June 9: Lancelot Andrewes on the Lord’s Prayer

Lancelot Andrewes
Lancelot Andrewes

Lancelot Andrewes was leader of one of the companies that translated the King James Bible. Here’s some insights from him on prayer:

Hallowed be Thy Name

This is the first of the seven petitions, and it is the only one that is concerned with God. Hence before seeking our own and our brethren’s needs, we pray that God’s name will be sanctified as He alone is holy, and the Saviour. As we ponder on the holiness of God there should come to us other manifestations of holiness such as His day, the Church, His undershepherds, His ordinances, creation and our fellow brothers and sisters.

sanctus, sanctus, sanctus.  This petition also reminds us that we must not curse the Holy name, and that we must pray for those who do. We must also not give any glory to ourselves but only to God as everything we have comes from Him. When we reverence God’s name it also helps us to fight the sin of pride, so much rooted in us. Above all the petition tells us of our true vocation:

If while we remain on earth our whole desire be to sanctify God’s name, we shall at length come to the place where we shall say and might sing as the Cherubims do, and with the heavenly host of Angels sing, ‘Glory to God on high;’ we shall fall down before His throne, saying always, ‘Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honour and praise for ever.’

June 8: Lancelot Andrewes Prayer of Confession

Lancelot Andrewes
Lancelot Andrewes

We’ve been observing some lessons on prayer from Lancelot Andrewes, one of the company captains that translated the King James Bible.

Perhaps you’ve heard people say that we don’t take sin as serious today as we used to take sin. Here’s a prayer of confession from Lancelot Andrewes’ private prayer journal (notice the references to Scripture!)

as we add day to day, so sin to sin. 
The just falleth seven times a day; and I, an exceeding sinner, 
seventy times seven; a wonderful, a horrible thing, O Lord. 
But I turn with groans from my evil ways, 
and I return into my heart, and with all my heart I turn to Thee,
O God of penitents and Saviour of sinners; 
and evening by evening I will return 
in the innermost marrow of my soul;
and my soul out of the deep crieth unto Thee. 
I have sinned, O Lord, against Thee, 
heavily against Thee; alas, alas, woe is me! 
for my misery. I repent, O me! 
I repent, spare me, O Lord, I repent, O me, I repent,
help Thou my impenitence. 
Be appeased, spare me, O Lord; 
be appeased, have mercy on me ; 
I said, Lord, have mercy upon me, 
heal my soul, for I have sinned against Thee. 
Have mercy upon me, O Lord, after Thy great goodness, 
according to the multitude of Thy mercies do away mine offences. 
Remit the guilt, heal the wound, blot out the stains, 
clear away the shame, rescue from the tyranny, 
and make me not a public example. 
O bring Thou me out of my trouble, cleanse Thou me from secret faults,
keep back Thy servant also from presumptuous sins.
My wanderings of mind and idle talking lay not to my charge.
Remove the dark and muddy flood of foul and wicked thoughts.
O Lord, I have destroyed myself; 
whatever I have done amiss, pardon mercifully.
Deal not with us after our sins, 
neither reward us after our iniquities. 
Look mercifully upon our infirmities; 
and for the glory of Thy All-holy Name, 
turn from us all those ills and miseries, 
which by our sins, and by us through them,
are most righteously and worthily deserved

June 7: Prayer Advice from Lancelot Andrewes

Lancelot Andrewes was one of the most learned men of his time, and was appointed to lead one of the translation teams of the King James Bible. Here is some of his advice on prayer:

When thou awakest in the morning, shut and close up the entrance to thy heart, from all unclean, profane, and evil thoughts, and let the consideration of God and goodness enter in.

When thou art arisen and art ready, return thyself to thy closet, or other private place, and offer to God, the first fruits of the day, and in praying to him and praising him, remember,

1.      To give him thanks, for thy quiet rest received, for delivering thee from all dangers, ghostly and bodily, and for all other his benefits to thee

2.      Offer unto him thyself, and all things that thou dost possess, and desire him to dispose of thee and them, according to his good pleasure.

3.      Crave his grace to guide thee, and to strengthen thee from, and against all temptations, that so thou mayest do nothing the day following contrary to his will.

4.      And lastly, beg of him, (according to how we should pray) all things needful for the soul and body.

From his private prayer journal:

Glory be to Thee, O Lord, glory to Thee.

Glory to Thee who hast given me sleep

to recruit my weakness,

and to remit the labours of this toil-worn flesh.


June 6: Prayer Warriors – Lancelot Andrewes

Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626) was an Anglican bishop who was appointed to lead the translation of the English Authorized (King James) Bible. While he was known for his work on the Bible, it was an overflow of his prayer life.

He was a gifted child, who began studying at 4 AM! He loved studying Greek, Latin, and Hebrew. He enrolled in Cambridge, where he earned several degrees, and became a chaplain to Queen Elizabeth. He was considered to be the secondmost learned churchman of his day, next to Archbishop James Ussher (of the Ussher’s Chronologies).

As the Reformation came to England, the Anglican church was split between the Catholics and the Puritans. Andrewes was instrumental in guiding the church to a theology based on Scripture.

After preaching the funeral sermon for Queen Elizabeth, he continued in service to the next royal, King James.

King James appointed him to lead the Westminster company of scholars, entrusted with the translation of Genesis thru II Kings.

But his effectiveness was powered by his prayer life. In fact, he had a prayer that he opened his prayer time with!

O Almighty and everliving God, Heavenly Father to whom it is manifestly known, how inconstant, and wandring, the minds of men are, in any good actions; and how easily we suffer ourselves to be carried away, from the contemplation of thee, by diversity of distractions, and unreasonable thoughts, which take hold of us, in the time of our Devotions and Prayers unto thee; who also, by thine only begotten Son Christ Jesus, didst prescribe unto his Disciples a form of prayer to be offered up to thee, and hast derived the same from them to us. Behold me, most wretched Sinner, wholly depraved and corrupt, intreating thee by the same Son, that for his sake thou wouldest infuse thy Holy Spirit into me, which may adopt me into the number of thine Elect: that it may teach me how I ought to pray, according to thy Holy Will: that it may allay all troublesome and wandring thoughts in me, while I offer up my prayers and priases unto thee: Suffer me not to serve thee with my Lips, and be absent in Heart from thee: but create a right Spirit within me, that I being sensible of all thy graves, and comforts, may with joyful and holy zeal, perform my duty to thee: that so, my prayers and desires may appear before thee, and in thy Son’s Name, I may effectually be heard, and my petitions may be granted to the glory and honour of thy most holy Name, and the endless comfort of mine own Soul, through the same our only Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Holy Devotions

Today as you pray to the Lord, perhaps take some time before you pray, to ask for help preparing your heart for prayer!