Sweet Hour of Prayer – hymn

This past week has been one of prayer. Much of it has been prayer for others – heart rejections issues for a sweet 9 year old friend, yet more brain tumor issues for a sweet 14 year old friend, illness of so many loved church members and others we love, and on and on. Yet, through it all, there is peace. We have peace through Christ. We are able to see Him, feel Him, when we get down on our knees and pray. He is anxious to hear from us. He wants us to talk to Him about our joys as well as our sadnesses.

I wish you all could hear my girls prayers. One in particular has a conversation with God every night on her own, after we have said a prayer together. If her daddy has already tucked her in and I go in, I know better than to ask if we need to say a prayer together. Her answer would be “Can you ever pray enough?” After two prayers, she still prayers by herself. And her conversation is precious and loving and you can tell by listening (yes, I have eavesdropped) that she is talking with a very dear, very precious friend who treasures all she has to say.

Do I have that same heartfelt conversation with God when I talk to Him? Do I listen for His answers in that same intimate way? I should. But I don’t always.

Because I have been praying over such difficult things this week, I have had this song running through my mind. Reminding me to stop and pray. There is not a single hour of prayer but many, many continuous hours that blend and touch and grow to be praying over everything, letting my petitions be known to my God. He is bigger than heart problems. He is bigger than cancer. He is bigger than this world and its sin.

Thank you, God, for listening in my Sweet Hour of Prayer.

Sweet Hour of Prayer

 

Sweet Hour of Prayer

words: William W. Walford (1842)
music: William B. Bradbury (1859)

 

1 Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
that calls me from a world of care,
and bids me at my Father’s throne
make all my wants and wishes known.
In seasons of distress and grief,
my soul has often found relief,
and oft escaped the tempter’s snare
by thy return, sweet hour of prayer!

2 Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
the joys I feel, the bliss I share
of those whose anxious spirits burn
with strong desires for thy return!
With such I hasten to the place
where God my Savior shows his face,
and gladly take my station there,
and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

3 Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
thy wings shall my petition bear
to him whose truth and faithfulness
engage the waiting soul to bless.
And since he bids me seek his face,
believe his word, and trust his grace,
I’ll cast on him my every care,
and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

 

 

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