Monday, April 17

A prayer for today: 4a

Almighty and eternal God, you are hidden from my sight. You are beyond the understanding of my mind. Your thoughts are not the same as my thoughts. Your ways cannot be found out.

Yet you have breathed your Spirit into my life. You have formed my mind to seek you. You have persuaded my heart to love you. You have made me restless for the rest that is in you. You have planted within me a hunger and thirst that make me dissatisfied with all the joys of earth.

O Lord God, I praise and magnify your name because you have set your seal upon my inmost being, not leaving me to my own poor and petty self or to the solitary domain of physical urges and desires, but calling me to be an heir of your eternal Kingdom. I bless you for that knocking at my heart’s door that warns me of your waiting presence. I bless you for your hand upon my life, and for the sure knowledge that, however I may fumble and fail, yet underneath are your everlasting arms.

O God who alone knows what lies before me today, grant that in every hour I may stay close to you. Let me be in the world, yet not of it. Let me use this world without abusing it. If I buy, let me have the same attitude as if I owned nothing. If I have nothing, let me have the same dignity as if I possessed all things. Let me embark on no undertaking that is not in line with your will for my life, nor shrink from any sacrifice which your will may demand. Suggest, direct, control every movement of my mind; for the sake of my Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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