Deliver me, O God,
from a slothful mind,
from all lukewarmness
and all dejection of spirit.
I know these cannot but deaden
my love to you;
mercifully free my heart from them,
and give me a lively, zealous, active
and cheerful spirit;
that I may vigorously perform
whatever you command,
thankfully suffer whatever you choose for me,
and be ever passionate to obey in all things
your holy love.
John Wesley, 1703-1791, English churchman and founder of Methodism
2000 Years of Prayer, slightly modernized
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect,
but I press on to make it my own,
because Christ Jesus has made me his own.
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own.
But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind
and straining forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal
for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.