Monday, April 17

A prayer for today: 9a

Here I am, with little power and less wealth, lifting up my heart to you, O God, before whom all created things are but dust and breeze. You are hidden behind the curtain of senses, incomprehensible in your greatness, mysterious in your almighty power; yet here I speak with you familiarly as child to parent, as friend to friend. If I couldn’t speak to you this way, I would lose hope. For I have little power to do or to command. I am not here by my own will, nor by my own will shall I pass. Very little of what happens to me today will be what I have chosen for myself. It is you, O hidden One, who decides what I will have and where I will go. It is you who has put power in my hand to do one task and has withheld the skill to do another. It is you who keeps in your grasp the threads of this day’s life and who alone knows what lies before me to do or to suffer. But because you are my Father, I am not afraid. Because it is your own Spirit that stirs within me, I know that all is well. What I desire for myself I cannot accomplish, but what you desire in me you can achieve for me. You The determine the good that I do, for you give me the power to act.

Dear Father, take my life into your own keeping today. Control all my thoughts and feelings. Direct all my energies. Instruct my mind. Nourish my will. Take my hands and make them skillful to serve you. Take my feet and make them swift to do your bidding. Take my eyes and keep them fixed upon your everlasting beauty. Take my mouth and make it eloquent in testimony to your love. Make this day a day of obedience, a day of spiritual joy and peace. Make this day’s work a little part of the work of the Kingdom of my Lord Christ, in whose name these prayers are said.

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