send us your Holy Spirit,
that he may take the Word we have heard
and write it in our hearts,
so that we grasp it,
and find our joy
and comfort in it
Source: Martin Luther
Source of this version: Translated for A Collection of Prayers. German source: Gebetbuch, enthaltend die sämtlichen Gebete und Seufzer Martin Luther’s, ….Evangelischer Bücher-Verein, 1866, #70.
Original in German:
Lieber Gott, gieb uns deinen heiligen Geist, der das gehörte Wort in unser Herz schreibe, also, daß wir annehmen, glauben, und uns dessen in Ewigkeit erfreuen und trösten mögen. Amen. Luther.
bestow on us the meaning of words,
the light of understanding,
the nobility of diction,
and faith in what is true.
And grant that what we believe we may also speak.
Source: Hilary of Poitiers
Source of this version: Modified from http://christchurchwindsor.ca/2010/01/13/saint-hilary-of-poitiers/
Also found here: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/wendymurray/2014/02/remembering-mister-rogers/
O my Lord,
give me that purity of conscience
which alone can receive your inspirations.
My ears are dull,
so that I cannot hear your voice.
My eyes are dim,
so that I cannot see your presence.
You alone can quicken my hearing,
and purge my sight,
and cleanse and renew my heart.
Teach me, like Mary,
to sit at your feet,
and to hear your Word
Source: John Henry Newman
Source of this version: Modified from https://pollypilgrim.wordpress.com/prayer-page/a-prayer-from-john-henry-newman/
Also found in context here: http://www.newmanreader.org/works/meditations/meditations11.html
Lord God almighty,
everlasting and gracious God,
grant me and all Christians
a heart that will daily understand your Word through the Holy Spirit,
and sumbit to the easy yoke and light burden of Jesus Christ,
obedient to his holy Word.
Source: Wilhelm Löhe. Freely adapted from Seed Grains of Prayer, A Manual for Evangelical Christians, Wartburg Press, Chicago, 1914 (#344)
“easy yoke…” is a reference to Matthew 11:30
O God Almighty,
who cleansed the lips of the prophet Isaiah with a burning coal:
Cleanse my heart and my lips.
So grant to cleanse me, of your mercy,
that I may be able to proclaim worthily your holy gospel:
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Source: Ambrose, d. 397
Source of this version: https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/trevinwax/2007/07/29/cleanse-me-so-i-can-preach/
Also quoted in The One Year Book of Personal Prayer, © 1991 Tyndale House Publishers (April 14)
The burning coal is a reference to Isaiah 6:6-7
Let not your Word, O Lord,
become a judgment upon us,
that we hear it and do it not,
that we know it and love it not,
that we believe it and obey it not:
O God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit
who lives and reigns world without end.
Source: Thomas à Kempis
Source of this version: http://storage.cloversites.com/secondpresbyterianchurch/documents/March%2028%20-%20Maundy%20Thursday%20Service.pdf
Also quoted in The One Year Book of Personal Prayer, © 1991 Tyndale House Publishers (March 4)
grant us grace to hear
Jesus Christ, the heavenly bread,
preached throughout the world
and truly to understand him.
May all evil, heretical
and human doctrines be cut off,
while your Word as the living bread
be distributed. Amen.
Source: Martin Luther
Source of this version: https://zionlutheranwausau.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/epiphany4-2015-sunday-feb1.pdf
Also quoted in The One Year Book of Personal Prayer, © 1991 Tyndale House Publishers (February 28)