You have given me another day,
a day to live in your service
and for the good of my fellow people.
I am indeed a poor tool in your hand
and deserving to be cast aside.
Forgive me all my sins for Jesus’ sake,
and by your Spirit, grant me fitness for the work of today.
I ask you to make me mindful, dear Lord,
that I am but a stranger and a pilgrim in this present world.
Let me not devote my efforts today to purposes unworthy of you;
let me not gather treasures merely for this world;
let me not serve money and greed.
This life is but a vain show; let me not search for an abiding city here.
But, Lord, fasten my heart and hope on the life that is in you,
and let my strivings and desires be directed to the treasure of your Love.
As long as I am in the land of my pilgrimage,
hold my hand; keep me from every path that strays.
If I should stumble in sinful weakness, grant me repentance and faith.
For Jesus’ sake.
(taken from the 1951 Lutheran Book of Prayer)