I OFTEN say my prayers, 

 But do I ever pray? 

And do the wishes of my heart 

Go with the words I say?

I may as well kneel down 

And worship gods of stone,

As offer to the living God 

A prayer of words alone.

For words without the heart

The Lord will never hear; 

Nor will he to those lips attend 

Whose prayers are not sincere.

Lord, teach me what I want, 

And teach me how to pray;

Nor let me ask thee for thy grace 

Not feeling what I say.