Lord, teach us to pray.@Luke 11:1
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Ednah D. L. Cheney (1824-1904)

Ednah D. Cheney, July 16, 1850.

Woolwich Charles E. Kettle, 1876 (🔊 pdf nwc).

At first I prayed for light:
Could I but see the way,
How gladly, swiftly would I walk
To everlasting day!

And next I prayed for strength:
That I might tread the road
With firm, unfaltering feet, and win
The heavens’ serene abode.

And then I prayed for faith:
Could I but trust my God,
I’d live infolded in His peace,
Though foes were all abroad.

But now I pray for love:
Deep love to God and man;
A living love that will not fail,
However dark His plan.

And light and strength and faith
Are opening everywhere!
God waited patiently until
I prayed the larger prayer.