Grant unto us, O merciful God, knowledge and true understanding of Your word, that we may know what Your will is, and also may show forth in our lives those things that we do know. that we be not only knower’s of Your word but also doers of the same; by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
O LORD, our heavenly Father! the great Source of life, the benevolent Power, in Whom all our comfort and happiness exist! You are good and do good continually; Your tender mercies are over all Your works. Our voice will You hear in the morning, Ο Lord! in the morning will we direct our prayer unto You, and look up.
To whom should we look up with sentiments of gratitude at the beginning of every day, but to You, whose care has protected us through the hours of darkness; whose goodness has refreshed us with sleep? To whom, in our ignorance of what a day may bring forth, we direct our prayers, with sentiments of trust in a paternal providence, and with mutual solicitude for each others virtue and happiness. We look to You, our eternal Refuge, whose mercies towards us are great and constant. Hear, most gracious God, these our united prayers and thanksgivings. The goodness we have in Jesus Christ, encourages us to pour out before You our gratitude. It is our earnest desire, to enter on the employments, and meet the events of every day, with a deep sense of the importance of religion. Dispose us, Father of our spirits, amidst all the cares and business of this life, to regard the salvation of our souls as the one thing needful. Make us sincere Christians; render our habitation a holy sanctuary, the residence of piety and Christian knowledge. Let every heart be an altar to You. May the religion of Christ, possessing our wills and pervading our affections, become a bond of union, the spring of every virtue, the animating motive to every duty, a support under every trial, and the pledge of Your favor and everlasting love.
Ο Lord most holy! what we ask for ourselves, we desire for others. Increase the number of those who serve You with holy joy, and with a Christian life. Multiply the triumphs of truth over error; of the filial spirit of love over gloomy fears. In all the habitations of men, from the rising of the sun to the going down thereof, may the incense of acceptable praise, and the pure offering of virtuous lives be presented to You. Endue those who are appointed to rule over their fellow men, with superior wisdom and benevolence. Inspire all instructors of youth, and all teachers of religion, with an ardent concern to promote the greatest welfare of those for whom they labor. Incline the young, Ο God, to cultivate a sober mind; to remember You their Creator, Redeemer and Judge; and to acquire those habits which shall secure their present usefulness and future peace. Lead those in the middle of life, to labor, while it is day, in Your service and for the benefit of their fellow men, before the night comes. Support Your aged servants under all their infirmities, and help them by their example to convince the rising generation, that religion has power to shed comfort upon the decline of life, and to smooth the passage to the tomb.
Ιn the arms of faith and prayer we would commend to You the sick and the afflicted, we ask You to be very near and gracious to them in weakness and trouble. May Your blessing be upon all our families. Grant that parents may be duly impressed with the high and solemn trust committed to their charge; and see that they set before their children examples, which they can follow with safety; and, when they die, leave behind them characters, which may be remembered with love and veneration. And may children be mindful of how much they owe to their parents; and be induced to do all in their power to promote their happiness. Ο God, grant that all, whether as parents or children, as masters or servants, as members of families, or as citizens of the state, may discharge their obligations with diligence, fidelity, and zeal. In every situation, may it be our chief care to do justly, to love mercy, and walk humbly before You, our God.
In the name of our Redeemer we offer our prayer; and in Him, the Resurrection and the Life, we look forward to a better and happier world, to which You will at last receive us; and to You shall be rendered ceaseless praises. Amen. — Charles Brooks
Did you ever think, short though it be, how much there is in it? O, it is beautiful and; like a diamond in the crown of a queen, it unites a thousand sparkling gems in one.
It teaches all of us, every one of us, to look to God as our parent — Our Father
It teaches us to raise our thoughts and desires above the hear – Who art in heaven
It tells us that we must reverence our Holy Father — Hallowed be Thy name
It breathes the saints’ reward — Thy kingdom come
It teaches us to have a submissive obedient spirit – Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven
It teaches us to have a dependent trusting spirit – Give us this day our daily bread
It teaches us to have a forgiving spirit – Deliver us from evil
Last of all it teach us to have an adoring spirit – For Your is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen
“Almighty God! I desire on this morning of a new day, to approach the footstool of Your Throne of grace. You are glorious in Your holiness, fearful in praises, continually doing wonders. Your eternity is a depth which no finite mind can fathom. Your purposes no accident can alter—Your love no time can impair. I adore You as the God of my life; moment by moment I am hanging upon Your goodness; if You withdraw Your hand I perish.
“And yet, O Lord, I have not been living habitually mindful of You. I have too often taken my blessings as matters of course. I have had unthankful spirits in the midst of daily recurring tokens of unmerited mercy. I desire to bury my sins in the ocean-depths of Your love. May I be enabled to advance in holiness as I follow the footsteps of Your unsullied life—to reflect Your purity. May religion penetrate with its leavening power every daily duty. May I act under the feeling ‘I am not my own’—Consecrated soul and body to the Lord who died for me, may life become one tribute and offering to Your praise. May I leave nothing to a dying hour, but to die at peace with You, and to have my souls filled with hopes of Heaven.
