Let Us Desire Nothing But God – A Prayer by St Francis of Assisi

by Christine Sine
St Francis of Assisi

St Francis of Assisi via Dating God

I was sent this prayer by St Francis of Assisi a few days ago by Jamie Arpin Ricci. It was posted at Dating God: Franciscan Spirituality for 21st Century.  It seemed a very appropriate prayer for me this morning as I have been meditating on what means to keep Jesus always in my sight and to enter into prayer with all my heart and soul and mind.

A couple of days ago in my post Can We see the Face of God and Live, I mentioned that I have been reading  Lord, Teach Us To Pray by 19th century Scottish pastor Alexander Whyte. He reminded me that “prayer is the very highest energy of which the human heart is capable.; prayer, that is, with the total concentration of all our faculties. He goes on to say: Believe me, to pray with all your heart, and strength, that is the last, the greatest, achievement of the Christian’s warfare on this earth.

let us desire nothing else,
let us want nothing else,
let nothing else please us and cause us delight
except our Creator, Redeemer and Savior,
the only true God,
Who is the fullness of good,
all good, every good, the true and supreme good,
Who alone is good,
merciful, gentle, delightful, and sweet,
Who alone is holy,
just, true, holy, and upright,
Who alone is kind, innocent, clean,
from Whom, through Whom and in Whom
is all pardon, all grace, all glory
of all penitents and just ones,
of all the blessed rejoicing together in heaven.

If you are wanting a challenging approach to prayer you may like to download a pdf of Whyte’s book here

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Martin Billy Sawo July 12, 2012 - 9:15 am

Thanks for refering me to this prayers, i have really been blessed by it, I have copied it for my daily prayers. Be richly blessed.

Christine Sine July 12, 2012 - 9:42 am

Martin I am glad that it has been a blessing. I love many of St Francis’s prayers

Martin Billy Sawo July 12, 2012 - 9:16 am


The Way Out September 6, 2012 - 10:12 pm

If God is all you have then you have all your needs

Christine Sine September 7, 2012 - 7:14 am


Christine Sine March 13, 2013 - 7:32 am

Reblogged this on Godspace and commented:

I had planned to post only Celtic prayers this week but having posted a Lenten post on St Francis this morning decided that the Lenten prayer for the day should be in sync – enjoy

jnaegeli March 14, 2013 - 5:30 am

I read this prayer having just heard that the new pope will be calling himself Pope Francis. That’s cool.

Christine Sine March 14, 2013 - 7:51 am

Wow Judy – I put this up before that had been announced – must be a God thing!

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