Monday, September 20

Sweet Hour of Prayer


while driving in my car, I find myself humming this familiar hymn. The words seem to comfort my soul immediately. Why is that? Look for yourself and see:

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!

I first heard this song when I was in high school. It was on one my favorite singers Hymn tape at the time. (That would be Sandi Patti!) On Sunday afternoons, I would pretend I was Sandi Patti. Literally, I would sing to the top of my lungs in my room. It was as if I was putting on a concert. I look back on that time now and just snicker. I practiced those songs hundreds of times. My parents would kindly come in and shut my door and let me be! But in reality, something very profound stuck inside my head and made its way down inside my heart. The words of that song......they still speak to me today. I would say even more than they did then.

I pray wherever you are today, you will be greatly encouraged to come before our Father's throne. Come to Him in praise. Come to Him confessing your sin. Then come to Him making known your cares. Try this: picture your burdens and name them one by one as if you were tossing them right at His very feet.

Look at these encouraging words from the Bible:

2 Kings 20:5
"Turn back, and say to Hezekiah the leader of my people, Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the LORD,

1 Kings 9:3
And the LORD said to him, "I have heard your prayer and your plea, which you have made before me. I have consecrated this house that you have built, by putting my name there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time.

Genesis 25:21
And Isaac prayed to the LORD for his wife, because she was barren. And the LORD granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived.

2 Chronicles 7:12
Then the LORD appeared to Solomon in the night and said to him: "I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a house of sacrifice.

God hears our prayers. Every one of them. Bring yours to the LORD. Don't delay....PRAY!
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