Prayer, the soul’s sincere desire

PRAYER is the soul’s sincere desire,

Utter’d or unexpress’d;

The motion of a hidden fire,

That trembles in the breast.


Prayer is the burden of a sigh,

The falling of a tear;

The upward glancing of an eye,

When none but God is near.


Prayer is the simplest form of speech

That infant lips can try;

Prayer the sublimest strains that reach

The Majesty on high.


Prayer is the Christian’s vital breath,

The Christian’s native air;

His watchword at the gates of death:

He enters heaven with prayer.


Prayer is the contrite sinner’s voice,

Returning from his ways;

While angels in their songs rejoice,

And cry, “Behold he prays!”


The saints in prayer appear as one,

In word, and deed, and mind;

While with the Father and the Son

Sweet fellowship they find.


Nor prayer is made on earth alone;

The Holy Spirit pleads;

And Jesus, on the eternal throne,

For mourners intercedes.


O Thou, by whom we come to God,

The life, the truth, the way!

The path of prayer Thyself hast trod:

Lord! teach us how to pray.

James Montgomery, 1819.[1]

[1] C. H. Spurgeon, Our Own Hymn Book: A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Public, Social and Private Worship (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1883).

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About Adrian Warnock

Adrian Warnock is a medical doctor, and a writer. Since 1995 he has been a member of Jubilee Church London. Adrian serves as part of Jubilee's leadership team alongside Tope Koleoso. Together they have written Hope Reborn - How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus, published by Christian Focus. Adrian is also the author of Raised With Christ - How The Resurrection Changes Everything, published by Crossway.
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