Sunday, April 9

A prayer for today: 25p

Holy God, to whose service I long ago dedicated my soul and life, I am grievously sorry that I am still so prone to sin and so little inclined to obedience:
So much attached to the pleasures of sense, so negligent of things spiritual:

So prompt to gratify my body, so slow to nourish my soul:
So greedy for present delight, so indifferent to lasting blessedness:
So fond of idleness, so disinclined to work:
So soon at play, so late at prayer:
So brisk in the service of self, so slack in the service of others:
So eager to get, so reluctant to give:
So lofty in my profession, so low in my practice:
So full of good intentions, so reluctant to fulfill them:
So severe with my neighbors, so indulgent with myself:
So eager to find fault, so resentful at being found fault with:
So little able for great tasks, so discontented with small ones;
So weak in adversity, so swollen and self-satisfied in prosperity:
So helpless apart from you, and yet so reluctant to fix my sight on you.
O merciful heart of God, grant me your forgiveness yet again. Hear my sorrowful tale and in your great mercy blot it out from the book of your remembrance. Give me faith that seeks your holiness and rejoices in the righteousness of Christ my Savior. Resting on His merits rather than on my own, I pray that you will make me more and more conformed to His likeness, my will becoming one with His in obedience to yours. All this I ask for His holy name's sake. Amen.

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