By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

This prayer could really stop after the first three lines. Hear/forgive/do. What else do we need from God but that? Everything else is just details.

Let us pray:

Lord, hear;
Lord, forgive;
Lord, do.
Hear what we speak not;
forgive what we speak amiss;
do what we leave undone;
that not according to our words, or our deeds,
but according to your mercy and truth,
all may work for your glory,
and the good of your kingdom, through Jesus Christ.
—Maria Ware, 1798

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