A Morning Prayer

A Morning Prayer

Morning Sun

Although this prayer is often attributed to Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow, a Russian Orthodox priest of the 18th Century, it may go back to the famous mystic, theologian and spiritual director Archbishop François Fénelon of Cambrai who was born in 1651. (I didn’t know that until I looked into it just now)! It is though, a daily prayer that has been in use for centuries and a prayer I often use when my day is busy and I (perhaps foolishly) cut short a daily devotional.  

O Lord,

grant that I may meet the coming day in peace.

Help me in all things

to rely upon Thy Holy Will.

In every hour of the day,

reveal Thy 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 the firm conviction that Thy 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 Thee.

Teach me to act firmly and wisely,

without embittering and embarrassing others.

Give me the strength to bear the fatigue

of the coming day with all that it shall bring.

Direct my will.

Teach me to pray.

Pray Thou Thyself in me.

Amen.

As Christians we know that prayer is an important activity. It is not meant to be a passive shopping list of requests or an appeal to God to put right that which we believe is wrong.

Prayer connects us with God and by the Holy Spirit at work in us, to then bring to fruition God’s holy will. This particular prayer helps me to connect. Not only to connect with God but to connect with the people I meet and the world around me in which we all live. I realise not only my need of God but it helps me to be aware of his presence throughout the day in those I meet or the situations I find myself in. So, when I get tired or frustrated, concerned about people, Politics or the environment, intimidated by people or situations I find myself in, I remember that I have beside me and within me the Holy Spirit. This prayer appeals to God to guide me, help me and enable me to see through his eyes and respond in his way of love. Sometimes I’m stopped dead in my tracks for my own good and even compelled to rest.

The final phrase “Pray thou Thyself in me” or in the modern version “Pray in me” captures something of the essence of relationship with God. It is about (for me at least) being a co-creator and co-worker. It leads me into active, not passive discipleship. Personally I tend to use a modern version of it, but whatever version, I commend it as a daily morning prayer.

Nigel Chapman

Vicar of Filey