Saturday, August 20, 2011

A Morning Resolve: A Prayer

I found this short prayer at a retreat years ago. I did not write it, but I do love praying it. 
It's a wonderful way to start the day.

"I will try this day to live a simple, sincere, and serene life, 
repelling promptly every thought of discontent, anxiety, 
discouragement, impurity, and self-seeking; 
cultivating cheerfulness, magnanimity, charity, 
and the habit of holy silence; 
exercising economy in expenditure, generosity in giving, 
carefulness in conversation, diligence in appointed service, 
fidelity to every trust, and a childlike faith in God.

"In particular I will try to be faithful in those habits of prayer, 
work, study, physical exercise, eating, and sleep 
which I believe the Holy Spirit has shown me to be right.

"And as I cannot in my own strength do this, 
nor even with a hope of success attempt it, 
I look to Thee, O Lord God my Father, 
in Jesus my Savior, 
and ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit."

(Previously published by Forward Movement Publications.)

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