O GOD, Whose blessed Son was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil, and make us the sons of God and heirs of eternal life ; grant us, we beseech Thee, that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves even as He is pure ; that, when He shall appear again with power and great glory, we may be made like unto Him in His eternal and glorious Kingdom ; where with Thee, Father, and Thee, Holy Ghost, He lives and reigns, ever one God, world without end. Amen. (Bishop Cosin, A.D. 1594 ; Book of Common Prayer, A.D. 1662.)
Eternal God, Author of my being, Fountain of all love, trusting in Your love, I, a poor, miserable sinner, come before You, to speak to You and to ask for Your love.
You know all that I would ask of You, if I dared; You know how I would love You, if I could; You knows all I would hope of You, if mine own unworthiness did not keep me back. Yet You gives me the longing, You will give what I long for, even yourself, Whom I long for. You prepares the heart. Prepare my heart, O Loving God, that I may long for You more, adore You more humbly, ask at least with all the desires of my heart, all which You are ready to give me, if I love You. Make me to love You through all Your love for me, through Your own love in me.
O God, my God, I praise You and thank You from my inmost heart that in all eternity You did think of me, and did love me with Your Infinite Love; that out ‘of pure love for me, You willed to make me that I might love You, and be loved by You, and be happy in Your Love. You willed in all eternity to redeem me with the Precious Blood of Your Only, Co-equal Son; You willed to unite me in Him to yourself; You willed that He should become Man that we might, through Him, be one with You. This You willed for me, too, O my God, and for this You did wait for me when I looked not for You.
You remembered me when I forgot You; You made me Your child; You gave me Your graces; You spoke to my heart; by all the yearnings of my young heart You drew me to You; if I did not heed You, You did not grow weary, but called me anew; and You have conquered and have made me Yours.
O then let my soul melt for love of You; let it melt through Your love, into Your love, that in love I may adore You, in love serve You, in love thank You, in and with Your love, love You everlastingly.
For these and all Your blessings bestowed on me Your poor sinner, upon Your whole Church, upon every member of Your Church, and especially upon all whom You have ever given me to love or to be loved by me; for all the benefits of nature. Providence, grace, up to this hour (here think of the greater blessings of your life), for the guardianship of all Holy Angels, especially my own; but above all, for Your great glory in the Creation and Redemption of the world, I give You most humble and hearty thanks in union with the thanksgivings of my Lord Jesus Christ and of His whole Church in heaven and in earth. Enlarge my heart that I may love You more and more; kindle my soul that I may praise You; order my thoughts, words, and deeds, that, within and without, I may be wholly Yours, wholly serve You, wholly praise and glorify You, with all ,Your Angels and Saints, forever and ever.
By F.B. Pusey
O God, who hast made us all, rich and poor, scholars and teachers, masters and servants, parents and children; and hast enriched us with so many blessings, of house and field, providence and instruction ; grant that we may this day live as a family worthy of so good and great a blessing. In all our occupations, lift up our hearts to You, grant that we may pray in Your holy Spirit, and draw near to You in Christ; turning our thoughts away from all our worldly wishes but may our work be done unto You.
May we not pray for ourselves alone, nor in our praises praise You for our own comforts only: but may we be, like You, anxious to bless all with whom we have to do. May we worship You from no selfishness, but from trust in Your goodness and power. O Lord may we make all our sacrifices in gratitude and faith, and all our self-denial and labor in hope and affection; for how much more should we in all our thoughts and prayers care for You, who always from heaven cares for us. Turn us from the sleep of selfishness or perplexity, the sleep of death to all that is good: renew our hearts, and give new life to our spirits. So may our thoughts be undivided by doubtful lusts, and our souls strong in a pure spirit; that we may, by Your great help, live in that true change of thought to which You have promised life for ever.
Extend, too, merciful and Almighty God, the blessing of Your providence and of Your glad tidings of peace and life, to all men and to all lands: to the heathen that know You not; to the Jews who have received You not; and to all those bearing the name of Christ who are choked amid the cares or splendor of living, or carried away by Satan and their own lusts. Bless all, O God: feed those who hunger after You this day; clothe us in Christ’s righteousness. Forgive those who are ashamed of their errors; and gladden those who depend upon You, with peaceful fruit to their labors: for Jesus Christ’s sake; who is the true bread, from heaven. Amen. — John Elden in Book of Prayers for Working Men
O LORD GOD, maker of the heavens and the earth You sent Your Son Jesus Christ to us out of Your love and mercy. For this we are grateful beyond measure. Our Lord Jesus left the assembly of Your purchased people both with a knowledge of the truth, and with established messengers and servants; and has since then given and preserved to us, in their ancient languages, the inspiration of Your holy Spirit. We beseech You to continue and complete these blessings; and to give a holy, true, and bold spirit of faith and love to those who minister to Your Church . May Your Servants honestly fulfill Your charge, and spread the food of the Holy Writings in the plainest, simplicity, and truth of meaning, before the humble sheep and lambs of Your visible earthly fold.
O merciful Father, accept for Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, this petition of us unworthy sinners, – guide all who seek to spread Your truth; keep the translations of Your word into all languages true and plain, simple and unconfused. Restrain all those, children of Satan, who would turn Your word into obscurity or falsehood.
Bless too, O Lord, the readers of Your word ; in public and private. May those who attend to Your word be taught, forgiven, and blessed by Your fatherly compassion. Give us all grace to study Your word more than any other learning; and to perceive and know Your truth; and to carry Your good seed in continual growth and security in an honest and faithful heart, wherever we go.
Merciful Lord, grant the petition of us, unworthy and ungrateful children of God, work in our hearts true repentance and encouragement; according to Your gracious promises in the Father’s name. Grant us Your Spirit to guide our Church, and to renew our hearts according to Your gracious wish.
Grant that the holy servants and elders of Your flock may, under Your blessing, always provide complete and plain services for Your body of humble believers: may they defend Your people in good and holy order; and encourage them by every facility and convenience, according to Your example and teaching. May all men give attention and reverence, to Your special servants in spiritual things. Grant them Your special wisdom, temper, and Spirit; but may none be misled by priestcraft and worldly honor.
