Original Song – “You Get What You Pray For”

You Get What You Pray For is a song that speaks to my experience of life, prayer and following my heart.  Many of my songs have a faith-based theme, and I’ve tried to reflect positive and uplifting lyrics within all my songs.  I’d always wanted to write songs ever since I was a teenager, but it wasn’t until almost 20 years later that I said a prayer asking God to allow me to write songs if it was within His will for me, and my prayer was answered in that very minute.  I went on to write over 200 songs in about a four year period while juggling everything else in my life, and learned the meaning of being careful what we pray for because it just might come true.  Surrounded by piles of lyrics, scribbles of written music and guitar chords, I found that I was overwhelmed by the responsibility of shepherding what I had prayed for.  Although I hadn’t prayed to be a performer, it seemed logical that I was to perform the songs I’d written, and despite investing my time and resources into trying, it wasn’t meant to be.  I questioned God’s purpose in giving me these songs if I was unable to do anything with them, yet now as I’m posting my songs online and describing their essence to you, God’s plan for my prayer was larger than I could have ever dreamed of on my own!  The key line in this song is the second verse of this line, “You know you get what you pray for, The Lord gives you what you need…”  Amen.

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I recorded my original song “You Get What You Pray For” on Set 4 in 1996, and this song completes the set.  The song speaks to my personal experience with prayer, for it was a prayer that led to this and all of my songs, “You know you get what you pray for, The Lord gives you what you need…” Enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

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(Emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

"You Get What You Pray For" - "You Get What You Pray For", Collected Works Volume XIII, Copyright 1992, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

You Get What You Pray For

“You Get What You Pray For”, Collected Works Volume XIII, Copyright 1992, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

                     E    G           D     E

You know you get what you pray for     (x3)

      D                                  E

The Lord gives you what you need     (x3)  (End)

C                       D

Go to the Lord in prayer

C                       D

Give to Him your cares

C                  D

Open up your heart

      C                        D

And then the Lord will start     (x3)

     E         G     D       E

To answer your prayers     (x3)

      D                         E

And give you what you need     (x3)

Chorus:

      C                       D

The answer may take time

      C           D

And you may find

      C                              D

It’s not what you’re lookin’ for

         C                   D

When really it’s even more     (x3)

              E      G                 D      E

Than you ever prayed would come true     (x3)

             D                        E

That the Lord has given to you     (x3)  (Return to Verse One to end)

Verse Two:

C                     D

Pray Thy will be done

      C              D

The Lord hears everyone

     C                                     D

He wants our prayers to come true

                 C                           D

But there’s something we must do     (x3)

                 E             G               D      E

You got to open your heart to the answer     (x3)

            D                                     E

And the Lord will give you what you need     (x3)

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