Lewis on Prayer

By C. S. Lewis, C.S. Lewis

Master, they say that when I seem
To be in speech with you,
Since you make no replies, it's all a dream
-One talker aping two.

They are half right, but not as they
Imagine; rather, I
Seek in myself the things I meant to say,
And lo! the wells are dry.

Then, seeing me empty, you forsake
The listener's role, and through
My dead lips breathe and into utterance wake
The thoughts I never knew.

And thus you neither need reply
Nor can; thus while we seem
Two talking, thou art One forever, and I
No dreamer, but thy dream.

- C.S. Lewis, "Prayer," from POEMS, edited by Walter Hooper, Harcourt Brace
Jovanovich, 1964.


If I am committed to a life of prayer, I certainly can't always wait around until I have all the right words (or even the right ideas) ready to launch into appropriate praise and petition. No, sometimes I have to believe that the Holy Spirit will direct my prayer according to the will of God. See Romans 8:26-27 for a little Tuesday morning prayer life encouragement.

Have a great week.

(Originally posted on 10/1/1996)

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