Monday, April 17

A prayer for today: 11a

O Omnipresent One, beneath whose all-seeing eye our mortal lives are passed, help me to act with true kindness and integrity today. Let me be just and true in all my interactions. Let no unkind or crude thought have a moment’s place in my mind. Let my motives be transparent to all. Let my word be my bond. Let me take no inconsiderate advantage of anybody. Let me be generous in my judgment of others. Let me be disinterested in my opinions. Let me be loyal to my friends and magnanimous to my opponents. Let me face adversity with courage. Let me not ask or expect too much for myself.

Yet, O Lord God, do not let me content myself with such an ideal of maturity as anyone has known apart from Christ. Rather let such a mind be in me as was in Him. Do not let me rest until I achieve the reputation of His own fullness. Let me listen to Christ’s question: What more are you doing [than others]?[1]And so may the Christian grace of faith, hope, and love be more and more formed within me, until all my walk and conversation declares the gospel of Christ.

O thou whose love for all was proven in the passion and death of Jesus Christ our Lord, let the power of His Cross be with me today. Let me love as He loved. Let my obedience be unto death. In leaning upon His Cross, let me not refuse my own; yet let me bear it by His strength.

Because you have set the individual in families, I crave your heavenly blessing also for all the members of this household, all my neighbors, and all people. Let Christ rule in every heart and His law be honored in every home. Let every knee be bent before Him and every tongue confess that He is Lord. Amen.

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

[1] Matthew 5:47, Common English Bible