A Child’s Prayer
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“A Child’s Prayer,” Ensign, Mar. 1985, 66–67

A Child’s Prayer

Joel Hills Johnson Music Contest, Children’s Song Division First Place Winner

(Sequence: Child sings verse 1, adult sings verse 2, then sing verses 1 and 2 together)


1. Heavenly Father, are you really there?

And do you hear and answer ev’ry child’s prayer?

Some say that heaven is far away,

But I feel it close around me as I pray.

Heavenly Father, I remember now

Something that Jesus told disciples long ago:

“Suffer the children to come to me.”

Father, in prayer I’m coming now to thee.


2. Pray, he is here;

Speak, he is list’ning.

You are his child;

His love now surrounds you.

He hears your prayer;

He loves the children.

Of such is the kingdom,

The kingdom of heav’n.

Music, A Child’s Prayer
Music, A Child’s Prayer

Photography by Wes Taylor