Hear us, merciful Lord Jesus and gather all men unto You, in the power given to You by the Father, for Your name’s sake. Amen. –Book of Prayers for Working Men of All Ranks by John Elden
We thank You, Lord our God and universal Ruler, for that You have created light and darkness, and caused them to alternate to the well-being of all Your creatures. For it is Your power gives light to the earth and to them that dwell thereon, renewing day by day the wonders of creation. How manifold are Your works, O God! and You have formed them all in consummate wisdom, the earth is full of Your bounties. The origin of all things proclaims Your greatness, so that from aforetime You are praised and glorified by Your works. Lord of the Universe, let Your love always rule upon us. that we may never cease to tender our dutiful gratitude to You as the Lord of our strength, the rock of our refuge, our shield and our salvation.
Accept our humble thanks, Almighty Ruler, for the Majesty of Your handiwork and for the beautiful luminaries of the skies You have formed.
In Your all-encompassing love, O God, You have revealed Yourself to us, Your people; Your majesty and Your glory to us are clear. To our ancestors You gave precepts of life, You also extend Your mercy by making us receptive to them. All-merciful Father, inspire our hearts with affection and earnest zeal for knowledge and perception, that we may lovingly cleave to the teachings of Your law, understand them and esteem them, learn and teach them, observe and do them in affectionate devotion. Enlighten our eyes in Your law, confirm our hearts in Your precepts and let us unite, in the love of You and reverence for Your name, with all our fellowmen. In Your great and holy name we trust that You will give us with Your salvation and we will rejoice. For You are the source of all enlightenment, and You have chosen us of all races and nations to come nearest to You in the knowledge of Your being, and to proclaim You, One forever and indivisibly One. Be praised then, O God, our Lord and universal Ruler, for You have chosen us in love, to preach You and to praise You. Amen.
Book: Jewish Home Prayer Book (1887)
O God who hears prayer, bend low Your ear to hear the faintest whisper of one of the weakest of Your children. I come to You, O loving Father, because You have bid me come, and because I feel my need of You. You, O God, You alone can supply my needs. I am unworthy of the least of Your mercies, but I come in the name of Jesus, and beseech You, for His dear sake, to hear and answer my prayer, and to accept my thanksgiving and praise, which I offer in His name.
I thank You, most gracious Father, that You have called me into fellowship with You and with Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior. I thank You for a place in Your family, and the privilege of calling You Father, and feeling that You care for me, even me.
Now, I ask You, to grant that I may hunger and thirst after righteousness; that I may seek daily to feed on the divine manna which came down from heaven. O that my soul may be watered with the dew’s of Your salvation! As You nourish all the living things of nature and cause them to grow, so, O Lord, will You nourish this soul of mine which You have created. Lord stir up within me new thoughts of duty and new desires of holiness. Cause me to delight in Your word, in Your house, in the communion of saints, in the fellowship of Christian work, and in prayer. May I learn to love and to look forward to these precious moments of communion with You, where I can find the grace and strength for my daily need.
In the plenitude of Your mercy, O Father, forgive my past sins and strengthen me with might by Your Spirit in the inner man, that I may overcome all my evil inclinations and triumph over every evil habit. So feeding on Your word, meditating on Your goodness, and communing with You, may I grow up into the image of Him who is our living head, even Jesus Christ. And this I ask for His name’s sake. Amen!
Book: Alone with God
Author: Br. James H. Garrison
Publisher: St. Louis: Christian Publishing Company 1891
“My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”–PHIL. 4:19
O GOD, my Heavenly Father, who has permitted me to see the light and to enjoy the comforts of a new day, I bless You for the liberty of access into Your presence. Bend Your heavens and come down; fill my heart with Your love, as I draw near to the footstool of Your Throne. I thank You for Your gracious assurance that these Gates of Prayer lead to an abounding treasury of spiritual blessing, out of which all my need shall be supplied.
In Jesus, my adorable Redeemer, infinite fullness dwells; and out of His fullness —the riches of Your glory in Him —You are willing to impart even grace for grace. You have supplied all my need in the past. You have been a bountiful, and a wise Provider; presenting me with the blessings of Your goodness, and giving help from trouble, when vain was the help of man. I look to You for guidance and direction in the future. That future is veiled and hidden but it is in Your better keeping. I would say, in simple confiding faith, “Undertake for me.” Hitherto have You been true to Your unfailing promise “As Your day is, so shall Your strength be;” and over every coming need and exigency I may well write “Jehovah Jireh,” “The Lord will provide.”
Supply that need this day. If called to do battle with evil, let me go forth in Your might, prepared for the conflict. Strengthen me with Your Good Spirit: fortify me against every temptation. In the extremity of my own weakness, may I lean on Your Almighty arm. You hold me up, and I shall be safe. Preserve me from the world’s insinuating, seductive power, and from the treachery and deceitfulness of my own evil heart. Order my steps in Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me.
In the discharge of duty, may it be my effort and endeavor to subordinate the secular to the sacred. Keep me ever roused from the low dream of earth, to see, as in the patriarch’s dream, the ladder of God. May Your providence’s be as angels traveling up and down that ladder, and beckoning me nearer to You.” Keep me from whatever would be detrimental to my spiritual interests: from all avarice and selfishness; from all malice and uncharitableness; from all indolence and sloth; from putting off till tomorrow what can be best done, and may only be done, today. If You have given me of this world’s goods, may I seek to be a generous almoner of Your bounties. If silver and gold I have none, may I give You the consecration of the heart, and the answer of the life; knowing that You accept according to that a man has, not according to what he has not. Forbid that my talent, be what it may, should be hid in the earth. May I ever listen to the prompting “How much You owe Your Lord?” and with a quickened sense of my responsibilities to You the Great Creditor, may I be diligent, that I may be found of You in peace, without spot, and blameless.
