PRAYER: A Call To Prayer, by Frances E. Willard

(This prayer was delivered in 1887 at the annual conference of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union.)

Let us pray mightily to God that we may be replenished with heavenly grace according to our need, so that the law of kindness shall dwell in our hearts and on our tongues and charity, or love, which “vaunteth not itself, is not easily provoked, doth not behave itself unseemly,” shall control our every action.  Next to God’s spirit dwelling in our own, nothing will so help us to be considerate and patient, as to pray for and speak gently of those who in our judgment have done injustice unto our motives, our record, and our character.  Let us be careful not to do them a parallel injustice but, by recalling their noble qualities and their kindness in the past, keep them hidden in the citadel of our generous regard and confidence until this storm be overpassed.

Amen.

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