It is easy to forget that God is really concerned about our daily life. Rather than focusing on our “spiritual life” it seems that we would all do well to focus on the whole of our lives lived under God’s care and lordship. So, how encouraging it is to see a prayer from one of the giants of the faith (for info on St. Ephrem click). Some may look at St. Ephrem’s prayer as being less theological but more practical than others. When viewed this way we miss the truth that good doctrine, as it is described in Titus, is practical.
Good theology is theology we can pray, that we can live into, that can draw us together, and make us full of awe for God.
O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk.
But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.
Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions, and not to judge my brother, for blessed art Thou, unto ages of ages. Amen.