Praying Up with John Baillie

Maybe I should just cut and paste the June 2010 posts right back in here.  Strawberry jam, camp week, VBS week – here we go again!  Except this year, throw in a wedding.  Yes, a wedding!  The big day isn’t until August, but we are in full matrimony mode.  All this activity could threaten to overwhelm me, so I need a little help these days getting prayed up.  When I sit in my prayer chair early in the morning, I start to pray, but I am bombarded with thoughts like these: 

Dear Lord, thanks for this new day.  Help me to walk in Your ways…..

Oh!   Remember to call the candy store to see if they can order red raspberry drops to go with the lemon drops for the reception……

Sorry, Lord.  Okay, fill me with Your Spirit and use me to serve others.

Ah!   Don’t forget to cut out that bamboo leaf pattern for the set design and print out more nametags for the VBS kids…….

Oops.  Focus.  Be with PB and the kids today. 

Oh yah!  Gotta pick up a Father’s Day card and get PB’s favorite snack food packed up for his week at camp….

In times like these, I call on John Baillie and his prayers.  When I can’t seem to put together two sentences that make sense even to God, Baillie’s “A Diary of Private Prayer” is just what I need. (For more on John Baillie see October 6, 2010 post,  “Borrowing Prayers From John Baillie”.)   Take it away John.  The rest of us will join in.

“O Eternal God, though Thou art not such as I can see with my eyes or touch with my hands, yet grant me this day a clear conviction of Thy reality and power.  Let me not go forth to my work believing only in the world of sense and time, but give me grace to understand that the world I cannot see or touch is the most real world of all…Let me keep steadily in mind that the things that matter are not money or possessions, not houses or lands, not bodily comfort or bodily pleasure; but truth and honour and meekness and helpfulness and a pure love of Thyself.”


5 thoughts on “Praying Up with John Baillie

  1. Ah, yes. Thanks for introducing me to John Baillie last year. My favorite prayer is still the very first one in his book….”Eternal Father of my soul, let my first thought today be of Thee, let my first impulse be to worship Thee, let my first speech be Thy name, let my first action be to kneel before Thee in prayer.”
    If this were a Bible verse I would be memorizing it for the LPM Scripture Memory Verse challenge!!:)

  2. Our son number 1 called tonight and mentioned your daughter’s engagement ring. I had no idea….and August? Theo and Kacie’s date is August 27. Someone put things into perspective for me by saying I was lucky my first was a son, so I’d pretty much get to sit back and enjoy it. 🙂 Congratulations! And those prayers (the two I’ve seen on here) are amazing. I’ve been especially thinking on the 12 apostles lately. I wonder what they prayed? It’s hard to imagine them praying for their jobs (paychecks) to continue/increase or their cars not to break down or their appliances to last another year. And we never read of their financial blessings or incredibly blessed health or even their amazingly Godly children. What did their prayers sound like?

    • Maybe Luke 11:1 gives us a clue: “Lord, teach us to pray.” Perhaps their prayers were as unfocused and weak as mine!
      Yes, the wedding is August 13. It was originally planned for late October, but his sister (only sibling) is leaving for a year of studying abroad in September so we bumped it up. Blessings on your August wedding, my friend!

  3. That’s an intriguing question! I have never given it any thought….now I can’t get it off my mind:) Hmmmm, I have to think……I like this!
    It makes me realize how different MY prayer life would be if I weren’t praying for five children!……and their spouses…….and my grandchildren!:)

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