Monday, April 17

A prayer for Sunday Evening

Spirit of God, you are a gracious and willing guest in every heart that is humble enough to receive Thee. Be present now within my heart and guide my prayer.

For all the gracious opportunities and privileges of this day, I give you thanks, O Lord:
For the rest from my usual daily work I have today:
For your invitation to keep the day holy:
For the house of prayer and the ministry of public worship:
For the blessed sacrament in which, as often as we eat and drink it,
we remember our Lord's death and taste His living presence.
For all the earthly symbols by which heavenly real¬ities have become more firmly imprinted upon my soul:
For the books I have read and the music which has uplifted me:
For this day's friendly interaction:
For the Sabbath peace of Christian homes:
For the interior peace that has ruled within my heart.
Grant, O heavenly Father, that the spiritual refreshment I have enjoyed today may not be left behind and forgotten as I return to the cycle of common tasks tomorrow. Here is a fountain of inward strength. Here is a purifying wind that must blow through all my business and all my pleasures. Here is light to illuminate my way. Therefore, O God, enable me so to discipline my will so that in hours of stress I may honestly seek after those things for which I have prayed in hours of peace.

Before I lie down to sleep, I commit all my dear ones to your unsleeping care; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Paraphrase of A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie ©1949 Charles Scribner's Sons