Praying the Right Prayer

“You ask but do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.” ~James 4: 3, 10

I hold the steamer’s heavy base
awkwardly in my left hand
wielding the window attachment
in my right. Steam pours through the cotton pad.

From my tip-toes to a squat
I wrestle the steam-head
onto its squeegee edge and pull
it down the glass.

Again and over again I strive
to rid the surface of drips and droplets,
sweat-beads running down my back
in the afternoon sun.

I stand back from my work and see the filmy smears,
my spirits dampened by the streaks,
spots, and smudges; so I drive away for
different tools

and produce a concoction
to fight and shield against the nasty residue.
My new squeegee wicks away the drops,
the streaks, the smudges, and spots.

Sometimes my prayers don’t work
until I find the right one.


  1. Cynthia says:

    Oh Amy! I am cracking up…it is the window cleaning!! Did you clean them!!? I can feel this poem and the glass and the frustration. I can hear the squeaky dragging and the steam releasing. The ending is wonderful!!! So very true and interesting to come to from various attempts at eliminating streaking window residue!!! Well done….God Bless

    1. amysecrist says:

      Thanks for stopping by! Yes, the windows! Hours later I only have one set of doors completed. All the rest need redone, in addition to the entire house. But, a cool evening and a pack of lovely kids called me out to play, so it will have to wait. The right prayer is important…I thought that after I recalled how much a struggled, actually sweating, trying to get the windows done right, done well. I finally realized I was going to have to do them over with different tools. Sometimes that’s how I feel in my prayer life. I’m praying and praying for/about something and it isn’t until after loads of stuggle and sweat that I realize I need a different prayer. I read somewhere that prayer doesn’t change God, or change life, or change things – prayer changes the one praying. I think that is true, which is why finding the right prayer for the right problem/situation is so vital. Thanks again for reading. I’ve really enjoyed reading your latest posts…Love and Light to you!

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