During the season of Lent, as we penitently pray for our conversion from
sinfulness to righteousness, I though this prayer of Saint Ephrem of Syria
would be helpful. As Saint Ephrem of Syria is my patron saint, I will take
it up for myself. It is currently in used daily in Liturgy during the
season of Great Lent by Christians in the Eastern Rites. However, I think
it is applicable and helpful for everyone!
O Lord and Master of my life,
Grant not unto me a spirit of idleness,
of lust for power,
and of vain speaking.
But bestow upon me, Thy servant,
the spirit of chastity,
and of love.
Yea, O Lord and King,
grant that I may perceive
my own transgressions,
and judge not my brother,
for blessed art Thou
unto ages of ages.