I have been struck with the powerful prayers the saints have uttered in conversation with God throughout history. I remember hearing Dr. Jerry Sittser at Whitworth extol the beautiful words of exaltation and thanksgiving that so many desert fathers and founders of our modern theology spoke and wrote. His passion for the words and heart of these God-seekers has still inspired me to this day to continue to uncover great prayers. Learning how to pray is a life-long endeavor and doesn’t come to completion until we are seated in heaven, but how great are the examples before us in men and women of faith who have sought God with all their heart and conviction. May we seek these prayers and make them our own. May we learn from saints who have loved God with their all and given their lives for the glory of the Gospel.
“My God, let me know and love you, so that I may find my happiness in you…In the meantime let my mind dwell on that happiness, my tongue speak of it, my heart pine for it, my mouth pronounce it, my soul hunger for it, my flesh thirst for it, and my entire being desire it until I enter through death in the joy of my Lord forever. Amen.” (St. Augustine)