You Yourself In Me

6 Dec 2023 | Believers | 0 comments

Lord, grant me to greet the coming day in peace.
Help me in all things to rely upon your holy will.
In every hour of the day, reveal your will to me.
Bless my dealings with all who surround me.
Teach me to treat all that comes to me throughout the day with peace of soul and with firm conviction that your will governs all.
In all my deeds and words, guide my thoughts and feelings.
In unforeseen events, let me not forget that all are sent by you.
Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering or embarrassing others.
Give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day with all that it shall bring.
Direct my will, teach me to pray, pray you yourself in me. Amen.

Notes from the Compiler

Lawrence Osborn writes: 'I find myself having to come to terms with living life at a slower pace these days. It can be very frustrating at times! On the other hand, I am slowly learning to give myself permission not to have deadlines. Instead, I try to let my projects have the breathing space they need.' He explains: 'This is a morning prayer of the elders of the Optina Monastery. In the nineteenth century, it was the most important spiritual centre in Russia. Many of Russia’s leading intellectuals, including Dostoevsky, Gogol, and Turgenev, visited the elders for spiritual guidance. The prayer is widely used on a daily basis by Orthodox clergy and laity.'


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