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Christ Jesus reconciling the world unto thyself, not imputing their trespasses unto them, we beseech thee to draw all our hearts now unto thee. O grant that this, our daily family prayer unto thee, may not be a burden, but our joy and delight; may we engage in it, not merely because the habit and order of the family require us to do so, but as a real relief and comfort to our souls; may we never be weary of it, nor weary in it; but ever find it a refreshment in our weariness and a rest from our cares.
We thank thee from the heart for all the mercies of this day; our many wants have been supplied; we have been spared and blessed, and every thing that has happened to us has been according to thy gracious providence; we thank thee for the joys and for the sorrows, for the mercies and for the trials of this day, all come from thee in love; and O give us to know that, loving thee, all will work for our best good. Help us to rejoice in thee, the Lord, always, and in every thing to give thanks.
We confess to thee our many sins. Whether we look at our thoughts, words, or works; in the morning, at mid-day, in the afternoon, or in the evening, we have not, as we ought, had a lively sense of thy presence, nor sought with full purpose of heart thy glory, nor walked with thee all the day long, nor taken up, as we should, self-denying work and duty. Vain and worldly thoughts have too much possessed our souls, and made us like those who live as without
God in the world. We have not called on thee. We have been weary of thee. Blot out all our transgressions for thy name's sake, and remember our sins no more. Renew our souls by thy grace, and make us pure, even as thou art pure, and meet for the inheritance of the saints in light.
May all the changing scenes of this life work for our spiritual and eternal good. May our eye be single and our whole body full of light.
Bless each member of our family, the master, and the servants, the children and the relatives, our friends and our neighbours; may all receive a blessing from thee through our prayers. Help us to be lovers of hospitality and lovers of good men. May our church and our country be protected, preserved and prospered continually, through thy watchful care and good providence from day to day.
Give us a lively interest in the prosperity of thy whole church and the increase of thy kingdom. O Lord, grant these great blessings; speedily bring to its predicted end the mystery of iniquity, and destroy the man of sin with the brightness of thy coming. Faithfully accomplish thy promised truth and mercy to Zion, and let all the ends of the earth see thy salvation. O grant our requests, for our Redeemer's sake.
STRENGTH FOR DAILY DUTY.
Almighty and eternal God, now present with us, thine eye upon every heart, thine ear open to every desire, and waiting now to be gracious to us in Christ Jesus, may we ever feel that it is our richest privilege to approach thy throne of grace. We now seek of thee those things which are needful for our souls and for our bodies, which Jesus alone is worthy to receive for us, and which he is exalted to bestow upon us.
Assist us in all that lies before us this day. Be present with us in every thing in which we are engaged. In study and in labour, in silence and in conversation, in company and in retirement, in business and in relaxation, at home and abroad, in trials and in joys, O still be near to our souls; and in all the varied circumstances of this day, may our fullest joy be in thy presence, our one desire to do thy will, and our greatest object to be approved by thee.
We are very far from thy mind and thy image, blessed Lord Jesus. We feel the inward workings of pride and vanity, self-will and earthly-mindedness, but O make us like thyself, meek and lowly, and delighting to do God's will; and with one mind may we seek the glory of our heavenly Father,
We are weak also to do what thy Spirit in us has taught us to desire. We fall unless thou sustain us. Hold thou up our goings in thy paths, that our footsteps slip not. Impress so deeply and strongly upon our minds the sense of our own sinfulness and weakness, that we may be constantly looking to thee for righteousness and strength, and receiving out of the fulness of Christ the grace which we need. O may that abundance of grace which bringeth salvation, effectually teach us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts.
Help us in each duty of this day, whether personal or domestic, relative or social, to be earnest and simple-hearted followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, not slothful in business, but fervent in spirit, serving the Lord, and kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love, in 'honour preferring one another. Assist us in all the temptations and difficulties of the day, and make us prompt to seize all its opportunities of doing good. May we have wisdom to discern what our special duties are, and grace given to us in patient diligence and self-denial to fulfil them, and through all may sweet intercourse in secret with our God be our hidden joy and consolation.
God Almighty bless not only our family, but the families whom we know and love. Multiply thy grace and peace upon all around us. Regard with thy favour our beloved church and country, and make them a full blessing to all nations: especially
may we show love to Zion, and so inherit the prosperity thou hast promised.
Accept our grateful thanksgiving for blessings without number to our bodies and our souls, to our families and to our friends, this day continued and multiplied to us. But, above all, we praise thee for thine unspeakable gift, Jesus our Lord, and our Saviour, to whom with thee, O Father, and thee, O Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory now and for Amen.
FOR FULFILLING PRESENT DUTY IN HOPE OF COMING GLORY, AND FOR PROTECTION.
O Lord Jesus Christ, the King of glory, exalted at the right hand of God to be a prince and a Saviour, to give us repentance and remission of sins, thou hast promised that "where two or three are met together in thy name, thou art in the midst of them;" enable us in faith to approach now unto thee, and give unto us repentance and remission of sins. Thou hast invited the weary and the heavy-laden to come unto thee and take upon them thy easy yoke and thy light burden, that they may find rest for their souls: give us grace thus to come unto thee and obtain rest.
Almighty Father, draw us unto Jesus, that we may come to him and be raised up by him at the last day. O that our daily life may be a constant coming