If you are looking for a good guide to help you in daily prayer, I suggest John Baillie’s A Diary of Private Prayer. Baillie (1886-1960) was a Scottish theologian and church leader during a time European war and turmoil. In the midst of everything that happened during his lifetime, he left a faithful legacy, including a prayer journal. In the journal, there are 62 prayers- a morning prayer and an evening prayer for each day of the month. Here’s the evening prayer for today:
God of mercy, who so cares for me as if you had none else to care for, yet cares for all even as you care for me, I commend to you my own needs but also the needs of all this world of men to which I belong.
Remember me in your mercy, God, and keep me by your grace. Forgive the scanty use I have made today of the talents you have entrusted to my keeping. Cover up the poverty of my service by the fullness of your own divine resource. Yet grant also that, as day succeeds day, I may be so strengthened by your help that my service may grow less unworthy and my sins less grievous. May Christ more and more reign in my heart and purify my deeds.
Remember also in your mercy all people. Let the whole earth be filled with your praise and made glad by the knowledge of your name. Let there fall upon all humanity a sense of your excellent greatness. Let the nations fear you. Let your glory rule over every court and market-place. Let your law be honored in every home. Redeem the whole world’s life, God, and transform it utterly through the power of the Holy Cross.
You who do graciously condescend to use poor human efforts towards the attainment of your blessed purpose, I pray for all who are devoting their lives to the evangelization of the world. I pray for all missionaries in foreign lands, especially …. I pray for all who are working in the cause of peace and understanding between the nations, and for all who are striving to break down the dividing walls between Jew and Gentile, bond and free, and to make all one in Christ Jesus. Encourage them with the joy of your presence; and kindle in me the urgent desire to further and support their works as far as in me lies; through Jesus Christ. Amen.
If it speaks to your heart and you think it will strengthen your prayer life, order a copy today or see me, and I’ll order a copy for you.
Yours in Christ,