A Diary of Private Prayer | John Baillie

Welcome to the Dear Daughters Podcast in 2021!

If there is one thing I learned over the last year, it is the importance of stepping back from the news and media to re-engage in a habit of reading spiritual classics. The authors who I’ll be featuring on the podcast have fought the good fight and remained faithful to the end. There’s just so much we can learn from them. I want to invite you to come along with me this season and dive into the wisdom of these faithful followers of Jesus.

One of the first books I picked up last year was A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie. Here’s a little history on John:

John Baillie was born on March 6, 1886, as the oldest of three boys. He was named after his father, who died when he was just four years old. John experienced more tragedy in life with the loss of his youngest brother in May 1914, and then two close friends in WW1 later that same year. He began to volunteer for the Young Men’s Christian Association (Y.M.C.A.) with British armies in France, where he met his wife Jewel Fowler, and they married in April 1919. John Baillie was an esteemed theologian and pastor, served on the faculty at New College in Edinburgh, and Auburn Theological Seminary and Union Seminary in New York, and was named a Companion of Honour to Queen Elizabeth II. He died on September 29, 1960, at age 74, leaving a legacy of faithfulness that we can all learn from.

What really strikes me about John Baillie (among all of his amazing achievements) are the beautiful books he wrote, like A Diary of Private Prayer.

John Baillie lived his life to the end being faithful to God. My prayer for you and for me is that we will be inspired to be faithful to the end, too.




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