May 23, 2020

Sweet Hour of Prayer

Posted By Jessica Taylor

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When Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray the night before His crucifixion, He stepped apart from His disciples to pray alone, in agony as He faced what He knew was ahead. But when He returned to them, He found them sleeping. “Could you not tarry with me one hour?” He asked (see Matthew 26:40).

From that question was born “Sweet Hour of Prayer,” a hymn by William W. Walford. Quiet yourself just for a moment, listen to the words of this beautiful hymn, and tarry with Jesus before entering the world of care.

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!”

God bids you come to His throne and seek His face. Have a sweet moment—or hour—with God today.


Pit Stop Point to Ponder

King David knew the sweetness of time spent with the Lord. He wrote, “The one thing I ask of the Lord—the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple” (Psalm 27:4, NLT). May you seek to live in His presence all the days of your life.