1 Prayer is the soul's sincere desire,
unuttered or expressed,
the motion of a hidden fire
that trembles in the breast.
2 Prayer is the burden of a sigh,
the falling of a tear,
the upward glancing of an eye,
when none but God is near.
3 Prayer is the simplest form of speech
that infant lips can try;
prayer the sublimest strains that reach
the Majesty on high.
4 Prayer is the Christians' vital breath,
the Christians' native air;
their watchword at the gates of death;
they enter heaven with prayer.
5 Prayer is not made by us alone:
the Holy Spirit pleads,
and Jesus, on the eternal throne,
for sinners intercedes.
6 O Christ, by whom we come to God,
the Life, the Truth, the Way:
the path of prayer yourself have trod,
Lord, teach us how to pray.
|First Line:||Prayer is the soul's sincere desire|
|Author:||James Montgomery (1771-1854)|
|Scripture:||Acts 7:59-60; Acts 9:11; Acts 12:12; Colossians 4:2; Ephesians 6:18; Hebrews 7:25; Isaiah 59:9-10; John 14:6; Luke 11:1-4; Matthew 6:6; Matthew 6:9-13; Nehemiah 2:4; Psalm 8:1-2; Psalm 39:2-3; Romans 8:26-28|
|Topic:||Life in Christ: Our Response to Christ - In Devotion; Prayer|
|Source:||Melody from Barton's The Psalms of David in Metre, Dublin, 1706, later form; harmonised Church Hymnary, 3rd edition, 1973|