Monday, April 17

A prayer for today: 15p

O God of mercy, who so cares for me as if you had none else to care for, yet cares for all even as you care for me, I commend to you my own needs but also the needs of all the world.

Remember me in your mercy, O God, and keep me by your grace. Forgive the scanty use I have made today of the talents you have entrusted to my keeping. Cover up the poverty of my service by the fullness of your own divine means. Yet grant also that, as day succeeds day, I may be so strengthened by your help that my service may grow more worthy and my sins less grievous. May Jesus Christ more and more reign in my heart and purify my deeds.

Remember also in your mercy all your children. Let the whole earth be filled with your praise and made glad by the knowledge of your name. Let a sense of your excellent greatness fall upon all people. Let the nations fear you. Let your glory rule over every court and marketplace. Let your law be honored in every home. Redeem the whole world's life, O God, and transform it completely through the power of the Holy Cross.

O Lord, you graciously condescend to use our poor human efforts towards the attainment of your blessed purpose. I pray for all who are devoting their lives to the evangelization of the world. I pray for all missionaries. I pray for all who are working in the cause of peace and understanding between the nations, and for all who are striving to break down the dividing walls and to make all one in Christ Jesus. Encourage them with the joy of your presence; and kindle in me the urgent desire to further and support their efforts as far as I am able; through Jesus Christ. Amen.

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