Sunday, April 9

A prayer for today: 29a

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Almighty and most merciful God, whose power and whose love eternally work together for the protection of your people, give me grace to put my trust in you today.

O Lord, I pray—
For faith to believe that you rule the world in truth and righteousness.
For faith to believe that if I seek first your kingdom and righteousness,
you will provide for all my less important needs.
For faith not to be anxious about tomorrow, but to believe in the continuation of your past mercies.
For faith to see your purpose of love unfolding itself in the happenings of this time.
For faith to be calm and brave in face of any dangers that I might encounter.
For faith to believe in the power of your love to melt my hard heart and swallow up my sin.
For faith to put my own trust in love rather than in force,
when others harden their hearts against me.
For faith to believe in the ultimate victory of your Holy Spirit over disease and death
and all the powers of darkness.
For faith to learn from the endurance of suffering.
For faith to leave in your hands the welfare of all my dear ones.
O God in whom all the saints trusted and found peace, rid my heart now of all vain anxieties and paralyzing fears. Give me a cheerful and buoyant spirit, and peace in doing your will; for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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