Editor's note:

In fin­ish­ing up our week on the theme of our utter depen­dence upon God in prayer, we want­ed to leave you with this beau­ti­ful hymn (lyrics by William Wal­ford, music by William Bradley). 

May you enter this week­end — and book­end every day — know­ing that you may cast on Him your every care” as you meet him in your own sweet hour of prayer.

—Renovaré Team

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!”

For a beau­ti­ful vocal expres­sion of this song, you may want to check out Vance Per­ry’s bar­ber­shop quar­tet” ver­sion HERE.

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