Holy Spirit, almighty God, proceeding from the Father and the Son; Jesus the eternal Son, our Redeemer, has promised that you will kindle in us the true knowledge and love of God. Stir up in our hearts, we pray true fear, true faith, that we may acknowledge the mercy which the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ hast promised unto us for his sake. Be our comforter in all difficulties and dangers, and kindle divine love in our hearts, so that by true obedience, we may offer perpetual praise to you and to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to his blessed Son, our Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.
Philipp Melanchthon, 1497 – 1560, German reformer with Martin Luther
O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.
You are wisdom, uncreated and eternal, the supreme first cause, above all being, sovereign Godhead, sovereign goodness, watching unseen the God-inspired wisdom of Christian people. Raise us, we pray, that we may totally respond to the supreme, unknown, ultimate, and splendid height of your words, mysterious and inspired. There all God’s secret matters lie covered and hidden under darkness both profound and brilliant, silent and wise. You make what is ultimate and beyond brightness secretly to shine in all that is most dark. In your way, ever unseen and intangible, you fill to the full with most beautiful splendor those souls who close their eyes that they may see. And I, please, with love that goes on beyond mind to all that is beyond mind, seek to gain such for myself through this prayer.
O Lord our God, reveal to us your heart and character so that we in turn will yield our hearts, minds and wills to obey your commands. It is in listening and hearing from you that we can set our hearts to obey your commands and follow your instructions.
We recognize that our craving for wisdom, deliverance, and freedom can only be fulfilled in you, so grant us the patience to listen to your wisdom and the courage to apply our minds to your knowledge. Our cry in this hour is “that we may know you.” We understand that to “know you” is a lifelong process. A lifelong process of seeking after you and a lifelong process of searching for the good in life. It is only by so doing that we can come to know you, the eternal One, the supplier of wisdom, insight and knowledge.
Your help is readily available and granted upon request to those who seek after you. Grant us the grace of honesty because you are a shield to those who live honestly. You are our lifeguard and protection from those who act wickedly toward us. Your light, O God, gives us a clear path to follow and when we walk in that path of life our personhood is solidified, our joy is complete, we survive our trials, and our wicked enemies are destroyed before our eyes. These great acts we will not forget.
Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it. Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord. But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death. Continue reading →