Mister Golden Prayer

(parody of "Sister Golden Hair" by America)
New lyrics by Mike Fischer

The Story: The prayer of Jabez, hidden away among the endless genealogies in I Chronicles, has gotten a lot of attention. How many people have noticed that it was a very selfish prayer? All he wanted was more land and an easy life. I have to believe that God wants more from our prayers than that.


Well, he prayed for blessing one day, with more land in east and west,
And a safe life he was hunting, that was all of his request.
You can read it in the Bible, First Chron 4 just past verse 9.
It was one man, Jabez, he dropped God a line.

People keep on talkin' 'bout you, Mister Golden Prayer — surprised?
But I really have to doubt you think that that's a prayer God prized.
You've been one poor intercessor, you've been too, too world-inclined,
'Cause I think you're bein' selfish, not divine.

Chorus:
Will you meet God in the middle, will you meet with Him in prayer?
Will you talk to Him so it'll show you love to be His heir?
Don't you dare mistake it, I hope you're prayin' for Jesus' sake, yeah

intro (spoken): Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, "Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!" And God granted him what he requested.

Well, I keep on thinkin' 'bout your prayer and all that it implies,
That you prayed and had no doubting — I can see that's very wise.
You had prayer as correspondence, and the Lord, He was too kind,
But that doesn't mean it's what He had in mind.

chorus

repeat 4 times & end:
Oo-be-dop doo-wop, oo-be-dop doo-wop, oo-be-dop doo-wop, oo-be-dop doo-wop
What is prayer for?

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