Prayers for Knowledge
Knowledge is a familiarity, awareness, or understanding of someone or something, such as facts, information, descriptions, or skills, which is acquired through experience or education by perceiving, discovering, or learning.
Knowledge can refer to a theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. It can be implicit (as with practical skill or expertise) or explicit (as with the theoretical understanding of a subject); it can be more or less formal or systematic.
Knowledge acquisition involves complex cognitive processes: perception, communication, and reasoning; while knowledge is also said to be related to the capacity of acknowledgement in human beings.
“O my Lord, make useful for me what you hath thought me and teach me knowledge that will be useful to me.”
“My Lord, increase me in Knowledge.”
A Prayer For Knowledge And Strength
Give me O Lord, I pray Thee
firm faith, unwavering hope
Pour into my heart
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding
the Spirit of counsel and spiritual strength
the Spirit of knowledge and true godliness
and the Spirit of Thy holy fear
Light eternal, shine in my heart
Power eternal, deliver me from evil
Wisdom eternal, scatter the darkness of my ignorance
Might eternal, pity me
Grant that I may ever seek Thy face
with all my heart and soul and strength;
and, in thine infinite mercy,
bring me at last to Thy holy presence
where I shall behold Thy glory
and possess Thy promised joys
St. Alcuin of York (735-804)
— By Saint Alcuin of York
Prayer For Knowledge of God’s Creation
Almighty and everlasting God,
You made the universe
with all its marvelous order,
its atoms, worlds, and galaxies,
and the infinite complexity
of living creatures:
Grant that, as we probe
the mysteries of your creation,
we may come to know you more truly,
and more surely fulfill our role
in your eternal purpose;
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
— Book Of Common Prayer, USA, 1979
A Prayer for the Gift of Knowledge
Nothing is hidden from Your sight.
In the prescience since the beginning,
All knowledge existed within You.
Kindly share Your knowledge with me,
Making me aware of what is meant to be,
Permitting my soul to understand it,
And wisdom to agree with its outcome.
Provide me with the gift of discretion,
To prudently apply received knowledge,
To ensure the fulfillment of Your Will.
Your knowledge shines forth forever!
Prayer for My Intellect
Lord, you are the Source of all Life, all Truth, and all Beauty,
I pray to you today, with all my heart, for my intelligence,
this light in me, this plant which demands years and years of care,
this thing in me, mysterious and moving, this activity which sometimes bounds up, sometimes slows down,
which sometimes lifts me up with enthusiasm and sometimes exasperates me,
I pray for this thing which runs after ideas, symbols and numbers,
this thing which all of a sudden has penetrated inside the thought of another and melds with it like the fusion of two lights
a fusion which bring about warmth and light.
I pray to you for my mind as you are the Supreme Intelligence which penetrates, illuminates, and embraces all our intelligences.
Lord, help make my intelligence amenable to all truths, able to understand the thoughts of others;
give to me the wisdom to know the meaning and purpose of my life and learning, so that my knowledge, understanding, and skills may help in some little ways to make this world a better place, for your greater glory.
— Translated and adapted from French by Dr. Chau T. Phan, Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648-3099, from Fernand Lelotte, S.J., Rabboni: Consignes et prières pour mieux servir, 9è edition, 1958 (Paris, Casterman; Bruxelles, Foyer Notre-Dame. Imprimatur, 1955.)