“Lord bless my friends—reward my benefactors—forgive my enemies. May my household ever have Your gracious benediction resting upon it. May every member of my family, near and at a distance, have the seal of God on their foreheads, and be numbered with Your saints in glory everlasting. Pour Your rich grace into the hearts of the young. Oh let them not suffer golden moments to pass by misimproved. Preserve them from the snares of a wicked world. Let them know the happiness of living at peace with You.
“Look in kindness on the sick, the sorrowful, the aged, the bereaved, and the dying. Accommodate Your grace to the varied wants and trials. Let them take refuge in the very arms that are chastising them, rejoicing that the thread of life is in Your hands.
“Lord Jesus, bless my friends that are absent; Lord be near them—Those that are in distress, Lord comfort them. Those that know You not, Lord arrest them. Those that are Your children, do You increase their devotedness; give them more of the Pilgrim character, prepare them for the Pilgrim’s rest. Prosper Your cause and kingdom everywhere. Let Satan’s kingdom be destroyed—the kingdom of grace advanced—the kingdom of glory hastened. Save Your people—bless Your inheritance, feed them also, and lift them up forever! Give to each of me this day Your gracious benediction; and when the days of Earth shall merge into the ages of Eternity, may it be ours to spend them in the full vision and fruition of You, my God, through Jesus Christ.’’ Amen.
Book: Prayers for Public Worship, Private Devotion, Personal Ministry
Author: Abbie C. Morrow
Published by: New York: M. E. Munson 1902
Revised and Adapted by: Karrol Sneed 2014
Ο GOD, Who knows that we are not sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves, but that all our sufficiency is of You, assist us with Your grace in all the work which we are to undertake this week. Direct us in it by Your wisdom, support us by Your power, that doing our duty diligently, we may bring it to a good end, so that it may be profitable to our souls, and tend to the greater glory of Your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (Treasury of Devotion, A.D. 1872.)
Give ear, O Lord, to our prayer, and attend to the voice of our supplication.
Make us poor in spirit: that ours may be the kingdom of heaven.
Make us to mourn for sin: that we may be comforted by Your grace.
Make us meek: that we may inherit the earth.
Make us to hunger and thirst after righteousness: that we may be filled therewith.
Make us merciful: that we may obtain mercy.
Make us pure in heart: that we may see You.
Make us peacemakers: that we may be called Your children.
Make us willing to be persecuted for righteousness’ sake: that our reward may be great in heaven.
O God, true and highest Life, by whom, through whom, and in whom, all things live, which live truly and blessedly; pity and help us, accordingly as You knows we have need, in body and in soul, that casting off all that entangles us, we may serve and cleave to God alone, who knows all things, and can perform all things, and who lives forevermore. Amen — Unknown
Almighty God, the Fountain of all holiness, who by Your Word and Spirit conducts all Your servants in the way of peace and righteousness; grant to us to so diligently watch over all our actions, that we may never willingly transgress Your holy laws: but that it may be the work of our lives to obey You, the joy of our souls to please You, the fulfillment of all our hopes and the satisfaction of all our desires to dwell with You, in the holiness of Your everlasting kingdom.
Make us perfect in Christ Jesus; out of His fullness may we all receive, and rest in Him forevermore. May His passion be our deliverance; His wounds our healing; His cross our redemption; and His death our life. With His righteousness may we be clothed; by His Spirit may we be sanctified; in His blood may we be cleansed; and to His image may we be conformed. May we abide in Him as branches in the vine; may He be in us the hope of glory, and to us all in all. As He died, may we die to sin; as He rose again, may we rise to newness of life; suffering with Him here, may we reign with Him here after; and bearing now His cross, may we hereafter wear His crown. Amen – A Book of Common Order
Almighty God, who has commanded us to make prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks for all men, hear these our intercessions which we now present to You:
Remember, O Lord, every work of Your hand for good, and visit the whole world in Your mercy.
Remember, O Lord our native land. Bless its people. Lead us in the way of honor and justice, and of true and enduring prosperity. May we be mindful of the trust which You have laid upon us, and ever be found faithful to Your cause.
Remember, O Lord, our President, Senate, and House of Representatives, and all the members of their family. Let Your humble servants, may they live in Your fear, and live for the welfare of Your people. May they guide this into peace. Finally bring them to the glory of Your kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Remember, O Lord, all in authority, that they may exercise their power as ministers of Your justice and mercy. Especially guide and direct [the High Court of Parliament now assembled] [the magistrates of this city and those who sit in council with them]. May a wise and faithful spirit prevail in our councils; and may we be delivered from all evil ambitions, selfish motives, and false judgments, that we may hold a worthy place in the community of nations, and live as fellow-citizens of Your kingdom.
