Real prayer ?
[Continuing the idea of one of my old hymns on Sundays]
So is it to yourself you pray,
or words up to the ceiling say?
do you just bow towards the ground,
enacting for your friends around?
True prayer must be to Someone who
you wish to speak, give honour to,
and ask for that which he alone
can give you, and you long to own.
With sense of poverty and need
and real desire to ask and plead
adoption by the heavenly King,
with childlike love and faith in him,
look up to pray, expectantly
and trust him, not reluctantly;
as constant as you breathe, then pray,
turn problems into prayer today.
Our Father’s honour, for his praise
more people following his ways,
provisions to live life for him
and help to keep away from sin.
And ask forgiveness, as you will
forgive those who have done you ill;
eternal powerful King, always
be given glory, awesome praise.
(cf the Lord’s Prayer)
Tune: LM eg Old Hundredth (All people that on earth do dwell)
or Samson (Handel) or Church Triumphant (James Elliott) (tune of ‘I know that my Redeemer lives)