What is a prayer?

Today, in the United States of America, is our National Day of Prayer.
Join me in prayer today, will you?


What is a prayer?

Is a prayer —

spoken words formed from one’s lips?

a single thought lifted high?

a song in one’s heart?

Or a deep silent cry?

Does a prayer —

float light as confetti?

shoot fast as an arrow?

wisp wily through the air?

Or watch vigilant over all?


I can’t say what a prayer is

or how it works.

I do know you have a heart

and I do too.

You hold

something close,

something precious,

something fragile

inside of you which

words can’t express.

And, I do too.

On this day, together,

let us remember

the cloud of witnesses

who’ve gone before us.

Let us stand in solidarity

with each other—

brothers and sisters

who are for

goodness over evil,

hope for the hopeless,

peace on earth.

Let us join hands

for the pain, the glory

the brutal, the beautiful

the dark, the light.

Whatever you pray,

however you pray,

wherever you pray,

unite your heartfelt cry

to a chorus of silent

and singing voices

adding your unique prayer.

You are not alone.

Other posts on prayer:

A Fresh Look at Rote (Rote) Prayer
Expansive prayer
A Prayer for the World


  1. Thank you! i am joining my heart with yours – in prayer for peace, harmony and love on our beautiful planet, in the hearts of all our brothers and sisters – everywhere and all the time! Thank you for this beautiful message. 🙂

    1. I’m so glad you are joining me! Peace, harmony and love on our beautiful planet – YES!

  2. maryheitzie@gmail.com

    Thanks for the reminder Ally, we all need prayer😘

    Sent from my iPad


  3. This is a powerful sketch and a tender poem. LY

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