Prayer for Lent

At this time of year, I like to repeat St. Ephraim’s prayer:

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me a spirit of laziness, faintheartedness, love of power and idle talk.

But freely give to me, your servant, a spirit of soberness, humility, patience and love.

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother, for Thou art blessed unto ages of ages.


 In the course I’m teaching on the Pauline Epistles, we recently examined Ephesians 4 and Colossians 3 that exhort serious disciples to both put off the old way of life and put on the new way of life. Our formation into Christ-likeness accelerates when we both resist the pull of the earth-life and feed the seed of heaven’s life.

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