Prayer of Thanksgiving

A prayer of thanksgiving to the Almighty.  This is a variation of the final prayer in the Asclepius (41) which also appears in the Nag Hammadi Codex (VI, 7).  The prayer, given by Hermes Trismegistus in thanks and praise of the One, is also seen almost verbatim in the Greek Magical Papyri in a ritual used to develop a close working relationship with the god Helios (PGM III.591-610).  I was introduced to it by way of Stephen Flowers’ “Hermetic Magic: The Postmodern Magical Papyrus of Abaris”, but this is my own rendition of the prayer.

I thank you, my soul and heart stretched out to you.
O holy name honored as God and praised as Father,
You grant all creatures and all things fatherly kindness, affection, love, and sweetest power,
granting me mind, word, and knowledge:
mind, that I may understand you;
word, that I may invoke you;
knowledge, that I may know you.
I rejoice, for you have enlightened me by your knowledge.
I rejoice, for you have revealed yourself to me.
I rejoice, for you have made me incarnate divine by your knowledge.

To know you is man’s only means of thanksgiving.
O light of mind, I have known you.
O life of life, I have known you.
O womb of every creature, I have known you.
O womb pregnant with the Father’s nature, I have known you.
O eternal permanence of the begetting Father, I worship your goodness.
I ask for one favor: sustain me in your knowledge.
I ask for one protection: preserve me in my present life.