Monday, April 17

A prayer for today: 9p

O merciful Lord, who looks down upon the weaknesses of your people more in disappointment than in anger, and more in love than in  disappointment, let me now in your holy presence seek out the secrets of my heart.

Have I done anything today to fulfill the purpose for which you caused me to be born?
Have I accepted the opportunities to serve that you in your wisdom have set before me?
Have I performed all the simple duties of the day?
Give me grace to answer honestly, O God.
Have I done anything today to tarnish my Christian ideal of maturity?
Have I been lazy in body or languid in spirit?
Have I wrongfully indulged my bodily appetites?
Have I kept my imagination pure and healthy?
Have I been scrupulously honorable in all my transactions?
Have I been transparently sincere in all I have professed to be, to feel, or to do?
Give me grace to answer honestly, O God.
Have I tried today to see myself as others see me?
Have I made more excuses for myself than I have been willing to make for others?
Have I, in my own home, been a peacemaker or have I stirred up strife?
Have I, while professing noble sentiments for great causes and distant objects,
failed even in common charity and courtesy towards those nearest to me?
Give me grace to answer honestly, O God.
O God whose infinite love was made clear in Jesus Christ, grant that with each day that passes I may more and more be delivered from my sins. Amen.

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