Adapted from A Collection of Forms of Prayer for Every Day in the Week by John Wesley.
Particular questions relating to the love of neighbor:
- Have I thought anything (except my conscience) too dear to part with in order to please or serve my neighbor?
- Have I rejoiced or grieved with him?
- Have I received his infirmities with pity, not with anger?
- Have I argued with anyone, either where I had no good end in view, or where there was no probability of convincing?
- Have I let him who I thought was in the wrong (in a trifle) to have the last word?
Most great and glorious Lord God, I desire to prostrate myself before your divine Majesty, under a deep sense of my unworthiness; and with sorrow, and shame, and confusion of face, to confess I have, by my manifold transgressions deserved your severest visitations. “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and am no more worthy to be called thy son:” O let your paternal heart yearn upon me, and for Jesus Christ’s sake graciously receive me. Accept my imperfect repentance, and send your Spirit of adoption into my heart, that I may again be owned by you, call you Father, and share in the blessings of your children.
Adored be your goodness for all the benefits you have already from time to time bestowed on me; for the good things of this life, and the hope of eternal happiness. Particularly, I offer to you my humblest thanks for preserving me throughout the day. If I have escaped any sin, it is the effect of your restraining grace; if I have avoided any danger, it was your hand that directed me. To your holy name be ascribed the honor and glory. O let the sense of all your blessings have this effect upon me: to make me daily more diligent in devoting myself, all I am, and all I have, to your glory.
O my God, fill my soul with so entire a love of you, that I may love nothing but for your sake, and in subordination to thy love. Give me grace to study your knowledge daily, that the more I know you, the more I may love you. Create in me a zealous obedience to all your commands, a cheerful patience under all your chastisements, and a thankful resignation to all your disposals. May I ever have reverent thoughts of you; never mention your venerable names unless on just, solemn, and devout occasions; nor even then without acts of adoration. O let it be the one business of my life to glorify you, by every thought of my heart, by every word of my tongue, by every work of my hand; by professing your truth, even to the death, if it should please you to call me to it; and by engaging all men, as far as in me lies, to glorify and love you.
Let your unwearied and tender love to me, make my love unwearied and tender to my neighbor, zealous to pray for, and to procure and promote, his health and safety, ease and happiness; and active to comfort, succor, and relieve all whom you love and their own necessities recommend to my charity. Make me peaceful and reconcilable; easy to forgive, and glad to return good for evil. Make me like yourself, all kindness and benignity, all goodness and gentleness, all meekness and long-suffering. And, O Lover of souls, raise in me a compassionate zeal to save the life, the eternal life, of souls; and by affectionate and seasonable advice, exhortations, and reproof, to reclaim the wicked, and win them to your love.
Be pleased, O Lord, to take me, with my father and mother, brothers and sisters, my friends and relations, and my enemies, into your almighty protection this night. Refresh me with such comfortable rest that I may rise more fit for your service. Let me lie down with holy thoughts of you, and when I awake let me be still present with you.
Show mercy to the whole world, O Father of all; let the gospel of your Son run and be glorified throughout all the earth. Let it be made known to all infidels, and obeyed by all Christians. Be merciful to your Church this and nation; give unto your ministers a discerning spirit, that they may make choice of fit persons to serve in your sacred ministry; and enable all who are ordained to any holy function, diligently to feed the flocks committed to their charge, instructing them in saving knowledge, guiding them by their examples, praying for and blessing them, exercising spiritual discipline in your Church, and properly administering your holy sacraments. Multiply your blessings on our President, his family, the government, and all the people of this land; that they may all, according to the several talents they have received, be faithful instruments of your glory. Give to our Schools and Universities, zeal, prudence, and holiness. Visit in mercy all the children of affliction, relieve their necessities, lighten their burdens; give them a cheerful submission to your gracious will, and at length bring them and us, with those that already rest from their labors, into the joy of our Lord; to whom with you, O Father, and you, O Holy Ghost, be all praise, now and for ever.