• “I entreat you, give no place to despondency. This is a dangerous temptation–a refined, not a gross temptation of the adversary. Melancholy contracts and withers the heart, and renders it unfit to receive the impressions of grace. It magnifies and gives a false colouring to objects, and thus renders your burdens too heavy to bear. God’s designs regarding you, and His methods of bringing about these designs, are infinitely wise.” – Madame Guyon

Prayers Ancient and Modern by Mary Wilder Tileston

Little, Brown, 1921
Preface
This collection of prayers for daily use has been gathered from many sources, ancient and modern. It has historical interest, and the literary quality has been carefully considered, but the primary object is to nourish the spiritual life. As the design is to provide a brief selection for every day, in many cases a portion only of a long prayer is given, or it is condensed by omission, but alterations have been made as sparingly as possible.
Fourteen centuries of prayer, aspiration, and praise unite here in one harmony of devotion. A large number of these prayers date from the fifth and sixth centuries, taken from the Leonine, Gelasian, and Gregorian Sacramentaries, from which the collects in the Book of Common Prayer are in great measure derived. The earnest and impassioned prayers of St. Augustine belong to the same period. Many of the prayers attributed to him, however, are of later origin and doubtful authorship, some of them, probably, being by St. Anselm and St. Bernard. There are some striking and fervent collects from the Mozarabic Sacramentary, which was in use in Spain before A. D. 700. In the Middle Ages, St. Anselm, Thomas a Kempis, and others contribute devout prayers, and the age of the Reformation in England and Germany is very rich in devotional treasures. In the succeeding centuries, Bishop Andrewes, Jeremy Taylor, Bishop Wilson, Dr. Johnson, and many others, continue the golden chain down to the present century. The names of Christina G. Rossetti, George Dawson, Rowland Williams, and E. B. Pusey are enough to show that the spirit of prayer still burns with a steady flame. I acknowledge, with gratitude, my indebtedness to “Ancient Collects,” by Rev. William Bright; Bunsen’s “Collection of Prayers”; “Annus Domini,” and “The Face of the Deep,” by Miss Rossetti; “Prayers,” by George Dawson; “Private Prayers,” by Rev. E. B. Pusey; “Psalms and Litanies,” by Rev. Rowland Williams; “Home Prayers,” by Rev. James Martineau; “Moments on the Mount,” and “Voices of the Spirit,” by Rev. George Matheson; “Prayers,” by Rev. Rufus Ellis, and others too numerous to mention. I am indebted to Rev. J. R. Miller for a prayer contributed by him to this book. I must also express my thanks to the publishers who have kindly given me permission to use copyrighted material; to Messrs. Armstrong & Son, for prayers from the works of Dr. Matheson, above mentioned; and to Mr. Charles Baxter for the prayers by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Mary Wilder Tileston

The Lord’s Prayer Our father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever—Amen.

