Lord, teach a little child to pray. Thy grace betimes, &c. J. Ryland. [A Child's Prayer.] This simple prayer for a child's use is the most popular and widely used of Dr. Ryland's hymns. From his Memoirs of Andrew Fuller, 1831, pp. 442 and 453, we find that this hymn, and another, beginning "God is very good to me," wore written by him at the request of Mrs. Fuller for the use of her child Sarah, who died May 30, 1786, aged 6 years and 6 months. In some of the numerous collections in which it is found it is erroneously attributed to "Jane Taylor." The Taylor hymn opens with the same line, but the second is "And then accept my prayer."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)