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Supplementary prayer devotional for Manna Christian Fellowship, Spring 2013, revised from materials by Jeremy Chen and Joel Ristuccia.

Text of Daily Prayer Devotional

  • Dai ly Pray e r D evo t i o nal

    Manna Christian Fellowship

    Princeton, 2013

  • Contents

    Prayer ServicesEvening Prayer 1

    Litany 14

    Examen 21

    Compline 26

    AppendicesCultivating a Praying Community 32

    A C T S : Elements of Prayer 38

    Lectio Divina 40

    Extemporary Prayer 42

    Pray without ceasing. 1 Thess. 5. 17.

    Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of

    the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying

    at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and

    supplication. To that end keep alert with all

    perseverance, making supplication for all the

    saints. Eph. 6. 1718.









  • 1T

    Da i ly Ev e n i n P r ay e r

    The Leader shall begin the , by reading one or more

    of the following Sentences of Scripture.

    W the wicked man turns away from the wickedness that he has committed, and does what is lawful and right, he preserves his soul alive. Ezek. 18. 27. I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever be-fore me. Psalm 51. 3. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniqui-ties. Psalm 51. . The sacrices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Psalm 51. 17. Rend your heart and not your garments, and turn unto the L your God; for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness, and relents from calamity. Joel 2. 13. To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him and not obeyed the voice of the L our God to walk in his laws, which he set before us. Dan. . 10.

  • 2 O L, correct me, but with judgment; not in your an-ger, lest you bring me to nothing. Jer. 10. 2, Psalm 6. 1. Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand. St Matt. 3. 2. I will arise, and go to my father, and will say to him, Fa-ther, I have sinned against heaven, and before you, and am no longer worthy to be called your son. St Luke 15. 181. Do not enter into judgment with your servant, O L; for in your sight no one living will be justied. Psalm 13. 2. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us; but if we confess our sins, God is faith-ful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1. 8.

    Then the Leader shall say,

    D beloved brethren, the Scripture moves us, in vari-ous places, to acknowledge and confess our numerous sins and wickedness; and tells us not to disguise or hide them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father, but to confess them with a humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; in order that we may obtain forgiveness of the same, by his innite goodness and mercy. And although we ought, at all times, humbly to acknowledge our sins before God; yet we ought rst and foremost to do so when we assemble and meet together to render thanks for the great benets that

  • 3we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his most holy Word, and to ask those things which are required and necessary, as well for the body as for the soul. Therefore I urge and beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany me with a pure heart, and humble voice, to the throne of the heavenly grace, saying:

    A G Cfss.To be said by the whole congregation, with the Leader, all kneeling.

    A and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from your ways like lost sheep, We have followed too much the designs and desires of our own hearts, We have oended against your holy laws, We have left undone those things which we ought to have done, And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But you, O Lord, have mercy upon us wretched oenders; Pardon those, O God, who confess their faults; Restore those who are penitent; According to your promises declared to mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and thoughtful life, To the glory of your holy Name. Amen.

    Here all shall pause in silence for reflection and private confession of

    their sins.

  • 4Then the Leader shall say,

    Grant to your faithful people, we beseech you, merciful Lord, your pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve you with an untroubled mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    The People shall answer here, and at the end of every prayer, Amen.

    Then the Leader shall say the Lords Prayer; the People still kneeling and

    repeating it with him, both here, and wherever else it is used in divine


    O Father in heaven, Hallowed be your Name. Your king-dom come. Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, As we forgive those who sin against us. And do not lead us into temptation; But deliver us from evil: For yours are the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

    Then likewise he shall say,

    O L, open our lips.Answer. And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.Leader. O God, make speed to save us.Answer. O Lord, make haste to help us.

  • 5Here, all standing up, the Leader shall say,

    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

    Answer. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, to the ages without end. Amen.

    Minister. Praise the Lord.Answer. The Lords Name be praised.

    Then shall be said or sung the Psalm following.

    V, Exs D .Psalm 5.

    O , let us sing unto the L let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving and show ourselves glad in him with psalms. For the L is a great God and a great King above all gods. In his hand are all the corners of the earth and the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, for he made it and his hands prepared the dry land. O come, let us worship and fall down and kneel before the L our Maker.

  • 6 For he is the L our God and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the Provocation, and as in the day of Temptation in the wilderness; When your fathers tempted me proved me, and saw my works. Forty years long was I grieved with that generation, and said It is a people that err in their hearts, for they have not known my ways. To them I swore in my wrath that they should not enter my rest. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be to the ages without end. Amen.

    Then shall follow a Portion of the Psalms, as they are appointed, or one

    of the Selections of the Psalms set forth by this Church. And at the end of

    every Psalm shall be said or sung the Gloria Patri, Glory be to the Father


    Then shall be read distinctly, with an audible voice, the First Lesson, taken

    out of the Old Testament, the reader standing and turning himself in such

    a way as he may best be heard by all who are present.

  • 7Note: before every Lesson, the Leader shall say, Here begins such a Chap-

    ter, or verse of such a Chapter, of such a Book: and after every Lesson,

    Here ends the rst, or the second Lesson.

    And after that Magnicat (or the Song of the Blessed Virgin Mary), as

    follows, or else Psalm 8 or a hymn.

    Mf.St Luke 1. 6.

    M soul magnies the Lord and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For he has looked upon the lowliness of his handmaiden. For behold, from now on all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty has magnied me and holy is his Name. And his mercy is on thosewho fear him throughout all generations. He has showed strength with his arm he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He has brought down the mighty from their seat and has exalted the humble and meek. He has lled the hungry with good things and the rich he has sent empty away.

  • 8 He remembering his mercy has helped his servant Israel as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be to the ages without end. Amen.

    Then shall be read, in like manner, the second Lesson, taken out of the

    New Testament; after which Nunc dimittis (or the Song of Simeon), as

    follows, or else Psalm 67 or a hymn.

    N D s .St Luke 2. 2.

    L, now you let your servant depart in peace accord-ing to your word. For my eyes have seen your salvation; Which you have prepared before the face of every peo-ple; To be a light to enlighten the Gentiles and to be the glory of your people Israel. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be to the ages without end. Amen.

  • 9Then shall the Leader and the People, standing, say the Apostles Creed.

    I in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:

    And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary; Suered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucied, died, and was buried; He descended into Hades; The third day he rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead.

    I believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy Catholic Church; The Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body; And the Life everlasting. Amen.

    And after that, these Prayers following, all devoutly kneeling: the Leader

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