Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire,
Un-uttered or expressed;
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 watch word at the gate 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 say,—”Behold he Prays.”
The Bible Prayer Book of Prayers
by E.F. Ellis