Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty; heaven and earth are full of Thy Glory; glory be to Thee, O Lord most high.
O God, I crave Thy blessing upon this day of rest and refreshment.
Let me rejoice today in Thy worship and find gladness in the singing of Thy praises.
Forbid, I beseech Thee, that only my body should be refreshed today and not my spirit.
Give me grace for such an act of self-recollection as may again bring together the scattered forces of my soul.
Enable me to step aside for a little while from the busy life of common days and take thought about its meaning and its end.
May Jesus Christ be today the companion of my thoughts, so that His divine manhood may more and more take root within my soul.
May He be in me and I in Him, even as Thou wert in Him and through HIm and through Him mayest be in me and I at rest in Thee.
O Thou, who art the Source and Ground of all truth, Thou Light of lights, who hast opened the minds of men to discern the things that are, guide me today, I beseech Thee, in my hours of reading.
Give me wisdom to abstain as well as to persevere.
Let the Bible have proper place; and grant that as I read I may be alive to the stirrings of Thy Holy Spirit in my soul.
I pray, O God, for all human hearts that today are lifted up to Thee in earnest desire, and for every group of men and women who are met together to praise and magnify Thy name.
Whatever be their mode of worship, be graciously pleased to accept their humble offices of prayer and praise, and lead them unto life eternal through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
from A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie