O Holy Spirit of God, visit now this soul of mine and tarry within until eventide. Inspire all my thoughts. Pervade all my imaginations. Suggest each of my decisions. Lodge in my will’s most inward citadel and order all of my doings. Be with me in my silence and in my speech, in my haste and in my leisure, in company and in solitude, in the freshness of the morning and the weariness of the evening; and give me grace at all times to rejoice in thy mysterious companionship. ~John Baillie [emphasis mine]
I was introduced to this prayer through a sermon at my church this past spring. All the following week I kept returning to it, though I couldn’t remember large portions of it. The part that I could remember, “pervade all my imaginations”, was what I kept praying. I finally looked up the prayer and entered it into my journal. It’s become a daily prayer of mine, and aside from loving its words, I love what it expresses. And I love that it acknowledges the Holy Spirit and welcomes and invites His presence into my life-on a regular and ongoing basis. Because I sure do need Him!