Morning and Evening Prayer
Here is a morning and evening prayer written by John Baillie. Consider using these two prayers for the next several days.
Eternal God, though I cannot see You with my eyes or touch You with my hands, yet grant me this day a clear confidence of Your reality and power. Do not let me go to my work believing only in the world of sense and time, but give me grace to understand that the world I cannot see or touch is the most real world of all. My life today will be lived in time, but eternal issues will be concerned in it. The needs of my body will make themselves known, but it is for the needs of my soul that I must care the most. My business will be with physical things, but behind them let me be aware of spiritual things. Let me keep steadily in mind that the things that matter are not money or possessions, not houses or lands, not bodily comfort or bodily pleasure; but truth and honor and meekness and helpfulness and a pure love of Yourself.
- For the power You have given me to lay hold of things unseen:
- For the strong sense I have that this is not my home:
- For my restless heart which nothing finite can satisfy:
I give You thanks, God.
- For the invasion of my soul by Your Holy Spirit:
- For all human love and goodness that speak to me of You:
- For the fullness of Your glory poured out in Jesus Christ:
I give You thanks, God.
I, a pilgrim of eternity, stand before You, O eternal One. Do not let me seek to deaden or destroy the desire for You that disturbs my heart. Let me rather yield myself to its constraint and go where it leads me. Make me wise to see all things today in their eternal form, and make me brave to face all the changes in my life which such a vision may entail, through the grace of Christ my Savior. Amen.
You in whose boundless being are laid up all treasures of wisdom and truth and holiness, grant that through constant fellowship with You the true graces of Christian character may more and more take shape within my soul:
- The grace of a thankful and uncomplaining heart:
- The grace to await Your leisure patiently and to answer Your call promptly:
- The grace of courage, whether in suffering or in danger:
- The grace to endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ:
- The grace of boldness in standing for what is right:
- The grace of preparedness, lest I enter into temptation:
- The grace of bodily discipline:
- The grace of strict truthfulness:
- The grace to treat others as I would have others treat me:
- The grace of charity, that I may refrain from hasty judgment:
- The grace of silence, that I may refrain from hasty speech:
- The grace of forgiveness towards all who have wronged me:
- The grace of tenderness towards all who are weaker than myself:
- The grace of steadfastness in continuing to desire that You will do as now I pray.
And now, God, give me a quiet mind, as I lie down to rest. Dwell in my thoughts until sleep overtake me. Let me rejoice in the knowledge that, whether awake or asleep, I am still with You. Let me not be fretted by any anxiety over the lesser interests of life. Let no troubled dreams disturb me, so that I may awake refreshed and ready for the tasks of another day. And to Your Name be all the glory