Sunday, April 9

A prayer for today: 23p

O everlasting God, let the light of your eternity fall upon my passing days. O holy God, let the light of your perfect righteousness fall upon my sinful ways. O most merciful God, let the light of you love pierce the most secret corners of my heart and overcome the darkness of sin within me.

Am I living as my conscience approves?
Am I demanding of others a higher standard of conduct than I demand of myself?
Am I taking a less charitable view of the failings of my neighbors than I am of my own?
Am I standing in public for principles which I do not practice in private?
     Let my answer before you be truthful, O God.
Do I ever allow bodily appetites to take precedence over spiritual interests?
To which do I give the benefit of the doubt, when my course is not clear?
Do I ever allow the thought of my own gain to take precedence over the interests of the community?
To which do I give the benefit of the doubt, when my course is not clear?
     Let my answer before Thee be truthful, O God.
Am I, in my daily life, facing the stress of circumstance with maturity and courage?
Am I grateful for my many blessings?
Am I allowing my happiness to be too much dependent on money? On business success?
Or on the good opinion of others?
Is the sympathy I show to others who are in trouble commensurate with the pity I would expend on myself, if the same things happened to me?
     Let my answer before Thee be truthful, O God.
Create a clean heart for me, God; put a new, faithful spirit deep inside me!1   Through Jesus Christ. Amen.

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

1Psalm 51:10, Common English Bible

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