Sunday, November 16, 2014

Humble, Hopeful Prayers

"O God, I am Mustafah the tailor and I work at the shop of Muhammad Ali. The whole day long I sit and pull the needle and the thread through the cloth. O God, you are the needle and I am the thread. I am attached to you and I follow you. When the thread tries to slip away from the needle it becomes tangled and must be cut so that it can be put back in the right place. O God, help me to follow you wherever you may lead me. For I am really only Mustafah the tailor, and I work at the shop of Muhammad Ali on the great square."

"O Lord, let me rest the ladder of gratitude against thy cross and, mounting, hiss thy feet."

These two prayers, the first by a Muslim who became a Christian, and the second by an Indian Christian are found in The Oxford Book Of Prayer, edited by George Appleton. I read found them at the end of a book about Christian history called Turning Points, by Mark A. Noll.