“Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray thee, Lord, my soul to keep; If I should die before I wake, I pray thee, Lord, my soul to take.”
At 13, I started at a new school. My parent were abroad, so it was a boarding school. And one of my new friends had been taught by his parents to pray that prayer every night.
It’s not a bad prayer as it happens. But it’s clearly a child’s prayer.
For an adult, life is messy and complicated. And we need a prayer life that is fit for the real world.
Many of us don’t pray. Or if we do, we’re unsure what we ought to pray for.