Prayer to Become a Better Matthean
Lord, remind me often through Your inspiration
of my obligations as a Matthean student.
Make me observant of the responsibility
which you have placed upon me.
I should make myself holy
through my work in school
and prepare myself for my task in this world.
Let me never forget what a privilege it is
to be able to devote so many years of my youth
entirely to study when other youths of my age,
who are perhaps better gifted than I,
must work in the fields or in a factory.
When I am tempted to find fault
with shortcomings of others,
let me be humble and honest enough
to recall my own negligence
in performing my own duty.
Give me the courage to make up
for countless moments
I have wasted in school.
Make me a zealous student
who studies with a purpose,
reads with reflection, and
allows the self to be advised
by informed people
so that I may soon be an efficient worker
in the vineyard of Your creation.