Morning Prayer

Eternal Father of my soul,
let my first thought today be of You,
let my first impulse be to worship You,
let my first speech be Your name,
let my first action be to kneel before You in prayer.

For Your perfect wisdom and goodness,
For Your love of mankind,
For the love You've shown me,
For the great and mysterious opportunity of Life,
For the gift of the Holy Spirit,
I praise and worship You, O Lord.

Yet let me not, when this morning prayer is said,
think my worship ended
and spend the day in forgetfulness of You.

Rather from these moments of quietness,
let light go forth, and joy, and power,
that will remain with me through all the hours of the day...

Keeping me chaste in thought
Keeping me temperate and truthful in speech,
Keeping me faithful and diligent in my work,
Keeping me humble in my estimation of myself,
Keeping me honourable and generous in my dealings with others,
Keeping me mindful of my eternal destiny as a child of God.

Be my Refuge today in every circumstance.
Be my Guide through all that is dark and doubtful.
Be my Guard against all that threatens my spirit's welfare.
Be my Strength in time of testing.
Gladden my heart with Your peace, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen

A Prayer to start the day from A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie

(thanks to Ann for sharing this prayer - I like her simplified version here)
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