Sweet Hour of Prayer

Although we now use them interchangeably, ‘want’ and ‘wish’ once had separate meanings. ‘Want’ meant things wanting in one’s life; things that were necessary. ‘Wish’ carried the current meaning of both words; a desired object or quality.

Verse 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!

Verse 2:
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!

Verse 3:
Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
May I thy consolation share,
Till, from Mount Pisgah’s lofty height,
I view my home and take my flight;
This robe of flesh I’ll drop, and rise
To seize the everlasting prize:
And shout, while passing through the air,
Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer!

Rev.W.W. Walford/Wm.B. Bradbury

I had never heard anything but the first verse of this song. The last phrase of the third verse brings up something I have never considered; we will no longer need to pray in heaven. There will be nothing left to pray for!!

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