Sunday Hymnary: “Prayer is the Soul’s Sincere Desire” by J. Montgomery

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 heaven with prayer.

Prayer is the contrite sinners' voice,
Returning from his ways;
While angels in their songs rejoice,
And cry--"Behold he prays!"

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.

From Spiritual Songs for Social Worship, 1881.

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