Wednesday Morning Prayer

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

O you who dwell in the light which no man can approach, in whose presence there is no night, in the light of whose countenance there is perpetual day: I, your sinful servant, who you have preserved this night, who live by your power this day, bless and glorify you, for the defense of your almighty providence, and humbly ask you that this and all my days may be wholly devoted to your service. Send your Holy Spirit to be the guide of all my ways, and the sanctifier of my soul and body. Save, defend, and build me up in your fear and love; give to me the light of your countenance, peace from heaven, and the salvation of my soul in the day of the Lord Jesus.

O you who are the way, the truth, and the life, you have said that no man can follow you unless he renounces himself. I know, O Savior, that you have laid nothing upon us but what the design of your love made necessary for us. You saw our desire, our idolatrous self-love, whereby we fell away from God, to be as gods ourselves, to please ourselves, and to do our own will. Lo, I come! May I ever renounce my own, and do your blessed will in all things!

I know, O God, you emptied yourself of your eternal glory and took upon you the form of a servant. Although you made all men to serve and please you, you did not please yourself, but were the servant of all. You, O Lord of the hosts of heaven and earth, yielded your cheeks to be smitten, your back to be scourged, and your hands and feet to be nailed to an accursed tree. Thus did you, our great Master, renounce yourself; and can we think much of renouncing our vile selves? My Lord and my God, let me not presume to be above my Master; let it be the one desire of my heart, to be as my Master, to do not my own will, but the will of him who sent me.

O you whose whole life did cry aloud, Father, not my will, but yours be done, give me grace to walk after your example, to tread in your steps. Give me grace to take up the cross daily, to inure myself to bear hardship. Let me exercise myself unto godliness betimes, before the rains descend and the floods beat upon me: let me now practice what is not pleasing to flesh and blood, what is not agreeable to my senses and appetites, and passions: that I may not hereafter renounce you, for fear of suffering for you, but may stand firm in the day of my visitation.

O you who did not please yourself, although for your pleasure all things are and were created, let some portion of your Spirit descend on me, that I may deny myself and follow you. Strengthen my soul that I may be temperate in all things; that I may never use any of your creatures, but in order to some end you command me to pursue, and in that measure and manner which most conduces it. Let me never gratify any desire which does not have you for its ultimate object. Let me always abstain from all pleasures which do not prepare me for taking pleasure in you, as knowing that all such war against the soul and tend to alienate it from you. O save me from ever indulging either the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, or the pride of life. Set a watch, O Lord, over my senses and appetites, my passions and understanding, that I may resolutely deny them every gratification, which has no tendency to your glory. O train me up in this good way, that when I am old I may not depart from it: that I may be at length of a truly mortified heart, crucified unto the world, and the world crucified unto me.

Hear also my prayers for all mankind, and guide their feet into the way of peace: for your holy catholic church, let her live by your Spirit, and reign in your glory. Remember that branch of it which you have planted in these kingdoms, especially the stewards of your holy mysteries: give them such zeal and diligence and wisdom, that they may save both themselves and those that hear them.

Preserve, O great King of heaven and earth, all those in government, especially our president and his family. Grant that his advisors and all that are in authority under him may truly and impartially administer justice. And to all your people give your heavenly grace, that they may faithfully serve you all the days of their life. Bless the universities (and especially this college) with prudence, unity, and holiness. Although the way of truth is slandered, may they walk in it even to the end; though may forget or blaspheme their high calling, may they ever remember that they are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people: and accordingly, show forth the praise of him who has called them out of darkness into his marvellous light.

With a propitious eye, O gracious Lord, behold all my enemies, and all that are in affliction; give them patience to endure their sufferings, and grant that they, all the members of your Church, may find rest, where the wicked cease from troubling, and mercy in the great day of trial. In particular, I commend to your mercy my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, my friends and relations. Lord, you best know all their wants; O suit your blessings to their several necessities.

Let these my prayers, O Lord, find access to the throne of grace, through the Son of your love, O Father, in the unity of the Spirit, be all love and obedience now and forever!