Monday, April 17

A prayer for today: 1p

O Lord who is from everlasting to everlasting, I would turn my thoughts to you as the hours of darkness and of sleep begin. O Sun of my soul, I rejoice to know that all night I shall be under the unsleeping eye of One who dwells in eternal light.

To your care, O Father, I commend my body and my soul. All day you have watched over me and your companionship has filled my heart with peace. Accompany me through every part of this night.

Give me sound and refreshing sleep.
Give me safety from all perils.
Give me freedom from restless dreams.
Give me control of my thoughts, if I should lie awake.
Give me wisdom to remember that the night was made for sleeping,
and not for the harboring of anxious or fretful or shameful thoughts.
Give me grace, if as I lie awake I think at all, to think about you.
I’m fully satisfied—as with a rich dinner. My mouth speaks praise with joy on my lips—whenever I ponder you on my bed, whenever I meditate on you in the middle of the night.[1]

To your care also, O Father, I would commend my loved ones, asking you to keep them safe in soul and body, and to be present in their hearts tonight as a Spirit of power and of joy and of restfulness. I pray also for the wider circle of all my associates, my co-workers, my community, and all the people of the world, who are dear to you; through Jesus Christ, our common Lord. Amen.

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

[1] Psalm 63:5-6, Common English Bible