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XXX. PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION.
588. T. 582. For his grace and power are such,
None can ever ask too much.
3. Lord, I will not let thee go, There Jesus shows his cheering face, Till the blessing thou bestow: And waits to answer prayer.
Oh, do not my suit disdain ;
None shall seek thy face in vain. 2. That rich, atoning blood,
J. Newton. Which sprinkled round I see, Provides for those who come to God
590. An all-prevailing plea.
AND dost thou say, “Ask what 3. My soul, ask what thou wilt,
(hour; Thou canst not be too bold;
Lord, I would seize the golden Since his own blood for thee was I pray to be releas'd from guilt, spilt,
And freed from sin, and Satan's What else can he withhold?
power. 4. Beyond thy utmost wants
2. More of thy presence, Lord, imHis love and power can bless;
part, To praying souls he always grants More of thine image let me bear;
More than they can express. Erect thy throne within my heart, 5. Since 't is the Lord's command, And reign without a rival there. My mouth I open wide:
3. Give me to read my pardon seald, Lord, open thou thy bounteous And from thy joy to draw my That I may be supplied. (hand,
strength; 6. My soul, believe and pray, To have thy boundless love reWithout a doubt believe:
(length. Whate'er we ask in God's own way, In all its height, and breadth, and We surely shall receive.
4. Grant these requests, I ask no 7. Here stands the promise fair, more, For God cannot repent,
But to thy care the rest resign, To fervent, persevering prayer, Living or dying, rich or poor, He'll every blessing grant. All shall be well, if thou art mine. J. Newton.
J. Newton. 589.
591. COME, my soul, thy suit prepare, FATHER, whate’er of earthly bliss Jesus loves to answer prayer; Thy sovereign will denies, He himself hath bid thee pray, Accepted at thy throne, let this And sends none unheard away. Sincere petition rise. 2. Thou art coming to a King, 2. Give me a calm and thankful Large petitions with thee bring: From every murmur free; (heart,
The blessings of thy grace impart, 8. Give these,--and then thy will And let me live to thee.
be done; 3. Let the sweet hope that thou art Thus strengthen’d with all might,
My life and death attend; (mine, We, by thy Spirit and thy Son, Thy presence through my journey Shall pray, and pray aright. shine,
J. Montgomery. And crown my journey's end.
T. 595. O THOU who hearest prayer, 592.
The God of power and might;
To seek thy face be all our care, LORD, teach us how to pray aright, And our supreme delight.
With reverence and with fear:
Regard us from thy throne;
Send down to us the heavenly Dove, 2. We perish if we cease from
And seal us as thine own. prayer;
3. We have no other trust, O grant us power to pray! And when to meet thee we prepare, our hope, thou holy One and just,
But thy dear sacrifice; Lord, meet us by the way.
Thou never wilt despise. 3. Burden'd with guilt, convinc'd of sin,
4. Sinful, we plead thy blood, In weakness, want, and woe,
Weak, we implore tliy power; Fightings without, and fears within, Saviour, remember us for good Lord, whither shall we go?
In danger's trying hour.
5. Come with thy saving strength, 4. God of all grace, we come to
With healing virtue come; thee,
And let thy guiding hand at length With broken, contrite hearts;
Conduct us safely home.
6. Till, sav'd from all annoy
Of earthly fear and strife, 5. Give deep humility ;—the sense We enter into endless joy, Of godly sorrow give;
And everlasting life. A strong, desiring confidence,
W. Edwards. (ad.) To hear thy voice and live :
594. 6. Faith in the only sacrifice That can for sin atone;
HEAVENLY Father, to whose eye To cast our hopes, to fix our eyes, Future things unfolded lie,
On Christ, on Christ alone : Through the desert where I stray, 7. Patience, to watch, and wait, Let thy counsel guide my way.
2. Lead me not, for flesh is frail, Though mercy long delay; Where fierce trials would assail; Courage, our fainting souls to keep, Leave me not, in darken'd hour,
And trust thee though thou slay: To withstand the tempter's power.
3. Save me from his treacherous And Satan trembles when he sees wiles,
The weakest saint upon his knees. Arm me against pleasure's smiles, 4. While Moses stood with arms Give me, for my spirit's health,
spread wide, Neither poverty nor wealth.
Success was found on Israel's side; 4. Help thy servant to maintain But when through weariness they A profession free from stain,
fail'd, That my sole reproach may be That moment Amalek prevail'd. Following Christ and fearing thee. 5. Have you no words ? Ah, think 5. Lord, uphold me day by day, again;
(plain, Shed a light upon my way,
Words flow apace when you comGuide me through perplexing And fill your fellow-creature's ear snares,
With the sad tale of all your care. Care for me in all my cares. 6. Were half the breath thus vainly 6. All I ask for is enough;
spent, Only, when the way is rough, To heaven in supplication sent, Let thy rod and staff impart Your cheerful songwould oftener be, Strength and courage to my heart." Hear what the Lord has done for
Cowper. 7. Should thy wisdom, Lord, decree Trials long and sharp for me,
596.* Pain or sorrow, care or shame, Father, glorify thy name!
THE prayers of the needy, 8. Let me neither faint nor fear,
Thou, Lord, to hear art ready Feeling still that thou art near,
Thy mercy and forbearance
We every day experience.