INDEX OF SUBJECTS
Adversity or Danger—78, 84, 109, 118, 151, 230, 278, 284, 288, 341, 351, 358. Affliction and Suffering—30, 31, 79, 96, 98, 145, 146, 158, 167, 170, 223, 245, 250, 258, 263, 264, 269, 273, 308, 315, 316, 327, 331, 338, 345, 350, 352, 364.
Aspiration—4, 8, 40, 64, 65, 100, 103, ,108, 110, 116, 122, 125, 127, 134, 144, 147, 148, 154, 162, 168, 179, 181, 189, 197, 199, 220, 240, 261, 265, 266, 270, 281, 290, 296, 302, 308, 320, 328, 329, 346, 360.
Conformity to the Will of God—3, 15, 21, 23, 29, 34, 49, 66, 74, 84, 92, 101, 131, 135, 172, 184, 190, 200, 257, 288, 301, 305, 322, 329, 339, 342.
Courage, Cheerfulness, Strength—1, 10, 18, 33, 88, 95, 102, 133, 142, 145, 151, 176, 177, 179, 191, 205, 230, 237, 246, 247, 275, 280, 285, 311, 319, 323, 324, 349, 354.
Confession and Penitence—13, 23, 32, 57, 61, 63, 67, 69, 75, 77, 81, 83, 87, 106, 112, 113, 115, 117, 130, 133, 137, 140, 157, 160, 175, 188, 208, 224, 254, 268, 300, 304, 330.
Consecration and Holiness—19, 33, 40, 42, 60, 82, 86, 109, 122, 165, 201, 206, 226, 238, 242, 244, 266, 272, 275, 300, 310, 322, 330, 336, 337, 340, 347, 353, 361.
Communion of Saints—3, 25, 59, 100, 139, 150, 168, 186, 192, 306, 307, 359. Duty—1, 7, 22, 24, 31, 34, 39, 45, 46, 58, 86, 91, 93, 95, 99, 139, 142, 146, 173, 177, 185, 194, 213, 214, 249, 253, 274, 282, 283, 287, 289, 300, 303, 309, 314, 322, 328, 339.
Faith and Fervor—8, 16, 25, 35, 51, 62, 70, 105, 178.
Forgiveness and Kindness—26, 38, 55, 87, 119, 121, 125, 130, 136, 159, 162, 171, 193, 195, 204, 207, 212, 225, 227, 232, 251, 286, 362.
Guidance and Light—6, 15, 22, 28, 40, 44, 62, 80, 81, 129, 138, 149, 180, 183, 190, 194, 196, 213, 215, 237, 246, 248, 253, 312, 313, 344.
Love of Family, Friends, Mankind—5, 24, 48, 54, 58, 66, 67, 76, 97, 104, 107, 115, 119, 120, 121, 127, 169, 183, 193, 203, 216, 226, 232, 239, 249, 263, 269, 285, 286, 296, 297, 309, 315, 321, 335, 356, 337, 357.
Love of God—16, 17, 37, 52, 54, 66, 67, 73, 90, 95, 97, 104, 105, 108, 120, 141, 153, 176, 178, 182, 192, 195, 218, 222, 232, 234, 235, 267, 287, 297, 298, 305, 313, 315, 317, 332, 337, 363.
Obedience to God—5, 7, 16, 20, 26, 55, 60, 91, 97, 109, 123, 135, 140, 143, 178, 182, 202, 221, 233, 243, 248, 325, 329. Peace and Rest in God—8, 10, 14, 18, 21, 25, 43, 52, 54, 59, 72, 96, 104, 126, 136, 143, 171, 195, 203, 223, 240, 255, 260, 284, 314, 318, 362.
Purity and Truth—26, 47, 85, 99, 103, 111, 123, 147, 155, 164, 207, 234, 243, 262, 289, 330.
Submission and Resignation—36, 41, 58, 71, 89, 96, 102, 132, 164, 170, 210, 219, 236, 241, 252, 276, 292, 304, 334, 338, 363. Temptation and Trial—90, 133, 137, 166, 235, 265, 268.
Thanksgiving and Praise—9, 11, 12, 27, 48, 50, 56, 68, 94, 124, 141, 150, 152, 156, 163, 174, 211, 228, 231, 238, 256, 280, 281, 294, 295, 301, 323, 326, 366.
Trust in God—2, 28, 41, 46, 53, 92, 94, 114, 128, 161, 186, 187, 198, 202, 209, 218, 219, 228, 229, 236, 247, 252, 259, 270, 271, 277, 293, 299, 321, 333, 341, 343, 348, 355, 356, 358, 365.

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  • “I never felt such an entire emptiness of self-love, or any regard to any private, selfish interest of my own. It seemed to me, that I had entirely done with myself. I felt that the opinions of the world concerning me were nothing, and that I had no more to do with any outward interest of my own, than with that of a person whom I never saw. The glory of God seemed to be all, and in all, and to swallow up every wish and desire of my heart” – Sarah Edwards, wife of Jonathan Edwards

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