Standing In the Need of Prayer (Hymn)

Standing in the Need of Prayer
Traditional Folk Spiritual

Not my brother, not my sister, but it’s me, O Lord,
Standing in the need of prayer;
Not my brother, not my sister, but it’s me, O Lord,
Standing in the need of prayer;

Refrain
It’s me, it’s me, O Lord,
Standing in the need of prayer;
It’s me, it’s me, O Lord,
Standing in the need of prayer.

Not the preacher, not the deacon, but it’s me, O Lord,
Standing in the need of prayer;
Not the preacher, not the deacon, but it’s me, O Lord,
Standing in the need of prayer.

Refrain

Not my father, not my mother, but it’s me, O Lord,
Standing in the need of prayer;
Not my father, not my mother, but it’s me, O Lord,
Standing in the need of prayer.

Refrain

Not the stranger, not my neighbor, but it’s me, O Lord,
Standing in the need of prayer;
Not the stranger, not my neighbor, but it’s me, O Lord,
Standing in the need of prayer.

Refrain

While this might not be a “traditional hymn,” it is a good one to have running through your head during the day.  Obviously, our brothers, sisters, preachers, deacons, fathers, mothers, friends and neighbors all do need prayer.  But it is also important for us to remember that we need just as badly, and often, more badly.  It is often easy to see the flaws in the lives of others and ignore our own.  This song reminds us that we need prayer: every single one of us.

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