Sunday, April 9

A prayer for today: 23a

Holy Father, from whom alone all good emanates, let the Christian graces of faith, hope, and love be every day more firmly established within me.

O God, I believe—
That you rule all things in wisdom and in righteousness.
That you have called me to be your loyal servant.
That you rightfully demand of me complete subservience to your will.
That in Jesus Christ you have shown me a way of salvation that has delivered me from my sins.
That if I truly repent, you are willing to pardon and save me.

O God, I hope—
For the continuation of your daily mercies.
For the lessening of sin’s hold upon my will.
For my growth in grace and in true holiness from day to day.
For a more perfect holiness, when earthly days are done.
For a day when I shall know even as also I am known.

O God, I love you—
Who yourself are love.
Who in love created me and in love sustains me.
Who so loved me as to send your Son to suffer and to die that I might live with you.
Who has commanded me to show my love to you by loving my neighbor for your sake.

Help my unbelief, O God, give me greater patience in my hope, and make me more constant in my love. In loving let me believe and in believing let me love; and in loving and in believing let me hope for a more perfect love and a more unwavering faith, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

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