George Washington's Prayer Journal
-- Tuesday Evening Prayer:
Most gracious God and heavenly
father, we cannot cease, but must cry unto thee for mercy, because my sins cry
against me for justice. How shall I address myself unto thee, I must with the
publican stand and admire at thy great goodness, tender mercy, and long suffering
towards me, in that thou hast kept me the past day from being consumed and brought
to nought. O Lord, what is man, or the son of man, that thou regardest him; the
more days pass over my head, the more sins and iniquities I heap up against thee.
If I should cast up the account of my good deeds done this day, how few and small
would they be; but if I should reckon my miscarriages, surely they would be many
and great. O, blessed father, let thy son's blood wash me from all impurities,
and cleanse me from the stains of sin that are upon me. Give me grace to lay hold
upon his merits; that they may be my reconciliation and atonement unto thee, --
That I may know my sins are forgiven by his death & passion. Embrace me in the
arms of thy mercy; vouchsafe to receive me unto the bosom of thy love, shadow
me with thy wings, that I may safely rest under thy suspicion this night; and
so into thy hands I commend myself, both soul and body, in the name of thy son,
Jesus Christ, beseeching Thee, when this life shall end, I may take my everlasating
rest with thee in thy heavenly kingdom. Bless all in authority over us, be merciful
to all those afflicted with thy cross or calamity, bless all my friends, forgive
my enemies and accept my thanksgiving this evening for all the mercies and favors
afforded me; hear and graciously answer these my requests, and whatever else thou
see'st needful grant us, for the sake of Jesus Christ in whose blessed name and
words I continue to pray, Our Father.
From William J. Johnson, George
Washington, The Christian (New York: The Abingdon Press, 1919).
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