(Henry Law, “Family Prayers”)
Lord God Almighty, Father of mercies, screened from all evil by Your gracious providence–we come to encircle You with grateful praise.
We bless You that at every moment the throne of grace has been open, and that the scepter of Your love has been extended to us. Pardon us that our prayers have been so few, so poor, so feeble. While You are always ready to hear, and inviting us to close communion, our souls abide amid trifles, and dally with vain follies. We grovel on earth, when we might ascend through prayer, to Heaven and You. Pity us, good Lord. You know of what we are made. You remember that we are dust. O God, make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us.
We come not in our own name, seeking Your compassionate grace. We bring the name of Your dear Son before You in the arms of our faith. In whatever we have robbed You of obedience, we offer His blood to pay the debt. Impute to our account:
His worthiness, for our unworthiness;
His sinlessness, for our sinfulness;
His purity, for our impurity;
His sincerity, for our deceit;
His truth, for our lies;
His meekness, for our pride;
His steadfastness, for our backslidings;
His love, for our enmity;
His fullness, for our emptiness;
His glory, for our shame;
His perfect obedience, for our incessant disobedience;
His beauty, for our deformity;
His devotedness to Your will, for our waywardness;
His holy life, for our unholy ways;
His perfect righteousness, for our manifold unrighteousnesses.
We hide ourselves in Him. We flee unto Him as our sure city of refuge. We know that in Him, we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of all our sins. We rejoice that there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. Thus we cry, “Abba, Father!” in the name of Jesus, and retire to rest in peace.
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