“And it came to pass that, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, one of His disciples said unto Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray’. . .” Luke 11:1

There are some times in all our lives

That all our prayers seem powerless and few;

Our troubles have mounted, as have our fears—

Making us wonder where we should go or what we should do.

It’s in those times when we feel so lost

That we should utter this simple request:

“Teach us to pray, Lord; teach us to pray—

For You truly know what is best.”

How difficult we often find it

As we pray to the Lord up above;

Our spirits are heavy, our minds fuzzy and blurred,

And our hearts so devoid of love.

Our doubts are many, our fears—quite a few—

As we bow our heads in prayer,

We whisper, “O Lord, how I need You to help me right now;

Please help me know that You are there.”

Just when it seems that our efforts are in vain

And our words so void of power,

At that same moment the Spirit will stir within us,

Giving us hope, peace and strength for that very hour.

It’s in those moments when God seems so distant

That we must cry from so deep within,

“Lord, teach me to pray; yes, teach me to pray,

And cleanse me from all my sin.”

In a still small Voice He will whisper our name,

As He draws us so close to His side;

In tender love He touches our lips, erasing our doubts

As His Spirit does quicken us inside.

With childlike faith we rest in Him

As He so quickly to us draws near,

“What’s on your heart?” He whispers in love,

Causing us to cast on Him all our doubts and fears.

by Tom Smith