Friday, May 4, 2012

Lord Jesus, Let Me Know Myself

The title of this prayer by St. Augustine of Hippo surprised me. When I first saw it, before I read the actual prayer, I was expecting it to be more focused on being true to yourself. 

Actually, though, it is all about being Christ-centered. letting Him have the throne of your heart. I am drawn to this prayer, feeling the need to be more mindful of Christ, more spiritually obedient.  I think I might tack it up in my house and pray it every day for a while. 

Perhaps it will speak to you, too.

Lord Jesus, Let Me Know Myself
Lord Jesus, let me know myself and know Thee,
And desire nothing save only Thee.
Let me hate myself and love Thee.
Let me do everything for the sake of Thee.
Let me humble myself and exalt Thee.
Let me think of nothing except Thee.
Let me die to myself and live in Thee.
Let me accept whatever happens as from Thee.
Let me banish self and follow Thee,
And ever desire to follow Thee.
Let me fly from myself and take refuge in Thee,
That I may deserve to be defended by Thee.
Let me fear for myself, let me fear Thee,
And let me be among those who are chosen by Thee.
Let me distrust myself and put my trust in Thee.
Let me be willing to obey for the sake of Thee.
Let me cling to nothing save only to Thee,
And let me be poor because of Thee.
Look upon me, that I may love Thee.
Call me that I may see Thee,
And for ever enjoy Thee. Amen.

Have a blessed day!

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