Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Prayer for When I *Can't* Pray

Here is a prayer I wrote while I was in college.  It was one of those times when I couldn't sift through all the various friends, preachers and other influences that surrounded me with different and conflicted urgings on how to think, how to relate to the Almighty, and what I should or should not pray:

Oh God, my Creator, I humbly ask you for the privilege of knowing you according to the way that you alone choose for me to know you.

And I ask you to keep me from hardening my heart to the ways that you alone choose, and help me to discern your most perfect will, so that in knowing the will of the One who created me I may have true peace and a better knowledge of my true self. Amen.


Bryan Atchison said... @ January 2, 2011 at 8:01 AM

Your prayer encouraged me. Thank you for sharing it. Its spirit reminds me of that of another encouraging prayer, by St. Anselm: "Lord, you who grant understanding to faith, grant that, insofar as you know it is useful for me, I may understand that you exist as we believe you to exist, and that you are what we believe you to be" (Proslogion, ch. 2, trans. Thomas Williams).

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