Monday, April 17

A prayer for today: 12a

O Eternal God, though I cannot see you with my eyes nor touch you with my hands, give me a clear confidence of your reality and power. Do not let me lose myself in the day believing only in the world of sense and time, but give me grace to understand that the world I cannot see or touch is the most real world of all. My life today will be lived in time, but eternal issues must be my concern. The needs of my body will demand my attention, but it is for the needs of my soul that I must care most. My occupation will be with material things, but behind them let me be aware of spiritual things. Let me always be mindful that the things that matter are not money or possessions, not houses or lands, not bodily comfort or bodily pleasure; but truth and honor and gentleness and helpfulness and a pure love of you.

For the power you have given me to believe in things unseen:
For the strong sense I have that this is not my home:
For my restless heart which nothing finite can satisfy:
I give you thanks, O God.
For the infiltration of my soul by your Holy Spirit:
For all human love and goodness that speak to me of you:
For the fullness of your glory outpoured in Jesus Christ:
I give you thanks, O God.

I, a pilgrim of eternity, stand before you, O eternal One. Do not allow me to try to deaden or destroy the desire for you that disturbs my heart. Instead, let me yield myself to its guidance and go where it leads me. Make me wise to see all things through the eyes of eternity, and make me brave to face all the changes in my life which such a vision may entail. I ask these things in the name of your Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

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