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 God, we bless You for the rest of another night, and that we awake this day in life, and in so much health and enjoyment. We beseech You to shine upon us and teach us how to spend the coming day. May all we do be done honestly and faithfully. Preserve and deepen our trust in You and Your providence. Increase our confidence in Your love, wisdom, and justice; so that we may not live without God in the world.
Whatsoever our hands find to do may we do it with our might. May we begin our labor modestly and continue it in self-forgetfulness. Deliver us from all weakness, and fearfulness from want of purpose or misgiving. Grant us simplicity and earnestness in our ways; and whether we succeed in our purposes or fail, may we be upright in heart before You. Preserve us this day from all sloth and idleness, and from the misuse of what You have entrusted to our care; and forasmuch as the business of this life is apt to steal our hearts from You, give us grace to remember that we have a Master in heaven, and to live as seeing Him who is invisible.
In our temptations guard us, and in all difficulty uphold us. You have taught us not to think of ourselves only, but also of the wants of others, and we remember before You all who are burdened and oppressed; those whose hopes have been crushed, and whose purposes are overthrown. We remember all who are afflicted by poverty, or worn down by illness; the weary and heavy laden; those who are enduring wrong, or suffering for righteousness’ sake; those also who are in darkness, or despair. And we commend unto You, O You Father of our spirits, those who are about to depart this life, beseeching You to grant unto them the spirit of tranquility and trustfulness. May they put their hope in You; and, having passed through the valley of the shadow of death, may they enter into the rest that remains for the people of God.
Help us, O God, to spend this day, as if it were our last on earth, in willing obedience to Your Holy ‘Will and when the end of our earthly pilgrimage shall have been reached, receive us all into our heavenly home, through riches of grace in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen!
Book: Alone with God
Author: Br. James H. Garrison
Publisher: St. Louis: Christian Publishing Company 1891
ALMIGHTY One, I do not know how many or how few of the morning suns shall rise on my head ere that dawn which I shall break in heaven. Let me not waste the days yet allotted to me on earth, nor stand still upon my way, for well I know that to do so is to fall back. Aid me, Father of Spirits, by Your inward grace and outward providence to gain this day some advance in holiness and nearness to You. I know that there lies open before me even now a glorious and beautiful life, had I but resolution to lead it—a life of human kindness, in which all my words and acts should contribute to the welfare and virtue of those around me—a life of truth and courage and self-restraint, in which my evil passions should be trampled down, till I could look back on the great task of life, and say, like Christ, “ It is finished!”—a life of love to You, my God, in which my delight in You should grow deeper and fuller year by year, till I should behold even here, and in this garb of flesh, the beginning of that eternal day of Adoration, which shall endure when all the clusters of the suns fade out and die.
O merciful God, poor and weak and sinful as I am, help me to live that blessed life, and to begin it to-day. .
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
This prayer was written for the Confederate Soldiers but it is also appropriate for our service men and women facing battle. It is also appropriate for those facing the battles of life.
No. I. A Prayer in anticipation of Battle.
- GOD, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, you have said, Call upon me in the day of trouble, and 1 will hear you and deliver you. We, therefore, now approach you in our time of danger. The enemy is near and round about us, and we may soon be called upon to hazard our lives in the field of battle; and some of us be wounded or suddenly cut down in the midst of our days. O God, who has called yourself a man of war, be not far from us.. You fought for Israel; and our fathers have told us what wonders you performed in their days; how you dashed in pieces their enemies, and subdued them under them; and how in the greatness of your excellency you overthrew those that rose up against them. We, therefore, look to you who delivered them from death, and ask you to go with our army; to become our Leader and Commander; and to teach our hands to war, and our fingers to fight, that we may wax valiant and fight manfully, and be made mighty through you, to drive back and to destroy our enemies.
- We thank and praise your glorious Name, that you have afflicted us less than our iniquities deserved. Do not remember our innumerable offences. Let your tender mercies save us from their guilt, and wash us from their pollution in the fountain opened for sin and uncleanness through Jesus Christ your Beloved Son. O Lord, be gracious unto us for Christ’s sake, that being-justified by faith in him we may have peace with God, and with our own consciences. Impart to us a sweet hope that you are our reconciled God and Father; that the Spirit of love may cast out all fear. Hearken unto our voice, O Lord, while we now cry unto you. Have mercy upon us, and hear us. O Lord, you are the strength of each heart, our light, and our salvation; and then, though a host should come up against us, yet shall we not be afraid of them who, when they have killed the’ body, have nothing more that they can do.
