George Washington's Prayer Journal
-- Tuesday Morning Prayer:
O Lord our God, most mighty
and merciful father, I thine unworthy creature and servant, do once more approach
thy presence. Though not worthy to appear before thee, because of my natural corruptions,
and the many sins and transgressions which I have committed against thy divine
majesty; yet I beseech thee, for the sake of him in whom thou art well pleased,
the Lord Jesus Christ, to admit me to render thee deserved thanks and praises
for thy manifold mercies extended toward me, for the quiet rest & repose of the
past night, for food, rainment, health, peace, liberty, and the hopes of a better
life through the merits of thy dear son's bitter passion. And O kind father continue
thy mercy and favor to me this day, and ever hereafter; purpose all my lawful
undertakings; let me have all my directions from thy holy spirit; and success
from thy bountiful hand. Let the bright beams of thy light so shine into my heart,
and enlighten my mind in understanding thy blessed word, that I may be enabled
to perform thy will in all things, and effectually resist all temptations of the
world, the flesh and the devil. Preserve and defend our rulers in church & state.
Bless the people of this land, be a father to the fatherless, a comforter to the
comfortless, a deliverer to the captives, and a physician to the sick. Let thy
blessings guide this day and forever through Jesus Christ in whose blessed form
of prayer I conclude my weak petitions -- Our Father.
From William J. Johnson,
Washington, The Christian (New York: The Abingdon Press, 1919).
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