Sunday, April 9

A prayer for today: 28a

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O Lord my God, let me go about my day still surrounded by your wonderful love, still dedicated to serving you, still standing in your strength and not my own.
Let me be a Christian in word and in deed.
Let me follow bravely in the footsteps of my Master, wherever they may lead.
Let me be uncompromising with myself.
Let there be no self-pity or self-indulgence in my life today.
Let my thinking be sharp, my speech frank and open, and my action courageous and decisive.
I would pray, O Lord, not only for myself but for all my friends and family and all the people I meet today. I pray also:
for all who will be faced by any great decision today.
for all who will be engaged in settling matters in the lives of men and nations.
for all who are molding public opinion in our time.
for all who write what other people read.
for all who are holding up the lamp of truth in a world of ignorance and sin.
for all whose hands are worn with too much toil.
for the unemployed whose hands fall idle.
for those who have nowhere to lay their head.
O Christ my Lord, who for my sake and for the sake of all people suffered and died to be raised again, do not let me live only for myself. Amen.

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