Defend us from ourselves, O God:
from weakness and inconstancy
and all the petty ways we fail
to be the people we might be.
Too often are we led astray
by fickle hope and false desire.
We ought not do what we have done,
nor have we done as you require.
We know we cannot save ourselves,
yet still have too much pride to claim
the grace that you have promised all
who turn and call upon your Name.
Forgive us, gracious God, forgive;
restore and guide us in your way.
Then strengthen us to do your will
and help us live the words we pray.