Moving on, then.
Chytraeus next treats the method for studying theology. Again, the answer is long, so I will break it up into parts. The first of the three instrumenta he lists is prayer.
Quae est optima ratio studendi in Theologia?
Tria sunt praecipua instrumenta, (quae Lutherus in praefatione primi Tomi Germanici, ex Psalmo 119, commemorat) 1 quibus vera & salutaris doctrinae Christianae cognitio parari potest.
I. PRECATIO ardens & quotidiana, ut Deus ipse nos doceat, & studia nostra Spiritu suo sancto gubernet & adiuvet sicut David precatur: Domine, fac cum servo tuo secundum mistericordiam tuam, & iustificationes tuas doce me. Servus tuus sum ego, da mihi intellectum, ut discam testamonia tua. Vias tuas Domine ostende mihi, & semitas tuas edoce me. Dirige me in veritate tua, & doce me: Nulla enim studia sunt felicia & salutaria, nisi a Deo mentes regantur. Irenaeus: Deum discere nemo potest, nisi Deo docente.
What is the best method for studying theology?
There are three chief tools (which Luther mentions in the preface of his first book in German, taken from Psalm 119) by means of which true and wholesome knowledge of Christian doctrine is able to be acquired.
I. Eager and daily prayer that God himself would teach us, and would govern our studies by his Holy Spirit and would give aid, just as David prays: Lord, deal with your servant according to your mercies, and teach me your statutes. I am your servant; give me understanding, so that I may learn your testimonies. Show your ways to me, Lord, and teach me your paths. Direct me in your truth, and teach me: For no endeavors are fruitful and beneficial, except our minds be guided by God. Irenaeus: No one is able to learn of God, except God teach [him].