For the Sake of Your Great Mercy

I am deeply grateful that saints who have gone before us left their words for us. Especially the prayers. This is how I would pray if I were wiser. More humble. More true.

I carry several in my phone. I added this one yesterday after my friend Margie shared it on Facebook. I have another by the Metropolitan already that I pray nearly every day.

I offer this one to you today as a Sabbath meditation…

O Lord, I do not know what to ask of You.
You alone know what are my true needs.
You love me more than I myself know how to love.
Help me to see my real needs, which are concealed from me.
I dare not ask for either a cross or consolation.
I can only wait on You.
My heart is open to You.
Visit and help me, for the sake of Your great mercy.
Strike me and heal me; cast me down and raise me up.
I worship in silence Your holy will and Your unsearchable ways.
I offer myself as a sacrifice to You.
I have no other desire than to fulfill Your will.
Teach me to pray.
Pray You Yourself in me.

~Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow