Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Prayer for Lent

Here is a beautiful prayer for Lent by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. If you have never read any of his books, you need to. His ideas and practices written about during his imprisoning and eventual death at the hands of the Nazis has inspired and taught many, many people. Regardless of whether you are familiar with his works or not, I hope the Spirit uses this prayer as you pray it. (Thanks Christine Sine for originally posting this at her blog Godspace.)

I Cannot Do This Alone

O God, early in the morning I cry to you.

Help me to pray

And to concentrate my thoughts on you;

I cannot do this alone.

In me there is darkness,

But with you there is light;

I am lonely, but you do not leave me;

I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help;

I am restless, but with you there is peace.

In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience;

I do not understand your ways,

But you know the way for me….

Restore me to liberty,

And enable me to live now

That I may answer before you and before men.

Lord whatever this day may bring,

Your name be praised.



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