I wanted to pray
But would God forgive me,
If I went down on my knees?
(James 5:16)

I wanted to pray
But my need was trivial
Would He care?
(1 John 5:14-15)

I wanted to pray
But I forgot to the other day
Would my inconsistency anger Him?
(Jeremiah 29:12)

I wanted to pray
But life was happening
Maybe He could wait.
(Colossians 4:2)

I wanted to pray
But sleep was calling
Would he remember me when I wake?
(Psalm 42:8)

I wanted to pray
But I didn’t have the words
What use was an empty heart and mind?
(Romans 8:26)

I wanted to pray
But the outcome was here
What more was needed?
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

I wanted to pray
But I made all these excuses
Thinking it was too late.
(Psalm 118:5)

18 thoughts on “I WANTED TO PRAY

  1. Read 1 Peter 3 :20-21 then go back and read the account of Jesus praying in Gethsemane; Matthew 26 :36-44 and again in Mark 14 :32-39. God answers prayer. It may not always be the way we want or as soon as we want. If you are interested I can send you a link to a couple of websites that make all the tools available that you need to understand the will of God.

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  2. I like the format of this poem; with the bible verses serving as the last line of each stanza.

    I’ll read again and this time check each verse out as I read along.

    This poem remotely reminds me of a short poem I wrote a long while ago.

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  3. first off, I like the format of the poem – the use of bible passages, which aptly go with the point being made. i feel it’s missing the point of the piece to think it is about “God answers prayer. It may not always be the way we want or as soon as we want.” the message of this piece is simply this – we forget to thank God for the mercies we receive from him. 1 Thessalonians 15:16-18 advises us to “…give thanks in all circumstances.” this message is probably overlooked because it is hidden in the penultimate stanza. “I wanted to pray/But the outcome was here/What more was needed?” but then the last stanza doesn’t only mean the persona feels it was too late to pray, but mocks the entire idea of procrastinating on praying ( “the Lord is with me …”) when, by citing all the Bible passages he/she has actually been involved in prayers. the passages make sense if the message is how I read the poem: James 5:16 (confessing our sins); 1 John 5:14-15 (God hears our prayers); Colossians 4:2 (devotion to prayer); Psalm 42:8 (God directs His love); Romans 8:26 (the Spirit helps us in our weakness); Psalm 118:5 (the Lord is with me). brilliant piece.

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