praying deeply

Ms+224++anselm My God, I pray that I may so know you and love you that I may rejoice in you.  And if I may not do so fully in this life, let me go steadily on to the day when I come to that fullness.  Let the knowledge of you increase in me here, and there let it come to its fullness.  Let your love grow in me here, and there let it be fulfilled, so that here my joy may be in a great hope, and there in full reality…

… I ask that I may receive, so that my joy may be full.  Meanshile, let my mind meditate on it, let my tongue speak of it, let my heart love it, let my mouth preach it, let my soul hunger for it, my flesh thirst for it, and my whole being desire it, until I enter into the joy of my Lord, who is God one and triune, blessed forever.  Amen

                    – Anselm, Proslogion, lines 791-825, c. 1100 A.D.

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

2 thoughts on “praying deeply

  1. Thanks for the comment, Long. Great to hear from you. Yes, I only wish I could write a prayer as strong as this. I am humbled by this 900+ year old meditation. Blessings to you, Long!

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