A Prayer of John Chrysostom

John Chrysostom lived from 347-407 and was known for his great preaching. Chrysostom was not actually his name, but was a title applied to him after his death meaning “golden mouthed” because of his great preaching skills. This is a prayer of his to be used before reading or hearing the Word of God. I used it yesterday as the opening prayer of our Bible study.

O Lord Jesus Christ, open the eyes of my heart,
that I may hear Your word and understand and do Your will,
for I am a sojourner upon the earth.
Hide not Your commandments from me,
but open my eyes, that I may perceive the wonders of Your law.
Speak unto me the hidden and secret things of Your wisdom.

On You do I set my hope, O my God,
that You shall enlighten my mind and understanding
with the light of Your knowledge,
not only to cherish those things which are written, but to do them;
that in reading the lives and sayings of the saints I may not sin,
but that such may serve for my restoration, enlightenment and sanctification,
for the salvation of my soul,and the inheritance of life everlasting.

For You are the enlightenment of those who lie in darkness,
and from You comes every good deed and every gift. Amen.

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