Monday, April 17

A prayer for today: 5a

God of my forbears, I cry out to you. You have been the refuge of good and wise people in every generation. When history began, you were the first enlightener of people’s minds, and yours was the Spirit that first led them out of their uncivilized state and cultivated them. Through all the ages you have been the Lord and giver of life, the source of all knowledge, the fountain of all goodness.

The patriarchs trusted you and were not put to shame.
The prophets sought you and you committed your word to their lips.
The psalmists rejoiced in you and you were present in their song.
The apostles waited for you and they were filled with your Holy Spirit.
The martyrs called upon you and you were with them in the midst of the flame. This suffering person cried out: the Lord listened and saved him from every trouble.[1]
O God who was and is and is to come, I thank you that this Christian way that I walk is no untried or uncharted road, but a road beaten hard by the footsteps of saints, apostles, prophets, and martyrs. I thank you for the guide posts and danger signals with which it is marked at every turn and which may be known to me through the study of the Bible, and of all history, and of all the great literature of the world. Beyond all I give you devout and humble thanks for the great gift of Jesus Christ, the Pioneer of our faith. I praise you that you have caused me to be born in an age and in a land which have known His name, and that I am not called upon to face any temptation or trial which He did not first endure.
Holy Lord, do not let me fail to profit by these great memories of the ages past, or to enter into the glorious inheritance which you have prepared for me; through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.
Paraphrase of A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie ©1949 Charles Scribner's Sons

[1]Psalm 34:6, Common English Bible