John Wesley’s Friday Evening Prayer for Families

1200px-john_wesley_by_george_romneyWesley’s written prayer for families for Friday Evening. John wrote morning and evening prayers for families, I am offering paraphrases to my Family Ministry class

Lord, you were before everything, above everything, and always unfailing. You search our hearts, knowing their inattention, hardness, vanity and deceitfulness. We were born sinners and have lived the same way. We have added more sins to our sin, abused Your great and marvelous grace, tempted Your patience, and despised Your goodness. You have every right to push us into the outer darkness, where there is wailing and gnashing teeth (Matt. 8:12)

But, Your loving kindness proves infinite. You still call us to return to You. And we know whoever responds to You, You will not reject. Oh God, meet us with Your heavenly grace, enable us to come to You. Graciously stretch forth Your hand and remove the chains that entangle our souls. Free us from every influence of sin, from the yoke of bondage. Help us to feel, bitterly regret, and forsake all our sins. May we never feel we lack the real assurance of Your forgiveness of our sins, Your acceptance of us, and Your love toward us, all anchored in the Your blessed Son Jesus, that You love for all time.

You are never weary, Lord, of doing good for us. Let us never be weary of doing service to You. Just as You take pleasure in the prosperity of your stewards, let us take please in service to our Lord, and overflow in Your work, as well as in Your love and praise forever. Please fill any need, and reform what is wrong in our lives. Bring to completion those things that concern us. Let the witness of Your pardoning love rest in our hearts. Speak into every one of our souls the peace that passes all understanding, and let us always look to You as our Father, reconciled to us in Jesus Christ.

In your great name, we cry out on behalf of all of humanity. Please, may all the ends of the earth see the salvation of our God. Continue to be merciful to our sinful land. Teach us diligently to know Your will concerning our lives, and please turn all our hearts to You as if they were the heart of one person. Bless our leaders Lord, prolong their days and prosper their leadership. Make them both a fear to those who do evil and a praise to those who do well. Grant to civil judges, and to ministers of Your word, a continuous supply of the gifts and graces of the Holy Spirit. Continue to be the Father to the fatherless, Physician to the sick, Helper to the friendless; a God of comfort to the sorrowful and distressed. Bless us with whatever You are pleased to give us and for everything that we encounter. May everything work for our good, to strengthen us in Your grace and help us to go on to Your glory.

Continue Your fatherly care over us this night. Maintain and defend us, bless and keep us, so no evil happens to us; or any illness come close to our homes. Give us a comfortable sleep to strengthen us for Your service. When the day comes when you call us to the sleep of death, let us cheerfully resign our spirits to Your grace and worthiness of Your son, in whose merits and mediation we put our trust. For all Jesus had done and suffered for us and for Your name, blessed God of our salvation, we give praise, honor, and glory… together with all Your people now and forevermore as we pray:

“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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