Merton: Third Step Prayer

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me.. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. ... And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost..

—Thomas Merton in Thoughts in Solitude (1956).

Fork in the Road . Camp McDowell

Fork in the Road . Camp McDowell

I share many prayers with spiritual friends, and this is one of my favorites. I especially love to pray it along with friends who are in the process of discerning how to become the person God created them to be: when deciding on a vocation, making life-changing decisions, or just trying to live in the present, one day at a time.

This prayer has similarities to the Third Step Prayer (p. 63 in Alcoholics Anonymous: The Big Book): “God, I offer myself to Thee—to build with me and do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of Life. May I do Thy will always.”

Both of these are prayers of surrender to each day, to whatever God puts in front of us each day.


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