Monday, April 17

A prayer for today: 13a

O hidden Source of life, I pause meditate upon the great and gracious plan by which you have given me approval to look up to you and call you Father.

In the beginning you, the Uncreated,
Making all things out of nothing:
Space and time and material substance:
All things that creep and fly, the beasts of the forest, the birds of the air, the fish of the sea:
And at last human beings, in your own image, to have fellowship with you:
Then when, in the sin and disobedience of the human heart, that image had been defaced:
A gracious design for its restoration through the gift of your Son:
New life in Him, and a new access to your holy presence.

O hidden love of God, whose will it is that all created spirits should live forever in pure and perfect fellowship with you, grant that in my life today I may do nothing to defeat this your most gracious purpose. Let me keep in mind how your whole creation groans and labors, waiting for the perfect consummation of your plan; and let me welcome every influence of your Spirit upon my own that may speed the approach of that end. When you knock at my heart’s door, let me not keep you standing outside but welcome you with joy and thanksgiving. Let me harbor nothing in my heart that might embarrass your presence; let me keep no corner of it closed to your influence. Do what you will with me, O God; make of me what you will, and change me as you will, and use me as you will, both now and in the larger life beyond; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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