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 which has sites in Enfield, Wood Green and Ilford. 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. Read more about Adrian Warnock or connect with him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.


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