The prayer for when you don’t know what you should be praying for

Thomas Merton wrote a great prayer. It fits me perfectly on those days when I get all tangled up in my thoughts about God, and my uncertainty about whether I’m doing what God really wants me to do. In other words, this is a good prayer for me just about every day of the week. Enjoy.

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope that I have that desire in all I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore, I trust you always, though I may seem to be lost in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”

Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk and one of the 20th century’s most prolific Catholic writers.


One thought on “The prayer for when you don’t know what you should be praying for

  1. Thanks for this prayer. We all find ourselves at a loss for words in prayer sometimes and having the words of another follower of Christ can be very helpful in jumpstarting our prayer time.

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