Philosophy professor Meghan Sullivan shared this prayer at a gathering of The Augustine Collective. We liked it so much we asked her if we could share it with Christian academics at the ESN blog. At ESN, we love to share prayers and reflections by and for Christian scholars, especially in this busy time of year when our readers are looking for meaningful ways to pray for and from their experience of academic work.
Jesus, you said that as your people we should love you with all of our heart and all of our soul and all of our mind, and love our neighbors likewise. Send your spirit upon this gathering of men and women this weekend, helping us to better love you with our minds. In fellowship with one another, help us come to greater understanding of you, and in understanding grow in love. With the training and new challenges offered to us this weekend, help us learn how to better appreciate the intellectual dignity of our neighbors, creating truthful and absorbing writing that will bring the Spirit to our readers. And let us offer up our shortcomings and struggles in humility, always remembering how our intellects depend utterly on you.