Wesley’s written prayer for families for Wednesday Evening. John wrote morning and evening prayers for families, I am offering paraphrases to my Family Ministry class
Lord, how great is Your workmanship, with wisdom You made everything. Day and Night are Yours as You prepared the light and sun. We give You thanks for all the benefits you give to the whole world; and especially to us who received knowledge of the grace of Jesus Christ. You have loved us with a marvelous love. Not everyone knows either the depths of that love, nor knows all the great and precious promises that You provide.
Loving Father, we ask you accept our good commitments, ones that You inspired through the Holy Spirit. Strengthen our resolve, we ask, by your grace. Let no sudden desires, powerful inclinations, poor purposes and half-way actions lead us into a false opinion of ourselves. Instead, may we really, consistently, demonstrate the fruits of righteous living, given by Jesus.
God, do not deny the desires of people who offer themselves to Your service. Help us maintain a serious spirit in light of our calling. May we be self-aware of our weakness, so we will be observant and diligent in our responsibilities. Remind us of times we were neglectful in our duties if only to encourage us to be more diligent in efforts. Let Your good commands help us be more fruitful and generous in our work for Jesus. Turn our reverent love into the real work of spiritual and holy action. Shape all our activities with enthusiasm, but an enthusiasm shaped by wisdom not crafty intentions, all joined together by a complete integrity of the heart. Decorate our holy faith when, through a upright, loving, and discrete message, we receive praise from Jesus when He returns and we find ourselves numbered with your saints in everlasting glory.
Help us keep our hearts set on things above. Let us be content with doing good, patient in suffering, hopeful and always joyful knowing You always love us. Free us from the cares of this world, from distrusting your providence, from complaining at problems we encounter. Enable us to give thanks, to believe you order the world wisely and to know You always work for the good.
Into your care we give every aspect of our life, which you mercifully sustained this day. We trust ourselves to Your watchfulness and providential care; You who “tells the angels to watch over us” (Ps 91:12) and You who knows “when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar” (Ps 139:2). God, continue those holy thoughts and desires in us till we fall asleep; so, if we still live, we receive the light of the morning with new joy and thankful love for You.
We ask also for the good of the whole world. Forgive the follies of humanity, deliver them from their troubles and forgive all their sins. Listen to the groans of all people in the whole creation, in bondage to sin, and deliver them to your wonderful freedom as sons and daughters of God. Hear the daily prayers of the universal church. Free her from awful and divisive mistakes. Let Jesus’ truth prevail and peace rest within the church’s borders. Please God, help all Christian leaders seek peace and attain it. Make Your ministers the messengers of peace and incline Christians to maintain “the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3).
May your light shine in the minds and hearts of people from other religions and those unbelievers. Bring back people who wander from their faith and raise up those fallen in sin. Strengthen those that stand in their faith and give them a steady purpose in faith, love and obedience. Relieve and comfort everyone in distress. Let the earth bring forth fruit in the right seasons and bless all honest and industrious people in their work.
Remember the people who have done good to us and reward them in their spirit. Give forgiveness and love to all our enemies and continued good will among all our neighbors. Support the sick with faith and patience, and assist those who are leaving this world. Receive those people You have redeemed by Your Son’s precious blood, and those you sanctified by the Holy Spirit. Lord, give us all a glorious resurrection and eternal life as we pray.
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