Why We Pray

We do not pray because our God may fail

to halt or change some great disaster grim.

Nor yet because by long beseeching Him

our words win out and our great faith prevail.

We do not seek more prayers to tip the scale

of heavenly action to our earthly whim,

or nudge a grudging God behind the scrim

to guide our steps or bless the weak and frail.

We pray to share the conquest of His war,

to join the fight our fellow soldiers face,

to teach ourselves, through running, how to race.

We pray because our Lord has laid the store

of mutual triumphs out for our embrace,

the call of God: to trust, then act on grace.


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