give me a zealous, cheerful spirit

Effort by By Perez Mekem (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

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.

One thought on “give me a zealous, cheerful spirit

  1. I needed this prayer today as I recover from surgery. My impatience can easily make me irritable and I diminish the joy of the Lord.


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