Monday, April 17

A prayer for today: 22a

O Lord my God, I kneel before you in lowly adoration before I set out to face the tasks and interests of another day. I thank you for the blessed assurance that I will not be called upon to face them alone or in my own strength, but will constantly be accompanied by your presence and fortified by your grace. I thank you that through all our human life there run the footprints of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who for our benefit was made flesh and lived among us.
I thank you for the cloud of witnesses surrounding me today as I go about my work. For the heavenly host above, for the saints who rest from their labors, for patriarchs, prophets, and apostles, for the noble martyrs, for all holy and humble people, for my own dear departed friends, I bless and adore your great name. I rejoice, O God, that you have called me to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Let the consciousness of my membership in the Church universal follow me wherever I go, cheering me in loneliness, protecting me in company, strengthening me against temptation and encouraging me to act with justice and charity.

O Lord Jesus Christ, who invited your disciples to shine as lights in a dark world, in shame and sorrow I acknowledge the many faults and weaknesses of which we are guilty who in this generation represent your Church before the world; and especially do I acknowledge my own part in the same. Forgive me, I beseech you, the weakness of my witness, the smallness of my charity, and the slackness of my zeal. Make me a more worthy follower of you, who cared for the poor and the oppressed, and who could never see disease without seeking to heal it or any kind of human need without turning aside to help.

Let your power, O Christ, be in us all, to share the world’s suffering and rectify its wrongs. Amen.

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