Prayer for Wisdom, Courage and Justice

Praying for Wisdom

From time immemorial people have always believed
That the four greatest virtues are
Let us ask God to help us
To have them in our lives.

O God, help me to have in my life the virtues
Which all persons value and admire.

Give me wisdom always to know
What I ought to to do;
What I ought to say;
Where I ought to go;

Give me courage,
To do the right thing when it is difficult;
If need be, to be laughed at for my faith;
Never to be ashamed to show my loyalty to you.

Give me justice,
Always to be fair in thought, word and action;
Always to think of the rights of others
As much as of my own;
Never to be content when anyone is being
Unjustly treated;

Give me self-control,
Always to have my impulses, passions
And emotions under perfect control;
Never to be swept into doing things
For which I would be sorry;
Never to do anything which would hurt others,
Grieve those who love me,
Or bring shame to myself.

Hear this my prayer for your love’s sake, Amen.

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