Morning and Evening Prayer
I’ve recently been reading through the 1559 Edition of the Book of Common Prayer. The Prayer Book has prayers for a variety of situations, even prayers for simple day-to-day matters such as waking up and going to sleep. Although I’m not an advocate of using formalized prayers exclusively in one’s prayer life, standardized prayers can be helpful in cultivating deeper, better informed, and powerfully expressed prayers. I’ve given two illustrations below from the Book’s morning and evening prayers.
O LORD, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, which hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day: Defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings may be ordered by thy governance, to do always that is righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed: Give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; that both our hearts my be set to obey thy commandments, and also that by thee, we being defended from the fear of our enemies, may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.