Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple


The Prayer of St. Francis

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Sometimes we learn best by modeling those who go before us. We can learn by our own experiences; we can learn by the experiences and counsel of others. One way to grow in prayer: emulate those who pray easily and naturally and simple. Here’s a beautiful prayer often attributed to the 13th-century saint, Francis of Assisi.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

There’s an upside down and backward virtue in following Jesus. As Jesus himself taught, we are first only when we are last; we lead when we serve. Francis understand that our best prayers grow from truths that God himself has already communicated to us and demonstrated for us – In prayer we ask God to fulfill what we know God values! For the best prayers echo God’s heart! Francis seems to have understood this.

Can I do the same? 



  • Debra Rincon

    I love this comment most of all, I just read this yesterday in a book. How funny to click on here today and have right in front of my face again. I LOVE IT. Thanks for posting this and sharing this today!

  • Your Name

    Wonderful words to live by that are simply stated for a God filled life and so woven with the love of Christ. Profoundly stated, easily interpreted, and wonderful guidance for Christian living…if only applied. Beautiful prayer though written long ago still touches the throne room of Heaven. It is true…God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Simply beautiful!

  • Anne

    This is my very favorite prayer and has been for many, many years. It really does say it all.

  • ELAINE

    I LOST MY HUSBAND OF 45 YEARS AND SOMETIME I FIND MYSELF WALLOWING IN SELF PITY. YES, I DO MISS HIM VERY MUCH. HE WAS MY TRUE SOLE MATE,BUT THIS PRAYER SAYS IT ALL. WE MUST MOVE ON. GOD HAS BETTER THINGS IN STORE FOR ALL OF US IF WE ARE OPEN.

  • Lorraine Curtiss

    I want to thank you for the beautiful prayer of St Francis. It has helped me not to feel so sorry for myself, especially when I am excessively lonely. I live by myself and my family lives very far away. I do not know anyone here in my town of 350 people so I am very lonely all the time. Please pray for me that I can attend my church more often and meet more people. Thank you.
    With God’s Prayers, and Love,
    I pray with all my heart and soul.
    Peace,
    Sincerely,
    Lorraine K. Curtiss
    lkc

  • lana blakely

    the truth is we are all lonely in a roomful.of people.we all want to be loved and some of us are. to be loved you need to be able to love yourself frist. having said that and knowing god made us. and as long as we love god we are never alone. knowing all this .i feel cheated out of love. i,m 62 years old and every time i fell in love i got hurt. what am i doing wrong.ive been alone 9years now and at this stage i feel i will never love again.yet i pray god send,s me a good hearted loving man so i can know happiness in the relationship department.please god befor i die,let me feel true romantic love.

  • Your Name

    Awesome, a wonderful prayer indeed for our body, soul and mind – while reading and singing this prayer is an Instrument of peace St. Francis had a wonderful soul and mind and called upon the good Lord name to master the words and to give praise and thanks to our wonderful Lord in this prayers it is for all of us to read and to compose our life in doing just the way St. Francis mastered in his life prayer. He practice and he preached to show us the way to God heart

  • Kathy F

    In the late 60’s and early 70’s this prayer was set to music as a fabulous piece that I sang at church. That is where I first knew it and I still remember it set to music more than recited.

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