Wesley’s Saturday Morning Prayer for Families

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

We present ourselves before You, our Lord and our God, to give You our gift of gratitude and thanksgiving, desiring only that you lovingly accept us, and our service, under the direction of Jesus Christ. In his great name we come to ask Your pardon and peace. Please give your growing grace and your expressions of love even when we are not worthy of the least of Your love. But worthy is the Lamb that was slain to take away the sin of the world (Rev. 5:12, John 1:29). For his sake You will give us everything since Jesus fulfilled all the holy laws we broke and set right our offenses. In Christ we know You are gracious and merciful to people who deserve nothing but punishment.

Merciful Father, do not consider what we have done against You; only consider what our blessed Savior has done for us. Do not regard what we have made of ourselves, but please regard what He became to us for our God. Please let Christ become to each of our souls “wisdom and righteousness, sanctification and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:30). Let Christ cleanse us from all our sins, and Your Holy Spirit renew and sanctify our souls. May Christ crucify our sinful human affections and lusts, putting to death any earthly sinful actions. Don’t let sin reign in our human bodies to the point we obey it’s lustful desires. Instead, let us be free from sin and servants of righteousness. Let us commend to You our hearts, and may all our actions be pleasing to Your sight.

Teach us how to know You our God, and to know Jesus Christ, whom You sent. Enable us to do Your will on earth as it is done in Heaven. Help us to live in awe and love; to trust and delight in You. Help us hold closely to You with such heartfelt purpose that no temptations may lure us, or drive us, away from You. Instead, let all your arrangements and dealings with us serve as messengers of Your love to our souls. Awaken our dull senses, so we do not serve you in a lifeless and listless manner. May we increase in Your work, zealous in spirit as we serve the Lord. Make us faithful in our daily exchanges with our neighbors, ready to do good or bear evil, so we might be just and kind, merciful and meek, peaceable and patient, sober and temperate, humble and self-denying, inoffensive and useful in our world. With these dispositions and acts, may we glorify You here and may we be glorified with You in Your heavenly kingdom.

Day by day we give You glory, Lord, who adds each new day as an extension of Your love.  We bless You for keeping us safe and giving us rest this past night. Help us to hear Your loving kindness in the morning, for we do trust in You. Help us to know the way we go, for we lift up our souls to You. Please never take you Holy Spirit from us. Instead, direct all our activities so they please our God. Help us to see Your power, to embrace Your presence, to admire Your wisdom, to love Your goodness in everyone. Most of all, draw our hearts nearer to You. With Your love and grace we ask for ourselves, for everyone and everything that is ours and Yours everywhere, in our Mediator’s blessed words:

“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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