Mar 2021, Monthly Song, Music

Songs of the Faith – March 2021

Hymn Title: Sweet Hour of Prayer

Author: W.W. Waldorf

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,
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 ev’ry 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 more author info and other representatives text visit https://hymnary.org/text/sweet_hour_of_prayer_sweet_hour_of_pray

Feb 2021, Monthly Song, Music

Songs of the Faith – February 2021

Hymn Title: Be Thou My Vision

Author: Unknown – Irish hymn from 8th century; translated into English by Mary Byrne, then versified by Eleanor Hull

A representative text is below, using the verses with which I am most familiar. Check out the link after the text from Religious Affections where Scott Aniol talks about the original and the way he thinks is a better way to sing it in English, maintaining the parallel poetry of the original.

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me, save that thou art.
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;
thou my great Father, I thy true son;
thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
thou mine inheritance, now and always:
thou and thou only, first in my heart,
High King of heaven, my treasure thou art.

High King of heaven, my victory won,
may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heav’n’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

A Better Way to Sing Be Thou My Vision by Scott Aniol

Jan 2021, Monthly Song, Music

Songs of the Faith – January 2021

Hymn Title: Revive Us Again

Author: W.P. Mackay

1 We praise thee, O God, for the Son of thy love,
for Jesus who died, and is now gone above.

Refrain:
Hallelujah! Thine the glory, hallelujah! Amen!
Hallelujah! Thine the glory, revive us again.

2 We praise thee, O God, for thy Spirit of light
who has shown us our Savior and scattered our night. [Refrain]

3 We praise thee, O God, for the joy thou hast giv’n
to thy saints in communion, these foretastes of heav’n. [Refrain]

4 Revive us again, fill each heart with thy love.
May each soul be rekindled with fire from above. [Refrain]

For more info see Hymnary.org


I’ve been praying with a group of folks from all over the world for revival and for the Lord to manifest his glory in the nations. For much of the year, my prayers were lacking in passion. I sincerely prayed for revival, but while I had agreed to set aside some time every Saturday in 2020 to pray, I didn’t always prioritize that time. However, when the prayer initiative moved to an online format, I had the joy of meeting dear saints from near and far and it has helped to invigorate my prayer life. I’m still not where I need to be. I am still too lazy and too easily distracted when it comes to prayer, but I trust the LORD will complete His good work in me! We are still praying for revival. We believe the Lord is shaking the nations. Lord, revive us again!