Hello, Literary Life readers! This October, I invite you to join the conversation as we discuss my book, Praying with Jane: 31 Days Through the Prayers of Jane Austen, a devotional book based on the three prayers Jane Austen wrote during her lifetime for the purpose of corporate family prayer. As we explore the faith and religious life of one of the world’s most famous female authors, we’ll also discuss the impact her faith had on her writing.
Praying with Jane includes reflections on Austen’s prayers, key Scripture verses, personal application, and examples from Austen’s life, letters, novels, and family memoirs. I hope you’ll join us as we explore new facets of our own faith and prayer lives in light of what we can learn from Austen’s intriguing life of faith!
For the remaining days of October, we are focused on this prayer:
Father of Heaven! whose goodness has brought us in safety to the close of this day, dispose our Hearts in fervent prayer. Another day is now gone, & added to those, for which we were before accountable. Teach us Almighty Father, to consider this solemn Truth, as we should do, that we may feel the importance of every day, & every hour as it passes, & earnestly strive to make a better use of what Thy Goodness may yet bestow on us, than we have done of the Time past.
Give us Grace to endeavour after a truly Christian Spirit to seek to attain that temper of Forbearance & Patience, of which our Blessed Saviour has set us the highest Example, and which, while it prepares us for the spiritual Happiness of the life to come, will secure to us the best enjoyment of what this world can give. Incline us Oh God! to think humbly of ourselves, to be severe only in the examination of our own conduct, to consider our fellow-creatures with kindness, & to judge of all they say & do with that Charity which we would desire from Men ourselves.
We thank thee with all our hearts for every gracious dispensation, for all the Blessings that have attended our Lives, for every hour of safety, health & peace, of domestic comfort & innocent enjoyment. We feel that we have been blessed far beyond any thing that we have deserved; and though we cannot but pray for a continuance of all these Mercies, we acknowledge our unworthiness of them and implore Thee to pardon the presumption of our desires.
Keep us Oh! Heavenly Father from Evil this night. Bring us in safety to the beginning of another day & grant that we may rise again with every serious & religious feeling which now directs us.
May thy mercy be extended over all Mankind, bringing the Ignorant to the knowledge of thy Truth, awakening the Impenitent, touching the Hardened. Look with compassion upon the afflicted of every condition, assuage the pangs of disease, comfort the broken in spirit.
More particularly do we pray for the safety and welfare of our own family & friends wheresoever dispersed, beseeching Thee to avert from them all material & lasting Evil of Body or Mind; & may we by the assistance of thy Holy Spirit so conduct ourselves on Earth as to secure an Eternity of Happiness with each other in thy Heavenly Kingdom. Grant this most merciful Father, for the sake of our Blessed Saviour in whose Holy Name & Words we further address Thee.
Our Father . . .
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