Week 11: Sweet Hour of Prayer

Sweet Hour of Prayer was first published, as we know it today, in 1878, some 33 years later after it first was printed as a poem in the religious weekly paper called the New York Observer. A fascinating fact about this poem is that the author, William W. Walford, never knew of it becoming a hymn nor it’s impact on people’s lives, having died almost 30 years earlier in 1850.

In a congregational setting most hymns are sung geared toward corporate worship. Sweet Hour of Prayer is quite unique as it focuses on one’s individual prayer life where one seeks refuge from temptations and trials and pours out the depths of one’s soul before God who already knows our “wants and wishes.”

Sweet Hour of Prayer is a great reminder to us how important individual prayer life really is. Have you spent time with the Father today?

Sweet Hour of Prayer

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!

I’ll cast on Him my every care,
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

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