THE EIGHTEENTH DAY

THE EIGHTEENTH DAY

I rose to the "Eighteenth Day" with my little well-worn blue covered prayer journal before me. The words recorded are stronger than my own but the thoughts are provokingly mine.
Lord, have mercy this day on each soul seeking Thee.
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Lord,
For my deceitful heart and crooked thoughts:
For barbed words spoken deliberately:
For thoughtless words spoken hastily:
For envious and prying eyes:
For ears that rejoice in iniquity and rejoice not in the truth:
For greedy hands:
For wandering and loitering feet:
For haughty looks:
Have mercy upon me, O God.
If we say that we have no sin we deceive ourselves.
Almighty God, Spirit of purity and grace, in asking Thy forgiveness I cannot claim a right to be forgiven but only cast myself upon Thine unbounded love.
I can plead no merit or desert:
I can plead no extenuating circumstance:
I cannot plead the frailty of my nature:
I cannot plead the force of temptations I encounter:
I cannot plead the persuasions of others who led me astray:
I can only say, for the sake of Jesus Christ Thy Son my Lord.
Amen.
A Diary of Private Prayer
-John Baillie
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John Baillie was a Scottish theologian and a Minister of the church in Scotland.