Lord, you have given me a gift of many a talent,
entrusting me with Your divine treasures while
You descend to free the righteous dead in Sheol
and rise to new life before Your heavenly ascent.
Grant by Your grace, I pray, that I have the will
to overcome my fear of disappointing You when
You return so that I do not rush to bury talent in
the ground of my ego where it feeds only my Hell.
I long to invest Your gifts wisely so that I may be
a steward of Your love who has multiplied Your
love in the hearts of all the nations so that by Your
mercy, Your good and faithful servant I will be.
By Unknown - A Woodcut from Historiae celebriores Veteris Testamenti Iconibus representatae, taken from http://www.textweek.com/art/parables.htm, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=799591
Note: The parable of the talents from the Gospel of Matthew is the inspiration for this particular prayer, with the influence of the Apostles' Creed.