Prayer for Saturday

We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.
~ Rabindranath Tagore

My heart is not proud, Lord,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.
But I have calmed and quieted myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content.

Israel, put your hope in the Lord
both now and forevermore.

(Psalm 131 [NIV])

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I give freely without expecting a reward.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

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Prayer for Friday

Humility is to make a right estimate of one’s self.
~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Be humble, be harmless,
Have no pretension,
Be upright, forbearing;
Serve your teacher in true obedience,
Keeping the mind and body in cleanness,
Tranquil, steadfast, master of ego,
Standing apart from the things of the senses,
Free from self;
Aware of the weakness in mortal nature.

(Bhagavad Gita 13.7-8)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I give freely without expecting a reward.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Thursday (Ascension Day)

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
~ Gospel of Matthew 5:5

Open to me the gates of repentance, O Giver of Life,
For my spirit rises early to pray towards thy holy temple.
Bearing the temple of my body all defiled;
But in Thy compassion, purify me by the loving kindness of Thy mercy.

Lead me on the paths of salvation, O Mother of God,
For I have profaned my soul with shameful sins,
and have wasted my life in laziness.
But by your intercessions, deliver me from all impurity.

When I think of the many evil things I have done, wretch that I am,
I tremble at the fearful day of judgement.
But trusting in Thy living kindness, like David I cry to Thee:
Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy great mercy.

(Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I give freely without expecting a reward.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Wednesday

Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech.
Be unjust to no man, and show all meekness to all men…
[Be] a fruit upon the tree of humility.
~ Bahá’u’lláh

O Lord, help me to be meek and lowly, and strengthen me in severing myself from all things and in holding to the hem of the garment of Thy glory, so that my heart may be filled with Thy love and leave no space for love of the world and attachment to its qualities.

(Bahá’í Prayers [US edition], pp. 152-153)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I give freely without expecting a reward.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Tuesday

The fool who knows that he is a fool
is for that very reason a wise man;
the fool who thinks he is wise is a fool indeed.
~ Dhammapada 63

Though I seek my refuge in the true faith of the Pure Land,
Yet my heart has not been truly sincere.
Deceit and untruth are in my flesh,
And in my soul is no clear shining.
In their outward seeming all men are diligent and truth speaking,
But in their souls are greed and anger and unjust deceitfulness,
And in their flesh do lying and cunning triumph.
Too strong for me is the evil of my heart.
I cannot overcome it.
Therefore my soul is like unto the poison of serpents;
Even my righteous deeds, being mingled with this poison,
Must be named deeds of deceitfulness.
Shameless though I be and having no truth in my soul,
Yet the virtue of the Holy Name, the gift of Him that is enlightened,
Is spread throughout the world through my words,
Although I am as I am.
There is no mercy in my soul.
The good of my fellow man is not dear in my eyes.
If it were not for the Ark of Mercy,
The divine promise of the Infinite Wisdom,
How should I cross the Ocean of Misery?
I, whose mind is filled with cunning and deceit as the poison of reptiles,
Am impotent to practice righteous deeds.
If I sought not refuge in the gift of our Father,
I should die the death of the shameless.

(Shinran Shohin, founder of Shin Buddhism)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I give freely without expecting a reward.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Monday

Nobody stands taller than those willing to stand corrected.
~ William Safire

O Father, give us the humility which realizes its ignorance,
Admits its mistakes, recognizes its need, welcomes advice,
Accepts rebuke. Help us always to praise rather than to criticize,
To sympathize rather than to discourage, to build rather than to destroy,
And to think of people at their best rather than at their worst.
This we ask for thy name’s sake.

(William Barclay)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I give freely without expecting a reward.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Sunday (Mother’s Day)

It is always the secure who are humble.
~ Gilbert Keith Chesterton

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.

From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being approved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being humiliated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being despised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of suffering rebukes, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being calumniated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being ridiculed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being wronged, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being suspected, Deliver me, Jesus.

That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be chosen and I set aside,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I unnoticed,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be preferred to me in everything,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may become holier than I,
provided that I may become as holy as I should,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

(Litany of Humility, Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val [1865-1930])

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I give freely without expecting a reward.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)