Here is a prayer of Austine, to reflect on, to meditate on, to pray, and make it your own this week. See some reflection questions at the bottom of this post.
You Over Me
Lord Jesus, let me know myself and know You, and desire nothing save only You.
Let me hate myself and love You.
Let me do everything for the sake of You.
Let me humble myself and exalt You.
Let me think of nothing except You.
Let me die to myself and live in You.
Let me accept whatever happens as from You.
Let me banish self and follow You, and ever desire to follow You.
Let me fly from myself and take refuge in You,
That I may deserve to be defended by You.
Let me fear for myself.
Let me fear You, and let me be among those who are chosen by You.
Let me distrust myself and put my trust in You.
Let me be willing to obey for the sake of You.
Let me cling to nothing save only to You,
And let me be poor because of You.
Look upon me, that I may love You.
Call me that I may see You, and for ever enjoy You. Amen.
- Behold — Where are the eyes of your heart drawn into this prayer?
- Believe — How is your faith strengthened in this prayer?
- Belong — Who are you recalling as you pray this prayer?
- Become — What is God inviting you to receive and thereby become as you pray this prayer?