Monday, April 17

A prayer for today: 13p

O heavenly Father, give me a heart like the heart of Jesus Christ, a heart more ready to minister than to be ministered unto, a heart moved by compassion towards the weak and the oppressed, a heart set upon the coming of your kingdom in the world.

I would pray tonight, O God, for all those sorts and conditions of people to whom Jesus Christ gave special thought and care;
For those lacking food or drink or clothing:
For the sick and all who are wasted by disease:
For the blind:
For the handicapped:
For prisoners:
For those oppressed by any injustice:
For the lost sheep of our human society:
For those who have lost—or had taken from them— all sense of self:
For all lonely strangers within our gates:
For the worried and anxious:
For those who are living faithful lives in obscurity:
For those who are fighting bravely in unpopular causes:
For all who are working diligently in your vineyard.
Grant, Lord, that your benevolence in my own life may not make me insensitive to the needs of others less privileged, but rather incline me to lay their burdens upon my own heart. And if any adversity should befall me, then let me not brood upon my own sorrows, as if I alone in the world were suffering, but rather let me busy myself in the compassionate service of all who need my help. Thus let the power of my Lord Christ be strong within me and His peace invade my spirit. Amen.

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