The Prayer of Mother Teresa

Posted October 12, 2016

Have you ever heard a prayer so moving, your prayer life and spiritual walk were forever changed? Prayers are an act of worship in themselves and a vital part of our spiritual walk. One of the most moving prayers I’ve heard is the one below where we ask our minds, thoughts, actions, and attitude to be more like Christ. In the next few weeks the choir will sing this beautiful prayer which has been expressively set to music by composer Rene Clausen. What a wonderful prayer we can pray asking Christ to be in us in all that we do!

Jesus, help me to spread Your fragrance everywhere I go.
Flood my soul with Your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly,
That my life may only be a radiance of Yours.

Shine through me, and be so in me
That every soul I come in contact with
May feel Your presence in my soul.
Let them look up and see no longer me, but only Jesus!

Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as You shine,
So to shine as to be a light to others;
The light, O Jesus will be all from You; none of it will be mine;
It will be you, shining on others through me.

Let me thus praise You the way You love best, by shining on those around me.
Let me preach You without preaching, not by words but by my example,
By the catching force of the sympathetic influence of what I do,
The evident fullness of the love my heart bears to You.


Many associate this prayer with Mother Teresa, however it was John Henry Newman who wrote it. Mother Teresa prayed this prayer daily after communion with the Missionaries of Charity. Missionaries of Charity care for those who are refugees, former prostitutes, mentally ill, sick children, abandoned children, and other individuals who are undergoing hardships due to economical, physical, mental, political, or social constraints. This prayer was a corporate profession of their need for Christ in their hearts and what they were asking Christ to do in them and through their ministries.

As we pray to God, as missionaries in our own daily walk, are we asking for something for ourselves or for something greater? We are all missionaries in a field where the harvest is plentiful. We have the opportunity to witness and share the Gospel in our daily workplace, school, and even to our own friends and families.

This week during your prayer time, ask how you can image Christ and how the Lord can use you as a conduit so that he may draw the lost, the broken, and the strayed, into him through your witness. In the words of Cardinal Newman “Shine through me, and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Your presence in my soul.” May all see the light of Christ in you and may you shine even more brightly than before.

Written by Luke Lusted - Website

Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Luke first felt God's call to lead and serve in the music ministry of the local church while pursuing his Bachelor's degree at Louisiana Tech University. He earned his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Arizona. While Luke has served in numerous professional capacities including Artistic Director of a large choral organization, chorister in professional choirs, and composer and clinician for schools and churches across the country, his heart is pastoring and using his gifts to glorify Christ and His kingdom.


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