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.