Supply the need of those whom I love. Wherever my friends are, O You ever-present God, protect and defend them by Your mighty power. If You send them prosperity, keep them from being intoxicated with it: if You send adversity, keep them from being unduly depressed by it. Enrich them with the blessings of Your covenant grace. May we all be bound up together, on the great reaping day of Judgment, in the same bundle of life.
Supply the need of those who are in sorrow. When human cisterns are emptied and human props removed, may they know You as the Portion that cannot be taken from them. May they honor You by being dumb in the midst of perplexing dealings —recognizing these as the ministers of Your will, sent on a mission of wisdom and mercy, and that while they are only planning for time, You are planning for Eternity. May they trust Your sure word of promise, that though now they may see through a glass darkly, —when death shall have rent with his wing the obstructing cloud, in Your light they shall see light. May the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, direct their hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
Bless the nations of the earth. Hasten the day when the nameless wrongs of a now groaning and travailing creation shall be redressed when all heathen shrines shall be demolished; when will-worship and superstition shall cease. Turn the world’s sighing’s into songs of gladness. Cause its sinful unbelief, the lust and tyranny of passion, the twin curse of slavery and war, to yield to the benign scepter of the Prince of Peace. Increase the ministry of holy lives, and loving deeds. Purify Your churches more and more. Stimulate them to greater energy in Your service. As witnesses for You may they seek with augmented and ever increasing fidelity to show forth the Word of life: and may Your faithful ministers enjoy at last the blessed testimony, that they have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.
Listen to these my humble prayers, and when You hear forgive and grant me an answer in peace for the Redeemer’s sake. Amen.
The Gates of Prayer
By John Ross MacDuff
O God, whose name alone is Jehovah! who is the Most High over all the earth! Who is a God like You, glorious in holiness, doing wonders? Who, by searching, can find out God? Who can find out the Almighty perfection? Ο Lord! there is none great but You! Who shall number the ages of Your eternity; or describe the brightness of Your glory; or define the limits of Your power; or enumerate the treasures of Your goodness; or fathom the depths of Your wisdom; or estimate the riches of Your grace? Such knowledge is too wonderful for us! With profound veneration we would adore the Being we cannot comprehend. From You, who lives forever and ever, we, who are but of yesterday, would ask protection and guidance. We would rejoice that Your power is constantly directed by unerring wisdom, and exerted in effecting the purposes of Your boundless love. We, this moment, stand the monuments of Your sustaining care; for we have again been raised from the insensibility of sleep, to a conscious existence. We are before You now, to render our thanksgivings as the disciples of Jesus Christ. To You our spirits ascends in the prayer of faith. Heavenly Father! we acknowledge with gratitude the daily bounties of Your providence; our temporal favors; our spiritual privileges; our private mercies, and the share we have had in public blessings.
O Lord, may we show our thankfulness in our strict compliance with all Your laws. We pray for steadfastness in our religious purposes, and deprecate that transient goodness, which is compared to the morning cloud and the early dew. Cleaving to You and holding fast that which is good, may we endure unto the end. Increase, O God, our delight in Your law, and direct our examination of the sacred Scriptures. With just solicitude may we ask for the right paths. Excite our diligence in reading, meditation, and prayer. Preserve us from following a multitude to do evil; arm us against the influence of corrupt society; may our choice of companions fall upon such as fear You and keep Your commandments; fortify us against the enticements of dinners; and prevent our entering the path of the wicked. May we be content with that portion of good things allotted us, trusting Your fatherly care to fulfill our reasonable hopes, and supply our necessary wants.
We invoke Your influence to beget within us a strong and practical faith in Jesus Christ May we meditate upon Your purposes in giving a Savior to the world, till our hearts are warmed with true devotion. Ο God! we pray for more religious zeal, for more active piety, more Christian charity, and more divine light Grant to each of us greater fidelity in our several stations; and while on earth, may we work the works of You, our God, who placed us here. May our expectations, relative to future, influence every thought, wish, and pursuit May we consider ourselves as stewards, and remember the account we are to render of our talents. And Ο may it be our happy lot in the day of inquiry and sentence, to hear the approving words, Well done, good and faithful servants.
May the ministers of the Gospel experience in themselves those renovating influences of religion which they preach to others. By them, may the hungry receive the bread that came down from heaven, and the thirsty receive the pure waters of life; by them may the stranger be taken into our great Shepherd’s fold; and the prisoner be visited by the liberty in which Christ makes His people free.
Everlasting Father, most holy and merciful! Your children look to You for the protection of life in this world, and for its happy continuance in the next. It is our first and earnest desire, to perform all our duties, under a deep sense of the importance of religion, leaving our interests to Your disposal.
And now will the God of peace sanctify us wholly, and preserve us blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and present us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy. To the only wise God, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. – A Family Prayer Book by Charles Brooks
Holy Almighty God,I, a poor sinner have now arisen. On the sacred cross, You, the real and patient lamb of sacrifice, did endure for me the most painful death and did redeem me with Your crimson blood from all my sins and from death, satan and hell. O Lord govern my heart by Your Holy Spirit, refresh it with the heavenly dew of Your grace, keep me this day with Your divine love, and hide me, body and soul, in Your holy wounds; cleanse me from all my sins, preserve me in all good works, and guide me out of this veil of tears into Your eternal joy and glory, In the Name of our most faithful Savior, Jesus Christ, my only comfort, hope and life. Amen.
Book: The Abridged Treasury of Prayers
An Epitome from the Larger “Gebets-Schatz” Published by Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Mo.
Publisher: American Lutheran Publication Board, Pittsburgh, PA. 1906
Edited by Karrol 2016
O GOD the Father, of Heaven: have mercy upon us, miserable sinners.
O God the Son, Redeemer of the world: have mercy upon us, miserable sinners.
O God the Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son: have mercy upon us, miserable sinners.
O Holy, Blessed, and Glorious Trinity, three persons and one God: have mercy upon us, miserable sinners.
Remember not, Precious Lord, our offenses; neither deal with us according to our sins; spare us, good Lord, Spare Your people, whom You have redeemed with Your most precious blood: after the multitude of Your great mercies, Spare us, good Lord.
