Dangerous Prayer

Several years ago, the prayer below appeared on the 24-7 prayer website. I set it to appear when my computer started, and consequently prayed it most days. In the light of recent struggles, I think it’s time I did that again. Maybe it will help you too:

Mother Theresa dared to pray this prayer. In fact she lived it and it took her to the slums joyfully.
– Do you dare to pray this prayer?
– And if you dare to pray it, do you honestly mean it?
– Why not print this out right now, leave your computer to entertain itself, find some space and work through this prayer with God alone…

Deliver me, O Jesus

From the desire of being loved,
From the desire of being extolled,
From the desire of being honoured,
From the desire of being praised,
From the desire of being preferred,
From the desire of being consulted,
From the desire of being approved,
From the desire of being popular,

From the fear of being of being humiliated,
From the fear of being despised,
From the fear of suffering rebukes,
From the fear of being slandered,
From the fear of being forgotten,
from the fear of being wronged,
From the fear of being ridiculed,
From the fear of being suspected.

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

(Mother Theresa, A Simple Path.)

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About prophetable

My wife Elizabeth and I were commissioned as Officers (ministers) in The Salvation Army in 1997, and have served in appointments in England and Scotland. Since July 2016 I have been working in The Salvation Army's Scotland Office as combined parliamentary and ecumenical representative.
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