This prayer can be said anytime, but during Lent and our preparation for celebrating the resurrection of Christ, it takes on a special meaning. We prepare in humility, on our knees, being willing to see ourselves truthfully and our need for Christ soberly.
While this prayer of Saint Ephraim the Syrian dates back to the 300s, it is as timely to our human condition today as it was then.
“O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk.
But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.
Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions, and not to judge my brother, for blessed art Thou, unto ages of ages. Amen.”