inspire us to read your Scriptures
and to meditate upon them day and night.
We beg you to give us real understanding of what we need,
that we in turn may put its precepts into practice.
Yet we know that understanding and good intentions are worthless,
unless rooted in your graceful love.
So we ask that the words of Scriptures
may also be not just signs on a page,
but channels of grace into our hearts.
Source: Origen (ca. 185-254)
Source of this version: https://shadowsofaugustine.blogspot.com/2008/11/prayer-before-reading-scripture.html