A hymn is a poem set to music, a way to praise God.


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 no one 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.


Prayer is the contrite sinner’s voice,

Returning from his ways,

While angels in their songs rejoice

And cry, “Behold , he prays!”


The Saints in prayer appear as one

In word and deed and mind,

While with the Father and the Son

Their fellowship they find.


Nor prayer is made on earth alone:

The Holy Spirit pleads,

And Jesus at the Father’s throne

For sinner’s intercedes.


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

(Hymn book: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)








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