Prayer for Courage

Here’s a prayer from Henri J.M. Nouwen.  It came to mind when reading through Luke 4: 21-30, where Jesus is driven out of town after preaching in the synagogue.


A Prayer for Courage


God, give me the courage to be revolutionary,

as your Son Jesus Christ was.

Give me the courage to loosen myself from this world.

Teach me to stand up free and to shun no criticism.

God, it is for your kingdom.

Make me free,

make me poor in this world.

Then I will be rich in the real world,

which is what life is all about.

God, thank you for the vision of the future,

but make it fact and not just theory.


~ Henri J.M. Nouwen