LORD, teach us how to pray aright,
    With reverence and with fear;
Though dust and ashes in Thy sight,
    We may, we must draw near.
2  Burdened with guilt, convinced of sin,
    In weakness, want and woe,
Fightings without, and fear within;
    Lord, whither shall we go?
3  God of all grace, we come to Thee
    With broken, contrite hearts;
Give what Thine eye delights to see:
    Truth in the inward parts.
4  Give deep humility; the sense
    Of godly sorrow give;
A strong desiring confidence
    To hear Thy voice and live.
5  Faith in the only sacrifice
    That can for sin atone;
To cast our hopes, to fix our eyes,
    On Christ, on Christ alone.
6  Give these, and then Thy will be done;
    Thus strengthened with Thy might,
We by Thy Spirit and Thy Son
    Shall pray, and pray aright.
James Montgomery, 1771-1854