Note: As a personal, spiritual discipline, reviving my practice in the Lenten season of 2017, I revise the prayers I wrote then for each of the forty days of this Lent; each petition focusing on a theme, a concern weighing on my mind and heart or a care of my soul and spirit.
On God’s Goodness and my prodigality in prayer (being a meditation on the words of Charlotte Elliott)…
O Lord, I keep comin’ back ‘round to my waywardness.
With my best intentions, I seek You in prayer. Yet most often (not that I need confess this to You, for You know!) I cannot stay the course. I cannot hold my thoughts together in any semblance of order.
Daily distractions, try as I might to ignore them (even the small ones and even for an instant), get in my way and lead me wayward. (Even when I try to thank You for Your boundless Goodness, Your beneficent God-ness, I lose my way and need beseech You to help me to thank You!)
I would fear: Do I weary You, Lord? Yet, by faith, I believe that I do not (though I oft weary myself!).
For You, being Love, love me. You delight that I come to You, praying, “Just as I am without one plea.”
Endnote: Charlotte Elliott (1789-1871), English poet, hymn writer, and editor best known for her hymns, “Just as I Am” (1835) and “Thy will be done” (1834).