The Control Freak’s Prayer

Surrendering with White Flag

Lord, help me control my need to control.
There is only one person I truly can control: me myself.
Grant me the strength and grace to let all others run their own life.

Give me words that might influence, but guard me from manipulation.
Help me to surrender to the choices of others, but keep me from giving up.
Allow my age to be seen as gentle wisdom, but never intimidation.

Lord, as I seem to have this insatiable need to control,
May the only thing I force be my own will.


Inspired by Joan Chittister’s commentary on The Rule of Benedict (Crossroad, 2010)