Sunday, April 9

A prayer for today: 30p

Almighty and Holy God, you have never left yourself without witness among people, but have in every age raised up saintly and prophetic spirits to lead us into the way of faith and love. I praise your name for the gift of your holy apostle, Paul. I thank you for the zeal with which you endowed him to carry to all people that lamp of truth which you had lit.

Paul said, Put aside all bitterness, losing your temper, anger, shouting, and slander, along with every other evil. Be kind, compassionate, and forgiving to each other, in the same way God forgave you in Christ.1  O God, incline my heart to follow in this way.

Paul said, Instead, dress yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ, and don’t plan to indulge your selfish desires.2 O God, incline my heart to follow in this way.

Paul said, Rather, I’m landing punches on my own body and subduing it like a slave. I do this to be sure that I myself won’t be disqualified after preaching to others.3 O God, incline my heart to follow in this way.

Paul said, Don’t do anything for selfish purposes, but with humility think of others as better than yourselves.4 O God, incline my heart to follow in this way.

Paul said, The one who brags should brag in the Lord!5  O God, incline my heart to follow in this way.

Paul said, Keep on praying and guard your prayers with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray for us also. Pray that God would open a door for the word so we can preach the secret plan of Christ.6 

O God, I pray tonight especially for all who, following in the footsteps of Paul, are now striving to bring the light of Christ's gospel to all people. Amen.

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

1Ephesians 4:31-32
2Romans 13:14
31 Corinthians 9:27
4Philippians 2:3
51 Corinthians 1:31
6Colossians 4:2-3a
All scripture references from the Common English Bible

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