Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Prayer for Waiting

When I was fasting and seeking discernment about whether or not to pursue serving with Students International, I turned to several prayers others had written.  As I read the following words, especially the last line, my heart knew that no matter the answer, God was with me, teaching me how to love Him.  I turn to it often.  Today, I am praying it for sisters-in-Christ who are struggling with many troubles.  May God Himself pray in you.

O Lord, I know not what to ask of Thee.
Thou alone knowest what are my true needs.
Thou lovest 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 either a cross or consolation;
I can only wait on Thee.
My heart is open to Thee.
Visit and help me,
for Thy great mercy's sake.
Strike me and heal me,
cast me down and raise me up.
I worship in silence Thy holy will
and Thine inscrutable ways.
I offer myself as a sacrifice to Thee.
I put all my trust in Thee.
I have no other desire than to fulfill Thy will.
Teach me how to pray.
Pray Thou Thyself in me.

-Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow

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