What I Ought to Ask

Lord, I know not what I ought to ask of You, 
You alone know what I need; 
You love me better than I know how to love myself. 

Father! Give to Your child that which he himself knows not how to ask. 
I dare not ask either for crosses or consolations; 
I simply present myself before You. 
I open my heart to You. 

Behold my need, which I know not myself; 
see and do according to Your tender mercy. 
Smile or heal, depress me, or raise me up; 
I adore all Your purposes without knowing them: 
I am silent; 
I offer myself in sacrifice; 
I yield myself to You, 
I would have no other desire than to accomplish Your will. 
Teach me to pray. Pray in me.

(a prayer by François Fénelon, updated with contemporary language)

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