Sunday, April 9

A prayer for today: 31p

O God, you are the Lord of the night as of the day and all the stars are obedient to your will; in this hour of darkness I too submit my will to yours,

From the stirrings of willfulness within my heart:
From cowardly avoidance of necessary duty:
From rebellious shrinking from necessary suffering:
From discontentment with my lot in life:
From jealousy of those whose lot is easier:
From thinking lightly of the one talent you have given me,
because you have not given me five or ten:
From individual pride:
From undisciplined thought:
From refusal to learn and slowness to serve:
O God, set me free.
O God my Father, you are often closest to me when I am farthest from you and you are near at hand even when I feel that you have abandoned me. Make the defeat of my willfulness a triumph of your eternal purpose.
May I grow more certain of your reality and power:
May I attain a clearer mind as to the meaning of my life on earth:
May I strengthen my hold upon life eternal:
May I look more and more to things unseen:
May my desires grow less unruly and my imaginations more pure:
May my love for others grow deeper and more tender,
and may I be more willing to take their burdens upon myself.
To your care, O God, I commend my soul and the souls of all whom I love and who love me; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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