draw me

“I am a bow in your hands, Lord.

Draw me, lest I rot.

Do not overdraw me, Lord.  I shall break.

Overdraw me, Lord, and who cares if I break!”

-Nikos Kazantzakis

deliver me

From the cowardice that dare not face new truth,

From the laziness that is contented with half truth,

From the arrogance that thinks it knows all truth,

Good Lord, deliver me.

– Kenyan Prayer, Oxford Book of Prayer

covenant prayer

I am no longer my own, but thine.

Put me to what thou wilt,

rank me with whom thou wilt.

Put me to doing, put me to suffering.

Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee,

exalted for thee or brought low for thee.

Let me be full, let me be empty.

Let me have all things, let me have nothing.

I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.

And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

thou art mine, and I am thine.

So be it.

And the covenant which I have made on earth,

let it be ratified in heaven.


-Methodist Covenant Prayer