Morning & Evening

A   M O R N I N G   P R A Y E R ,by Jacob Boehme *

Commending ourselves to God when we rise, before we suffer any other Thing to enter into us.

BLESS me, O God, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, thou only True God.   I thank thee through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, for the Preservation of me, and for all other Benefits.  I now commend myself, both Soul and Body, and all that thou hast set me to do in my Employment and Calling, into thy Protection.  Be thou the Beginning of my Conceptions, my Undertakings, and all my Doings.  Work thou so in me, that I may begin all Things to the Glory of thy Name, and accomplish them in thy Love for the Good and Service of my Neighbour.  Send thy holy Angel along with me, to turn the Temptations of the Devil and corrupt Nature away from me.  Preserve me from the Malice of evil Men; make all my Enemies reconcilable to me, and bring my Mind into thy Vineyard, that I may labour in my Office and Employment, and behave as thy obedient Servant therein.   Bless me, and all that I am to go about and do this Day, with the Blessing of thy Love and Mercy.  Continue thy Grace and Love in Jesus Christ upon me, and give me a Mind cheerfully to follow thy Leading and execute thine Appointment.  Let thy holy Spirit guide me in my Beginning, and my Progress, on to my last End, and be the willing, working, and accomplishing of all in me.  Amen.

A N   E V E N I N G   P R A Y E R ,  by Jacob Boehme *

When we have finished our daily Employment, and are going to Rest.

I  LIFT my Heart to thee, O God, thou Fountain of Eternal Life, and give thee Thanks through Jesus Christ, thy beloved Son, our Lord and Saviour, for having protected and preserved me this Day . . . .  I commend to thy Disposal my Condition and Employment, together with the Work of my Hands, and humbly repose them on thee.  So fill my Soul with thy Spirit, that neither the grand Enemy, the Devil, nor any other evil Influence or Desire, may find Harbour therein.  Let my Mind only delight in thee in thy Temple, and let thy good Angel stay with me, that I may rest safely in thy Power, and under thy Protection.  Amen.

[ * From The Way to Christ ]