Monday, October 21, 2013

A Moravian Hymn on Prayer

A Moravian hymn
[Check Wikipedia for 'Moravian Church']
By James Montgomery

Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire,
Uttered or expressed,
The motion of a hidden fire
That trembles in the breast.
Prayer is the burden of a sigh,
The falling of a tear,
The upward glancing of the eye,
When none but God is near.
Prayer is the simplest form of speech
The infant lips can try;
Prayer, the sublimest strains that reach
The majesty on high.
Prayer is the Christian’s vital breath,
The Christian’s native air,
His watchword at the gates of death;
He enters heaven with prayer.
The saints in prayer appear as one
In word in deed and mind,
While with the Father and the Son
Sweet fellowship they find.
Nor prayer is made by man alone,
The Holy Spirit pleads,
And Jesus on the eternal throne
For sinner intercedes.

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