Wesley’s written prayer for families for Sunday Morning. John wrote morning and evening prayers for families, I am offering paraphrases to my Family Ministry class
Almighty and eternal God, we really want to praise Your holy name for graciously raising us up with a sound body and mind, to the see the light of this day.
We bless You on behalf of all of Your creatures for everyone looks to You and you sustain them at the proper time (Psalm 145: 14-16). Above all, we acknowledge Your immeasurable gifts given to humanity in Jesus Christ. We thank You for Jesus’s miraculous birth, his holy life, his agonizing death, his glorious resurrection celebrated this day, his ascension to heaven, his triumph over all the powers of darkness, and his sitting at Your right hand for evermore.
God, how great is Your love to sinful humanity, to give Your one and only Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life! (John 3:16). How great was his love that entrusted our souls to the One so powerful to save… You, who have chosen us as Your children and heirs, together with Jesus Christ. You set Jesus as a priest over your house and family, to intercede for us, to pour blessings on us, to send angels to minister to us as heirs of salvation! The riches of Your grace continues in Your sending the Holy Spirit to give us a boundless hope that we will one day rise from death, following our brief time here on earth, and rest with You in eternal glory.
Help us begin this day in devout prayer, in joy unspeakable, and in blessing and praising You who gives us good hope and everlasting comfort. Help us raise our minds above the little things that might distract our thoughts. Help us keep our thoughts above, till our hearts are fully shaped to seek You every day, just as Jesus did before us, even if it results in losing everything we possess.
We are ashamed, Lord, to think that we ever disobeyed You, who redeemed us by the precious blood of Your own Son. May we agree with Your will in everything in the future, and use all the power of our souls and bodies to be dedicated to Your service. We genuinely desire that all the thoughts and plans of our minds, all the affections and dispositions of our hearts, and all the actions of our life, prove pure, holy, and blameless in Your sight.
Search us Lord and test us, test our discipline and our desires. Look to see if there is any wickedness in us and lead us in the way everlasting (Psalm 139: 23-24). Let you grace be better than life itself, so in all thing we might prove our hearts before You, and feel a sense of Your acceptance; giving us a joy the world cannot give.
Make it a delight to praise You, to remember Your loving-kindness, and to offer our sacrifice of thanksgiving. Help us to be careful, lest our hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life (Luke 21:34). Help us to speak without coveting, to be content with what we have, to give our bodies to holiness and honor, to lover our neighbors as ourselves, to live peacefully as possible with everyone, to clothe ourselves in a meek and quiet spirit. Help us to take the example of those who took the Lord’s name and suffered affliction but displayed patience. So, when we suffer as Christians, we will not be ashamed, but glorify You, our God, at that time.
Please accept, our good Lord, all the praises of all Your people who meet together this day. May your ways be know on earth and your salvation among the nations (Ps 67:2). In particular, may all our national Christian leaders be filled with the Holy Spirit and faithful subjects to the Lord Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords. May our ministers be clothed with righteousness, and the saints of the church rejoice and and sing, so that all those in distress might trust in You, their savior and their God. Lord, please hear us and make Your face shine upon Your servants, so we may enter Your gates with thanksgiving and Your courts with praise, that we might be thankful and bless Your name. Amen, for Jesus Christ’s sake, in whose words we conclude our imperfect prayers, saying:
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