“DAILY” Prayer

I intended to add to my March comment and have not yet done so, and with the month of April gone, and most of May, I have not given this blog much thought. It seems there was a little interest yesterday with comment about Ibadism, which has been much on my mind recently, it will I increasingly believe, play a big role in bringing about God’s reign of peace on earth….

How to pray, and to help others pray effectively for our world?  A little book “Daily” was given to my mother in 1932, I think it was as she set off for China after missionary training. Its author: C.F.Harford-Battersby, principal of Livingstone College, Leytonstone, it was first published in 1897. “Daily” suggests a scheme of prayer, beginning with short essays on Worship, Confession, Supplication and Intercession and Thanksgiving; then a blank page for Every Day morning and evening), a blank page then for Each Day of the Week, then a lot of blank pages entitled “Special subjects for prayer” and “Answers to Prayer”, and finally pages headed for each day of the month, each entitled “General Cycle – names of friends” and “Missionary cycle – names of missionaries.”

Mum used it like an autograph book, getting friends and missionaries to sign it in their own hand-writing. For the 19th, I think in Dad’s hand: F r e d e r i c k. His birthday was Feb. 19th. It looks like he signed the book sometime before they were married in June 1934 – my brother was born nine months later!

From Principal Harford’s introduction: We are not worthy to approach the living God, and we need at the outset to be clear as to the mode of our access to Him. May we then, before we go, take to ourselves the exhortation which the word of God gives us, “Having therefore brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say His flesh; and having an high priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water (Hebrews 10:19-22)