Take this day’s life into your own keeping.
Lead and guide all my thoughts and feelings.
Direct all my energies. Instruct my mind. Sustain my will.
Take my hands and make them skilful to serve you.
Take my feet and make them swift to do your bidding.
Take my eyes and keep them fixed upon your everlasting beauty.
Take my mouth and make it eloquent in testimony to your love.
Make this day a day of obedience, a day of spiritual joy and peace.
Make this day’s work a little part of the work of the Kingdom of my Lord Christ,
in whose name these my prayers are said.
(from: John Baillie, A Diary of Private Prayer, 41; updated and amended)