Skip to main content

Please Teach Me, Lord to Pray

Many years ago I came across this poem.  How it came to me I cannot remember, but I can tell you that it has graced the front cover of almost every journal I’ve kept since I first saw it.  I found it very inspirational, voicing many of my own “what is the right way to pray?” questions.  I hope it inspires you as well.

Please teach me, Lord …
I want to know
Exactly how to pray.
I need some words
Which ones are right?
Please tell me what to say.


I’ve bowed my head
I have knelt down,
But … should I be upright?
I’ve closed my eyes,
I’ve raised my hands,
Or … should I fold them tight?


Do I stand up?
Should I sit down?
Dear Lord … what do you like?
Are lights turned on
Or are they off?
Maybe … candle light?


Wear my glasses?
Take them off?
Be at my desk or table?
Should I whisper?
Speak out loud?
Do I quote the Bible?


What do you think
About the time?
Do You prefer the dawn?
Should I pray fast,
Or keep it slow?
Better short … or long?


I’m new at this
What are the rules?
I want to do it right.
How do I know
You’ll even hear
That I am in Your sight?


And while I sat there quietly,
Waiting for some sign,
I heard a gentle voice say,
“Oh, dearest child of mine …
Do you think I really care
About the time of day,
Or whether you are standing up,
Or kneeling when you pray?”


“I don’t care about your posture,
Or about the place you choose;
Just open up your soul to me,
I have no other rules.
Tell me what is in your heart,
And tell me what you seek;
Tell me of your sorrows,
And of those things that made you weak.”


“Speak to me in private
About what concerns you most;
I know about your good deeds …
You have no need to boast.
My child, you don’t need lessons,
Just talk to me each day;
Tell me anything you want, dear child,
Anyone can pray.”

 

~ Virginia Ellis ~
Copyright © 1999

http://mrmom.amaonline.com/poems/pleaseteachme.htm

print

Journaling Bee

I am a retired Christian wife and mother with a passion for reading, journaling, and sewing/quilting. As part of my ministry, I feel called to be an "encourager" and as such, decided to share some of my journaling experiences with the hopes that it would offer comfort, compassion, and encouragement.

%d bloggers like this: