A Diary of Private Prayer in Devotional Classics

Baillie, John, ed. Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith

HarperSanFrancisco, 1990

p. 127

“O God my Creator and Redeemer, I may not go forth today except You accompany me with Your blessing.  Let not the vigor and freshness of the morning, or the glow of good health, or the present prosperity of my undertakings, deceive me into a false reliance upon my own strength.  All these good gifts have come to me from You.  They were Yours to give and are also Yours to curtail.  They are not mine to keep . . . and only in continued dependence upon You, the Giver, can they be worthily enjoyed.”

p. 128

“O You who alone know what lies before me this day, grant that in every hour of it I may stay close to you.  Let me be in the world, yet not of it.  Let me use this world without abusing it.  If I buy, let me be as though I did not possess.  If I have nothing, let me be as though possessing all things.  Let me today embark on no undertaking that is not in line with Your will for my life, nor shrink from any sacrifice which your will may demand.  Suggest, direct, control every movement of my mind; for my Lord Christ’s sake.  Amen.