From all evil, especially from the evil of sin; from the crafts and assaults of the devil; from Your wrath, and from everlasting damnation, Good Lord, deliver us.
From all blindness of heart; from pride, self-conceit, and hypocrisy; from envy, hatred, and malice, and all uncharitableness, Good Lord, deliver us.
By the mystery of Your holy Incarnation; by Your cross and passion; by Your precious death and burial; by Your glorious resurrection and ascension; and by the coming of the Holy Ghost, Good Lord, deliver us.
In all the times of our tribulation; in all the times of our wealth; in the hour of death, and in the day of Judgment, Good Lord, deliver us.
We pray to You, Almighty God, for future mercies, let us not forget to acknowledge those which we have already received. We bless You for our creation; we bless You for preserving us till now; we bless You for all Your goodness towards us; but, above all, we bless You for Your great love in sending Your Son Jesus Christ into the world, to die for our sins, and to rise again for our justification. We beseech You to make us so sensible of Your mercies, that our hearts may be truly thankful; and that we may praise You, 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 our days, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, to whom with You, and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen. – A Selection of Prayers for Families by Edward Jones
O heavenly Father, you have filled the world with beauty: Open our eyes to behold your gracious hand in all your works; that, rejoicing in your whole creation, we may learn to serve you with gladness; for the sake of him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For All Sorts and Conditions
O God, the creator and preserver of all mankind, we pray to you for all sorts and conditions of people; that you would be pleased to make your ways known to them, your saving health to all nations. More especially we pray for your holy Church universal; that it may be so guided and governed by your good Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally, we commend to your fatherly goodness all those who are in any ways afflicted or distressed, in mind, body, or estate; [especially those for whom our prayers are desired]; that it may please you to comfort and relieve them according to their several necessities, giving them patience under their sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions. And this we beg for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen
For the Human Family
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
From the Book of Common Prayer
O LORD, the great Almighty God, You art the giver of life and strength, and of all grace all goodness; without whom we can do nothing; and through whose gracious assistance it is, that we are enabled to do all things belonging to Your service and our duty. We humbly pray, that You will be graciously present with us, and powerfully assist us this day. Direct and quicken us in all the ways and duties of Your holy service. Lord forgive our iniquities, that separate us between You and our souls; and remember not the sins against us, which may justly provoke You to hide Your face from us. But according to Your mercy, remember us, O Lord, and accept us, and our imperfect services, at the hands, and for the sake of Jesus Christ.
O leave us not to the dullness and hardness, the vanity and deceitfulness of our own depraved hearts but show the power of Your heavenly grace, in working mightily upon these hearts of ours: to bring and keep them in such a holy frame, that we may be fit to attend upon You, and perform more faithful and appropriate service to You and enjoy more of that heavenly communion with You, which You have made us capable of; and which our souls will be forever restless without.
O let us not serve You in formality and hypocrisy, making any duties of course the cover of a vain licentious life. But let our hearts and souls, and all that is within us, be taken up in a reverent, faithful and affectionate attendance upon You. Nor let us serve You out of duty, only because we must; but with all readiness and gladness, and love and delight. Making Your pleasure to be ours, and the daily service of our Lord, the joy and solace of our souls. O help us so to sanctify this day, that Your day may be a means to promote the sanctification of our souls. Let us bestow ourselves in exercises benefitting the holy season; and not profane it to any vain and vicious purposes. But on the Lord’s day may we abound in the work of the Lord; and not do our own works, nor find our own pleasure, nor speak our own words, in the day which You have hallowed for Yourself. Let us rest from all our sinful ways, as well as from our continuous labors; and so delight ourselves in You. O Lord, give us pure hearts, and bless to us Your word, O gracious Father. Give to us all the means of grace, which through Your favor we enjoy, that we may not use them in vain, nor to our hurt: but for the informing of our minds, the reforming of our lives, and the saving of our souls; still growing in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; till we attain to be such as Your holy word requires, in all holy conversation and godliness.
Great peace have they that love Your law. O Lord, increase our love of Your word, which the angels desire to look into. Make our souls pliable and submissive, to be turned and ruled by it, till we become in all things agreeable to it.
Bless us, our Father, and command a blessing upon all our pious designs and performances this day: and bless Your servants whom You have appointed to break the bread of life to our souls, that they may speak Your word and give to everyone their portion in due season. And that Your word, which they deliver, may be to our conviction, edification and comfort, and the savor of life to our souls. O You that has the key of David, and opens and no man shuts, You that speaks to the heart, and gives the increase, open our understandings to receive Your truth, both in the light, and in the love of it. And set it home so powerfully in our hearts that it may take root deep in our souls, make the fruits of Your Spirit be seen in our lives. Let us not be forgetful hearers but faithful doers of Your word.
And grant, O God, that our services this day be such, as may tend to our advantage and in the great day of Your appearing and that we may so hallow these Sabbaths on earth, that hereafter we may be attend the joyful celebration of the eternal life in Your kingdom of heaven: therewith all the church triumphant, to magnify Your glorious name, and to enjoy Your love, and sing Your praise forever. For the addition of this Sabbath to all the rest, for the benefit of Your word, and the ordinances of Your worship, and all the means of grace, and hopes of Your eternal glory, to You, the God of all grace, be the praise, and honor, and glory rendered by us, and by all .’ thine, from this time forth, and fοrever. AMEN.
— A collection of Family Prayers and Devotions
THE heavens declare Your glory, Ο God, and the raiment shows Your handy work. Day to day utters speech, and night to night shows knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where Your voice is not heard. We behold displays of Your wisdom, power and goodness in all Your works, from the largest to the least.
You have magnified Your word above all Your name; and we can never be sufficiently thankful for the revelation of Your will in the Scriptures of truth. We bless You that this sacred volume has been preserved, and translated, and published, and multiplied, so that we all have it in our possession, and can read in our own tongue Your wonderful works O God. Here we see not only Your greatness, but Your grace; and not only Your pity, but Your rectitude; we see mercy and truth meeting together, righteousness and peace embracing each other. Here You have shined in our hearts, to give us the knowledge of Your glory in the face of Jesus Christ.
