A Prayer
 
By F. B. Meyer

In my inner life, I desire to be kept absolutely pure and lovely.
O Holy and Spotless One, be in me the Crystal Fountain of Purity!
O Lamb of God, be in me the Source of absolute meekness and humility!
O Lover of men, be in me a Fire of unwaning, all-subduing Tenderness!

    Make me instantly sensitive to the least taint of impurity and uncharity. Before ever the suggestion has assumed a tangible shape, may I detect it and shelter in Thee.

    In my home life, may I be made a blessing; its sunbeam when the days are dark; its inspiration when the days are sad and hopeless; its tender comfort when the days are full of pain and tears.

    Always thinking of others before myself; never imposing my private sorrows or moods; ever with the girt loin and the lighted torch; washing my face, and anointing my head and confiding my griefs to Thee only, that I may ever have

"A heart at leisure from itself,
to soothe and sympathize."

    In my religious life, may the neglect of prayer and Thy Holy Word be things of the past. Wake me morning by morning to hear as a disciple! Enable me to spring up at Thy call, and, like all Thy true servants, to rise up early in the morning to gather the manna ere the dew be gone from it.

    May my fellowship with Thee be unbroken through the day, that I may often look up into Thy face, even if I have not time to speak. Draw me, and I will run after Thee!

"Each moment call from earth away
My soul that only waits Thy call."

    In my daily calling, make me diligent in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord. May I do my work, not for the wages I may get, not to secure an advance, but so as to please Thee!

    May it be the only object of my daily striving to do all to the glory of God not with eye-service, as pleasing men, but in singleness of heart, fearing the Lord, doing the will of God as it is indicated in the circumstances of my life, and looking for my reward from Thy hand, O Divine Master! (1 Cor. 10:31.)

    In my use of money, I would not be anxious about the future, nor hoard up and keep for myself of that which Thou hast given me: I want to be Thy very slave, counting myself and all I have as Thy purchased property, and using all things as Thy representative and steward.

    In my use of time and health and all the opportunities of life, I desire to act with reverent care, redeeming the time, buying up each opportunity, conserving my body as the pure temple of the Holy Ghost, so partaking of recreation, food, natural scenery, travel, and all lawful pastimes, that I may the better serve Thy purpose in my creation and redemption.

    Show me what Thy talents are which Thou hast entrusted to me, and help me to make the two four, and the five ten. (Matt. 25:14-30.)

    Now bless me, even me, O Lord; I am Thine; Thy Father gave me to Thee before the world was made; Thou didst purchase me for Thyself by Thy precious blood; Thou hast begun a good work within me by Thy Holy Spirit.

    And now afresh take me to Thine heart, and seal me with Thy Holy Spirit. May He enlighten, comfort, and sanctify me, teaching me to pray, and opening the eyes of my heart that I may know Thee and the power of Thy resurrection, that, as Thou hast ascended into the heavens, so I may also, in heart and mind, thither ascend and with Thee continually dwell, Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end! Amen!