A Prayer for Help Against Sinning

 

Who will set a guard over my mouth, and an effective seal upon my lips,
so that I may not fall because of them,
and my tongue not destroy me?

Lord, Father and Master of my life,
do not abandon me to their designs,
and do not let me fall because of them!

Who will set whips over my thoughts,
and the discipline of wisdom over my mind,
so as not to spare me in my errors,
and not overlook my sins?

Otherwise my mistakes may be multiplied,
and my sins may abound,
and I may fall before my adversaries,
and my enemy may rejoice over me.

Lord, Father and God of my life,
do not give me haughty eyes,
and remove evil desire from me.

Let neither gluttony nor lust overcome me,
and do not give me over to shameless passion.

 

—Book of Sirach 22:27,23:1-6 (NRSV)—

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