Sunday Morning Prayer

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

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, I, your unworthy servant desire to present myself, with all humility, before you, to offer my morning sacrifice of love and thanksgiving!

Glory to you, O most adorable Father, who after finishing your work of creation, entered into your eternal rest.

Glory be you, O Holy Jesus, who having through the eternal Spirit offered yourself a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world, rose again the third day from the dead, and had all power given to you both in heaven and on earth.

Glory be to you, O blessed Spirit, who,¬†proceeding from the Father and the Son, came down in fiery tongues on the apostles, on the first day of the week, and enabled them to preach the glad tidings of salvation to a sinful world, and have ever since been moving on the faces of men’s souls, as you did once on the face of the great deep, bringing them out of that dark chaos in which they were involved.

Glory be to you, O holy undivided trinity, for jointly concurring in the great work of our redemption, and restoring us again to the glorious liberty of the sons of God. Glory be to you, who in compassion to human weakness, not capable of an uninterrupted contemplation of you, have appointed a solemn day for the remembrance of your inestimable benefits. O let me ever esteem it my privilege and happiness to have a day set apart for the concerns of my soul, a day free from distractions, disengaged from the world, wherein I have nothing to do but to praise and to love you. O let it ever be to me a day sacred to divine love, a day of heavenly rest and refreshment.

Let your Holy Spirit, who on the first day of the week descended in miraculous gifts on your apostles, descend on me your unworthy servant, that I may be always in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day. Let his blessed inspiration prevent and assist me in all the duties of this your sacred day, that my wandering thoughts may all be fixed on you, my tumultuous¬†affections composed, and my flat and cold desires quickened into fervent longings and thirstings after you. O let me join in the prayers and praises of your Church with ardent and heavenly affections, hear your Word with earnest attention and a fixed resolution to obey it. And when I approach your altar, pour into my heart humility, faith, hope, love, and all those holy dispositions which become the solemn remembrance of a crucified Savior. Let me employ this whole day to the ends for which it was ordained, in works of necessity and mercy, in prayer, praise, and meditation; and let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be always acceptable in your sight.

I know, O Lord, that you have commanded me, and therefore it is my duty, to love you with all my heart and with all my strength. I know you are infinitely holy and overflowing in all perfection, and therefore it is my duty so to love you.

I know you have created me, and that I have neither being nor blessing but what is the effect of your power and goodness.

I know you are the end for which I was created, and that I can expect no happiness but in you.

I know that in love to me, being lost in sin, you sent your only Son, and that he, being the Lord of Glory, humbled himself to the death upon the cross, that I might be raised to glory.

I know you have provided me with all necessary helps for carrying me through this life to that of eternal glory, and this out of the excess of your pure mercy to me, unworthy of all mercies.

I know you have promised to be yourself my exceeding great reward, and it is you alone who work in me, both to will and do, of your good pleasure.

Upon these and many other titles, I confess it is my duty to love you my God with all my heart; give your strength to your servant, that your love may fill my heart, and be the motive of all the use I make of my understanding, my affections, my senses, my health, my time, and whatever other talents I have received from you. Let this, O God, rule my heart, without rival: let it dispose all my thoughts, words, works; and thus only can I fulfill my duty and your command, of loving you with all my heart, and mind, and soul, and strength.

O Thou infinite goodness, confirm your past mercies to me, by enabling me for what remains of my life, to be more faithful than I have hitherto been, to this your great command. For the time I have yet to sojourn on earth, O let me satisfy this great duty. Permit me not to be in any delusion here: let me not rest in external devotion: let me not turst in words or sighs or tears, but love you even as you have commanded. Let me feel, and then I shall know what it is, to love you with all my heart.

O merciful God, whatever you deny me, deny me not this love. Save me from the idolatry of loving the world, or any of the things of the world. Let me never love any creature, but for your sake, and in subordination to your love. Take full possession of my heart, raise there your throne, and command there, as you do in heaven. Being created by you, let me live to you; being created for you, let me ever act for your glory; being redeemed by you, let me render unto you what is yours, and let my spirit ever cleave to you alone!

Let the prayers and sacrifices of your holy Church offered unto you this day be graciously accepted; clothe your priests with righteousness, and pardon all your people who are not prepared according to the preparation of the sanctuary. Prosper all those who are sincerely engaged in propagating or promoting your faith and love: give your Son the heathen for his inheritance, and the utmost parts of the earth for his possession: that from the rising up of the sun to the going down of the same, your name may be great among the Gentiles.

Enable us of this nation, and especially those who you have set over us in church and state, in our several stations, to serve you in all holiness, and to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge. Continue to extend the means of grace, and grant that we may never provoke you to deprive us of them because of our non-improvement. Pour down your blessings upon our universities, that they may ever promote true religion and sound learning.

Show mercy, O Lord, to my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, to all my friends, relations, and enemies, and to all that are in affliction. Let your fatherly hand be ever over them, and your Holy Spirit ever with them; that submiting themselves entirely to your will, and directing all their thoughts, words, and works to your glory, they with those that are already dead in the Lord, may at length enjoy you, in the glories of your kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Ghost, one God, blessed forever.