Hold Me Fast, Lord

O God the author of all good,
I come to You for the grace another day will require
for its duties and events.
I step out into a wicked world;
I carry with me an evil heart.
I know that without You I can do nothing,
that everything with which I shall be concerned,
however harmless in itself,
may prove an occasion of sin or folly,
unless I am kept by Your power.
Hold me up and I shall be safe.

Preserve my understanding from subtle error,
my heart from the love of idols,
my character from the stain of vice,
my mouth from every form of evil.
May I engage in nothing in which I cannot ask Your blessing,
and in which I cannot invite Your inspection.

Prosper me in all lawful undertakings,
or prepare me for disappointments.
Give me neither poverty nor riches.
Feed me with food convenient for me,
lest I be full and deny You and say, “Who is the Lord?”
or be poor, and steal, and take Your name in vain.
May every creature be made good to me by prayer and Your will.

Teach me how to use the world and not abuse it,
to improve my talents,
to redeem my time,
to walk in wisdom toward those without,
and in kindness to those within,
to do good to all men, and especially to my fellow Christians.

And to You be the glory.

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