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Lord of the Universe,
I know not what Thou art,
and yet I feel Thy presence
to be before me at all times.
Thou hast no eyes,
and yet I know no act
nor thought of mine
is hidden from Thy sight;
Thou hast no hands,
and yet when I am faint and weak,
I feel Thy love upholding me;
Thou hast no ears,
and yet when I call unto Thee,
I know that Thou art listening;
Thou hast no voice,
and yet when I pray unto Thee
I hear Thy answer in my heart;
Thou hast no form,
and yet, O King
I see thee ever before me.
All that is beautiful and pure art Thou,
all that is tender and merciful,
all that is righteous and good.
For Thou art love.
O Father in Heaven,
help me to understand Thee better
and open my heart to Thy holiness.
Basil L.Q. Henriques’s prayer “For Understanding” was first published in The Fratres Book of Prayer for the Oxford and St. George’s Synagogue Jewish Lads Club in 1916, and later reprinted in the Prayer Book of the St. George’s Settlement Synagogue (1929), “Special Prayers” section, pages 94-95.
“[Prayer] for understanding, by Basil Lucas Quixano Henriques (1916)” is shared by the living contributor(s) with a Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication 1.0 Universal license.