Sunday, March 14, 2010

Prayer Songs: Sweet Hour of Prayer

Today's song is "Sweet Hour of Prayer."

I grew up hearing hymns sung in both English and Navajo.  My parents helped with a bible study and outreach to Navajo students attending Intermountain School in Brigham City, UT.  I recall the words from the Di-glot Favorites Hymnal.

The first stanza is memorable and prompt me to pray to God with fervency, urgency, and honesty.  I thank God for the mind and lyrics of William Walford, a blind, fully devoted follower of Christ who penned the lyrics in his mind and asked someone to write them down.  His words encouraged Navajo believers who gathered in Brigham City, UT.

"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!"
 May the words of this hymn draw you to pray for the needs of the Central Africans who receive teaching on purity, abstinence, and faithfulness in marriage through True Love Waits & True Love Stays.  One rendition of the song that I like where I can sing either Navajo or English is from Smoky Mountain Hymns.  Sing and pray away! 

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