This prayer is taken from a classic book of prayers, A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie, Professor of Divinity in the University of Edinburgh.
Find a quiet place in your home or outdoors to pray.
Read this prayer aloud. Read slowly and deliberately. Ask God to speak to you. Take time to listen.
A prayer for the Fifteenth Day – Morning
O God who is from eternity to eternity
and not at one time in one place
because all times and places are in You
I now seek to understand my destiny as a child of Yours.
Here I stand, weak and mortal amid the immensities of nature.
But blessed be Thou, O Lord God, that You have made me in Your own likeness
and have breathed into me the breath of Your own life.
Within this poor body You have set a spirit that is akin to Your own Spirit.
Within this corruptible, You have planted incorruption,
and, within this mortal…immortality.
So from this little room and this short hour
I can lift up my mind beyond all time and space to You,
the uncreated One, until the light of Your countenance illumines all my life.
Let me keep in mind that my mortal body is but the servant of my immortal soul;
Let me keep in mind how uncertain is my hold upon my bodily life;
Let me remember that here I have no continuing city, but only a place of sojourn and a time of testing and training;
Let me use this world and not abuse it;
Let me be in this world but not of it;
Let me be as having nothing yet possessing all things;
Let me understand the vanity of the temporal and the glory of the eternal;
Let my world be centered not in myself but in You;
Almighty God who raised from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ and set Him at Your right hand in glory everlasting, I thank You for this hope of immortality with which through many ages You have cheered and enlightened the souls of the saints and which You sealed forever through the Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
What part of the prayer expressed the exact message of your own heart?
What part of the prayer didn’t “fit” for you?
Do you find it amazing that you can connect with a timeless God, the uncreated One?
How does the hope of immortality connect with your life today?
Take a look at the image (below). Click on it to enlarge it.
What does it say to you about the uncreated, timeless One?
What does it say to you about your own mortal life?