O Lord Jesus Christ, Who sent forth Your first disciples to proclaim Your kingdom, and to teach Your commandments. Give to us, Your disciples this day, such an understanding of the word, that we may teach to others what we have been taught of You, to the glory of Your Name, and the spread of Your Kingdom. — Daily Prayer
Arise, dear soul, and carefully reflect who He is with whom you speak and before whom you stand when you pray. Behold, you speak with God, your Maker, and stand in the presence of Him, the Eternal Majesty, whom thousand times thousands of holy angels and arch angels attend.
Therefore, O Christian, enter into the closet of your soul, and beware, lest you fail to put from you all sluggishness of heart, and lift up to your God a countenance free from blame. Then will you delight in the Lord and have power with Him, and prevail. Yea, you will conquer the unconquerable with God and bear away the blessing through Jesus Christ. Amen. — By John Habermann
Glory be to You, Father of all flesh, for creating man in Your own likeness; for breathing into him a soul capable of the knowledge of Your wondrous works, and Your infinite perfections.
Glory be to You, for so plainly revealing the worth of our souls in Your sight. For giving Your only Son to redeem them, when lost by the fall of our first parents: for his opening a new and living way through his flesh, whereby our guilty souls can have access to You. We come through the veil in faith, with confidence where we are acquitted, purified and exalted to dwell eternally in Your blessed presence.
Glory be to You who promised and has sent down from heaven Your Holy Spirit, to enlighten, guide, and sanctify the souls of those who come to You by Christ Jesus.
We return to You, O God, our unfeigned thanks for Your repeated promises of glory, reserved in heaven for every soul which departs this life in the true faith and fear of Your name. We desire also to adore Your tender mercies towards us, in laying hell as it were open before our eyes; that, fully apprised of that dreadful place of torment, the prison of lost souls, we may ever labor to escape it. We bless You for all Your compassionate calls, warnings, and exhortations, both in Your word and providence, designed to lead us to regard above everything the salvation of our souls.
Now, O gracious Father! We humbly beseech You, make all Your goodness, through Your grace, effective to the work required in us to bring us to a lively and perpetual concern for the salvation of our immortal souls.
Deliver us, O God, from that gross ignorance stupidity, and contempt of spiritual blessings, in which we are naturally involved. O! rescue us from the prevailing power of things present and striking to our senses; from the abuse of bodily health and strength. From the enchantments of the pleasures of sin, or of any earthly comforts whatsoever; from anxious care concerning the body or things of this world; which all act in confederacy against us, both to prevent and to extinguish a due solicitude to save our souls alive. Keep us also, O God of all power and grace! From neglecting our souls through the infectious example of the multitude, or through fear of being had in derision for laboring fervently in the means of saving them. Wherever we are, whatever is our employ, still sound, O God! In our ears, that momentous question, “What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? And what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? ” Continually do You dispose our hearts to avoid everything that would prove hurtful to our souls, to watch and to pray for their preservation, and to obtain sure and certain proofs, that they shall be saved in the day of the Lord.
Finally, O God! We beseech You to have compassion on the great multitude who set at naught their never-dying souls; who are secure and at ease, though on the point of being eternally lost: cause, O Lord! the scales to fall from their eyes; take away from them all their hardness of heart, contempt of Your word, and cruelty towards themselves; that they at last may inherit Your great salvation, prepared for the souls of the faithful in Christ Jesus. For his sake alone, we beseech You to hear us; and in him we trust, our Mediator and Redeemer. Amen.
Book: Complete Duty of Man
Author: Rev. Henry Venn. A.M.
Publisher: London: William Clowes and Sons, Stamford Street 1841
Revised and Edited by Karrol Sneed 2014
ALMIGHTY and ever-blessed God, source of all being, and fountain of all good; we, Your children, created by You, continually preserved by You, and indebted to You for all that we possess and all that we enjoy, would come before You this morning, to express our sense of Your goodness to us, to acknowledge our dependence upon You, to adore Your greatness, and commend ourselves to Your care.
Father of our spirits, Glory be to Your name that You have made us capable of holding communion with You and of receiving the revelations of Your word and will.
Glory be to Your name we give thanks for the heavenly doctrines, precepts, and promises of the gospel of Your Son. We make it our earnest prayer to You, that our hearts may be touched by its holy influences, that our characters may be formed by its spirit, that our lives may be governed by its laws. Guide us in the ways of its truth to the everlasting home which it promises to the righteous.
Let us give thanks for the freedom we have in this country to attend public worship. We are grateful for all that You have done and all that has gone into preparing today’s services. We rejoice as we attend our church and participate in public worship, and the services and instructions of Your house. Let our attendance give aid to our spiritual improvement and our eternal good. Let us enter Your gates with thanksgiving, and Your courts with praise, and take with us our best affections and resolutions to the temple of the Lord, Suffer not our minds to be distracted, nor our devotions to languish. Let not our thoughts, which ought to be engaged in the study of Your holy Word, be still returning to the cares, pleasures, and follies of a temporary world; neither let us take Your name upon our lips when our hearts are far from You. But let our prayers and meditations exalt You.
Purify us, and assist with our duties in this life, and prepare us for that eternal world to which we are rapidly hastening.
Bless all who call upon Your name this day. May they approach You in sincerity, humility, and love. May all denominations of Christians, however divided in opinion, be joined together in the bond of peace and an earnest regard for the interests of furtherance of Your Kingdom and true virtue.
And oh, let the name and the gospel of Your Son be known and glorified more and more, till the whole world shall come to the perfect light, and embrace the truth as it is in Jesus. In his worthy name, and as his disciples, we offer these our petitions; ascribing to You, the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, all glory and honor, might, majesty, and dominion, now and for evermore. Amen
Book: Morning and Evening Prayers
Publisher: John Wilson and Son; Boston: 1865Revised by: Karrol Sneed 2013
I am so excited about starting this blog of prayers. I have been writing prayers since 1985 when God placed it in my heart to pray for others as intercessor. Praying for others is such joy and I have found so much inspiration in the prayers written in the 17th, 18th, and 19th century’s by some very faithful, strong, mature Christian men and women.
I have taken the prayers posted from prayer books I have found on archive.org. The books are out of copyright and all of the sources are listed giving credit to the original authors and publishers. I have taken the liberty of revising the prayers into a more modern form by changing the Thee’s and the Thou’s in addition to revising some of the phrases.
Gracious Heavenly Father;
I ask you to take this blog and use it to Your glory. May the prayers posted on these pages inspire the readers to draw near to You in their prayer closets and come to know the joy of spending time alone with You. Lord I ask You to pour out Your blessings on all the readers and should any not know You as their Lord and Savior, bring them into the saving grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen
May the joy of the Lord be with you throughout the day!