George Washington's Prayer Journal
-- Sunday Morning Prayer:
Almighty God, and most merciful
father, who didst command the children of Israel to offer a daily sacrifice to
thee, that thereby they might glorify and praise thee for thy protection both
night and day, receive, O Lord, my morning sacrifice which I now offer up to thee;
I yield thee humble and hearty thanks that thou has preserved me from the danger
of the night past, and brought me to the light of the day, and the comforts thereof,
a day which is consecrated ot thine own service and for thine own honor. Let my
heart, therefore, Gracious God, be so affected with the glory and majesty of it,
that I may not do mine own works, but wait on thee, and discharge those weighty
duties thou requirest of me, and since thou art a God of pure eyes, and wilt be
sanctified in all who draw near unto thee, who doest not regard the sacrifice
of fools, nor hear sinners who tread in thy courts, pardon, I beseech thee, my
sins, remove them from thy presence, as far as the east is from the west, and
accept of me for the merits of thy son Jesus Christ, that when I come into thy
temple, and compass thine altar, my prayers may come before thee as incense; and
as thou wouldst hear me calling upon thee in my prayers, so give me grace to hear
thee calling on me in thy word, that it may be wisdom, righteousness, reconciliation
and peace to the saving of the soul in the day of the Lord Jesus. Grant that I
may hear it with reverence, receive it with meekness, mingle it with faith, and
that it may accomplish in me, Gracious God, the good work for which thou has sent
it. Bless my family, kindred, friends and country, be our God & guide this day
and for ever for his sake, who ay down in the Grave and arose again for us, Jesus
Christ our Lord, Amen.
From William J. Johnson, George
Washington, The Christian (New York: The Abingdon Press, 1919).
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