Somewhere in my past....maybe 15 or 20 years ago....two of those songs became prayer-like to me. The music and lyrics would pop into my mind, just when I needed them. I'd either sing out loud or only "in my head," depending on whether I was alone or not.
Those two songs are:
The Long and Winding RoadLet it Be
I've read various so-called explanations about the lyrics of these songs, and it doesn't matter to me what the "real" meaning is or isn't. I know what they mean to me and that's all that counts.
What about you? Do you have certain "prayerful" songs that aren't considered hymns?
"There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is." ~William P. Merrill