Saturday Morning Prayer

Adapted from A Collection of Forms of Prayer for Every Day in the Week by John Wesley.

O God, you are the great Creator and Sovereign Lord of heaven and earth, the Father of angels and men, the Giver of life and Protector of all your creatures. Mercifully accept my morning sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, which I desire to offer, with all humility, to your divine Majesty.

“You are praised, O Lord, by all your works,” and magnified by everything which you have created. The sun rejoices to run his course, that he may set forth your praise, who made him. Nor do the moon and stars hold back from manifesting your glory, even amid the silent night. Each day, the earth breathes perfume, as incense to you, her sacred King, who have crowned her with herbs and trees, and beautified her with hills and dales. The deep utters his voice, and lifts up his hands on high to you, the great Creator, the universal King, the everlasting God. The floods clap their hands, and the hills are joyful together before you; the fruitful vales rejoice and sing your praise. You feed the innumerable multitude of animals which you have created: “These all wait upon you, and you give them their meat in due season.” You made light for our comfort, and brought forth darkness out of your treasures to overshadow the earth, that the living creatures of it might take their rest. “The fire and hail, snow and vapor, wind and storm, fulfill your word,” and manifest your glory. Inanimate things declare you, O Lord of life; and irrational animals demonstrate their wise Creator.

Amidst this universal jubilee of nature, do not allow, I ask you, the sons of men to be silent; but let the noblest work of your creation pay you the noblest sacrifice of praise. O pour your grace into my heart, that I may worthily magnify your great and glorious name. You have made me and sent me into the world to do your work. O help me to fulfill the purpose of my existence, and to diligently show forth your praise by giving myself up to your service. “Prosper the work of my hands upon me,” O Lord; O prosper whatever I undertake this day, that it may tend to your glory, the good of my neighbor, and the salvation of my own soul.

Preserve me from all those snares and temptations which continually press for me to offend you. Guide me by your Holy Spirit in all those places where your providence shall lead me this day; and do not allow my interactions with the world to dissipate my thoughts, to make me inadvertent to your presence, or lukewarm in your service; but let me always walk as in your sight, and as one who knows this life to be the seed-time of an eternal harvest. Keep me, I ask you, undefiled, unblamable, and unreprovable unto the end; and grant that I may so diligently perform your will, in that station wherein you hast been pleased to place me, that I may make my calling and election sure, through Jesus Christ, our blessed Lord and Savior.

Hear also, O Lord, my prayers for the whole race of mankind, and guide their feet into the way of peace. Reform the corruptions of your catholic Church, heal her divisions, and restore to her her ancient discipline; give grace to the ministers, as good shepherds, to feed the flocks committed to their charge. Bless the president and his family, and all that are in authority under him. Let them exceed others as much in goodness as greatness, and be signal instruments of your glory. Grant that in the Universities, and in all other places set apart for your service, whatsoever is praiseworthy may forever flourish. Keep, O Lord, all the people of this land in constant communion with your holy catholic Church, in humble obedience to the authorities, and in Christian charity one towards another.

In a particular manner, I ask you to be gracious to my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all my friends and relations. Pardon all their sins, and heal all their infirmities. Give them that share of the blessings of this life, which you know to be best for them; and your grace so to use them here, that they may enjoy your eternally.

With a propitious eye, O gracious Comforter, behold all that are in affliction; let the sighings of the prisoners, the groans of the sick, the prayers of the oppressed, the desire of the poor and needy, come before thee. Give unto my enemies grace and pardon, charity to me and love to you; remove the cloud from their eyes, the stone from their hearts, that they may know and feel what it is to love their neighbor as themselves. And may it please you to enable me to love all of my enemies, to bless them that now curse me and to do good to them that hate me, and to pray for those who despitefully use me and persecute me. Be pleased, O Lord, of your goodness, shortly to accomplish the number of your elect, and to hasten your kingdom; that we, with all the whole Church, may have our perfect consummation of bliss, through Jesus Christ our Lord; by whom, and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honor and glory be unto you, O Father Almighty, now and for ever.