Prayers of the
Native American Church
"Inside every human being are the laws and codes by which we should live.
These laws and codes are communicated to us through a little voice.
When we are still, this voice guides us."
Don Coyhis (Mohican)
Native American 3rd Step Prayer
Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the wind,
whose breath gives life to the world,
I come to you as one of your many children,
I am small & weak,
I need your strength & wisdom.
May I walk in beauty.
But now my life is unmanageable.
I need to learn & remember that
I have an incurable illness & that
abstinence is the only way to deal with it.
Oh Great Spirit whose voice in the winds I hear,
And whose breath gives life to all the world-
Before you I come one of your many children.
I am small & weak.
Your strength & wisdom I need.
Let me walk in beauty & make my eyes ever behold the sunset.
Make my heart respect all You have made,
& my ears sharp to hear Your voice.
Make me wise that I may know all You have taught my people,
The lessons You have hidden in every rock.
I seek strength, not to be superior to my brother,
but to fight my greatest enemy - myself.
Make me ready to stand before You with clean & straight eyes,
So when life fades as the fading sunset,
may my spirit stand before You without shame.
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