Lord, Hear me


TEACH ME LORD TO PRAY

Please teach me, Lord
. . . I want to know
Exactly how to pray.
I need some words . . .
Which ones are right?
Please tell me what to say.

I’ve bowed my head,
I have knelt down,
But … should I be upright?
I’ve closed my eyes,
I’ve raised my hands,
Or … should I fold them tight?

Do I stand up?
Should I sit down?
Dear Lord … what do you like?
Are lights turned on
or are they off?
Maybe … candle light?

Wear my glasses?
Take them off?
Be at my desk or table?
Should I whisper?
Speak out loud?
Do I quote the Bible?

What do you think
About the time?
Do You prefer the dawn?
Should I pray fast,
Or keep it slow?
Better short … or long?

I’m new at this
What are the rules?
I want to do it right.
How do I know
You’ll even hear
That I am in Your sight?

And while I sat there quietly,
Waiting for some sign,
I heard a gentle voice say,
“Oh, dearest child of mine …

Do you think I really care
About the time of day,
Or whether you are standing up,
Or kneeling when you pray?”

“I don’t care about your posture,
Or about the place you choose;
Just open up your soul to me,
I have no other rules.

Tell me what is in your heart,
And tell me what you seek;
Tell me of your sorrows,
And of those things that made you weak.”

“Speak to me in private
About what concerns you most;
I know about your good deeds …
You have no need to boast.

My child, you don’t need lessons,
Just talk to me each day;
Tell me anything you want, dear child,
Anyone can pray.”

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