Do I Ever Pray?

I found this poem in the March, 1986 issue of Beacon Lights.


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 prayer is not sincere.


Amusing ourselves to death

We live in a culture that is constantly trying to distract us from what really matters in life, namely Christ and the glorification of his name in all we do. There is no room anymore for thought and meditation on God’s word. Burk Parsons, editor of Tabletalk magazine, said in the January 2013 issue, “We stand at a crossroads, and we will either rediscover the lost virtues of listening, meditating, and thinking, or we will amuse ourselves to death.” One who does not designate time each day for meditation on scripture and prayer to God is slowly dying. The distractions slowly pull the noose around our spirituality, weakening our faith. We as young people need to start designating time now for meditation and prayer, because it isn’t going to get easier as we get older.