June 7 – Prayer Advice from Lancelot Andrewes

Lancelot Andrewes was one of the most learned men of his time, and was appointed to lead one of the translation teams of the King James Bible. Here is some of his advice on prayer:

When thou awakest in the morning, shut and close up the entrance to thy heart, from all unclean, profane, and evil thoughts, and let the consideration of God and goodness enter in.

When thou art arisen and art ready, return thyself to thy closet, or other private place, and offer to God, the first fruits of the day, and in praying to him and praising him, remember,

1.      To give him thanks, for thy quiet rest received, for delivering thee from all dangers, ghostly and bodily, and for all other his benefits to thee

2.      Offer unto him thyself, and all things that thou dost possess, and desire him to dispose of thee and them, according to his good pleasure.

3.      Crave his grace to guide thee, and to strengthen thee from, and against all temptations, that so thou mayest do nothing the day following contrary to his will.

4.      And lastly, beg of him, (according to how we should pray) all things needful for the soul and body.

From his private prayer journal:

Glory be to Thee, O Lord, glory to Thee.

Glory to Thee who hast given me sleep

to recruit my weakness,

and to remit the labours of this toil-worn flesh.


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