A Prayer For Contentment

The following prayer is from William Barclay’s “More Prayers For the Plain Man”. Though it was written in 1962, it is especially applicable today. I hope you find it as helpful as I did.



“O God, keep me from grumbling.

I am quite well aware – from experience – that there is no one harder to put up with than someone who is always complaining. Don’t let me become like that. Don’t let me have discontentment written all over my face, and the whine of the east wind for ever in my voice.

If I can’t get my own way, don’t let me sulk about it.

If I can’t get what I want, help me to make the best of what I can get, and of what I have.

Don’t let me become one of these people who take offense far too easily, and who go off in a huff, even when nothing unpleasant was ever intended.

Help me all day every day to look on the bright side of things, and to see the best in people.

And help me to live in the certainty that you are working all things together for good, if I have only the trust to accept them, and the patience to wait for your purposes to work out.

This I ask for your love’s sake. Amen”