George Washington's Prayer Journal
-- Monday Evening Prayer:
Most Gracious Lord God, from
whom proceedeth every good and perfect gift, I offer to thy divine majesty my
unfeigned praise & thanksgiving for all thy mercies towards me. Thou mad'st me
at first and hast ever since sustained the work of thy own hand; thou gav'st thy
Son to die for me; and hast given me assurance of salvation, upon my repentance
and sincerely endeavoring to conform my life to his holy precepts and example.
Thou art pleased to lengthen out to me the time of repentance and to move me to
it by thy spirit and by the word, by thy mercies, and by thy judgments; out of
a deepness of thy mercies, and by my own unworthiness, I do appear before thee
at this time; I have sinned and done very wickedly, be merciful to me, O God,
and pardon me for Jesus Christ sake; instruct me in the particulars of my duty,
and suffer me not to be tempted above what thou givest me strength to bear. Take
care, I pray thee of my affairs and more and more direct me in thy truth, defend
me from my enemies, especially my spiritual ones. Suffer me not to be drawn from
thee, by the blandishments of the world, carnal desires, the cunning of the devil,
or deceitfulness of sin. Work in me thy good will and pleasure, and discharge
my mind from all things that are displeasing to thee, of all ill will and discontent,
wrath and bitterness, pride & vain conceit of myself, and render me charitable,
pure, holy, patient and heavenly minded. be with me at the hour of death; dispose
me for it, and deliver me from the slavish fear of it, and make me willing and
fit to die whenever thou shalt call me hence. Bless our rulers in church and state.
Bless O Lord the whole race of mankind, and let the world be filled with the knowledge
of Thee and thy son Jesus Christ. Pity the sick, the poor, the weak, the needy,
the widows and fatherless, and all that morn or are borken in heart, and be merciful
to them according to their several necessities. Bless my friends and grant me
grace to forgive my enemies as heartily as I desire forgiveness of Thee my heavenly
Father. I beseech thee to defend me this night from all evil, and do more for
me than I can think or ask, for Jesus Christ sake, in whose most holy name & 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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