By: Nermine Mohamed, Writing Intern 2015
Whenever I find my heart overwhelmed with desires; I seek solace in this prayer:
آلَلهُمَ لاَ تُعَلقٌ قَلبىٌ بمٌا لَيْسَ لىٌ واجعَل لىْ فيمْا أُحَب نَصٌيبَ
It means “God, don’t let my heart get attached to what’s not meant for me and make what I love a part of my destiny.”
There are times when I fear that what I desire is not good for me, when desires control me and blind me from what truly matters. Maybe we all have desires that drive us away from God, and maybe too we all have times when we lose hope and our hearts cease to desire anything. I think there are times when we all desire too much and give thanks too little.
So for all of us, and for myself, I pray:
My heart is an open book only to You. You know what I desire.
My knowledge is limited and my sight is short and You know what lies ahead and what’s best for me, make my heart desire what’s good for me.
Help me not to cling to futile hopes and false desires, let my heart see what matters.
Make my desires a road that drives me closer to You and not further away.
Help me find patience when my desires are unfulfilled and my prayers unanswered.
Sow satisfaction and gratitude in my heart.
Help me restrain the anger and disappointment I feel about what I lack and what I cannot get.
Let me be grateful instead for the countless blessings I have and those that perhaps didn’t deserve, for I’m seldom thankful enough.
Let my heart always be full of desires, full of hope, full of love. Let me live and trust in You, in myself and in those around me.