By: Donna Butler Douglas
Level: Very Easy

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This easy anthem works well for situations with very little rehearsal time. Perfect for middle school, youth or adult choirs as well as small ensembles. Based on the hymn, Prayer is the Soul's Sincere Desire, this piece makes a great companion to any sermon series on prayer, and allows choirs of all demographics to achieve early success. Lord, Teach Us How to Pray makes a great snow anthem or summer anthem, where a choral component is needed to service few available singers.


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.

O Lord, teach us how to pray.
You're the Life, the Truth, the Way
To face each passing day.
Lord, teach us how to pray.

Prayer is the simplest form of speech that infant lips can try.
Prayer, the sublimest strains that reach the Majesty on high.
Prayer is the Christian's vital breath, the Christian's native air,
His watchword at the gates of death: He enters heav'n with prayer.