In John 10:10 Jesus promises His followers abundant life. This blog is about my life as His follower.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Keep me aware of my own sin

OK, I'll admit it. The truth of the matter is that sometimes it's way easier for me to see the sins of others than my own. Perhaps that's why I was so captivated by this this prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian. May it bless you as it has blessed me:

O Lord and Master of my life,
Keep me from sloth and prying,
From hollow pride and empty chatter -
From hollow pride and empty chatter.
Grant unto me instead the grace
Of purity and humility,
Of patience and neighborly love -
Of patience and neighborly love.

O Lord and King and Giver of grace,
Keep me aware of my own sin
So I shall not think ill of my neighbor.
And blessed be Thou forever -
And blessed be Thou forever.



Michelle said...

That is awesome. Definitely something I deal with...but have never actually thought of praying for God to continue to show me my sin to keep me from prying into others lives.

David-FireAndGrace said...

Yes, the burden of sin is a useful tool in the Kingdom of God; bringing repentance and a true brokeness that releases the incense of God's Spirit.

It's a good prayer. It makes me think of Tommy Tenny in Houston some years ago.

"Like a bolt of lightning from the sky, God's power zapped the pulpit at the Christian Tabernacle in Houston, splitting the speaker's podium in two pieces before a stunned congregation and igniting a series of revival meetings that are still going on.

The bizarre pulpit-splitting incident, which occurred during an early morning service has resulted in hundreds of professions of faith in Christ as well as several reported healings."

God is serious about sin - and filled with mercy and grace.

Anonymous said...

知識可以傳授,智慧卻不行。每個人必須成為他自己。. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

RCUBEs said...

Simply beautiful sister Tracy. May our hearts be not hardened by sins. God bless.

May said...

Praise be to God....I am trying to learn to pray more and sin less.

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