Thursday, April 15, 2010

The will of God

I'm not trying to swipe anything from Molly Sabourin's Close to Home blog or podcast, but I wanted to share this prayer.  Since Felicity and I arrived in our new locale (and I'm still unemployed), I have been pondering what God wants from us and from our lives.  The priest at the OCA church we visited this Sunday mentioned this prayer, and I wanted to post it here.

The Morning Prayer of Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow
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.
(copied from the website of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship)

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