Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Posture Of Prayer

I have mentioned that the children in the orphanage had two times of prayer, one at 6:00 AM and one at 8:30 in the evening. One difference in their method of worship is that the boys and girls sit on mats, on opposite sides of the room. Also, they kneel when praying, something rarely seen in Western churches. Below is my favorite prayer song which I was reminded of during my trip. These words display our total reliance upon God and His mercy. The words are by Thomas Pollack and the tune it was set to in my childhood hymnal was by John Gower.

Father, hear Thy children’s call;
Humbly at Thy feet we fall,
Prodigals, confessing all:
We beseech Thee, hear us.

Christ, beneath Thy cross we blame
All our life of sin and shame,
Penitent, we breathe Thy Name:
We beseech Thee, hear us.

Holy Spirit, grieved and tried,
Oft forgotten and defied,
Now we mourn our stubborn pride:
We beseech Thee, hear us.

Love that caused us first to be,
Love that bled upon the tree,
Love that draws us lovingly:
We beseech Thee, hear us.

We Thy call have disobeyed,
Into paths of sin have strayed,
And repentance have delayed:
We beseech Thee, hear us.

Sick, we come to Thee for cure,
Guilty, seek Thy mercy sure,
Evil, long to be made pure:
We beseech Thee, hear us.

Blind, we pray that we may see,
Bound, we pray to be made free,
Stained, we pray for sanctity:
We beseech Thee, hear us.

Thou Who hears each contrite sigh,
Bidding sinful souls draw nigh,
Willing not that one should die,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

By the love that bids Thee spare,
By the Heav’n Thou dost prepare,
By Thy promises to prayer,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

God bless,
Luke 18:1
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