1 Lord, I pray, if today
some should wrong or trouble me,
make me kind; bring to mind
your forgiveness makes me free.
2 Should there be joy for me,
help me thank you as I should.
Let me through all I do
praise you, Lord, for all things good.
3 If this day I should stray,
show my heart the road to take.
Should I fear, please be near;
hear my prayer for Jesus' sake.
Originally a children's hymn for morning devotions, "Lord, I Pray" is suitable for God's children of all ages. It is a prayer requesting a forgiving heart (st. 1), grateful living (st. 2), and obedience and comfort through intimacy with God (st. 3).
Bert Polman, Psalter Hymnal Handbook
Belgic Confession, Article 26 provides the foundation for all our praying: “We believe that we have no access to God except through the one and only Mediator and Intercessor ‘Jesus Christ the righteous,’ who therefore was made human, uniting together the divine and human natures, so that we human beings might have access to the divine Majesty. Otherwise we would have no access.” We offer our prayers, therefore, “only on the basis of the excellence and dignity of Jesus Christ, whose righteousness is ours by faith.” Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 46, Question and Answer 120 verifies this privilege when it says, “Through Christ God has become our Father, and…just as our parents do not refuse us the things of this life, even less will God our Father refuse to give us what we ask in faith.”