Lord Jesus Christ,
take my freedom, my will, my memory.
All that I have and cherish, You have given me.
I surrender it all to be guided by Your will.
Your grace and Your love are wealth enough for me.
Give me these, Lord Jesus, and I ask for nothing more.
Attributed to the sixteenth century founder of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius of Loyola, this simple prayer reminds us that we are called to live as Jesus lived, obeying the will of God alone.
I’ve have loved this prayer since I first came across it several years ago. It is a hard prayer for me to say, because I am proud, willful and sinful, which is part of why I love it so much. It helps to remind me to be less proud, to be less willful, that I should not live for my own desires or be puffed up by my own achievements, but that I should recognize all is vanity unless I am living in full submission to the will of Jesus Christ who became incarnate to save all humanity. I pray that someday God will fully cleanse me of my willfulness and pride and I might be able to live and not just say the words of this prayer.
I pray also that this prayer may be as inspiring to others as it has been to me.