George Washington's Prayer Journal
-- Sunday Evening Prayer:
O most Glorious God, in Jesus
Christ my merciful and loving father, I acknowledge and confess my guilt, in the
weak and imperfect performance of the duties of this day. I have called on thee
for pardon and forgiveness of sins, but so coldly and carelessly, that my prayers
are become my sin and stand in need of pardon. I have heard thy holy word, but
with such deadness of spirit that I have been an unprofitable and forgetful hearer,
so that, O Lord, tho' I have done thy work, yet it hath been so negligently that
I may rather expect a curse than a blessing from thee. But, O God, who art rich
in mercy and plenteous in redemption, mark not, I beseech thee, what I have done
amiss; remember that I am but dust, and remit my transgressions, negligences &
ignorances, and cover them all with the absolute obedience of thy dear Son, that
those sacrifices which I have offered may be accepted by thee, in and for the
sacrifice of Jesus Christ offered upon the cross for me; for his sake, ease me
of the burden of my sins, and give me grace that by the call of the Gospel I may
rise from the slumber of sin into the newness of life. Let me live according to
those holy rules which thou hast this day prescribed in thy holy word; make me
to know what is acceptable in thy holy word; make me to know what is acceptable
in thy sight, and therein to delight, open the eyes of my understanding, and help
me thoroughly to examine myself concerning my knowledge, faith and repentance,
increase my faith, and direct me to the true object Jesus Christ the way, the
truth and the life, bless O Lord, all the people of this land, from the highest
to the lowest, particularly those whom thou has appointed to rule over us in church
& state. continue thy goodness to me this night. These weak petitions I humbly
implore thee to hear accept and ans. for the sake of thy Dear Son Jesus Christ
our Lord, Amen.
From William J. Johnson, George
Washington, The Christian (New York: The Abingdon Press, 1919).
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