« ÎnapoiContinuă »
Spirit, and comfort us, and continually direct us. Suffer us not, at any time, to depart from Thee, who art our Father and our GOD, through any allurements of the world, or any temptations of the flesh, or of the Devil; but make us ever stedfast in Thy truth, and faithful to Thy cause, and devoted to Thy service.
We offer up these our imperfect prayers, in the name, and through the mediation, of our only Saviour, Jesus CHRIST.
Our Father, &c.
The grace of our Lord, &c.
O God, who hast commanded us in Thy word to call upon Thy name, and hast declared that Thou hearest and answerest the prayers of those who make their supplications unto Thee, we desire now to offer up our petitions, under a deep sense of our unworthiness, and of Thy manifold and great mercies.
We bless Thee for Thy preservation of us during the past night; and we desire to acknowledge again our dependence upon Thee, and our unfeigned obligations towards Thee. We thank Thee for having poured down upon us so many blessings of this life: we thank Thee for our health, and strength; for our food, and raiment; and for all the comforts, and conveniences
which we enjoy. But, above all, we praise Thee for the inestimable privilege of being born in a land of religious light and knowledge. For these, and for all Thy various and great mercies, we would render unto Thee a grateful heart: and we would endeavour to show our gratitude, not with our lips only, but with our lives; by giving up ourselves to Thy service, and by walking before Thee, in holiness and righteousness; all our days on earth.
We now beseech Thee to enable us by Thy grace to pass the whole of this day, in Thy fear. May we employ ourselves in doing those things which become our station and circumstances: may we mortify all our corrupt affections: may we exercise ourselves in maintaining a conscience void of offence towards Thee, and towards all men may we rise superior to our temptations; and, by Thy grace, prevail over our several infirmities.
We pray Thee, O LORD, to animate our minds by those glorious hopes which are set before us in Thy word; so that if we have any present sacrifices to make, they may seem small to us, in comparison of that inward satisfaction and joy, which the gospel gives in the midst of worldly disappointments. And, at the same time, deliver us from every false hope. May we examine well our title to Heaven, till we know that our foundation is sure, and shall never fail us. We confess that we are daily compassed with infirmity: but we pray, that every evil habit may be weakened in us; that every temptation may, by degrees, be overcome; and that every terror may at length be done away.
May we thus be brought into the true liberty of the children of GoD; and serve Thee without fear, in holiness and righteousness, all the days of our lives.
Hear, O LORD, these our prayers; and supply both our temporal and spiritual wants, for the sake of Jesus CHRIST, our blessed Saviour.
Our Father, &c.
The grace of our Lord, &c.
ALMIGHTY AND EVERLASTING GOD, we kneel down to thank Thee for Thy merciful care and protection during the past night; and we beseech Thee now to let Thy blessing rest upon us. Help us to begin the day with the solemn dedication of ourselves to Thy service: and then to go to the duties of our several stations; with an earnest desire to do every thing in Thy fear, and with a view to Thy glory.
We beseech Thee, O LORD, to establish us in the great doctrines of Thy Gospel; may we be grounded in the faith of CHRIST crucified for us: may that history which we read in Thy holy word, of our Saviour's coming down from heaven, to live as our example, and to die as the Atonement for our sins, affect us deeply, and have its full influence upon us may it excite our warmest gratitude to Him who died for us: may it in
spire us with hatred against sin: may it elevate us above the fear of wicked men; and may we learn to take part with our suffering and despised Lord. May that zeal to save us, which He showed, awaken, in each of us, a concern for our own salvation; and may it be the chief desire of our hearts to be made partakers of all the benefits both of His death and of His glorious resurrection.
But since we are by nature so prone to evil, and so little disposed to spiritual things, we pray Thee, O God, to purify our minds from all sinful and vain desires, by the powerful efficacy of Thy grace. O LORD, grant unto us Thy Holy Spirit. May it dwell within us, as a spirit of purity and holiness, a spirit of truth and of wisdom, of peace also, and love, and of holy joy, and consolation. May we pass this day in the thankful remembrance of Thy mercies, and in the diligent performance of Thy commandments. May no evil thoughts, no angry tempers, no distressing doubts or fears disturb us. May we serve Thee our GOD; and live peaccably with all men. May we be kind, and humble; patient and thankful; and sober-minded, and temperate in all things. May we fulfil the duties of the day; and may we lie down at night, praising Thee again for all Thy goodness; and committing ourselves with holy confidence, to Thy mercy.
We ask these blessings, in the name of JESUS CHRIST, our only Mediator.
Our Father, &c.
The gruce of our Lord, &c.
ALMIGHTY AND EVERLASTING GOD, on whom all Thy creatures every where depend for life, and breath, and all things; in whose favour all their true happiness consists; and whose wrath is insupportable! we, Thy creatures, whom Thy hand hath made, and whom Thy bounty hath supported, kneel down to acknowledge the Author of our being, and to pray for Thy blessing upon
We lament, that we are by nature so prone to evil; and that, amidst the many gifts bestowed upon us, we so seldom lift up our thoughts to Him who is the giver. Every night, Thou again refreshest us with sleep; and every morning, Thou renewest Thy various mercies to us; giving us health, and strength, and talents for Thy service, and affording to us fresh opportunities for our usefulness in the world.
We pray, that, as our days pass away, we may be improving the time, which is allotted to us. May we gather wisdom from Thy sacred word. May we diligently attend on the means of grace: and may we la bour, each of us, as Thy faithful servants, in our several callings.
We pray Thee to impress upon us a deep sense of the importance of eternity. May we be looking continually to the end of our course; and, remembering how soon all in which we here delight, shall have passed away for ever, may we prepare to give up our account of all things done in the body; and, day by day,