Monday, April 17

A prayer for today: 8a

O God, out of your love and care you sent us Jesus Christ to shine his light in our darkness. Give me wisdom to learn from the words he spoke and grace to follow in his steps.

Jesus Christ said, “And whenever you stand up to pray, if you have something against anyone, forgive.”[1]
O God, give me grace now to do so.

Jesus Christ said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”[2]
O God, give me grace today to think, not of what I can get, but of what I can give.

Jesus Christ said, “But when you give to the poor, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.”[3]
O God, grant that what I give may be given without self-congratulation, and without thought of praise or reward.

Jesus Christ said, “Go in through the narrow gate.”[4]
O God, give me grace this day to keep to the narrow path of duty and ethical dealing.

Jesus Christ said, “Don’t judge.”[5]
O God, give me grace this day first to take the log out of my own eye, before I look at the splinter in my brother’s or sister’s eye.

Jesus Christ said, “Why would people gain the whole world but lose their lives? What will people give in exchange for their lives?”[6]
O God, give me grace to live out this day in such a way that, whatever else I lose, I may not lose my soul.

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

Scripture references from the Common English Bible
[1]Mark 11:25
[2]Acts 20:35
[3]Matthew 6:3
[4]Matthew 7:13
[5]Matthew 7:1
[6]Matthew 16:26