Teach Me to Pray

I stand, eyes raised, and proclaim

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name

Unable to comprehend true holiness, I profane it

Slapping the designation on anything

In confidence I knock on the door of heaven and declare

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven

I mean only when your will lines up with mine

My lips piously whisper

Give us this day our daily bread

My traitorous heart cries

More!  I want my bread for a week

for a month


Knees bent in submission, I seek absolution

Forgive me my sins, as I forgive those who sin against me

My rebellious pride screams injustices done to me

there is a trial in the courtroom of my mind

guilty convicts parade past

I sit on the judgement seat

I ask

Lead me not into temptation, deliver me from evil

Quickly I wander off the paths you lead me in

exploring caves of temptation

I ask, I seek, I knock

In all the wrong places

Trying to convince myself

You want to give me the good gifts

You offer the gift of Yourself

Father in Heaven

Teach me to pray!


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