Monday, April 17

A prayer for today: 2p

O Father in heaven, who formed my body to serve you and my soul to follow purposefully after you, with sorrow and contrition of heart I confess before you the faults and failures of the day. Too long, O God, have I tried your patience; too often have I betrayed the sacred trust you have given me to keep; yet you still welcome my humble plea, praying that you will drown my sins in the sea of your own infinite love.

My failure to be true even to my own accepted standards;
My self-deception in the face of temptation;
My choosing of the worse when I know the better:
O Lord, forgive.
My failure to apply to myself the standards of conduct I demand of others;
My blindness to the suffering of others and my slowness to be taught by my own;
My indifference for wrongs that do not touch me and my oversensitivity to those that do;
My slowness to see the good in others and to see the evil in myself;
My hardness of heart towards my neighbors’ faults and my readiness to make allowance for my own;
My unwillingness to believe that you have called me to a small work and my brother to a great one;
O Lord, forgive.

Create a clean heart for me, God; put a new, faithful spirit deep inside me! Please don’t throw me out of your presence; please don’t take your holy spirit away from me.  Return the joy of your salvation to me and sustain me with a willing spirit.[1]  Amen.

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

[1]Psalm 51:10-13, Common English Bible