- But, while thus confessing our sins, and imploring mercy for Christ’s sake, we plead before you the righteousness of our cause. We contend for liberty of conscience, liberty of worship, and liberty of life. We stand in defense of home, and happiness, and the heritage you have given us, and which our fathers bought for us with their own blood. Arise, O you to whom belongs vengeance, and plead our cause against an unjust and ungodly nation, who have wrongfully come up against us to destroy us.
- Most powerful and glorious Lord God, who sits in the throne judging right: we beseech you to take the cause into your own hand, and judge between us and our enemies. Stir up your strength, O Lord, and come and help us.
- Avenge us speedily for the oppression of the poor; for the sighing of the needy; for the miseries of the widow and the orphan; for your sanctuaries denied; for your Name blasphemed; for your laws despised and made subject to a higher law; for virtuous chastity dishonored, and innocent blood shed without cause; for thousands of your own dear children—the friends of Jesus, and the nursing fathers of your Church — ruthlessly slaughtered; for these things, O God, who will not hold their perpetrators guiltless, arise and be known by the judgments you shall execute upon them. May it be made evident to us, and to our enemies, that this battle is the Lord’s, that the Lord God of hosts is on our side, and fights for us, and that you are our Savior and mighty deliverer.
- We have no might, O Lord, against this great company who come up against us, neither know we what to do, but our eyes are upon you. Lord, it is nothing with you to help with many, or with them that have no power, for the battle is not to the strong, neither is it by might nor by power. With you, O Lord, is wisdom and strength. You have power to exalt, and to cast down. O Lord, yours is the greatness and the victory. O Lord our God, go with us, and lead us up against our enemies, and save us. Inspire our generals with wisdom, and power, and strategy, and skill, and cover their heads in the hour of battle, and let no weapon aimed against them prosper. Instill the minds of all our officers and soldiers with confidence in you, and in each other,*’with calmness, coolness, valor, and heroic devotion; and crown our contest with victory.
- And now, O God our Savior, into your hands we commit each other, not knowing what shall befall us. But being joyfully assured that with you are the issues of life and death; that you have the keys of death and the grave; and that as you appoint for each one of us the time, and place, and manner of our death. You are able to keep all that we now cast upon your merciful providence, so that if we live we may live unto the Lord, and if we die we may die unto the Lord, that whether living or dying we may be the Lord’s.
Book: The Soldier’s Prayer Book
Publisher: Charleston: Published by the South Carolina Tract Society 1863
Printer: Evans & Cogswell, Printers
Revised and Adapted by: Karrol Sneed 2013
- WE ask You, O Lord, to look upon Your servants, whom You have enabled to put their trust in You; and grant them both to ask such things as shall please You, and also obtain what they ask; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
[For Pardon and Cleansing]
- LORD our God, whose power is infinite, whose goodness is unspeakable, despise not Your servants who beg for pardon, and to be reconciled unto You. Sanctify us, O God, our bodies and souls, search out our spirits, and cast out all iniquity from within us. Lord make us pure of heart, cast out all false reasoning and impure desires, all pride and envy, all hypocrisy and deceit, all inordinate love of this world, and base covetousness. Give us soft gentle hearts and cleanse us of all hardness of heart, peevishness and anger, all unkindness and selfishness, all malice and revenge, and every motion of soul and body which can withdraw us from You, and is against Your will and commandment.
- Gracious Father, give us pardon for what is past, and repentance from all our sinful habits, that we may, with pure minds, with humble hearts, with sanctified lips, serve You faithfully. May we walk with You, converse justly and charitably with men, and hold our souls in patience and holiness, our bodies in sanctification and honor; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
[Pardon and Peace]
- GRANT, merciful Lord, to Your faithful people pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve You with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
- ALMIGHTY Father, the fountain of all goodness, we give You sincere thanks for the returning light, and our daily bread; for home, and health, and friends; for the instruction of Your truth, and the opportunities of Your service which yesterday we enjoyed.
