grace to fix my mind on You

mosaic-res-chapel
North Mosaic 01 – Resurrection Chapel – National Cathedral  by Tim Evanson

 Jesus, grant me grace to fix my mind on You,
   especially in time of prayer,
   when I directly converse with You.
Stop the motions of my wandering head,
   and the desires of my unstable heart;
suppress the power of my spiritual enemies,
   who endeavor at that time to draw my mind from heavenly thoughts,
   to many vain imaginations.
So shall I, with joy and gratitude, look on You
   as my deliverer from all the evils I have escaped;
   and as my benefactor for all the good I have ever received,
      or can hope for…
O beloved of my soul, take up all my thoughts here,
   that my eyes, abstaining from all vain and hurtful sights,
   may become worthy to behold You
   face to face in Your glory forever.

Richard Whytford, died c. 1542, English Catholic Priest
The Westminster Collection of Christian Prayers

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Isaiah 26:3

You keep him in perfect peace
   whose mind is stayed on you,
   because he trusts in you.

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