Wesley’s written prayer for families for Thursday Morning. John wrote morning and evening prayers for families, I am offering paraphrases to my Family Ministry class
Dear Lord, the God of our salvation, you are the hope for everything across the ends of the earth. All eyes wait on You, for You give life, and even breath, to everything. You always watch over us for our well-being, and You renew within us both life and love. You give us assurance in what You promise; that should we commit our daily activities to you and acknowledge you in everything, then You will direct our daily walk.
Lord, we seek to remain under Your gracious plan and Fatherly protection. We ask the guidance and help of Your good Holy Spirit. Please choose our legacy for us and encourage us to glorify Your name in everything that concerns our lives.
Lord, never take away your tender love from us, nor withdraw the comfort we feel in Your presence. Never punish us by merely letting sins overpower us. Instead, please pardon our sins and save us from our iniquities. Give us, our good God, a continuing sense of Your gracious acceptance of us, through Jesus’ love. Then we can bless you with “all that is within us” and praise Your holy name (Ps 103:1)
Help us find the joy of the Lord as our strength, defend us from all our sins, make us eager to do good works and may we live our lives so that our conscience is clear of any offense to God or other people. Help us to live wisely, always making best use of our time, improving our opportunities and daily Christian living as you provide them. Sanctify our efforts in the world, the challenges we must face, our comforts, all the situations we encounter, and every event that we find ourselves in. Regardless of the circumstance, keep us holy through the life of Jesus and Your extensive love, at least till we arrive safely at the end of our lives to be with the Lord.
Thank you for Jesus, who “gives strength to people” (Ps. 89:19) and completely saves those who come to God through Him. Through Jesus you encourage us to approach you with confidence to gain all Your love and find grace in time of need. Help us to humble ourselves as those who are truly children of God, redeemed of the Lord, and members of Christ. Put Your Spirit in us, causing us to follow Your laws and keep Your judgments… and do them. Yes, let it be our daily task to do Your will and to follow Your commandments.
Our gracious Father, help us we pray, to live in your awe and love. Teach us Lord through thoughts, words, and deeds to live to your glory, if You do not guide us we are lost, if You do not hold us, we fall. Let Your good providence defend us; and Your Holy Spirit serve as guide, counselor and supporter in everything we do. Help us do what is acceptable to you through Jesus Christ our Lord, in whose holy name and words we close these imperfect prayers by saying:
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
For our benediction, we ask:
Let Your grace, Lord Jesus;
Your love, heavenly Father; and
Your gentle fellowship; blessed Holy Spirit,
Together rest with us and with everyone that needs our prayers this day and evermore.