For in Christ You have reconciled the world to Yourself, not imputing their trespasses to them. You have made Jesus to be sin for us, Jesus who knew no sin. You gave us Your Son that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. You have raised Him from the dead, and given Him glory, that our faith and hope may be in You, O God. In view of this infinite kindness, may we reign all our unworthy and suspicious thoughts; and placing our confidence in You, return and say Lord, Ι am Yours, save me. Look upon me, and be merciful to me, as You used to do to those that love Your name.
We ask not to be enrolled among the rich and the great of this world, but to be numbered‚ with those who are blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. The graves are ready for us; and we shall soon be in a state, that will render it a matter of indifference to us whether we have filled a cottage or a palace — but it ‚will be eternally important to us, that we have been justified by Your grace, and sanctified by Your Spirit, and adopted into Your family. May we, therefore, be wise to salvation: and make it our present, our supreme, our persevering concern, tο obtain those blessings which are spiritual in their nature; eternal in their continuance; satisfying in their possession; and which unerringly indicate that we are the friends of God.
Preserve us from a false estimate of the whole of our character, or any part of it. May we regard our principles as well as our conduct; our motives as well as our actions. May we never mistake the excitement of our passions for the renewing of the Holy Ghost. May we never judge our religion by occasional impressions and impulses; but by our constant and prevailing disposition. May our heart be right with God, and our life such as becomes the gospel.
May we maintain a supreme regard for one another and always strive for a better world. May we feel and confess ourselves to be only strangers and pilgrims in this life. How often by bodily infirmities and pains, and by dissatisfaction’s growing out of every enjoyment —how often have we been taught that this is not our rest. Afford us, we pray, all the assistance we need while passing through the scenes of life. Give us, in large abundance, the supply of the spirit of Jesus Christ, that we may be prepared for every duty: that we may love You for all our mercies; that we may submit to You in every trial. May we trust You when we walk in darkness, and have no light; and amidst all the changes of the present, and the uncertainties of the future, may our minds be kept in perfect peace, being stayed upon God.
Have You not made with us an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure? The very hairs of our head—are they not all numbered? Are not all Your ways mercy and truth? Lord, we believe, help our unbelief. And now to Him that is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy: to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. AMEN. — Rev. Emerson Davis
Heavenly Father we come to You this morning to praise and worship You. We thank You for the peaceful rest we have had this past night and now that the dawn breaks we are anxiously awaiting the day You have prepared for us. Lord God Almighty we know that You are our strength, our hope, our refuge, our counselor, our guide, our everything. We long for more of You each day. We continually seek Your face and desire that Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. God watch over our coming and going today that we may not sin against You. Bless our family and relations. May we be a light to the world and a source of comfort to the afflicted. God give us the word’s to say to those that need encouragement. May our business dealings be just and true. Lord our hearts desire is to walk in a manner worthy of our calling as Christians, do not let that desire be thwarted. Now we dedicate this day to You in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen —Karrol
ALMIGHTY and most merciful God! Maker of all worlds! Judge of men! Your name is excellent in all the earth; and Your glory is above the stars. You inhabit eternity, and dwell in light which no man can approach.
We Your dependent and sinful creatures would bow before You, acknowledging how unworthy we are to appear in Your presence, or to lift up so much as an eye to those holy heavens, where You dwell. Ο Lord! though we are thus unworthy to presume on Your favor, yet so great is Your goodness, as to encourage our addresses to You, by many gracious promises of Your love and acceptance. With humble confidence, then, would we approach Your throne of grace, beseeching You, in the name of Jesus Your beloved Son, to be merciful to us and forgive us according to Your abundant goodness.
We acknowledge, Ο Father, that we have acted foolishly and wickedly, by doing those things which You have forbidden, and by neglecting to do those things, which You have commanded: Ο let that divine mercy, which has spared us so long, lead us to repentance, that we may forsake our evil ways, and turn unto You, the Lord our God.
Give us grace, we beseech You, to seriously consider the great work we have to do, and the uncertainty of the time in which we must perform it; so that we may not foolishly consume our days in vanity and indolence; in the gratification of corrupt desires and empty wishes. Grant us aid to lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily besets us; and may we run with patience and perseverance the race laid out for us, looking unto Jesus.
Gracious God! You have mercy in all Your ways, and desire not the death of sinners, but rather that they should turn from their ways and live; look in pity upon us, and, through our Redeemer, enable us to conquer every evil habit and surmount every temptation. Look with Your favor upon our remaining part of life; grant, if it please You, that the days, few or many, which You shall yet allow us, may pass in reasonable trust, in holy fear, and ardent love. Strengthen our good purposes till they shall produce lives pleasing to You. Enable us so to shun sloth and negligence, that every day we may discharge our part of the duties You have allotted us: and will You, Ο Lord, further with that labor which, without Your help, must be ineffectual. Enlighten us with divine knowledge; animate us with heavenly hope; comfort us in Your love, and aid us in all our good resolutions; so that we, who have been created by Your power, and sustained by Your providence, may live to answer the high purposes of our being. Let us not add wickedness to wickedness; but tο experience Your favor, which is life, and Your loving kindness, which is better than life.
We are now to begin another term of duty; will You, Ο God, be with us. May our increase of days produce increase of grace: and as Your bounties are multiplying upon us, may we return to You the offering of holy lives.
Father of mercies! You have defended us through another night and bestowed on us another morning. We desire to dedicate to You the lives You are sparing. Give us wisdom, that we may know You; sanctify our affections that we may love You; put Your fear into our hearts, that we may dread to offend You, and grant that in the conclusion of the day we may be able to review our conduct with increasing satisfaction, and have our hope in Your mercy stilt more established.
These our petitions, we would offer through the Son of Your love, our Intercessor at Your right hand; while we ascribe to You praises everlasting. Amen. — Charles Brooks
O LORD our God, great, eternal, wonderful in glory, Who keeps Your covenant and promises for those that love You with their whole heart. Who is the life of all, the help of those that flee unto You, the hope of those who cry unto You. Cleanse us from our sins, and from every thought displeasing to Your goodness, cleanse our souls and bodies, our hearts and consciences, that with a pure heart and a clear mind, with perfect love and calm hope, we may venture confidently and fearlessly to pray and worship You, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Coptic Liturgy of S. Basil, A.D. 370.)
