Wesley’s written prayer for families for Tuesday Morning. John wrote morning and evening prayers for families, I am offering paraphrases to my Family Ministry class.
Good morning our great and mighty King, the owner of heaven and earth. All the angels bless and praise you, the Father of all spirits. You have created all things and wisely made everything while spreading love over all of your creation. We yearn to thankfully acknowledge your gifts to us… alongside all your creatures… and particularly recognize your grace and approval, demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ, our merciful redeemer. Give us a deep sense of the same love which moved Jesus to die for us so He might become the Author of eternal life for everyone who obeys Him.
Haven’t you said that you would give your Holy Spirit to anyone who asks? Loving Father, let it happen to us according to your proclamation. We hope you will also cherish those things that you already gave us that were acceptable to you. And since, at best, we are undeserving servants who can do nothing more than our duty, enable us to do everything you command with sincerity, good-will, and true love in your service.
May we always approach you with a sense of delight and feel joy in our hearts just to think of you, praise you, give thanks and unreservedly offer ourselves completely to you. Let the same love that pleases you, please us, causing us to be always just and righteous, ignoring all personal injustices. Help us to freely deny ourselves anything that is not for your glory, willingly submit to You for the kind of fatherly correction you give, and perform the duties that surface through our many relationships with a single heart. Remind us of our Lord’s great love, so we earnestly see Jesus glory and diligently promote Christ’s message in the world. Help us to commemorate Jesus’ death and passion, giving our lives as a joyful sacrifice (Romans 12:1), so we may earnestly hope that the Lord’s reign would extend over all the earth.
Loving Lord, answer our requests; and, as you have graciously protected us last night, now join us this day. Bless us so we may please you with our whole lives, and live with a sense of security in your protection, since you are always close to those who call upon you.
We pray everyone wakes up with a vibrant and thankful sense of your gifts to them. Provoke the minds of all Christians to follow “the truth that is in Jesus” and strive to have consciences that remain empty of any offence toward God or people. Bless this country and give the leadership real wisdom and passion so we might see good times under this government. We pray that a deep sense of true religion, justice, love, kindness, and other praiseworthy things, flourish among us all, so that we might enjoy the blessings of peace and plenty in this land, so there be no complaints where people live.
We pray to you for all our friends and neighbors, for all the poor, sick and afflicted. We pray for love and mercy for them as much as we would ask for ourselves if we were in the same condition. Dear God, whose providential love orders all things in heaven and earth, keep them and us, we humbly ask, from all things that might hurt others. Instead, give us those things that will benefit us according to your abundant love for our Lord Jesus, a love expressed in the very words we use to conclude our requests as we say:
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