Sometimes You Need It Written Out

Just a short thought for a busy day: check out John Baillie’s A Diary of Private Prayer.  I’ve recently returned to this college favorite as my morning prayer book, and am thankful I have.  Originally published in 1949, it is a collection of personal prayers for each day of the month (one for the morning and one for the evening).

Though the language is rather “King Jamesy” and the use of the generic masculine is present throughout, I am often humbled and amazed at the breadth of insight in these short prayers.  I am only going through the morning prayers right now, but am thankful that Baillie has sought through them to remind my groggy soul of God’s care for me and the whole world as well as his call to believers in the world.

Even if you are not a fan of written prayer—no, especially if you are not a fan a written prayers, I encourage you to give Baillie’s book a try.  An excerpt:


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