Monday, April 17

A prayer for today: 2a

O God my Creator and Redeemer, I may not begin my day unless you accompany me with your blessing. Let not the vitality and freshness of the morning, or the glow of good health, or the present success of my endeavors, deceive me into a false reliance upon my own strength. All these good gifts have come to me from you. They were yours to give and they are yours also to curtail. They are not mine to keep; I merely hold them in trust; and only in continued dependence upon you, the Giver, can they be worthily enjoyed.

Let me then put back into your hand all that you have given me, rededicating to your service all the powers of my mind and body, all my worldly goods, all my influence with others. All these, O Father, are yours to use as you will. All these are yours, O Christ. All these are yours, O Holy Spirit. Speak in my words today, think in my thoughts, and work in all my deeds. Because you graciously use even weak humans in the fulfillment of your mighty purpose for the world, let my life today be the channel through which some little portion of your divine love and pity may reach the lives that are nearest to my own.

In your holy presence, O God, I remember all my friends and neighbors, especially the poor within our community, imploring you that you would give me grace, as I am able, to serve them in your name.

O blessed Jesus, who used your own most precious life for the redemption of all people, giving no thought to ease or pleasure or worldly enrichment, but filling up all your hours and days with deeds of self-denying love, give me grace today to follow in your footsteps. To your name be all the glory and the praise, forever. Amen.

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