John Wesley’s Thursday Evening Prayer

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

Dear Lord, our God, Your glory is above our thoughts and Your love above all our works. We are definitely living monuments of Your love. You have not abandoned us in our sins; instead, You give us good hope and strong comfort through grace. You sent Your only Son into the world “so whoever believes in Him will not perish” in his or her sins “but have everlasting life” (John 3:16-17). Lord, we believe, so help our unbelief by giving us a true repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. This way we may be counted with those who repent and believe till our souls are saved. As those justified by faith, allow us to have peace with God through our Lord Jesus and rejoice in Christ who provides redemption through His blood. Let the love of God spring out from our hearts through the Holy Spirit which You give us.

We also pray you will be the Father of all love and a God who consoles us. You will make us followers of God, as Your dear children. Please be always jealous of our hearts and watchful over our ways, so we will be careful not to offend You, but to please You. You know, God, all our temptations and tendencies toward sin. You know the devices of evil in this world and the deceitfulness of our hearts. We pray, good Lord, that You will arm us with the “whole armor of God.” Hold us up with Your free Spirit, and watch over us for the sake of ongoing goodness.

Let our prayerful requests rise up before You for the whole of humanity. Send Your word to the ends of the earth, and let it be the very essence of life for all who hear it. Be gracious to our native land. Lead our leaders, counsel our counselors, teach our teachers and order all the activities of public life to Your glory. Turn away whatever potential consequences we may feel or fear. Continue Your blessings to us, both body and soul. No matter how much we provoke You, please remain our God and let us be Your people. Lord, please be compassionate upon those children struggling with self-inflicted pain. Please saturate with love any of Your Fatherly corrections of their actions. Be gracious to our friends and neighbors. Reward those who seek our wellbeing. Bless those people that we live in close relationship with. Give them the best of Your blessings as well as with Your awe and love. Keep us from our enemies, and reconcile them both to us and to You. May all of our households be houses of prayer! Be especially kind to those families that call Your name. Let Your blessing also rest upon us as members of this family. Bless our present situation and prepare us for whatever You are pleased to call us to do. Teach us how to live with little, or with a lot. In every situation, hold close our hearts to Yourself and help us prove ourselves sincere and faithful in Your service.

Now, Father of all love, please accept our evening sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, Please stamp and preserve upon our hearts a lively sense of Your kindness toward us; so our souls might bless You and all that is within us praise Your holy name. Indeed, let us give You thanks from the bottom of our hearts and praise you as long as we exist: for Your patience with us, Your care over us, and Your continuing love toward us. Blessed be Your name, Lord God, our heavenly Father. To You Father, with the Son You love, and the Spirit of grace, we give thanks and praise, now and for evermore.

“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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