A Girl's Prayer - A Boy's Prayer

"A Girl's Prayer"

Dear God, help me today, at home, at school, at work, at play,
to be Thy faithful follower.
Help me to keep my body well and strong.
Help me to show loving-kindness and to be helpful and courteous
at home or wherever I may be.
Give me patience and purity and truth, and make my heart a place of peace.
If things seem to go wrong with me, help me to be good-tempered and cheerful
at all times, sunny hearted, joyous, unselfish.
Dear God, who watches over me, help me
to grow in goodness, and step by step to gentle womanhood. Amen.

"A Boy's Prayer"

O God, give me clean hands, clean thoughts.
Help me to stand for the hard right against the easy wrong.
Save me from habits which do me harm.
Teach me to work and play as fair in Thy sight alone,
as if the whole world were looking on.
Forgive me when I am unkind, and help me to forgive those who are unkind to me.
Keep me ready to help others at some cost to myself,
and so grow more like Thee. For Jesus Christ our Saviours' sake, Amen.

from an old prayer book, quoted in HQL-0716, p. 20