The Anglican Book of Common Prayer is a wealth of Christian spirituality. Many of us may be unfamiliar with its treasures because we do not belong to the Anglican Communion.
Yet we may still learn from the great Anglican writers of the past as we seek to draw near to the Lord.
Some people seem to think that prayers written by others are of no use to us. They suggest we must form our own prayers and not be dependant on the words of others.
These dear, but misguided souls, never give a second thought to offering to the Lord hymns whose words are written by others. They are the losers for accepting hymns written by others but ignoring the written prayers of godly people of the past.
The following prayer was quoted to me by a dying man I helped as he finished his journey here, and whose faith soon gave way to sight in heaven.
O Lord, support us all the day long of this troublous life, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then, Lord, in thy mercy, grant us a safe lodging, a holy rest, and peace at the last; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen