Two Prayerful Songs


As a singer, I find my prayers often come out best as songs. Music adds a dimension of the soul words and emotions cannot. These two songs come to mind the most when I’m trying to express my heart to God.

The other day found me flopped on the couch, discouraged, depressed, and searching for proper Christian emotions. I ended up singing “Worn” as a prayer (again). Tenth Avenue North sings of a Christianity that resonates with me. So basic white evangelical, I know, but I love them.

I’m tired, I’m worn, my heart is heavy
From the work it takes to keep on breathing.
I’ve made mistakes, I’ve let my hope fail.
My soul feels crushed by the weight of this world.

When I’m not humming “Worn” to myself, I’m constantly singing Audrey Assad’s “I Shall Not Want.” This song gently reminds me that all my sin comes from fear, hurt, and a desire for wholeness. It targets my most besetting sins and my deepest pain. I sing it as a confession, a comfort, and a battle-cry all at once.

From the love of my own comfort
From the fear of having nothing
From a life of worldly passions
Deliver me, O God!

From the need to be understood
From the need to be accepted
From the fear of being lonely
Deliver me, O God!

Do you have any “go-to” songs you sing as prayers?

// A prayer and a book for when you don’t feel the least bit spiritual

PC: Audrey Assad from “I Shall Not Want (Live from RELEVANT)”

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