A PRAYER OF JOHN BAILLIE.
O You who indwells in our poor and shabby human life, lifting it now and then above the dominance of animal passion and greed, allowing it to shine with the borrowed lights of love and joy and peace, and making it a mirror of the beauties of a world unseen, grant that my part in the world’s life today may not be to obscure the splendor of Your presence but rather to make it more plainly visible to the eyes of my fellow men.
Let me stand today—
for whatever is pure and true and just and good;
for the advancement of science and education and true learning;
for the redemption of daily business from the blight of self-seeking;
for the rights of the weak and the oppressed;
for industrial cooperation and mutual help;
for the conservation of the rich traditions of the past;
for the recognition of new workings of Your Spirit in the minds of men of my own time;
for the hope of yet more glorious days to come.
Today, O Lord—
let me put right before interest;
let me put others before self;
let me put the things of the spirit before the things of the body;
let me put the attainment of noble ends above the enjoyment of present pleasures;
let me put principle above reputation;
let me put You before all else.
O You, the reflection of whose transcendent glory did once appear unbroken in the face of Jesus Christ, give me today a heart like His—
a brave heart,
a true heart,
a tender heart,
a heart with great room in it,
a heart fixed on You;
for His name’s sake.