Dear God, I am in battle with myself. I am taught that it is by self-forgetting that one finds, by forgiving that one is forgiven. My selfish core is at war with that part of me that would spread your love generously to all. After so much time, so much effort, Lord, how can it be that inside I am still so narrow?
Lord, let me see the struggle to self-surpass as the fundamental gift you have given to me. The knowledge of my shortcomings is what drives me to act against them.
Let me not fall into despondency and fear. Let me seek to comfort, aid, and love all those around me. Let me burn away all the selfish, mean spirit that blocks me. Let love of others shine light into all the hidden shadows inside me.