Wednesday, April 2

Sweet Hour of Prayer

Ephesians 6:18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,


The chapel in the photo above is not only peaceful and beautiful inside, but is located in a wooded area next to a serene pond. Such a setting inspires a person to come before the throne of grace in thanksgiving, praise, and supplication. However, there are many places that believers can designate to come to the Lord and have a sweet hour of prayer. It is the fellowship and communication with God that is central in prayer time and not the location. There is much peace, comfort and doctrinal truth to be found in the words of the beautiful hymn below. The author says the following: “And since He bids me seek His face, Believe His Word and trust His grace, I’ll cast on Him my every care, And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!” In these four short lines the author gives us all we need to know for our Christian walk. Seek, believe, trust, cast, and wait. Brethren, when we do all of these things, how can our hour of prayer be anything other than sweet?

Praise God that we can come to Him anywhere and in all seasons and have a sweet hour of prayer.

Sweet Hour of Prayer
Words by: William Walford

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!

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
The joys I feel, the bliss I share,
Of those whose anxious spirits burn
With strong desires for thy return!
With such I hasten to the place
Where God my Savior shows His face,
And gladly take my station there,
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
Thy wings shall my petition bear
To Him whose truth and faithfulness
Engage the waiting soul to bless.
And since He bids me seek His face,
Believe His Word and trust His grace,
I’ll cast on Him my every care,
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
May I thy consolation share,
Till, from Mount Pisgah’s lofty height,
I view my home and take my flight:
This robe of flesh I’ll drop and rise
To seize the everlasting prize;
And shout, while passing through the air,
“Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer!”


3 comments:

donsands said...

I'm always blessed by this hymn, and convicted.
I have a good friend of mine, a pastor, who prays an hour to two hous every morning. And he's such a humble and meek servant of the Lord as well.

"Sweet hour of prayer". May I grow in my time in prayer is my prayer.

Steve said...

It is a very good list. Thanks.

jazzycat said...

Don and Steve,
Thanks.