Prayer is the Soul's Sincere Desire (words only)
Prayer is the soul's sincere desire,
Uttered or unexpressed,
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 heav’n with prayer
The saints, in prayer appear as one,
In word, and deed, and mind,
While with the Father and the Son,
Sweet fellowship they find.
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!
John B. Dykes