Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), the German theologian executed by the Nazis for his role in a plot to overthrow Adolf Hitler, prayed the following prayer.
O God, early in the morning I cry to you.
Help me to pray,
And to concentrate my thoughts on you:
I cannot do this alone.
In me there is darkness,
but with you there is light;
I am lonely;
but with you there is help;
I am restless,
but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness,
but with you there is patience;
I do not understand your ways,
But you know the way for me. …
Restore me to liberty,
And enable me so to live now
that I may answer before you and before me.
Lord, whatever this day may bring
Your name be praised. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer as quoted by Jonathan Aitken, Prayers for People under Pressure (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2008), 190.
Hat Tip: Rev. Amy Lippoldt