O merciful God,
...teach me how to take reproofs from friends
even though i think i do not deserve them;
use them to make me tenderly afraid of sin
more jealous over myself
more concerned to keep my heart and life unblamable;
cause them to help me reflect on my want of spirituality,
to abhor myself,
to look upon myself as unworthy,
and to make them beneficial to my soul.
may all thy people know how little, mean, and vile i am,
that they may see i am nothing,
less than nothing,
to be accounted nothing,
so that they may pray for me aright,
and have not the least dependence upon me.
...give me such vivacity in religion,
that i may be able to take all reproofs from other men
as from thy hands
and glorify thee for them
from a sense of thy beneficent love
and of my need to have my pride destroyed.