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Blessed Hour of Prayer

Blessed Hour of Prayer

Tis the blessèd hour of prayer, when our hearts lowly bend,
And we gather to Jesus, our Saviour and Friend;
If we come to Him in faith, His protection to share,
What a balm for the weary! O how sweet to be there!

Refrain:
Blessèd hour of prayer,
Blessèd hour of prayer;
What a balm for the weary!
O how sweet to be there!

’Tis the blessèd hour of prayer, when the Savior draws near,
With a tender compassion His children to hear;
When He tells us we may cast at His feet every care,
What a balm for the weary, O how sweet to be there! (Refrain)

’Tis the blessèd hour of prayer, when the tempted and tried
To the Savior Who loves them their sorrow confide;
With a sympathizing heart He removes every care;
What a balm for the weary! O how sweet to be there! (Refrain)

At the blessèd hour of prayer, trusting Him we believe
That the blessing we’re needing we’ll surely receive;
In the fullness of this trust we shall lose every care;
What a balm for the weary! O how sweet to be there! (Refrain)


Author: Fanny Crosby

Music used with permission from GospelRiver.com. The music performer(s) may not agree with the theological positions of this site.

Photo: Marge McCoy

bless

Bless my eyes to see goodness.

Bless my words to speak kindness.

Bless my heart to feel compassion.

Bless my soul to radiate love.

Quote: Mary Davis

Photo: Joise Rader

God,

This post first appeared on May 19, 2021. It features a prayer by Alan Hopkins with a photo by Belinda Brasley.

God,

Sometimes I don’t feel like I have the words to pray. I don’t always know what to say to You. What do I say to someone who is perfect in every way? Please help me remember that You want to hear from me. Give me the confidence to speak what’s on my heart with You, but help me to do so with respect. And please let these honest conversations lead me to a deeper sense of awe, wonder, and love for You. Show me how to talk with You, and then make me eager to do it regularly.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

  • Prayer by Alan Hopkins
  • Photo by Belinda Brasley

For Me

Under An Eastern Sky

Under an eastern sky,
Amid a rabble’s cry,
A Man went forth to die,
For me! for me!

Thorn-crowned His blessed head,
Blood-stained His every tread;
Cross-laden He was led,
For me! for me!

Pierced His hands and feet,
Three hours o’er Him beat
Fierce rays of noon-tide heat,
For me! for me!

Thus wert Thou made all mine;
Lord, make me wholly Thine;
Grant grace and strength divine
To me! to me!

In thought and word and deed,
Thy will to do, O lead
My soul, e’en though it bleed,
To Thee, to Thee.

Lyrics: Albert Benjamin Simpson (1843-1919)
Music: Isaac Hickman Meredith (1872-1962)
Photo Courtesy of Grace Lutheran Church in Springfield, OH

Prayer Is

Prayer Is the Soul’s Sincere Desire

Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire,
Uttered, or unexpressed;
The motion of a hidden fire
That trembles in the breast.

Prayer is the burden of a sigh,
The falling of a tear;
The upward glancing of an eye
When none but God is near.

Prayer is the simplest form of speech
That infant lips can try;
Prayer the sublimest strains that reach
The Majesty on high.

Prayer is the Christian’s vital breath,
The Christian’s native air;
His watchword at the gates of death;
He enters rest with prayer.

The saints in prayer appear as one,
In word, and deed, and mind;
While with the Father and the Son
Sweet fellowship they find.

O Thou, by whom we come to God,
The Life, the Truth, the Way,
The path of prayer Thyself hast trod—
Lord, teach us how to pray.

Lyrics: James Montgomery (1771-1854)
Music: James Walch (1837-1901)
Photo: Jeff Sollars

one day

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your promise to one day bring an end to all suffering. Thank You for sending Your Spirit to comfort us. Please renew my strength. All throughout today, show me opportunities where I can offer comfort to someone else who may be suffering. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

–Alan Hopkins

Photo by John Brasley

God,

God,

Sometimes I don’t feel like I have the words to pray. I don’t always know what to say to You. What do I say to someone who is perfect in every way? Please help me remember that You want to hear from me. Give me the confidence to speak what’s on my heart with You, but help me to do so with respect. And please let these honest conversations lead me to a deeper sense of awe, wonder, and love for You. Show me how to talk with You, and then make me eager to do it regularly.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

  • Prayer by Alan Hopkins
  • Photo by Belinda Brasley