A Prayer of Seeking, by St. Anselm of Canterbury

This is a prayer from St. Anselm (1033-1109) who lived as a monk and later served as the Archbishop of Canterbury. An eminent theologian, Anselm proposed the classic definition of theology as “faith seeking understanding”. Take this prayer and use it how it serves you in your relationship with God. Say it, repeat it, reflect on it.



O Lord my God.

Teach my heart this day,

where and how to find you.


You have made me and re-made me,

and you have bestowed on me all the good things I possess,

and still I do not know you.

I have not yet done that for which I was made.


Teach me to seek you,

for I cannot seek you unless you teach me,

or find you unless you show yourself to me.


Let me seek you in my desire;

let me desire you in my seeking.

Let me find you by loving you;

let me love you when I find you.

Amen.