(J.R. Miller, “Family Prayers“)
Heavenly Father, the day is gone, and we cannot recall it . . .
to amend its doings,
to correct its mistakes,
to blot out its sins,
to undo the things we ought not to have done,
to do the things we ought to have done, but left undone,
to unsay the words we ought not to have said,
to speak the words we ought to have spoken.
The day is gone from us — and is with You. We leave it in Your hands. Whatever we have done that was not according to Your will — may You graciously forgive. The things that pleased You — may You bless.
Our disappointments, we accept as Your appointments for us — better than our own way would have been. Teach us the lessons You would have us learn from the day’s experiences. May we be wiser for having lived through these experiences. May . . .
our faith be stronger,
our love be deeper,
our earnestness be more intense,
and our zeal be more intense.
May we nestle in Your love, as little children nestle in the mother’s bosom. May we hide in You as in an everlasting rock, so that our peace may never be disturbed, even in the wildest storms of earth. Enfold us all now in Your everlasting arms, and may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be upon us. Amen.