A prayer of Kierkegaard
Be Ye therefore Sober (I Peter 4.7)
Father in Heaven, Thou art a spirit and they that
worship Thee must worship Thee in spirit and in truth-
but how in spirit and in truth if we are not sober, even
if we are striving to be? Send therefore Thy Spirit into
our hearts; ah, it is so often invoked that it may come to
bring courage, and life and power and strength, oh, that
it first (this is indeed the condition for all the rest and
that the rest may be to our profit), oh that first it might
make us sober!
What a great prayer for Christians of all confessions.