Saint Ephrem’s Prayer
O Lord and Master of my life
remove from me the spirit of sadness, despair, thirst for power and vain talk.
Instead, grant me, Your servant,
the spirit of prudence, humility, patience and love.
Indeed, O Lord and King,
grant that I see my own sins and not judge my brother or sister,
for You are blessed unto ages of ages. Amen.
Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem, The Syrian - Fourth Century
Here are the four obstacles that can be removed with this Prayer:
Remove from me the spirit of sadness or laziness:
We are convinced that change is not possible.
Remove from me the spirit of despair or faintheartedness:
We see nothing that is good or positive.
Remove from me the spirit of thirst or lust for power:
We want to become lord of our own lives.
Remove from me the spirit of vain or idle talk:
Our words become the agent of sin.
Here are the four positive gifts this Prayer offers you:
Grant me the spirit of prudence or whole-mindedness:
Restore the true scale of values that lead us back to God.
Grant me the spirit of humility:
See God’s majesty and goodness and love in everything.
Grant me the spirit of patience:
Reflect infinite respect for all things.
Grant me the spirit of love:
The sum total of all our quests.