Monday, April 17

A prayer for today: 17a

Almighty God, who is ever present in the world around me, in my spirit within me, and in the unseen world above me, let me carry with me through this day’s life a most real send of your power and your glory.

O God around me, forbid that I should look upon the work of your hands without thinking of  you the Maker. Let the heavens declare your glory and the hills your majesty. Let every lovely thing I see speak to me of a loveliness that does not fade. Let the beauty of earth be to me a reflection of the beauty of holiness made manifest in Jesus Christ my Lord.

O God within me, give me grace today to recognize the stirrings of your Spirit within my soul and to listen most attentively to all that you have to say to me. Do not allow the noises of the world so confuse me that I cannot hear you speak. Do not tolerate my self-deception as to the meaning of your commands. In all things let me obey your will, through the grace of Jesus Christ my Lord.

O God above me, God whose light shines more brightly than humans can bear; teach me, I pray, that even my highest thoughts of you are but dim and distant shadows of your transcendent glory. Teach me that if you are in nature, you are still greater than nature. Teach me that if you are in my heart, you are still greater than my heart. Let my soul rejoice in your mysterious greatness. Let me take refuge in the thought that you are utterly beyond me, beyond the sweep of my imagination, beyond the comprehension of my mind, your wisdom unsearchable and your knowledge past finding out.

O Lord, uphold the holiness of your name. Amen.

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