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17 October 2007

A Hymn of Prayer

HandsI previously posted a jointly written stanza based upon the parable of the Persistent Widow from Luke 18:1-8. After giving it some thought, I decided that those lines would better fit a hymn specific to prayer. Following more prayers, meditation on the Word, and judicious use of a rhyming dictionary, I offer the following for comment, criticism, and — for those who so desire — use in corporate worship or private devotion. While I already suggested other possible tunes, I think it works well with Munich, the tune normally used with “O Word of God Incarnate.”

O Father, Look in Mercy
76 76 D
St. Luke 18:1-8; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Suggested tune: Munich

  1. O Father, look in mercy
    Upon us, poor and weak.
    You promise, Lord, to hear us
    As we Your blessing seek.
    We merit not Your favor,
    Yet still our prayers we frame,
    For us You pledge to answer
    Who ask in Jesus’ name.

  2. For those who cease not asking,
    Who, like the widow, raise
    Bold prayers from hearts believing
    Through countless nights and days,
    Establish for them justice,
    Dear Lord, in mercy hear —
    And should our prayers e’er waver,
    Lead us to persevere.

  3. Throughout our lives we bid You
    Our hearts to guide and own
    That we in faith might offer
    Bold prayers before Your throne.
    Lead us to seek Your pardon,
    To raise our thanks, to plead,
    To trustingly lay on You
    Our every care and need.

  4. In safety keep us, Father,
    From evil on our way
    Until in heav’n we join You
    That last triumphal Day.
    Amen, amen! ’Tis certain
    You hear us through Your Son
    Who reigns, true God eternal,
    With You and Spirit One.

Praying HandsStanza 2 © 2007 by Todd C. Riordan and Walter P. Snyder; stanzas 1, 3, and 4 © 2007 by Walter P. Snyder. Permission is granted to copy, save, reproduce, and otherwise use in unaltered form and with notice of copyright attached.

Please see the earlier post Prayer Without Ceasing for more on the Christian’s life of prayer.

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Anonymous Ken Howes said...

Wonderful hymn! I would suggest as a possible hymn tune Llangloffan (See LSB 513).

17 October, 2007 14:35  

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