A Prayer of Trust

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.

I do not see the road ahead of me.

I cannot know for certain 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 that 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 will I trust you always

though I may seem to be lost and 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

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Jim Manney is the author of highly praised popular books on Ignatian spirituality, including A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer (about the Daily Examen) and God Finds Us (about the Spiritual Exercises). He is the compiler/editor of An Ignatian Book of Days. His latest book is Ignatian Spirituality A to Z. He and his wife live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

6 Comments on A Prayer of Trust

  1. I’ve read this “thousands” of times, but it is still so wonderful, and comforting.

    It takes on a different significance at each stage of my life – while the words are familiar, the message becomes clearer.

    Thanks for including it for today.

  2. From the Can’t Make This Stuff Up Department: The Merton Foundation attempted to charge me several hundred dollars when I wanted to use this prayer in my book, Deliberate Acts of Kindness: Service as a Spiritual Practice. They backed off and lowered the fee significantly when I mentioned I was a struggling writer and made other choice comments about Merton’s vow of poverty. Like this story? Got a zillion of ’em!!

    • The prayer is Merton’s, in English. I think Jim needs to clarify this point not only here but in some other posts. However, thank you Jim, for all your good work.

  3. The prayer is beautiful regardless who or which foundation wrote it. In my opinion, this prayer was posted for us to meditate, and enjoy the meaning of Trust in our Lord God. Please do not debate on Jim, or Merton. Love the prayer, it is just wonderful.

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