Song for the Day, i Only Pray When i’m in Trouble


To hear the song, click on the title just below (in green).

i only pray when i’m in trouble

While i’ve been home this summer, i have tried to spend a bit of time everyday in the studio. For the next week, i’ll be posting some of the songs i’ve worked on. These are songs that won’t end up on cd’s but i hope they have some value in provoking thought and encouraging gratitude. Thanks for listening.
This first song is one i wrote in April or May. It was inspired by a quote, attributed to an anonymous rabbi, that i came across while studying a few months ago.
The thought gives clarity to the words of Apostle Paul who taught that we should “pray without ceasing.”

I Only Pray when I’m in Trouble

Even on my good days, even when I’m doing fine
When everything looks perfect up ahead
I know very well that it could change by suppertime
Cause life is always hanging by a thread

I only pray when I’m in trouble
I only pray when I’m in trouble
I only pray when I’m in trouble
But I’m trouble all the time

It only takes a heartbreak, or a couple of busted bones
Or the little hurts that come with growing old
Add an earthquake and a hurricane and the truth gets clearly known
There’s a lots of things in life we can’t control

I only pray when I’m in trouble
I only pray when I’m in trouble
I only pray when I’m in trouble
But I’m trouble all the time

At any single moment I could stumble I could fall
Lose my way and end up running wild
And so I pray for wisdom to remember I am small
And ask “dear Lord, have mercy on Your child”

I only pray when I’m in trouble
I only pray when I’m in trouble
I only pray when I’m in trouble
But I’m trouble all the time