Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Teach Me To Pray

I subscribe to a daily prayer e-mail service from Beliefnet. I rather like today's. I think it expresses two basic fundamental truths about prayer - one, God knows exactly what's on your heart and mind even better than you do, and two, God knows the world better than you do. Rather than asking for specific things that may well conflict with God's will, ask for guidance and that God's will be done. Ask God to show you how to pray and what to pray for. Here's the prayer:

Teach Me to Pray

My Lord, I know not what I ought to ask of Thee.
Thou and Thou alone knowest my needs.
Thou lovest me more than I am able to love Thee.
O Father, grant unto me, Thy servant, all which I cannot ask.
For a cross I dare not ask, nor for consolation;
I dare only to stand in Thy presence.
My heart is open to Thee.
Thou seest my needs of which I myself am unaware.
Behold and lift me up!
In Thy presence I stand,
awed and silenced by Thy will and Thy judgments,
into which my mind cannot penetrate.
To Thee I offer myself as a sacrifice.
No other desire is mine but to fulfill Thy will.
Teach me how to pray.
Do Thyself pray within me.

- St. Philaret of Moscow
Eastern Orthodox Tradition

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