Monday, April 17

A prayer for today: 10p

Almighty and eternal God, I thank you for your love that follows me all the days of my life. I thank you for informing my mind with your divine truth and strengthening my will with your divine grace. I thank you for every evidence of your Spirit's leading, and for all those little happenings which, though seeming at the time no more than chance, afterwards appear to me as part of your gracious plan for the education of my soul. O let me not refuse your leading or quench this light which you have kindled within me, but rather let me grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ my Lord and Master.

Still I cannot think only of myself or pray only for myself, as I seek your presence now. I lift up before you all my brothers and sisters who need your help. Especially tonight I think—
of those who are faced by great temptations:
of those who are faced by tasks too great for their powers:
of those who stand in any valley of decision:
of those who are in debt or poverty:
of those who are suffering the consequences of misdeeds long ago repented of:
of those who, by reason of early surroundings, have never had a fair chance in life:
of all family circles broken by death:
of all missionaries of the Kingdom of Heaven in faraway corners of the earth:
of those who lift high the lamp of truth in lonely places.
Dear Lord, use me as a conduit, as I am able, through which your divine love and compassion may reach the hearts and lives of others. Amen.

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