Revised by: Karrol 2016
ETERNAL and infinite Jehovah! Framer of our bodies and Father of our spirits! we adore You as our Father and our God, and the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, — as that most high and holy Being, whom angels praise,. whom dominions adore, before whom all pοwers fall down and. tremble, and whose excellent glory cherubim and seraphim proclaim forever.. On this morning of the day sacred to You, we would come before You, in the name οf that Savior, whose glorious rising this day is commemorated. By Your good providence we are once more permitted to assemble in the tranquility and happiness of the family circle. You have watched over us during the past night, have spared our lives, and made us the monuments of Your preserving goodness. And now, our Father, may we come to You in the spirit of faith and devotion. Save us from the guilt of hollow professions and heartless prayers, — and let us not draw near unto You with our lips while our hearts are far from You.
We praise You, God of Grace, for all those religious blessings, which we are now especially called upon most gratefully to remember, and for all the holy recollections which this day brings to our minds. Glory be to You, Father of mercies, for that Savior, who triumphed over the grave and made death His captive. We bless You, that You, who, in times past, spoke to the fathers by the prophets, have, in these latter days, spoken to us by Your Son Jesus Christ; that You have sent Him to go before us in the way of duty and of suffering, to be our guide and deliverer, to save us from our sins, and to show us the way to Your favor, which is life, and Your loving kindness, which is better than life. How should we adore Your goodness, Ο God, that when spiritual darkness covered the earth, and mankind had wandered far from You, You stretched forth the arm of Your mercy, mighty to save, and powerful to bless, — and that the Messenger of Your truth and love appeared, the friend of sinners, and the guide to immortality. We bless You, that though earth be a land of darkness, and over it be spread the shadow of death, yet there is an inheritance of glory reserved for Your children in a brighter world, —that though we are born to die, yet Christ has taught us that we die but to live forever, — and through the grave has opened to us the pathway to the mansions of bliss and glory. And we pray, Ο Father, that while we are grateful for the high and rich blessings of the Gospel, our hearts may be subdued to its dominion and sanctified by its influences; that we may live in the purity of Christian faith, and die in the joy of Christian hope.
Father in heaven! we beseech You to be with us, and bless us this day, and prepare our hearts for Your service. Ο send out Your light and Your truth; let them lead us, let them bring us to Your holy place. In Your earthly temple, may we this day meet around Your altar, and there put away all our earth-born passions, our distracting cares, οur vain and frivolous thoughts, and offer to You that homage of the soul, which You will not despise. May we enter Your gates with thanksgiving, and Your courts with praise, there to pour out our hearts to You in the voice of prayer, and to seek some good instruction, some purifying, sanctifying, influences from Your holy word. Ο save us from a careless, formal, hypocritical worship; and when we receive good impressions, let them not be as the morning cloud and the early dew. We lament before You, that we have so often forgotten Your goodness and violated Your laws, and that our souls have been so much estranged from You, and from pure and holy things. We pray that this day, and during the whole of our lives, we may love You more and serve You better than ever yet we have done. May we leave behind, our follies and our sins, and press on toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. May the virtues and graces of the Gospel be the ornaments of our lives and characters. May we seek to imitate the example of our Savior, and to transcribe into our own souls something of His meekness and humility, His fervent piety and patient resignation, His enlarged benevolence, His generous and holy zeal in doing good. Knowing that a day is coming, in which You will render unto every one according to His works, may we be as those who live for eternity.
We pray for Your servant, who ministers in sacred things to the society, of which we are members. Bless his labors in the cause of Christ, and make him the instrument of turning many to righteousness. Let Your blessing rest on all the ministers of the Gospel; may they be animated, faithful, zealous, and successful in imparting and enforcing the truths, the warnings, and the hopes of our holy religion. We pray that Your presence and blessing may be with all the assemblies of Your worshipping people this day, — and may the power of Your word be displayed in turning men from the error of their ways unto You, the living and true God. Grant, Ο God, that the kingdom of Your Son may be more widely diffused and more firmly established, and that all the nations of the earth may come to the knowledge and worship of You, through Jesus Christ, whom You have sent. In His name we offer our prayer, and ascribe unto You all power and glory forever. Amen.
Book: A Family Prayer Book
Author: Charles Brooks
Edited by: Karrol 2016
GOD, most holy and most gracious, never could we climb up to You by any ladder of our own making; therefore in pity You have sent Your Son into the world to show us the way to You. You have set the glory of Your omnipotence in Heaven and earth. And yet were You only an infinitude of might, our hearts would faint within us. But now in Jesus Christ You have veiled Your power, have come forth in the strength of Your gentleness to live our life and die our death, that You might win us as sons and give us eternal life. O God, we know not the meaning of Gethsemane and the Cross. If we seek to grasp it, too often we but darken counsel with words of ignorance. We can only praise You for Your grace, and lift up a cry of penitence and of trust.
Living Father! We thank You for our life with its unspeakable privilege and dread responsibility. You have given it to us that, through it may throb the mighty tide of Your love, that in it may be revealed some aspect of Your being and beauty. You have beset us behind and before. You make us to sorrow for our sins. You stir us with a divine discontent, and we forget the things that are behind and reach forth unto the things that are before. We rejoice that You have set our life amid gracious opportunities, whereby You would train us to truer vision and larger understanding of You and of ourselves.
We bless You for the Church as the school of virtue and godly living; for the sacred Scriptures that bring to us the story of Your redeeming will; for all the wise and saintly men of the past and of the present; for the goodly fellowship of the prophets, and the noble army of the martyrs; for the great cloud of witnesses from whose faith and hope we would take courage in our struggles and trials. We rejoice to believe that You are always overruling trouble and temptation and sin and disappointment, and out of them are making stepping- stones to bring us nearer to You. Forbid that we should know Your grace in vain. Rather may Your goodness bind us anew to loyalty and to faith, and constrain us to a life separate from evil, made consecrate to goodness.
