Prayer Poems

Use these prayer poems for encouragement and for reflection. Let these verses be ones that encourage and remind you of the power of prayer. Our prayers are sometimes answered without us realizing or, in ways that we did not ask for but always remember God's plan is better than ours.

God Doesn't Hear Me
Poet: Greta Zwaan, ©2018

When prayers go unanswered and things don't go right
do you think God's forgotten? You're out of His sight?
You need His assistance but He isn't there;
you're just a nuisance and He doesn't care.

You're tackling a problem but haven't a clue;
it's out of your league but what do you do?
You've tried every angle but always fall short
you bring it to God and give a report;

But His door doesn't open; you get no reply,
It seems He can't hear you but you don't know why.
You desperately need Him; you've nowhere to turn;
your cries an your pleadings God seems to spurn.

Oh, how can you reach Him? Why doesn't He hear?
your heart breaks with anguish, you're life's filled with fear.
You sit in the stillness; you have no more hope,
your tears are all spent, you simply can't cope.

the stillness is deafening, and a small voice you hear;
"My child, I've been listening, I've always been near.
You carried your burden but tried it alone,
your prayers were for answers you thought were not shown;
but My ways are different from what you request,
through testings and trials My ways are still best.
I'm here, right beside you, and I'll see you through,
be patient, be trusting, I'm still holding you.
You haven't walked in this darkness and fear
that I wasn't with you, that I wasn't here.
remember My love, remember I care,
I hear every cry; I hear you in prayer.
My answer is coming though not always clear,
Trust Me My child for I'll always be near."

Prayer is the contemplation of the facts of life from the highest point of view. Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Prayer is the contemplation of the facts of life from the highest point of view." Ralph Waldo Emerson
Prayer Quotes and Sayings

Pray It Through
Poet: Eldred Herbert

Do you have a problem that is very hard to bear?
Do not wrestle with it; take it to the Lord in prayer.
He will guide you and results will always be correct,
So talk it over with the Lord, He will not neglect.

Do you a have a burden that your friends don't know about?
Is it something you would rather they would not find out?
Go to Jesus at this moment, kneel to Him in prayer,
You will find He is ever present, waiting for you there.

Bare your heart of evil doings, He will hear you through,
He is willing to forgive you, and forget it, too;
And when you find your burdens are much too great to bear,
They will grow much lighter when you go to Him in prayer.

Prayer will change a heartache into a cheerful song,
If in faith you ask it, the answer will soon come 'long
Always take your burdens to the foot of Calvary's cross,
Christ is there to save you, and you will not suffer loss.
He is willing to forgive you, and forget it, too  Eldred Herbert

Everything I Needed
Poet: , © 2012

Everything I needed,
I asked for in my prayers.
My prayers were always answered,
In many different pairs.

I asked God for some courage,
And he answered with a hum.
He gave me some dangers,
That I would overcome.

I asked God for some strength,
And he answered with a wrong.
He gave me some difficulties,
That would make me strong.

I asked God for some patience,
And he answered with a date.
He gave me some situations,
That I was forced to wait.

I asked God for love,
And he answered with throw.
He gave me lots of people,
That I could get to know.

I received nothing that I wanted,
Only that of which I need.
My prayers have all been answered,
With only a single plead.

The Soul's Sincere Desire
Poet: James Montgomery

Prayer is the soul's sincere desire,
unuttered 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 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, in deed, and mind,
while with the Father and the Son
sweet fellowship they find.

No prayer is made by man alone
the Holy Spirit pleads,
and Jesus, on th'eternal throne,
for sinners 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!

The Meaning of Prayer
Poet: Frances McKinnon Morton

A breath of prayer in the morning means a day of blessing sure;
a breath of prayer in the evening means a night of rest secure;

A breath of prayer in our weakness means the clasp of a mighty hand;
A breath of prayer when we're lonely means someone to understand;

A breath of prayer in our sorrows means comfort and peace and rest;
A breath of prayer in our doubtings assures us the Lord knows best;

A breath of prayer in rejoicing gives joy and added delight,
For they that remember God's goodness go singing far into the night.

There's never a year nor a season that prayer may not bless every hour,
And never a soul need be helpless when linked with God's infinite power.

A prayer in its simplest definition is merely a wish turned Godward. Phillips Brooks
"A prayer in its simplest definition is merely a wish turned Godward."
Phillips Brooks

Living In The Moment
Poet: Julie Hebert, © 2012

If you want to truly, enjoy your life in full.
Living in the moment, is how you'll feel that pull.

Living in the moment, is the best thing you can do.
Our days are already numbered, and each moment should be true.

The moments of each day, are a special gift to us.
And should never be wasted, we should feel very blessed.

Spend your time wisely, and with people whom you care.
And at night when you're thankful, just say a little prayer.

Living in the moment, is truly a special sight.
Take the moments you've been given, and thank God tonight.

Disturb Us
Sir Frances Drake

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

Praying The Lord's Prayer
Poet: Unknown

You cannot say the Lord's Prayer and make one selfish plea,
You cannot say the Lord's Prayer and even once say "me,"
For it's our, our, our, and it's us, us, us
And the fourth time it's our, and the fourth time it's us.

You cannot say the Lord's Prayer and even once say "I,"
You cannot say the Lord's Prayer and once say "my,"
You cannot pray the Lord's Prayer and pray not for another,
For when you ask for daily bread, you must include thy brother.

For it's us, us, us, and it's our, our, our,
As free from selfish motive as the fragrance of a flower,
For others are included in each and every plea,
For from beginning to the end it does not once say "me."

Prayers can be done at any time of the day or night, at home or workplace.  Dr. Mary Lee
"Prayers can be done at any time of the day or night, at home or workplace."
Dr. Mary Lee, Prayers: How I Achieve Everything through Prayers

Sometime, Somewhere
Poet: Ophelia G. Browning

Unanswered yet the prayer your lips have pleaded
In agony of heart these many years?
Does faith begin to fail? Is hope departing?
And think you all in vain those falling tears?
Say not the Father hath not heard your prayer;
You shall have your desire sometime, somewhere.

Unanswered yet? - though when you first presented
This one petition at the Father's throne
It seemed you could not wait the time of asking,
So urgent was your heart to make it known!
Though years have passed since then, do not despair;
The Lord will answer you sometime, somewhere.

Unanswered yet? Nay, do not say ungranted;
Perhaps your work is not yet wholly done.
The work began when first your prayer was uttered,
And God will finish what he has begun.
If you will keep the incense burning there
His glory you shall see sometime, somewhere.

Unanswered yet? Faith cannot be unanswered,
Her feet were firmly planted on the Rock;
Amid the wildest storms she stands undaunted,
Nor quails before the loudest thunder shock.
She knows Omnipotence has heard her prayer,
And cries, "It shall be done" - sometime, somewhere.

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