Monday, April 17

A prayer for today: 8p

O God, the sustainer of all people, I bring before you the burden of the world’s life tonight. I join myself to the great scattered circle of those who, in every corner of every land, are now crying out to you in their need. Hear us, O God, and look in pity upon our many necessities, since you alone are able to satisfy all our desire.

I especially commend to your holy keeping:
All who are far from home and friends tonight.
All who must lie down hungry or cold.
All who suffer pain.
All who are kept awake by anxiety or suspense.
All who are facing danger.
All who must work or keep watch while others sleep.
Give to them all, I pray, a sense of your presence that turns their loneliness into comfort and their trouble into peace.
O most loving God, who in Jesus Christ did make your love real to people by relieving all kinds of suffering and healing all kinds of disease, grant your blessing, I pray, to all who in any corner of the world are serving in Jesus’s name:
All ministers of the gospel of Jesus.
All social workers.
All missionary workers.
All doctors and nurses who faithfully tend the sick.
Accomplish through them your great purpose of mercy to all, and grant them the joy of Jesus’ most real presence.

And to me also, as I lie down, grant, O gracious Lord, the joy of a life surrendered to Jesus’s service and the peace of sin forgiven through the power of His Cross. Amen.

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