This is a prayer taken from William Barclay's Prayer Book,
Help us, O God, to rid ourselves of all the things which
keep us from being good examples of the faith which we profess.
Never to demand standards from others which we
never attempt to live up to ourselves;
Never to contradict with our lives that which we say
with our lips;
Never to be one thing to people's face and another
behind their back.
Never to make a promise and then to break it
because it is difficult to keep;
Never to do anything dishonorable, either to avoid
trouble or to make a gain;
Never to be disloyal to a friend
or untrue to a loved one.
Never to teach or persuade anyone to do
a wrong thing;
Never to give an example which will make it easier
for someone else to go wrong;
Never to laugh at anyone else's beliefs,
and never to hide our own.
Help us to live that we shall never bring disgrace to ourselves,
heartbreak to others,
or grief to you.
This is my earnest prayer today...