This prayer really spoke to me this morning. It is from a collection of scripture readings, formal prayers and devotions gathered to enhance daily the daily disicplines of prayer and scripture reading. A book like this can be a useful tool to guide and motivate us toward these spiritual disciplines. There are many books like this available. If anyone has a favorite they would like to recommend, post your suggestion in the comments section.
O Holy Spirit of god, visit now this soul of mine, and tarry within it until eventide. Inspire all my thoughts. Pervade all my imaginations. Suggest all my decisions. Lodge in my will’s most inward citadel and order all my doings. Be with me in my silence and in my speech, in my haste and in my leisure, in company and in solitude, in the freshness of the morning and in the weariness of the evening; and give me grace at all times to rejoice in thy mysterious companionship.
– From A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie
Reproduced in A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants from Upper Room Books