We would not be selfish in our prayers. We cannot come into Your presence without bringing in our hearts the tears, the pain, the longing of our brothers. O God, our sympathy with them is but the broken reflection of Yours. Come to the burdened, the wretched, the grief-stricken, those who have been made sad by others, and those who have brought sadness upon themselves. May they hear, by faith, the still voice of Your sympathy! May they feel the beating of Your great heart of compassion! May they take comfort in the assurance that You suffer in and with them, and with You abides everlasting blessedness! Hear our prayers in behalf of all those who are struggling against the power of evil. Have pity upon the drunkard. Restore to him the power of self-control. Enable him to obey the behests of reason and conscience. Lay Your healing and soothing hand upon the victims of nervous tension, of sleepless nights, and fruitless days. Give them rest of soul that the body, too, may be at rest. Relieve those who are in pain. Grant them patience and courage, and let them not doubt Your goodness or love. Call the sinning and the suffering into fellowship with Christ that they may find in Him the secret of victory over the evil of the world; that He may rise in their souls, a star burning brightly through the long night unto Your perfect day. These blessings we beg, in His name, and for His sake. Amen — A Book of Prayers for Public and Personal Use By SAMUEL McCOMB, M. A., D.D..
LOVING Father, our hearts are moved to gratitude and trust when we look up to You. We rejoice that through our fleeting days there runs Your gracious purpose. We praise You that we are not the creatures of chance, nor the victims of iron fate, but that out from You we have come and into Your bosom we shall return. We would not, even if we could, escape You. You alone are good, and to escape from You is to fall into infinite evil. Your hand is upon us moving us on to some far off spiritual event, where the meaning and the mystery of life shall be made plain and Your glory shall be revealed. Look in pity upon our ignorance and childishness. Forgive us our small understanding of Your purpose of good concerning us. Do not be angry with us, but draw us from the things of this world which cannot satisfy our foolish hearts. Fill us with Yourself, that we may no longer be a burden to ourselves. So glorify the face of goodness that evil shall have no more dominion over us.
The strength of Your love, O Lord, we would have all men share. Let it go forth to all who feel themselves neglected, or despised, or forgotten. Be their great Companion, who understands all, whose sympathy is wider and deeper than all their need. Look in compassion upon the bereaved and brokenhearted. Help them to take up afresh the duties of life with a deeper devotion to You, that they may so pass into that world of experience, where sorrow alone can lead the way. Lift them above themselves so that their tears may bring forth fruit in tender ministry to those afflicted with like suffering, that they may comfort others with the comfort wherewith they themselves are comforted by You. For those who despair because of moral weakness and failure, we pray. May they throw themselves on Your truth and mercy, and hear Your voice of power and reassurance, “Be still and know that I am Your God, Your salvation.” Let the doubter see his doubts dissolve away in the vision of Yourself. Let the restless and discontented pass into Your peace, which the world cannot give and cannot take away. Let the miserable and ill at ease, the fretful and the careworn, come forth from their cabined world into the larger places of Your blessedness and Your rest.
O God, You have been our fathers’ God. They trusted in You, and were not ashamed. Be our God and our Fortress, even unto death, for Your mercies’ sake. Amen
— A Book of Prayers for Public and Personal Use By SAMUEL McCOMB, M. A., D.D..
Almighty God, Maker of heaven and earth, my Creator, Preserver and Benefactor ; early will I seek and praise You, and always will I love You. In the hours of sleep, when I could not defend myself, You have defended me. You have brought me to this morning in health, and I will now show forth Your praise. I thank You for all the powers of my body, and for all the faculties of my mind. My blessings are more than I can number, while I have deserved nothing at Your hands. I have sinned against You; for I have left undone many things which I ought to have done, and have done many things that I ought not to have done. As You have promised to forgive me through Jesus Christ, if I heartily repent, I devoutly pray for You to look in mercy on my sins, and enable – me to do better in the future. 0 make me sensible of the importance of possessing right habits on my entrance into life ; and enable me to keep a constant guard over my thoughts, my feelings, my words, and my actions. May I remember that Your eye is always directly upon me. Help me to gain good learning; so that when the aged, the wise, and the virtuous leave the world, I may be prepared in their place, to be useful in society. May I remember how much the happiness of my friends depends on my good conduct, and may I be all that my parents and] instructors wish me. O may I live as Your obedient child, and be a Christian in spirit and in deed. O God, I look to You for guidance and assistance this day, and every day of my future life, and when I die, may I be received into Your heavenly kingdom, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Book: The Youth’s Prayer Book
Author: John Gorham Palfrey
Publisher: Boston: Gray and Bowen, 1830
Revised and Adapted by: Karrol Sneed 2014
O Lord God, our Heavenly Father in Christ Jesus, we lift up our hearts to You this day in thankfulness for all Your mercies. We praise You, O Lord, for Your loving kindness and truth. We would not forget Your countless benefits bestowed upon us. You forgive all our iniquities, and heal all our infirmities and back slidings. You redeem our life from destruction, and preserve us from dangers on the right hand and on the left. You give us the bread that comes down from heaven, and have promised to give unto us Your Holy Spirit.
We bless Your holy name for all Your goodness toward us. Help us, O Lord, to show forth our gratitude by living to Your glory. May we gladly accept the gift of Your salvation offered to us through the mediation of Your only begotten Son. May we humbly rely on Your free promises made to us in Him.
O blessed Savior, the Good Shepherd of Your flock, may Your holy life be the pattern which we daily strive to copy. Teach us so to walk as You walked when sojourning here below. May our constant aim be to do the will of our Father in heaven. May we be gentle and meek and forbearing towards all men. May we never willfully yield to the very least sin. May we give ourselves to prayer, and make Your Word the rule of our life. May we go about doing good, and watch for occasions of comforting those in distress or anxiety. Fill our hearts with zeal and love, with patience and long-suffering, with humility and hatred of all evil. May we daily fix our eye on You as revealed in Your Word, and may we be changed into the same image from glory to glory, as by the Spirit of our God.