2. When thee in faith addressing, Conder. Thou no good gift nor blessing
Unto thy church deniest, 595. T. 22. But all her wants suppliest.
3. In thee we trust for ever, WHAT various hindrances we meet
Since thou to each believer In coming to a mercy-scat;
Afford'st that consolation: Yet who, that knows the worth of “I've heard thy supplication.”
prayer, But wishes to be often there.
597.* 2. Prayer makes the darken’d cloud QUITE alone, and yet not lonely, withdraw,
(saw, I'll converse with God my Friend; Prayer climbs the ladder Jacob Now from worldly cares receding, Gives exercise to faith and love,
I my time in prayer will spei.d. Brings every blessing from above.
2. O how blessed are the moments, 3. Restraining prayer, we cease to When the Lord himself draws near, fight;
(bright; When I feel his gracious presence, Prayer makes the Christian's armor And he listens to my prayer.
598.* T. 79. With gospel-seed already sown,
In Gentile lands or in our own, WITH ardent longing, at thy feet, May an abundant harvest yielu. Lord Jesus Christ, I humbly wait; O lend a gracious ear
8. O Father, us with pleasure own, Unto my manifold complaints:
The dear-bought purchase of thy I trust thou wilt relieve my wants,
O Spirit, be our guide, (Son; And deign thy needy child to hear. To us thy saving light afford;
O Christ, the Church's Head & Lord, 2. Grant me an upright, simple May we for ever thine abide. Z.
heart, A cheerful mind to me impart,
599.* Free from sin's galling load: O may I of my sinfulness
LORD Jesus Christ, thy body's Always retain a consciousness,
Head and Saviour, But not serve sin, forbid it, God! On us, thy children, deign to look
in favour; 3. Grant me a harmless, dove-like Our grateful hearts with thanks
(are overflowing, To true humility inclin'd, (mind,
Before thee bowing. Thy will be mine indeed : O may I labour, constantly 2. What peace do we derive, what Endow'd with spirit's poverty,
consolation, From every hurtful influence freed. What strength from thy atoning
death and passion: 4. May I be serious, child-like too, Impress’d with holy reverence we In all essentials firm and true;
adore thee, Give me a trusty ear,
And fall before thee. A sympathizing, tender heart, In joy and sorrow to take part,
3. Thy goodness, as thy power, is And gladly others' burdens bear. past expression;
We trust that thou, whene'er with 5. In converse make me tractable
supplication (accept us, And mild; in storms invincible, We seek thy face, in mercy wilt And never prone to yield.
And not reject us. May I maintain incessantly A tender fellowship with thee,
4. O Lord, thou great High-priest From day to day by grace upheld. Who at God's right hand makest
of our profession, 6. Thy unction 0 may I obey,
intercession, (help the needy And tread the pilgrim's rugged way; And by thy powerful prayers to Grant I may shun no toil:
Art ever ready :-In all my senses render me Well exercis'd, and let me be
5. The many drops of blood which Anointed with thy gladdening oil.
from thee flowed,
The streams of tears which oft thy 7. Thou of all nations the desire, cheeks bedewed, (pleading With zeal thy ministers inspire, Are all in on behalf for mercy And grant that every field,
6. O may thy church thro' thy | We rise from prayer with blessing, atonement's powers,
O’ercome what is distressing (race. Unto thy praise before thee bloom Thro' thee, and run with joy our like flowers; (Saviour,
Z. & Neisser. Yea, glorify thy name in us, dear
602.* Both now and ever
Z. WHENEVER we in holy contem600.*
Survey the kingdom of thy cross, FLOCK of Christ, in fellowship And call to mind the promis'd, full Offer fervent supplication;
(expectation Whether to rejoice or weep For thy soul's travail; with glad We may now have most occasion : The hope we cherish, that thy When the lips no more can pray, reign of peace Sighs will find to him their way. Shall soon o'erspread the earth 2. O may he so sensibly
with rich increase. Bless us with his grace and farour, 2. O Father of thy people, we imThat we in humility
plore thee, (ferings, bless: May rejoice in him, our Saviour; The church, the fruit of Jesus' sufMay he in his mercy grant Refresh thine heritage with showers All we wecp for, all we want.
(the glory: 3. May his presence constantly
The cause is thine, and thine alone Yield us joy and consolation,
May Jesus thousands as a spoil In the certain hope that he
(gain. Will regard our supplication,
And his disciples constant victory Grant our prayers, and much more 3. O Holy Spirit, Christ's bloodThan we're able to conceive. (give bought salvation 4. This be our supreme delight,
Set forth, and glorify his sacrifice; To remain in closest union
May hosts of sinners, listening to With our Lord both day and night,
(tation, And enjoy his sweet communion;
Receive with joy the gospel-inviThis our heaven while here we stay, And, by thee gather’d, see their Him to love, serve, and obey.
(som’d fold. Among the sheep of Jesus' ran601.* LORD, our High-priest and Sa
603. Pour fire and spirit's fervour (viour, GRACIOUS Saviour, bless thy conOn all our priestly bands;
gregation, When we are interceding,
Richly all her wants supply ; And for thy people pleading, (hands. Be our only joy and consolation, Give incense, and hold up our Till we quit mortality: 2. By thine illumination,
Of each weight may we be more Thy church's situation
(lested, In the true light we trace; Live beneath thy sceptre unmo