A Scientist’s Prayer

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Yesterday someone was looking for this prayer and ended up on my Pray For Us page. I don’t think that was what they were searching for, but it got me thinking. What should scientists, and anyone else thinking scientifically, ask God to help them with? Here are some of my thoughts and I’d love to add any more you all come up with as well.

Dear Creator God,

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Today I’m seeking to understand more about you and the way you made the world. I know your thoughts are as high above mine as the heavens are above the earth (Isaiah 55:9), but I also know you love to fill us with your wisdom when we ask for it (James 1:5).

I come to you knowing you have all the power and authority (Matthew 28:18); it is only when I fear you and place my mind under yours that I can really know anything (Proverbs 1:7). Remembering you is also what I need to develop theories and think through how to use the facts I uncover (Proverbs 8:12).

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Thank you, Jesus, for being the root and foundation of science (John 1:1-4 The Word= λόγος). Thank you for translating God’s truth into a language we can understand (John 1:14; John 14:9). Please guide my thoughts and actions to the best ways to uncover the truth.

Bless me with wisdom to see what natural people would never dream of looking for.

Most of all, Lord God, I ask that all I discover may reveal more of your glory. May we recognize in a deeper way your genius, orderliness (I Corinthians 14:33), and beauty (Psalm 27:4).

For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever (Matthew 6:13). Amen

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Johannes Kepler

“Since we astronomers are priests of the highest God in regard to the book of nature, it befits us to be thoughtful, not of the glory of our minds, but rather, above all else, of the glory of God.” -Johannes Kepler

“Without Him I understand nothing; without Him all is darkness… Every period has its manias. I regard Atheism as a mania. It is the malady of the age. You could take my skin from me more easily than my faith in God.” -Henri Fabre

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Galileo Galilei

the glory and greatness of Almighty God are marvellously discerned in all his works and divinely read in the open book of heaven. For let no one believe that reading the lofty concepts written in that book leads to nothing further than the mere seeing of the splendour of the sun and the stars and their rising and setting, which is as far as the eyes of brutes and of the vulgar can penetrate…” -Galileo Galilei

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5 thoughts on “A Scientist’s Prayer

  1. Most of the founding fathers of science studied what they did because they were Christians. Without a Creator, one would hardly expect order, patterns, and laws governing the way our universe works, so without a Creator doing science would not be logical.

    • I ran into a quote (at a book store, so I didn’t have a chance to copy it. It was from 1904) saying science had tried to get started several times before, but had always “miscarried”. You’re quite right, believing in a logical, orderly God who wants to be known is the best place to start one’s scientific inquiry. :-)

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