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Teach Me to Pray
by Christian Coutts
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Teach Me to Pray

Lord help me to pray
Too many times I know not what to say
I wish to be more intimate with You
Yet I feel I donít know what to do

I have read Your Word time and again
Making time together for us to spend
But I feel that something is missing
Half my prayers I feel like Iím guessing

Father, give me an open heart
That is where my prayers should start
Help me focus and my mind to be still
So that I many hear and know Your will

My spirit is willing, yet my flesh is weak
It is You, after all, that I seek
I feel like a warrior without his arms
Leaving me vulnerable to the enemies harms

I know You have equipped me for battle
But too often I become unraveled
Iíve seemed to have misplaced my armor
Starving like a draught ridden farmer

I search and seek in Your Word
Even listening to teachings I have heard
Yet here I am still unsure
So again, it is Your help I implore

I know that You are with me
You promise says never to forsake thee
Yet I stumble and struggle on
Trying to pray until the coming dawn

Lord, I do not blame or accuse
Nor do I make or offer any excuse
Iím calling out for You to change me
Open my eyes so I may see

Help me pray Your will effectively
Renew Your Spirit deep within me
Teach me once again how to pray
Spirit, teach me what to do and say

Brothers and Sisters,

For many years I have been struggling with how to pray. I look into the Word and I see the disciples asked the same of Jesus and He taught the Lordís Prayer. I feel I have yet to fully comprehend prayer.

It is funny because I am gifted to be a prayer warrior, yet I feel that I am not fully trained. There just feels like something is missing from my prayer life. I do pray, I pray a lot. I set aside quiet time to be with the Lord, yet I find that I still feel like something is missing.

This poem reflects some of these feelings. The Word says a wise man seeks counsel. So my family in Christ, I welcome any and all thoughts on prayer. You can use messenger or email me at couttsc@lhd2.navy.mil

Like all things I want to be at my best for the Lord. Or as the devotional says ďMy utmost for His highestĒ

Thank you. Keep serving.

In Christ,

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Lisa Walker Thomas 08 Jan 2009
This should be published! This is not something to sit on shelf, Father teach us to Pray! How beautiful is this! You have a beautiful, engaging gift and soon the world will know too.
Dan Blankenship  05 Jan 2009
Christian, Wow! That was an awesome poem and request. I really like your writing style and sincerity. Keep up the great work you are doing - with words and songs. May God bless. Sincerely, Dan Blankenship, Author of THE RUNNING GIRL
David&Dee Jobes 09 Dec 2008
Beautiful anointed moving piece of poetry!This poem reads like a Beautiful prayer!Your heart reflects great love for our Lord and it is evident that you have a close walk with Him! Continue in His Amazing Grace,Dear Brother! Merry Christmas to You and Your Family! God Bless, In Christ, Dee&David :):)
Jennifer Molloy 05 Dec 2008
Hi, let me start by saying you are not alone. I think alot of christians struggle with prayer. I often wonder how much prayer is enough and I never feel like I pray enough. When it comes to the actual words in prayer I just say what's in my heart. If my heart feels like it's gone cold I confess it. When I am struggling and I can't find the words I tell Jesus that I just don't know how to pray for this. It states in the bible that Jesus is always interceding for us in prayer and if we don't have the right words he knows our hearts and he will finish the prayer for you. I think the Lord is happy that you try to make time just for him and that you try to express what your feeling for others. I know that if you perservere you will be suprised at how much you grow. My whole christian walk really began when I wandered into a church who had members praying outloud for each other. I was shocked at how much they cared and I realized how selfish I was in comparison. It was life altering. Not because of the actual words that were being said it was the look on their faces and the emotion in their voices. You could tell they were genuine and they really meant what they said. I hope this helps God Bless
Judy Wilson 04 Dec 2008
So glad to see you back Christian. I struggle with prayer to but i think the main thing is to come before Him believing. I can't pray like i hear others but we can just talk to Him Christian, He is after all our Father! I know you are after the Heart and mind of God and He hears that! Good to read your work again.
Jody Goode 04 Dec 2008
Your heart is so honest and yearning to only know and abide solely within the Heart of our God. I have struggled as you have and I never feel that I succeed in my desire to pray rightly and effectively, yet the Lord is gracious and I can sense Him smiling down on me saying, "Silly, silly girl - your heart is Mine and I know it very well. I love you and and I am well pleased." As with the sheep that will be separated from the goats in that day who will say, when Lord did we feed, clothe and give You shelter? - and His reply will be, when you did so to the very least you did so to Me; those who are truly His do not ever feel enough is done in His Name, but He doesn't look on our feelings yet instead looks into the heart. Your heart, Christian, radiates your love for your God and He is blessed! Following are a few articles borne of my ponderings on prayer ...
What is Prayer?
What Shall I Ask of Thee?
Blessings always! Jody


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