Remember O Lord. the churcn of Your Son Jesus Christ, which is from one end of the earth to the other. Plentifully furnish her with the gifts of Your Spirit. Heal her divisions. Grant to her peace. Unite all Your people in the bonds of faith, and hope, and charity, and let Your kingdom come everywhere.
Remember. O Lord, those who serve You in the ministry of Your Son’s church [especially those who serve You in this parish]. Make their ministry blameless. Adorn them with all Christian virtues. Make them guides to the blind, light to them that sit in darkness, followers of the good shepherd who gave his life for his sheep; so that at the last they may receive the reward which You have prepared for those who have contended earnestly for Your gospel.
Remember. O Lord, all those who are laboring in the cause of Your righteousness and truth, those who preach Your gospel among the heathen, those who bring forth fruits and do good works in Your holy church, and who remember the poor. Recompense them with Your rich and heavenly gifts. Render to them, instead of earthly things., the heavenly: instead of temporal, the eternal: instead of corruptible. the incorruptible.
Remember, O Lord, those who serve You in the upbringing of the young;—all universities and schools [especially the university of this city]. May they train up a seed to serve You better in their day than we have been able to do in ours, and may they be to You a name and praise in all generations.
Remember, O Lord, the whole body of the people,—those present here, and those absent from our midst. Have compassion upon them and on us according to the multitude of Your mercies. Fill their stores with every good thing; keep their families in peace and concord: Bring up the little ones; teach the young; strengthen the old; comfort the disheartened; gather those who are scattered; bring back and join to Your church those who have gone astray; guide the travelers by land or sea; solace the lonely; care for the widows; protect the orphans; deliver the captive; heal the sick; prepare the dying.
Remember, O Lord, those who are in tribulation, necessity, or danger, especially those known to ourselves whom we name in our hearts before You…; and all who are in need of Your great compassion: Those who love us or hate us; those who have given us charge, unworthy as we are, to pray for them; and those whom, through ignorance or forgetfulness, we have omitted to mention.
Remember us, O Lord, in this season of the year; grant us temperate and favorable weather. Crown the year with Your goodness. Receive us all into Your kingdom, showing us to be children of the day and sons of light; and grant us, O Lord our God, Your peace and love. Amen — Book of Common Order
I believe in You, O Lord, but make me believe more firmly. I hope in You, O Lord, but make me hope more fully. I love You, 0 Lord, but make me love more ardently. I grieve that I have offended You, 0 Lord, but make me grieve more sincerely.
I adore You, as my first beginning, I long after You, as my last end. I praise You, as my ceaseless Benefactor. I call upon You, as my Refuge and Defense. Direct me by Your wisdom; protect me by Your power; comfort me by Your mercy; and save me by Your love.
I offer to You, 0 God, my thoughts, that they may be towards You; my words that they may be of You; my deeds that they may be well pleasing to You; and my sufferings that they may be for the sake of You. Will what You will; I will because You will; I will as You will; and I will when You will.
I pray to You, 0 Lord, to enlighten my understanding, to direct my will, to purify my body, and to sanctify my soul. Let me never be puffed up by pride, nor corrupted by flattery, nor entrapped by the devil, nor deceived by the world. Give me grace to purify my memory, to bridle my tongue, to restrain my eyes, and to guard my heart. Make me bewail my past sins; resist future temptations; correct vicious desires; and cultivate all virtues.
Grant me, O Lord, the love of You, distrust of myself, zeal for my neighbor, and contempt of the world. Let my study be to obey my superiors; to help my inferiors; to respect my friends; and to hate nobody.
Make me remember, O Lord Jesus, Your command and example, by loving my enemies, by suffering injuries, by doing good to those that ill treat me, and by praying for those that despitefully use me.
Let me overcome sensuality by self-denial, covetousness by liberality, anger by gentleness, and luke warmness by prayer. Make me prudent in counsel, bold in danger, patient in adversity, and humble in prosperity.
Grant unto me, O Lord, earnestness in prayer, moderation in food, diligence in my duty, and firmness in my resolves. Grant that I may cultivate inward holiness, outward modesty, purity of conversation, and regularity of life.
Make me diligent in restraining my nature, in cherishing Your grace, in keeping Your commandments, and in attaining Your salvation.
Make me follow after holiness by sincere confession of my sins, by a worthy reception of the Body and Blood of Christ, by constant recollection of mind, and bay pure intention of heart.
Teach me, O God, the nothingness of this world, the greatness of Heaven, the shortness of time, and the length of eternity.
Grant me that I may prepare for death, fear the judgment, escape hell, and obtain Heaven. All this I pray through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.—The Altar Manual