When I pray, I often find that my own words run out too quickly. Many times, I turn to the words of the psalms or other portions of Scripture to provide me with words beyond myself for prayer. At other times, I am encouraged when I come across the words of a fellow believer – whether current or in the past – who give me words that express my soul’s cry to God. Here is a prayer from Ephrem the Syrian, a 4th century believer, that I found helpful to express my thoughts to God:
O Lord and Master of my life!
Take from me the spirit of sloth, faint-heartedness,
lust of power, and idle talk.
But give me rather
the spirit of chastity, humility, patience,
and love to thy servant.
Yea, O Lord and King!
Grant me to see my own errors,
and not to judge my brother;
for Thou art blessed unto the ages of ages.
[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]