O God, we bring before You the burden of the world’s life:
All who are far from home and friends,
All who lie down hungry or cold,
All who suffer pain,
All who are kept awake by anxiety,
All who are facing danger,
All who toil, or keep watch while others sleep.
May they have a sense of Your presence that will turn their
loneliness into comfort and their trouble into peace.
John Baillie (1886–1960) was a Scottish theologian and minister. During his career, he also served as President of the World Council of Churches and held university posts in the United Kingdom, United States, and Canada. His A Diary of Private Prayer is regarded as a devotional classic.