50:15 — “Call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you shalt glorify me.”
Ps. 102:17 — “He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.”
Prov. 30: 8, 9 — “Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: lest I be full and deny you, and say, Who is the Lord? or, lest I be poor and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.”
James 2 :5 — “Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?”
2 Cor. 8:9.—”For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.”
Matt. 5:3 — “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Matt. 6:26, 33 — “Behold the fowls of the air : for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns ; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are ye not much better than they? But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness ; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
O Merciful Savior who fed the thousands with the few loaves and fishes, and who is the same, yesterday, to-day, and forever, look upon me with an eye of compassion. Help me that I may not despair, but trust in the faithful Father, who feeds the fowls of the air, and who will not forsake me, if I trust in him. Cause goodness and mercy to follow me all the days of my life, and let me dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
O God, my Heavenly Father: in you alone is my help, in this time of adversity. You have sorely afflicted me, but I know that it is in love. For you are a merciful God, and will not lay upon me a burden too heavy for me to bear. Unto you do I lift up mine eyes. Place around me your everlasting arms ; make me to know, that as my days, so shall my strength be. Hide me under the covert of your wings, and speak comfort to my soul.
You are able, O Lord, to strengthen me, that I may be able to bear up under all my adversities and wants. You did not spare your only-begotten Son, will you not freely give me all things necessary for my temporal and spiritual wants? Help me to regard the lilies of the field. O You who dot the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven. Make me to know by faith, that you will much more clothe me and mine. You know, O Heavenly Father, that we have need of all these things. Make me to seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness: and let all these things be added unto; for Christ’s sake. Amen (Let it be so)
Book: Prayer Book and Aids to Private Devotion
Author: Rev. Jeremiah H. Good D.D.
Publisher: E. R. Good & Bro.; Tiffin Ohio, 1881
Revised by: Karrol Sneed 2013
Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked, and open to the eyes of him with whom we have to do. He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? He that formed the eye, shall he not see? He that teaches man knowledge, shall he not know? Acts 15:18. Heb. 4:13. Ps. 94: 9, 10.
The Lord looked from heaven, he beheld all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation, he looks upon all the inhabitants of the earth. His eyes behold, his eyelids try the children of men. He knows the secrets of the heart. For the Lord searches all hearts, and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts. Ps. 33:13,14; Ps. 11: 4; Ps. 44:21. 1 Chro. 28:9
The eyes of the Lord are in every place beholding the evil and the good. His eyes are upon the ways of man, and he sees all his goings. There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves. Prov. 15:3. Job 34: 21, 22.
O Lord, You have searched me, and known me. You know my down sitting, and my rising up. You understand my thought from afar. You compass my path, and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but lo, O Lord, You know it altogether, You have beset me behind, and before, and laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. If I say, surely the darkness shall cover me, even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hides not from You, but the night shines as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to You. Psa. 139:1-12. C. M.
In all my vast concerns with You,
In vain my soul would try to shun your presence, Lord, or flee The notice of your eye.
Your all-surrounding sight surveys my rising and my rest,
my public walks, my private ways, And secrets of my breast.
O You who are in every place beholding the evil and the good, the knowledge of your omniscience is too wonderful for us fully to comprehend. But grant us such a conception of it as will awaken a devout awe; consecrate every place where we kneel, and raise an impassable barrier against all approaches of sin. Though our sinful acts and thoughts may be unknown to men, may we remember they are open to the eye of him with whom we have to do.Though we hide ourselves among the crowds of men, or in the wilderness, or wear disguises of hypocrisy, your eye is upon us and you see all our goings. There is no darkness or shadow of death where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves. May we walk before you in a just apprehension of your omniscience, as children before their parents, as servants before their masters, in all the periods and circumstances of life. May we stand in awe of the certainty it gives, the retribution menaced against sin and rejoice in the assurance it affords of protection to the weakest virtue. Deeds of charity and devotion unrecognized by men, you do acknowledge as a sacrifice of sweet smelling savor. And Your favoring eye is on the most obscure of Your children and will guide him through devious paths of life to a city of habitation, to the general assembly and church of the first born whose names are written in heaven; to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect; and to Christ the Mediator, in whose name help us ever to pray.
Book: The Bible Prayer Book for Family Worship and for Other Private and Public Occasions
Author: W. W. Everts
Publisher: New York: Ivison & Phinney 1855
Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we Your humble servants give You our most humble and wholehearted thanks, for all Your goodness and all the loving kindness You have given to us and to all men. We bow in worship to You for You alone are God. Holy Father we thank You for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all we thank You for Your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by Your Son and our Lord, Jesus Christ. We thank You for Your grace and for the hope of glory that comes in knowing Jesus as our Lord and Savior. And we ask You to give us that right and proper sense of all Your mercies, that our hearts may be truly thankful, and that we may give You praise, not only with our lips but in our lives; by giving up ourselves to Your service, and by walking before You in holiness and righteousness all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with You and the Holy Spirit, all honor and glory is due. Amen
by Karrol Sneed 2013