Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Prayer

“In me there is darkness,
But with You there is light;
I am lonely, but You do not leave me;
I am feeble in heart, but with You there is help;
I am restless, but with You there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with You there is patience;
I do not understand Your ways,
But You know the way for me.”

“Lord Jesus Christ,
You were poor
And in distress, a captive and forsaken as I am.
You know all man’s troubles;
You abide with me
When all men fail me;
You remember and seek me;
It is Your will that I should know You
And turn to You.
Lord, I hear Your call and follow;
Help me.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters from Prison

For more on Dietrich Bonhoeffer see these posts:

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Advent

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Praying For One Another

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Time

A Prayer from Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Bonhoeffer wrote this prayer while he was imprisoned by the Nazis, and I thought it was well worth posting.  It was written for his fellow prisoners, but certainly has a universal application.

O God, early in the morning I cry to you.

Help me to pray
And to concentrate my thoughts on you;
I can’t do this alone.

In me there’s darkness,
But with you there’s light;
I’m lonely, but you don’t leave me;

I’m feeble in heart, but with you there’s help;
I’m restless, but with you there’s peace.
In me there’s bitterness, but with you there’s patience;
I don’t understand your ways,
But you know the way for me.

O Heavenly Father,
I praise and thank you
For rest in the night;
I praise and thank you for this new day;
I praise and thank you for all your goodness
and faithfulness throughout my life.

You have granted me many blessings;
Now let me also accept what’s hard from your hand.
You will lay on me no more than I can bear.
You make all things work together for good for your children.

Lord Jesus Christ,
You were poor and in distress, a captive and forsaken as I am.

You know all man’s troubles;
You abide with me when all men fail me;
You remember and seek me;
It’s your will that I should know you and turn to you.
Lord, I hear your call and follow;
Help me.

O Holy Spirit,
Give me faith that will protect me
from despair, from passions, and from vice;
Give me such love for God and men
as will blot out all hatred and bitterness;
Give me the hope that will deliver me
from fear and faint-heartedness.

Amen.