- We thank You for all that renders this world a pleasant home, and fits us for the life to come. Teach us, O Father, to imitate Your boundless charity, quicken our generosity, awaken our sympathies, give us to live not unto ourselves but may we follow in the the footsteps of our Blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and go about doing good; giving to others of that which we have received of You. Let not ours be a vain profession, but let our words and works this day show that we are indeed the children of God. This we ask from You for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.
[Preservation from all Adversity]
- ALMIGHTY God, who sees that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves, keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
[For the Day’s Work]
- WE humbly beseech You, O heavenly loving Father, to give us grace to fulfill our several duties to Your glory. Let those who hold places of authority, dictate according to your holy word and by so doing they know they have a Master in heaven with whom is no respect of persons; and let those who serve, labor not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but with good will doing service as unto the Lord, and not unto men, knowing that of the Lord they shall receive the reward of the inheritance; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
[The Godly Life of Christians]
- ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified, receive our supplications and prayers, which we offer before You for all estates of men in Your holy Church, that every member of the same, in his vocation and ministry, may truly and godly serve You; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
[Help and Success in the Days Walk]
- LORD God, our Heavenly Father, who hast commanded us to labor in order that we may gain our daily bread, we ask You to prosper our work this day, that Your favor may be a witness unto us of Your bounty and loving-kindness, and that we may know thereby, the Fatherly care You have over us. So guide and strengthen us by the Holy Spirit, that we may be true and just in all our dealings; that we may labor not as men-pleasers, but as those who know they have a Master in heaven; that we may be active and diligent, careful and industrious; that this day, and every day,’ we may render to You the service of our daily work ; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
- POUR out, O Lord, the Holy Spirit of grace upon this family, and cast out from them whatever evil they have incurred by the fraud of the devil, or by earthly corruption. Through grace we know that, we are being cleansed within and without. May we ever render unto You a pure worship, and may we the more readily obtain what we fitly and reasonably ask; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
[Intercession for Others]
- MOST merciful God, who art the Father of all mankind, we would commend to Your care our relatives and friends, who are near and dear unto us. Preserve them by Your good wisdom, guide them by Your counsel, sanctify them by Your Holy Spirit, and lead them along the way everlasting, that finally we may be gathered, by Your mercy, an unbroken circle about Your throne. In mercy remember the poor and needy, the widows and fatherless, the stranger and friendless, the oppressed and afflicted, the aged and sickly, the young and tempted, the weak of heart and the weak of body, them that languish, and them that are dying. Relieve their necessities, comfort their sorrows, sanctify their calamities, strengthen their weaknesses, and in Your own good time deliver them from their bondage into the glorious liberty of Your son; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
[For the President]
- ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, we are taught by Your holy word, that the hearts of kings are in Your rule and governance, and that You do dispose and turn them as it seems best to Your godly wisdom. We humbly ask You to dispose and govern the hearts of the President, Congress, the Supreme Court, State, County and Local Officials which are all Your servants, our legislature and governors. Guide them in all their thoughts, words, and works, may they ever seek Your honor and glory, and study to preserve Your people committed to their charge, in wealth, peace, and godliness. Grant this, O merciful Father, for Your dear Son s sake, Jesus Christ our Lord.
[For Scholars, Pastor, Teachers, and Missionaries]
- LORD, who by Your holy Apostle hast taught us to do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus, and to Your glory. Give Your blessing, we pray, to their daily work, that they may do it heartily as to the Lord, and not unto men. All their powers of body and mind are Yours, and we devote them to Your service: sanctify them, and the work in which they are engaged. Let them not be slothful, but fervent in spirit; O Lord. So bless their efforts that they may bring forth the fruit of true wisdom.
- Strengthen our minds and dispose us to use the fruits of wisdom to Your glory and for the furtherance of Your kingdom, and save us from all pride and vanity, and reliance on our own power and wisdom. Teach us to seek after truth, and enable us to gain it. But grant that while we know earthly things, may we also know You, and be known by You, through and in Your Son Jesus Christ Give us this day Your Holy Spirit, that we may be yours in body and spirit; in all our work and in all our enjoyments; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord.
- May GOD Himself, our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our ways; and the Lord make us to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men; to the end may He establish our hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints. Amen (Let it be done)
Daily Prayers for Families and Schools, in Collect Form
Author: Henry Burnside
Publisher: London: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co. 1877
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