From A Diary of Private Prayer, 1949, by John Baillie, Church of Scotland pastor and theologian, (1886-1960); containing a morning and evening prayer for thirty-one days (adapted)
MORNING PRAYER (Twentieth and Twenty-second day):
Almighty God, who in infinite wisdom determined that I should live my life within these narrow bounds of time and circumstance, let me go forth into the world with a brave and trusting heart. It is your will to withhold from me a perfect knowledge; therefore deny me not the grace of faith by which I may lay hold of things unseen. You have given me little power to mold things to my own desire; therefore use your own power to bring your desires to pass within me. You have willed it that through labor and pain I should walk the upward way; be then my fellow traveler as I go.
Let me face whatever you send with the strength you supply.
When you prosper my undertakings, let me give heed so that your word may prosper in my heart.
When you call me to go through the dark valley, let me not persuade myself that I know a way around.
Let me not refuse any opportunity of service which may offer itself today, nor fall prey to any temptation that may lie in wait for me.
Let not the sins of yesterday be repeated in the life of today, nor the life of today set any evil example for the life of tomorrow…
O Lord Jesus Christ, who bids your disciples to shine as lights in a dark world, in shame and contrition of heart do I acknowledge before you the many faults and weaknesses of which we in the church today are guilty; and especially do I acknowledge my own part in the same. Forgive me for the feebleness of my witness, the smallness of my charity, and the slackness of my zeal. Make me to be a more worthy follower of Him who cared for the poor and the oppressed, and who could never see any kind of human need without turning aside to help.
Let your power, O Lord, be in us all, as we seek to serve you in this suffering world. Amen.
EVENING PRAYER: (Tenth and Twelfth day)
O Lord, grant that through 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 of courage, whether in suffering or in danger;
The grace to endure difficulties with patience as a good soldier of Jesus Christ;
The grace of boldness in standing for what is right;
The grace of preparedness and discipline, lest I enter into temptation;
The grace of strict truthfulness;
The grace to treat others as I would have others treat me;
The grace of love, that I may refrain from hasty judgement;
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, O God, give me a quiet mind as I lie down to rest. Dwell in my thoughts until sleep overtakes 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…
Dear Father of all, make me the human channel, so far as in me lies, through which your divine love and pity may reach the hearts and lives of those who are nearest to me. Amen.
John 14 :1 — (Jesus said), “Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me.”
Galatians 6:16a…22-23 — Walk by the Spirit… (and) the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Psalm 4:8 — In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.