At church, Garv prayed for his stupid brother
To stop stealing ashtrays from the bookstore.
Mara asked her friends to pray down thunder
On her wicked, boyfriend-stealing mother.
Sharar left a prayer on Facebook.
“Please pray for Chuck who can’t pass his tests.”
Portia prayed for hours of gobbledygook.
When asked what she meant, she gave a sneering look.
Tanas cried under his blankets in bed
For God to help him love his enemies.
In the dark of her closet, Nyla covered her head
As she asked for forgiveness and her daily bread.
If anyone is curious about this poem’s meaning, my inspiration came from Matthew 6:5-15.