A Prayer

Find a prayer that talks about asking God to help you face each day, to help you live according to His ways and to accept God's will.


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  1. A Prayer
    by Max Ehrmann


    Let me do my work each day;
    And if the darkened hours of despair overcome me,
    May I not forget the strength that comforted me
    In the desolation of other times.
    May I still remember the bright hours that found me
    Walking over the silent hills of my childhood,
    Or dreaming on the margin of a quiet river,
    When a light glowed within me,
    And I promised my early God to have courage
    Amid the tempests of the changing years.
    Spare me from bitterness
    And from the sharp passions of unguarded moments.
    May I not forget that poverty and riches are of the spirit.
    Though the world knows me not,
    May my thoughts and actions be such
    As shall keep me friendly with myself.
    Lift up my eyes from the earth,
    And let me not forget the uses of the stars.
    Forbid that I should judge others
    Lest I condemn myself.
    Let me not follow the clamor of the world,
    But walk calmly in my path.
    Give me a few friends who will love me for what I am;
    And keep ever burning before my vagrant steps
    The kindly light of hope.
    And though age and infirmity overtake me,
    And I come not within
    Sight of the castle of my dreams,
    Teach me still to be thankful for life,
    And for time's olden memories that are good and sweet;
    And may the evening's twilight find me gentle still.



  2. A Universal Prayer
    by Alexander Pope


    Teach me to feel another's woe,
    To hide the fault I see;
    That mercy I to others show,
    That mercy show to me.
    If I am right, thy grace impart,
    Still in the right to stay;
    If I am wrong, teach my heart
    To find that better way.
    This day, be bread and peace my lot;
    All else beneath the sun.
    Thou know'st if best bestow 'd or not.
    And let thy will be done.



  3. Thy Kingdom Come
    Poet: Helen G. Rice.


    Lord, when we pray, "Thy kingdom come,"
    Then fold our hands, without a care
    For souls whom Jesus died to save,
    We do but mock Thee with our prayer.

    Thou couldst have sent an angel-band
    To call Thy straying children home,
    And thus, through heavenly ministries
    On earth Thy kingdom might have come.

    But, since to human hands like ours
    Thou hast intrusted work divine,
    Shall not our eager hearts make haste
    To join their feeble powers with Thine?

    To work and word shall not our hands
    Rejoicing move, nor lips be dumb, —
    Lest, through our sinful love of ease,
    Thy kingdom should delay to come?

    To hold our every power and thought
    Obedient to Thy least command,
    Whether Thy blessed purposes
    We can, or cannot, understand;

    To sow the seed in every soil;
    To bring the word of life to men;
    To give, as Thou hast given to us,
    Hoping for no reward again, —

    To do all this, while in our thought
    No pride or vain self-trust finds room,
    This is to pray, with honest heart ,
    And purpose true , — "Thy kingdom come."

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