Sunday, April 9

A prayer for today: 24a

O God, ever blessed, who has given me the night for rest and the day for work and service, grant that last night’s refreshing sleep may be turned to your greater glory in the life of the day now before me. Let it breed no sluggishness within me, but rather send me to more diligent action and more willing obedience.

Teach me, O God, to use all the circumstances of my life today to develop the fruits of holiness rather than the fruits of sin.
Let me use disappointment as material for patience.
Let me use success as material for thankfulness.
Let me use suspense as material for perseverance.
Let me use danger as material for courage.
Let me use criticism as material for patience.
Let me use praise as material for humility
Let me use pleasures as material for self-control.
Let me use pains as material for endurance.
O Lord Jesus Christ, who for the joy that was laid out in front of you endured the Cross, ignoring the shame, and are now sitting at the right side of God’s throne, let me contemplate how you endured the contradiction of sinners against yourself, lest I lose patience and become spiritless.

But that toil shall make thee some day all Mine own, 
And the end of sorrow shall be near My throne.[1]

Holy God, I lift up before you all my friends and family, praying that in your great love you would protect them from sin, and guide them in harmony with your most perfect will. Amen.

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

[1]Text: Christian, Dost Thou See Them? Author: Andrew of Crete, 660-732 Translator: John M. Neale, 1818-1866 Tune: ST. ANDREW OF CRETE Composer: John B. Dykes, 1823-1876