April 23, 2014 | by: 0 Comments|
If you’re like me, then sometimes prayer (real, sincere, and earnest prayer) doesn’t come easily. Sometimes I’m helped by others to pray. In the past I’ve used the compilation of prayers entitled Valley of Vision to help inspire me to pray. Recently, I’ve discovered John Baillie’s A Diary of Private Prayers that has and I think will continue to prove useful in helping me to bring my requests boldly before the throne of grace. I found today’s evening prayer especially helpful. I’ve included it below, in the hopes that it might encourage your own times of prayer.
O Thou in whose boundless being are laid up all treasures of wisdom and truth and holiness, grant that through constant fellowship with Thee 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 Thy leisure patiently and to answer Thy 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 Thou wilt 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 overtake me. Let me rejoice in the knowledge that, whether awake or asleep, I am still with Thee. 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 Thy Name be all the glory. Amen.
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