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1 PRAY'R is the soul's sincere desire,
Utter'd or unexprest;
The falling of a tear,
When none but God is near.
3 Pray'r is the simplest form of speech
That infant lips can try; Pray’r, the sublimest strains that reach
The Majesty on high. 4 Pray'r is the Christian's vital breath,
The Christian's native air,
He enters heav'n with pray’r.
Returning from his ways;
And say, Behold he prays.'
The HOLY SPIRIT pleads ;
For sinners intercedes.
Prayer. 1 LORD, when we bend before Thy throne,
And our confessions pour,
And hate what we deplore. 2 Our broken spirit pitying see;
True penitence impart ;
Beam hope on ev'ry heart.
May we our wills resign;
That is not wholly Thine !
And raise it to the skies,
That grants it, or denies.
Hinderances to Prayer. 1
WHAT various hind'rances we meet
But wishes to be often there? 2 Pray’r makes the darken'd cloud withdraw,
Pray’r climbs the ladder Jacob saw,
2 Restraining pray'r, we cease to fight;
Pray'r makes the Christian's armour bright
The weakest saint upon his knees. 4 While Moses stood with arms spread wide,
Success was found on Israel's side;
Spirit of Prayer.
The same through one eternal day,
And O instruct us how to pray!
And stir us up to seek Thy face !
We cannot feel a good desire, Till Thou who call'dst a world from nought,
The pow'r into our hearts inspire; And then we in the Spirit groan,
And then we give Thee back Thine own. 3 JESUS, regard the joint complaint
Of all Thy tempted followers here ! And now supply the common want,
And send us down the COMFORTER: The spirit of ceaseless pray’r impart, And fix Thy Agent in our heart.
4 To help our soul's infirmity,
To heal Thy sin-sick people's care,
And make our hearts a house of pray'r,
And let us now Thyself receive.
To us who for Thy coming stay:
We ask the constant pow'r to pray : - Indulge us, LORD, in this request; Thou canst not then deny the rest.
Wymn. Importunate and constant Prayer. 1 SHEPHERD divine, our wants relieve,
On this our evil day:
The pow'r to watch and pray. 2 Long as our fiery trials last,
Long as the cross we bear,
In never-ceasing pray’r!
Give us in faith to claim ;
And know Thy hidden Name.
Till Thou Thyself bestow, Be this the cry of ev'ry heart,
• I will not let Thee go.'
5 I will not let Thee go, unless
Thou tell Thy Name to me; With all Thy great salvation bless,
And make me all like Thee.
Behold Thy open face,
And pray'r in endless praise!
All is well if CHRIST be mine
I have only to resign.
Forc'd me to the sinner's Friend,
By the way, and to the end.
'Tis enough that I am nigh; I will all thy burdens bear,
I will all thy wants supply. 4 Simply follow as I lead;
Do not reason, but believe;
Thou shalt surely help receive.' 5 LORD, I would, I do submit,
Gladly yield my all to Thee; What Thy wisdom sees most fit,
Must be, surely, best for me.