Wesley’s Tuesday Evening Prayer for Families

Wesley’s written prayer for families for Tuesday Evening. John wrote morning and evening prayers for families, I am offering paraphrases to my Family Ministry class

Everlasting Father of all strength, exclusive Lord of all creatures in heaven and earth, we acknowledge that our total existence and everything that brings comfort depends on You, the source of all goodness. We possess nothing that does not come from your free and overflowing love, our blessed Creator, and from the richness of Your grace, our blessed Redeemer. So we give You the honor and praise alongside all creatures where you have revealed how great and good You are. We also give You all our love and obedience as long as we exist, just as the ancient prayers have taught us that “it is good, right, and dutiful that we should always and everywhere give you thanks, our Lord” (BCP). We earnestly give both soul and body to You, so You can completely govern and oversee our lives according to your holy will.

Also, we ask You to increase every desire in our hearts, let us live fully like your creation and live consistently as befitting disciples of Jesus Christ. Help us to increase our love for your laws till they are written on our hearts. Quicken our wills to love your laws and hold them so close they become like our very lives.

Please help us heartily surrender our wills to Your will, so we might constantly cling to it with a great and sincere love toward all Your commands. Help us experience forever a strong and powerful sense of Your love through Jesus Christ so this love may compel us to freely and willingly please you through our daily living of righteousness compassion, temperance, love, humbleness, patience, truth and faithfulness. May we hold these virtues collectively with a contented and peaceful spirit, worthy of our faith in our Lord and Master. May our hearts joyfully seek to be righteous as you are righteous, merciful as you, our heavenly Father. May we also seek to be holy even as You, who called us to be holy, remain holy in all your conduct (1 Peter 1:15). Endow us with Your divine wisdom so we might mirror You in faithfulness and truth. Please let the example of our blessed Savior be always dear to us and may we cheerfully follow him in every holy disposition and delight to do Your will. Please God, let these desires, which you have given us, never die or languish in our hearts. Keep these desires we possess always full of life, always possessing vitality and force, by the constant inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

Accept as well our thanks for keeping us safe this day. We courageously commit ourselves to you this night. Defend us from all evil powers, and raise us up body and soul in the morning. Give us such a vigorous sense of your continuing goodness that it will encourage us all day long to unfailing diligence in our doing good.

The same care we ask for ourselves we also seek for the rest of humanity, particularly Christians. May each Christian faithfully do his or her duty. May the leaders of all countries be tender hearted, caring like parents for their countries, and may their citizens be dutiful and obedient as children. May pastors of Your church sustain their congregations with wisdom and understanding, and may church members yield to their leaders and follow godly advice. Let the rich and powerful have compassion on those poor and in misery. May people in distress actually find joy in the prosperity of those who help them with their needs.  Allow husbands and wives, parents and children, as well as employers and employees, the grace to conduct themselves in their relationships. This way everyone will witness to the gospel of our Savior in everything, and will receive honor. This honor comes from the very holy name and words we use to seek your grace and love toward us and all Your people everywhere as we say,

“Our Father
Which art in heaven
Hallowed Be Your Name
Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done
On Earth as it is in Heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us,
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil
For yours is the Kingdom, power, and glory forever

About Dean G. Blevins

Dr. Dean G. Blevins currently serves as Professor of Practical Theology and Christian Discipleship at Nazarene Theological Seminary. An ordained elder, Dean has ministered in diverse settings and currently also serves at the USA Regional Education Coordinator for the Church of the Nazarene. A prolific author, Dr. Blevins recently co-wrote the textbook Discovering Discipleship and edits Didache: Faithful Teaching, a journal for Wesleyan Education.
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