Monday, April 17

A prayer for today: 6p

I lift up my soul to you, O Lord, for you are the only origin of all that is good and fair and true.

O God, let your Spirit now enter my heart
Now as I pray this prayer, let not any room within me be furtively closed to keep you out.
O God, Give me power to follow after that which is good.
Now as I pray this prayer let there be no secret purpose of evil formed in my mind that waits for an opportunity of fulfillment.
O God, bless all my undertakings and cause them to prosper.
Now as I pray this prayer, let me not be still holding to some undertaking on which I dare not ask your blessing.
O God, give me purity.
Now as I pray this prayer, let me not say to myself secretly, “But not yet,” or, “But not too much.”
O God, bless every member of this household.
Now as I pray this prayer, let me not still hold in my heart a wrongful feeling of jealousy or bitterness or anger towards any of them.
O God, bless my enemies and those who have done me wrong.
Now as I pray this prayer, let me not still nourish a desire for retaliation.
O God, let your Kingdom come on earth.
Now as I pray this prayer, let me not be still intending to devote my own best hours and years to the service of lesser ends.

O Holy Spirit of God, as I rise from these acts of devotion, let me not return to evil thoughts and worldly ways, but let that mind be in me which was also in Christ Jesus. Amen.

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

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