Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Hymn & Scripture Challenge # 17 / Sweet Hour of Prayer

Well I have another Hymn & Scripture challenge for you today.  I am still one behind as one came out on Sunday, but not too far behind.  I have been so busy, but am really trying to stay focused on what this time of the year means to me, and is one of the reasons I have not posted much lately.  I can say that "this Hymn is one of my Favorites."  And yes, I have said that before.  It really shows us just how sweet  prayer is in our lives.  Here are the words to the song!
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!
Isn't that just beautiful, whether in a song or said as a poem, it is beautiful.  I chose the verse because it is one of my favorite verses and I know that this time of year anxiety can really mess up your days.  And I know from experience that when I spend time alone with God that prayer can become very sweet and can release those anxieties.  When we spend time with God oh how sweet that time is and oh how blessed and renewed our spirit becomes.  It is a time to get away from all the hustle and bustle and just spend that quite time being refilled by the spirit of God.  You can cast your every care on Him and He wants us to cast them on Him. Now here is my page.  I hope that you will spend time with God in prayer today!
Now you have to go over and check out Patter's post as she talks more about the author and also speaks more on the subject of prayer.  Her post is just wonderful and so refreshing.
Now you have to listen to this rendition of Sweet Hour of Prayer by George Beverly Shea!  Just Beautiful!
Thanks for stopping by today and please spend time with God today!


Natalie said...

Perfecting timing! It's so important to take time to pray instead of stressing out, I needed the reminder! God bless you, Jonia and a beautiful Christmas!

GCgirl said...

Love the pics on your blog header...I know you LOVE those gorgeous grandbabies :0). You are SO good with the digital studio...this is LOVELY and wonderful message too :0) Hope you have a most blessed Christmas.

NickelNook said...

Don't you just love this hymn? It's so beautiful!
Your page is beautiful too! I really like your "key to contentment"!
I finally got my page finished and I'm all caught up...but only until Sunday when I'll be behind again! lol

Robyn said...

I just realized you had posted this delightful page! Gotta love the hours of prayer. Bless you dear one.