Lord, teach us how to pray aright

Lord, teach us how to pray aright
with reverence and with fear.  
Though dust and ashes in your sight,
we may, we must draw near.

We perish if we cease from prayer;
O, grant us power to pray,
and when to meet you we prepare,
Lord, meet us by the way.

O God of love, before your face
we come with contrite heart
to ask from you these gifts of grace -
truth in the inward part;

faith in the only Sacrifice
that can for sin atone;
to found our hopes, to fix our eyes
on Christ, and Christ alone;

patience to watch and weep and wait,
whatever you may send;
courage that will not hesitate
to trust you to the end.

Give these, and then your will be done;
thus strengthened with all might,
we, through your Spirit and your Son,
shall pray, and pray aright.

#350 in Hymnal: A Worship Book

Words:  James Montgomery, 1818, Selection of Psalms and Hymns, 1819
   Tune:  The Brethren's Tune and Hymn Book, 1872
                    Harmonization copyright 1991 The Hymnal Project

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