Prayer Is the Soul’s Sincere Desire



  1. 1. Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire,

    Uttered or unexpressed,

    The motion of a hidden fire

    That trembles in the breast.

  2. 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. 3. Prayer is the simplest form of speech

    That infant lips can try;

    Prayer, the sublimest strains that reach

    The Majesty on high.

  4. 4. Prayer is the Christian’s vital breath,

    The Christian’s native air,

    His watchword at the gates of death;

    He enters heav’n with prayer.

  5. 5. Prayer is the contrite sinner’s voice,

    Returning from his ways,

    While angels in their songs rejoice

    And cry, “Behold, he prays!”

  6. 6. The Saints in prayer appear as one

    In word and deed and mind,

    While with the Father and the Son

    Their fellowship they find.

  7. 7. Nor prayer is made on earth alone:

    The Holy Spirit pleads,

    And Jesus at the Father’s throne

    For sinners intercedes.

  8. 8. 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.

Text: James Montgomery, 1771–1854

Music: George Careless, 1839–1932