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1 PRAY'R is the soul's sincere desire,

Utter'd or unexprest;
The motion of a hidden fire
That trembles in the breast.

2 Pray'r is the burghs of a sigh,

The falling of a tear,
The upward glancing of an eye,

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,
His watchword at the gate of death-

He enters heav'n with pray’r.
5 Pray’r is the contrite sinner's voice,

Returning from his ways;
While angels in their songs rejoice,

And say, Behold he prays.'
6 Now pray'r is made on earth alone;

The HOLY SPIRIT pleads ;
And Jesus, on th' eternal throne,

For sinners intercedes.


Prayer. 1 LORD, when we bend before Thy throne,

And our confessions pour,
Teach us to feel the sins we own,

And hate what we deplore. 2 Our broken spirit pitying see;

True penitence impart ;
Then let a kindling glance from Thee

Beam hope on ev'ry heart.
3 When we disclose our wants in pray’r,

May we our wills resign;
And not a thought our bósoms share,

That is not wholly Thine !
4 May faith each weak petition fill,

And raise it to the skies,
And teach our hearts 'tis goodness still

That grants it, or denies.


Hinderances to Prayer. 1

WHAT various hind'rances we meet
In coming to a mercy-seat !
Yet who that knows the worth of pray’r,

But wishes to be often there? 2 Pray’r makes the darken'd cloud withdraw,

Pray’r climbs the ladder Jacob saw,
Gives exercise to faith and love,
Brings ev'ry blessing from above.

2 Restraining pray'r, we cease to fight;

Pray'r makes the Christian's armour bright
And Satan trembles when he sees

The weakest saint upon his knees. 4 While Moses stood with arms spread wide,

Success was found on Israel's side;
But when through weariness they fail'd,
That moment Amalek prevail'd.


Spirit of Prayer.
1 JESUS, Thou sov'reign Lord of all,

The same through one eternal day,
Attend Thy feeblest followers' call,

And O instruct us how to pray!
Pour out the supplicating grace,

And stir us up to seek Thy face !
2 We cannot think a gracious thought,

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,
To urge the all-prevailing plea,

And make our hearts a house of pray'r,
The promis'd Intercessor give,

And let us now Thyself receive.
5 Come in Thy pleading Spirit down,

To us who for Thy coming stay:
Of all Thy gifts we ask but one,

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:
To all Thy tempted followers give

The pow'r to watch and pray. 2 Long as our fiery trials last,

Long as the cross we bear,
O let our souls on Thee be cast,

In never-ceasing pray’r!
3 The SPIRIT of interceding grace

Give us in faith to claim ;
To wrestle till we see Thy face,

And know Thy hidden Name.
4 Till Thou Thy perfect love impart,

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.
6 Then let me on the mountain top

Behold Thy open face,
Where faith in sight is swallow'd up,

And pray'r in endless praise!


i Now, I see, whate'er betide,

All is well if CHRIST be mine
He has promis'd to provide,

I have only to resign.
2 When a sense of sin and thrall

Forc'd me to the sinner's Friend,
He engag'd to manage all,

By the way, and to the end.
3 Cast,' said he, on Me thy care,

'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;
Call on me in time of need,

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.

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