Word of Encouragement (06/17/2022)
Another one of Baillie’s evening prayers to finish this week:
“I BLESS you, most holy God, for your unfathomable love. Through that love you enable Spirit to meet with spirit, so that I, a weak and wandering mortal, can have ready access to your heart, the heart of the One who moves the stars.
“With bitterness and anguish of heart, I acknowledge before you the ugly and selfish thoughts that I so often allow to enter my mind and to influence my actions.
I confess, O God—
that often I let my mind wander down unworthy and forbidden ways;
that often I deceive myself as to where my first duty lies;
that often, by concealing my real motives, I pretend to be better than I am;
that often my honesty is only a matter of policy;
that often my affection for my friends is only a refined way of caring for myself;
that often my sparing of my adversary is due to nothing more than cowardice;
that often I do good deeds only so they may be seen by others, and avoid evil ones only because I fear they may be found out.
“O holy One, let the fire of your love enter my heart and burn up this tangled mass of meanness and hypocrisy and make my heart like the heart of a little child.
“Give me grace, O God, to pray now, with a pure and sincere desire, for all those I have met today. Let me now remember my friends with love and my adversaries with forgiveness, entrusting them all, as I now entrust my own soul and body, to your protecting care; through Jesus Christ. Amen.”