Sunday, February 10, 2008

An old prayer, a contemporary plea

During my seminary days, Dr. Wesley D. Tracy pointed to the following collect from the Book of Common Prayer used in the Episcopal Church of England in John Wesley's day as a concise description of Wesley's theology of entire sanctification. I often lift up this prayer as I begin my times of private worship.

Almighty God,
Unto whom all hearts are open,

All desires known,
And from whom no secrets are hid,
Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
By the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

That we may perfectly love you
And worthily magnify your holy name,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,