Lord, Make Me an Instrument
"Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."1
One of my favorite prayers set to music is the beautiful prayer of St. Francis of Assisi who lived in the 13th century. What a difference we would make in today's world if every Christian prayed this prayer from the heart regularly:
"Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
"O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal
"Thank You, God, for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus's name, amen."
1. Matthew 5:15-16 (NIV).