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Prayer to drive away dark and depressing thoughts

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Philip Kosloski - published on 06/09/21

Fill your mind with the light of God's wisdom with this prayer of St. Ephrem.

At times we can be overwhelmed with dark and depressing thoughts, finding it difficult to see any good in this world.

It is precisely at those moments where we need the light and joy of God’s love in our lives.

Here is a short prayer from St. Ephrem that asks God to drive away the darkness in our minds.

O Lord, drive away the darkness from our minds with the light of your wisdom, so that enlightened in this way we may serve you with renewed purity. The beginning of the sun’s passage through the sky marks the beginning of the working day for us mortals: we ask you, Lord, to prepare in our minds a place where the day that knows no end may give its light. Grant that we may have within us this light, the life of the resurrection, and that nothing may take away our delight in you. Mark us with the sign of that day that does not begin with the movement and the course of the sun, by keeping our minds fixed on you.

Do not take away from our minds, Lord, the signs of your spiritual presence and do not withdraw from our bodies the warmth and delight of your presence. The mortal nature of our bodies is a source of corruption within us: let the outpouring of the spirit of your love wipe away the effect of mortality from our hearts. Grant, Lord, that we may hasten to our true home, and, like Moses on the mountain-top, let us have a glimpse of it.

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