Prayer of a Selfish Soul

Original Christian Prayer for Selfishness

Prayer for Selfishness
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"Prayer of a Selfish Soul" is an original Christian prayer submitted by an About.com member. Recognizing the need for God's help, this prayer expresses sorrow for selfish ambition and a return to obedience and dependence upon the Lord.

Prayer of a Selfish Soul

Lord, I have been everything except what I should.
I have fought for my own way over yours,
And I have done nothing but fall short.
I am here for the sole purpose
Of requesting Your mercy once again.


I have chased my own dreams
And burned my own way
Through this busted world to no avail.
I have been a stubborn fool
Who only cares about what he can accomplish
And who he can impress.
I feel as though I am nothing—
A jester of chance that is completely unworthy
Of everything You are.
I have come to the broken realization
That without You, I am nothing, my God.
I need you in every part of my life.
Without you directing my steps,
I do nothing but wander the days and nights
Of a desperate world
That is rife with disappointment and failure.
But with You, there is joy and there is love.
With You, I am everything I should be,
Everything I am capable of being.
I have been a selfish soul.
I am here, on my battered knees,
Whispering my hallelujahs
And begging for forgiveness from You—
A forgiveness that I am forever in need of.
Forgive me, sweet Lord.
Make me what I need to be.
Let my tattered heart burn for You as it should.


I relent everything I am to You.
I hand over every part of my withered life
So that You may do with me as You see fit.
Use me, so that I may be proof to a dying world
That there is a God of mercy and unconquered love.
Clean my selfish soul.
Take everything that is not of You
And make me whole once again.
I am here, God.


I have made the final choice
To quit my dashing about
And be still in your ever pure ways.
In your perfect will, let it be so.
Amen.

--Cory Copeland

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Copeland, Cory. "Prayer of a Selfish Soul." ThoughtCo, Feb. 12, 2017, thoughtco.com/prayer-of-a-selfish-soul-700941. Copeland, Cory. (2017, February 12). Prayer of a Selfish Soul. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/prayer-of-a-selfish-soul-700941 Copeland, Cory. "Prayer of a Selfish Soul." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/prayer-of-a-selfish-soul-700941 (accessed December 18, 2017).