Wesley’s written prayer for families for Friday Morning. John wrote morning and evening prayers for families, I am offering paraphrases to my Family Ministry class
God you are merciful, gracious, patient and abounding in both goodness and truth. Your love covers a multitude of sins. You pardon all our iniquity, transgressions, and sin. God, how excellent is Your love and kindness! All humanities’ children should put their trust under the “shadow of your wings” (Ps. 91:4). So we still look to Your bountiful hand, one which has given us every good thing. Lord, God, have favor on us, as You will for all that love Your holy name! Do not look upon our sinful desires, nor the sins of our hearts and lives, which are more than we can remember and greater than we can express. It is only due to the Lord’s love that we are not consumed by sin, because Your compassion does not fail. Instead You look upon the face of Your anointed Son, who came to this world to take away our sins. Through Jesus we have access to You and Your glorious majesty.
God, be merciful to us as sinners for the sake of Jesus, our Prince and Savior, who gives us both the opportunity for repentance and the forgiveness of sins. Be merciful, God, be merciful to our souls, who have sinned against You. Heal our backslidings; give us a new repentance and set firm our hearts in awe and love. Please also set firm our daily walk in Your way so we do not lose our steps. Help us to waver no more, and help us to never be weary or faint of mind. Help us so we do not rebel against You or turn to foolish actions again. After You speak peace to our souls, may we continue by overcoming all the enemies of our spiritual lives and all that hinders our salvation till you place Satan under your feet.
We know Jesus Christ provides an infinite fullness to all we can want or wish. May we receive that fullness as grace upon grace. Give us grace to pardon our sins, subdue unjust actions, justify our persons, and sanctify our souls. May we complete this holy transformation, the total renewal of our hearts, so we may be transformed into the blessed image in which You created us. Make us worthy to take part in the inheritance of Your saints in Your presence.
Teach us, God, to use this world without abusing it. Help us to receive what we need for the body without losing what we have gained in your love, which is better than life itself. Whatever we have in this world, may we be content with your gift and love, made holy by the word of God, prayer, and our stewardship to Your glory. Regardless of what we want from this world, do not leave us destitute of the very things that come from salvation. Adorn our souls with such gifts and graces of the Holy Spirit that we may adorn the message of God, our Savior, in all things.
Now that you have renewed our lives, as well as your love to us this morning, help us to live anew our desires, commitments, and efforts to live in obedience to Your holy will. Restrain us from sins we are most prone to fall into. Encourage us to embrace the very duties we are reluctant to perform. Grant that we may think, speak, will, and accomplish those things becoming of the children of our heavenly Father. As You do so, we will find comfort in Your gracious acceptance of us in Jesus Christ, our Savior, who taught us to pray:
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