Wesley’s written prayer for families for Wednesday Morning. John wrote morning and evening prayers for families, I am offering paraphrases to my Family Ministry class
Dear God, who is blessed forever, we thank and praise You for the good things of this life, and our hope for everlasting salvation in the life to come. We hope to have a vibrant sense of Your love always in our hearts. We pray this love compels us to love You, obey You, trust You, and to remain content in the way You love us, and even rejoice in the middle of the troubles that come our way in this life.
You gave Your own Son for us all. With Jesus now by Your side, will You not also freely give us the things we need? We depend on You especially for the gift of Your Holy Spirit. May we constantly feel the Spirit’s presence by the strength of our holy faith. May the Holy Spirit keep us above all of those temptations that attack us, and keep us free from the stain of worldly influences. May we hold close to You in righteousness, humility, a pure heart, and with our entire minds set upon Christ.
Let Your mighty power enable us to fulfill our duty to You, and toward all humanity, with compassion, diligence, zeal, and perseverance to the end of our lives. Help us to be humble and gentle in our conversations, wise and discrete in our daily activities. Help us be attentive to Your fatherly providence in everything that happens to us. May we be thankful for Your gifts, patient when You correct us, and always receptive for every good word and work. Help us to remember that You are always present and intimately aware of our lives; and aware of Your inestimable love in Jesus Christ. Because of Jesus we remember Your many promises and our great responsibility to account for our lives when He appears. Let this memory help us constantly to be unwavering and resolute, to be generous in our work for the Lord, and to know our labor will not be in vain when done in Christ.
Please deliver us from the cares that come from this world, from foolish desires, from vain hopes and senseless fears. Set our hearts so that even the thought of death will not disturb us, that we welcome the possibility of dying with a smiling face, regardless of when and how death occurs.
We pray our hearts will be so firmly grounded in grace that nothing scares us or shakes our dependability. Instead, may we choose to die rather than dishonor Jesus who died for us! We give up our lives to Your wisdom and goodness, particularly since You know what is best for us. We believe You will never let us be tempted beyond our ability and will provide an escape so we can bear up under them (1 Corinthians 10:13)
We recommend to You all of humanity, especially the Church. We particularly recommend the country and community we live in, hoping all will believe in our Lord Jesus Christ and earnestly seek to do work. Bless our leaders, and all those who work in public service, so whatever they do may be for Your glory and the public good. Guide us, good Lord, and govern us by the same Spirit, so we might be united to You in this world, and not divided when You call us to You. May we enter Your Glory together, dwelling with You in love and joy that will never die. We pray this through Jesus Christ, our blessed Lord and savior, who taught us that when we pray, we say:
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