01 September 2009


This past Sunday evening, our church has what we call a "singspiration". We do this in every month that there is a fifth Sunday. I just love it! All we do is sing! Anyone can request a song to be sung and give a testimony or blessing, people sing specials, play instruments and it just a good time!

This past singspiration was different for me though. The Lord made it so that I really was touched by some of the songs we sung. Many of the songs we sang were songs we sing often in church congregational hymns, but this particular night, they really weighed on my heart.

One hymn that stood out to me was "Sweet Hour of Prayer". I have been convicted recently of not praying enough. I don't know if "not praying enough" is correct since the Lord says to "pray without ceasing" but you know what I mean! :) I sometimes use nap time or down time to do things like go through paperwork, read a magazine or book, peruse a cookbook, but the Lord has brought it to mind to use that time to pray. There are SO SO SO many people I know with burdens and problems, health issues or health concerns for their children, missionaries with needs, our church family with needs, my family members with needs, people who need to be saved... and the list goes on and on. Instead of devoting "time for myself", I need to devote more time to Him and pray! So, that's what I'm going to do!

I'm sure most of my readers know this song but read the words and really listen to them and apply them. I think my favorite line is "In seasons of distress and grief, My soul has often found relief" - how true! So many times I only pray when something is wrong or going wrong instead of praying and praising Him for all the good! My friends, that will change with me... will it change for you? I will be praying for you (since I know my 3 followers very well and my other 2 readers too!) I hope this is an encouragement to you!

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,
nd shout, while passing through the air,
“Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer!”


  1. What a great reminder to stop and think about what we're singing...and a reminder to pray more too. God is always there, wanting so badly to help us with our needs and how often do we miss out because we don't go to Him?
    Thanks for your prayers, Mare. Praying for you too! :-)

    Love you lots!

  2. Thanks for the personal, and well-expressed note. Love your church's idea of a "Singspiration." When I was pastor of a church a few years ago, we did something similar, calling it a "Community Hymn Sing." (Often folks from other churches would join us. Hence the word "community.") One time, we even took our whole congregation to a church in another town, and had our hymn sing there. All were greatly blessed, judging by the comments.

    Thanks too for posting the words of William Walford's "Sweet Hour of Prayer." Today is the 164th anniversary of its first publication. I share both your love of the hymn, and a concern that I don't pray as much as I should. It helps me to have a prayer list, but just the discipline to do it more is needed too.

    God bless you and your family. Since you enjoy singing hymns, I suspect you'd also find my Web site, Wordwise Hymns interesting. Each day, I tell about something related to that date in hymn history. Great to visit with you.