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I’ve been taught how to talk to you
Hold it together, make the bad look better
Say all the words that I’m supposed to
Bow my head, say, “amen”
Yeah, that’ll do
Making every dead end look like heaven
Like being okay is the way to reach you

But you’re not afraid of all the things I feel
So why am I afraid of being real?

You want my tears, every messy word
Every scar and every fear
You want all I have
With no holding back
When I’m hurt, at my worst
You meet me there
‘Cause you see the beauty
In my broken prayers
In my broken prayers

You don’t care if it ain’t poetry
‘Cause all of my edges
They’re a little rough
But that’s all I got to bring

‘Cause you’re not afraid of all the things I feel
Don’t have to hide the scars that still aren’t healed

You want my tears, every messy word (yeah)
Every scar and every fear
You want all I have
With no holding back
When I’m hurt, at my worst
You meet me there
‘Cause You see the beauty
In my broken prayers
In my broken prayers

Mascara running down my face
Desperate cry in a dark place
You take me that way
All of me

You want my tears, every messy word
Every scar and every fear
You want all I have
With no holding back
When I’m hurt, at my worst
You meet me there
‘Cause you see the beauty
In my broken prayers
In my broken prayers
In my broken prayers
In my broken prayers

My broken prayers

Songwriters: Ben Glover / Emily Weisband / Josh Kerr / Riley Clemmons / Tedd Tjornhom
Broken Prayers lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Capitol Christian Music Group

Riley was discovered at a school pageant when she was thirteen years old. Now, just three years l really believe our listeners are going to find rich encouragement through this song. I wonder how much we hold back because we don't feel we're skilled enough to pray the way we think we should. Or somehow our prayers don't mean as much if we don't pray as eloquently as someone else.

The song “Broken Prayers” came truly from a place of brokenness and that feeling of having to get yourself together and bring the best most picture-perfect version of yourself to God, basically feeling like the broken pieces aren’t good enough for God. The song came from a place of truly finding peace in the fact that God takes you at your most broken, at your lowest place and at your roughest. And not only does He take you there but He delights in it. And He genuinely loves you in that place. – Riley Clemmons


Psalm 102:17 | 1 John 5:14-15 | Palm 17:6 | Romans 8:26 | Matthew 11:28 | Jeremiah 29:12 | Romans 5:8 | James 5:13 | John 6:37 | Isaiah 1:18 | Revelation 22:17 | Joel 2:32 | 2 Corinthians 5:17 | Philippians 1:6 | Romans 10:13 | 2 Chronicles 7:14 | Mark 11:24 | Matthew 7:11