O Lord God, who hates nothing that You have made, be merciful to all those that are walking in the way that leads to destruction. Turn their hearts back again to Yourself. Stir up the hearts of Your faithful people that they may speak words in season to save the perishing. Bless the labors of Your ministering servants, and make them useful in the salvation of souls.
O Lord of the harvest, the harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few. Send forth a great company of true and devoted messengers of Your Word into all the world and crown their labors with abundant success. Prosper all Societies for spreading Your truth among Jews or Gentiles. Give to those who manage their affairs the Spirit of counsel and wisdom, and give to those who support them the grace of cheerful liberality. May Your Church never lack faithful ministers to proclaim Your truth at home and abroad, nor the .gold and silver needful to supply their wants.
Finally, we beseech You, 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. Amen
Our Father, etc.
Book: Before His Footstool Family Prayers for One Month
Author: Rev. George Everard, M.A.
Publisher: LONDON: William Hunt and Company 1874
Revised and Edited by: Karrol 2015
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
Almighty God, maker of all things, father of all mankind, receive my morning tribute of prayer and praise. We are Yours; and are bound to honor and serve You, as the creatures of Your hand, and as the disciples of Your blessed Son.
You alone have preserved us this day; it is through Your mercy that we have this opportunity of magnifying and praising Your holy name.
We bless You for the returning light; and if our souls have contracted aught of evil during the night-season, cleanse them, we earnestly request You, by Your Holy Spirit, and dispose them to Your service. We confess that we have sinned against You, and done much evil in Your sight; neither have we obeyed Your law with perfectness of heart. You know, O Lord, the weakness of our nature: have compassion upon our infirmities, and for-give us all our sins, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us; speak peace to Your people; and let them not turn again to folly: but send them grace, to preserve them from the power of sin. Enable us this day to fulfill the duties of our respective callings with truth and diligence; that when we again meet together to pursue You, may our consciences not reproach us with having broken any of Your commandments.
Grant that we may this day be set forward in our Christian course; that we may be more able to resist temptation more mindful of Your presence, more desirous of Your grace. To this end, open our eyes, that we may see the wondrous things of Your law; give us understanding, that we may know Your testimonies; and write the words of Your Gospel in our hearts.
Bless all our honest endeavors; make us content with what Your providence shall order for us; and grant that no worldly business or pleasures may divert us from the thoughts of the life to come. Make us duly thankful for all Your mercies, and mindful of the wants of others; tender hearted and compassionate; forgiving others, even as You. Lord, for Christ’s sake, have promised to forgive us. May it please You to forgive my enemies, persecutors, and slanderers, and to turn their hearts.
Be merciful to all men: convert the sinful, strengthen the weak-hearted, raise up those who fall, and finally beat down Satan under our feet.
We humbly thank You, O heavenly Father, for the continuance of Your mercies; for all the good gifts which You have bestowed upon us: for our life, our senses, our worldly substance; our means and opportunities of grace.
But above all, we desire to praise You for Your blessed Son, and for the redemption which He has wrought; and we earnestly request You, for the sake of that great Mediator and Intercessor, to accept these imperfect petitions, which with conclude with the words taught us by the Lord himself.
Our Father …,
The grace of our Lord etc.
Book: Manual of Family Prayers
Compiled by: C.J. Blomfield, D.D.
Publisher: New York Protestant Episcopal Tract Society 1829
Edited by: Karrol 2016
O You great and glorious God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, permit us to meet You as a family who desires to honor You at all times, and on all occasions. Oh, make our worship to be no mere formality, but while before You may our thoughts be withdrawn from the necessary duties and engagements of life, and centered on Yourself. We feel it to be a great privilege to be permitted to come near You at any time, and we desire to acknowledge ourselves before You as poor, lost, undone sinners, unworthy of the least of Your mercies.
But, O God, we praise You for Your love to us, in covenanting with Your Son to be our ransom and our substitute, and to be “made sin for us.” You have said (oh, may we believe it!) that You have “laid upon Him the iniquities of us all,” that “He has borne our sins in His own body on the tree.”
Oh, may we be enabled in some degree to understand and to believe in this, Your great compassion for us, in so reconciling sinners to Yourself. We confess how utterly unworthy we are of such condescending love, and we would not mistrust You, but receive with humble gratitude such a wonderful and rich provision for our eternal safety. Oh, let us then, by Your infinite sovereign grace, lay our sins on Jesus, and utterly renounce anything and everything for our pardon and acceptance, but His all-complete, all-sufficient work. May it please You, O our Father, to enable us to lay ourselves out for Your glory. Let us not seek “our own, but the things which are Jesus Christ’s.” Let us not desire our own personal benefit so much, as that which shall redound to Your glory. Lord, assist us mercifully with Your Holy Spirit, to lead lives of true holiness, resisting the temptations incidental to every position of life, and enable us to watch with all perseverance, “praying always,” whether in prosperity or in adversity, and adorning the doctrine of God our Savior in all things. We commend to Your care and guidance all our relations and friends, especially any who are, from any cause, in perplexity or affliction, Oh, send them help and comfort according to their need. We ask You to bless our beloved country, to make us to be a Sabbath-keeping nation, and a people that fear the Lord always, and keeps the truth. Oh, may we esteem Your holy Word our greatest treasure, and be guided by it in all our words and works. Fill our hearts with a longing desire for the appearing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; and grant that when our day on earth is ended, we may enter Your prepared mansions, to be united with those who have gone before, and to be “ forever with the Lord.” Hear our earthly cries in heaven, Your dwelling-place, and when You hear, forgive! O Lord, hearken, and do according to all that Your servants have called to You for, through Jesus Christ our blessed Redeemer and Advocate. Amen.
Our Father, etc.
Daily Incense A Course Of Family Prayer For Four Weeks
Contributed By Various Friends Expressly For This Volume.
London: James Nisbet & Co., 21 Berners Street.
Edited by Karrol 2016