Prayers of the church fathers

For a month or so now I have listening (via Itunes) to lectures on a course entitled Ancient and Medieval Church History from Covenant Theological Seminary. One of the fun features of the class is that the instructor, Dr. David Calhoun, opens each class with a prayer from one of the ancient church fathers. I copied this idea from him a few weeks ago when I was teaching a Bible study up at church camp. It is encouraging to hear these ancient prayers and be reminded that the one true Christian faith has been unchanged (despite many claims to the contrary). Here is a powerful prayer from Augustine, whose lived during the late 4th and early 5th centuries:

O Lord my God, I believe in you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Insofar as I can, insofar as you have given me the power, I have sought you. I became weary and I labored. O Lord my God, my sole hope, help me to believe and never to cease seeking you. Grant that I may always and ardently seek out your countenance. Give me the strength to seek you, for you help me to find you and you have more and more given me the hope of finding you.  Here I am before you with my firmness and my infirmity. Preserve the first and heal the second. Here I am before you with my strength and my ignorance. Where you have opened the door to me, welcome me at the entrance; where you have closed the door to me, open to my cry; enable me to remember you, to understand you, and to love you. Amen.

Amen and amen!

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  1. All right. So you embrace St. Augustine as an orthodox Christian. That’s very interesting. I think you would be surprised by many of the doctrines he held. You’re reading a book that apparently extends to the Middle Ages. Do you suppose that the medieval Church was Christian, too? When exactly do you reckon we became heretics?