Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Dear Father of mankind, make me the human channel, so far as in me lies, through which Thy divine love and pity may reach he hearts and lives of a few of those who are nearest to me.

Lord, today I would remember before Thee all my human brothers and sisters who need Thy help.  Especially this morning I think
of those who are faced by great temptations;
of those who are faced by tasks too great for their powers;
of those who stand in any valley of decision;
of those who are in debt or poverty;
of those who are suffering the consequences of misdeeds long ago repented of;
of those who, by reason of early surroundings, have never had a fair chance in life;
of all the family circles broken by death;
of all missionaries of the Kingdom of Heaven in faraway corners of the earth;
of those who lift high the lamp of truth in lonely places;

Hear our prayer dear Father, Hear our prayer.   We love you.  Amen

*Taken from "A Diary of Private Prayer" by John Baillie (1940) Professor of Divinity in the University of Edinbough and Principal of New College, Chaplain to Queen in Scotland.


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