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Sweet Hour of Prayer

There is a song written old long ago within the Psalms. Songs and prayers that still can be sung and prayed today as we step into the next year of 2021. The reality is we need to pray and bring God into this 2021.  We can start with prayer.  

Psalm 143 – A Psalm of David

Psalm 143 ESV – My Soul Thirsts for You – A Psalm of – Bible Gateway

Many of the prophets of olden days had a relationship of prayer, talking to God. They needed God’s direction in their lives. God had called each of them to His great service. Being a servant of God, brought many battles and enemies. It was not an easy life. We can see the dark place David found himself in as we read that prayer. He was in a lowly place. A place, I think many people could relate with. The manner of talking to God continues to this very day. Prayer (communication) with God, is the foundation of faith for believers, a relationship with God, the Father, and God, the Son, Christ Jesus. It is not religion.

If you read through the New Testament we again see many prayers. The Lord Jesus always prayed to the Father. Jesus left us that same example of how to pray when he told us the example of what we call the Lord’s Prayer.  What a great way to make our day’s better, by taking time in prayer with God, the Creator our Lord and Savior. Prayer is a quiet time, set apart for just you and God. The time we spend with God takes us from all of our cares. Especially when we pray for other people. It is then, we can tend to forget about our troubles for a while. Sometimes, we just need to talk to someone and who better to talk to, than God.  We can tell him how we are feeling. Ask him anything. The Bible tells us to bring all our prayers and petitions to the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 English Standard Version (ESV) 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

No one prayed to the Father God more than Jesus did. God the Son, and God the Father, were in constant communication.  If we look all through the Bible from Old Testament through the New Testament, the constant and commonality was that everyone who knew God prayed to him. Prayer is a common vertical communication with God. King David, all throughout the Psalms gives an example of his constant prayer. Moses also prayed and so did all the prophets after him. They often prayed for Israel, and for others. In the New Testament, Paul, Peter, Timothy, and all the disciples lived a life of prayer.  In many of their letters, they admonished the people to pray and pray continually. Prayer moves mountains. When people pray, God responds. There are many common denominators to prayer, for example:

Repentance – asking God to forgive our individual sins (all the bad things we do and say) while also forgiving others who sin (do hurtful things) to us.

Praying for God’s will to be done. Giving God the place He deserves, recognizing His Holiness, and reverence. Praying with Thanksgiving for everything He does, has done, and is going to do for all of us.

Ephesians 6:18 English Standard Version (ESV) 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,”

Again we are instructed to pray for others, pray for the people that live down the street or your neighbor or someone you don’t even know who is sick in the hospital. Pray for the leaders of our churches and this country. Once we get started, our Sweet Hour of Prayer may turn into 2 hours or 3 or longer.

Jesus said to come often and cast our burdens before him.  If you like fishing then you know that when you cast out your fishing line, you are throwing it out into the water. If you don’t throw out your line, you are not going to catch any fish. So too, if we don’t cast our prayers out to God along with our worries and cares, he is not going to answer is he? Why? Because we are not asking Him. God also tells us that we don’t get because we don’t ask. God tells us to ask. Jesus even told the disciples how to pray. That is why many of us learned the Lord’s Prayer. It is a guide on how to pray.

Pray then like this:  Our Father in heaven, hallowed (Holy, reverenced) be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. Mathew 6:9-13

Mathew 6:9-13 ESV – Pray then like this: “Our Father in – Bible Gateway

The Bible also talks about faith. Do you know what the Bible definition of faith is?

By Faith

All through our lives we have our struggles. Many times in life, we take one day at a time to get through. We pray for God to help us get through that day, to give us strength, to uplift us so we can do the things we have to do. Sometimes as we get older the tasks become more and more difficult. Our bodies tell us through our aches and pains that, We are not as young as we used to be. We see the changes in the World. I think many can testify to the changes we have seen in 2020. Many believers in the Word of God, see the decay and the falling away from those Biblical principles and teachings. People falling away from God and doing their own thing day in and day out. It is not working for most people. We do need God every hour. Precious  Savior. One of my favorite songs is called “Sweet Hour of Prayer”. We often sing it at the chapel service in the seniors home. The song like a prayer but also a great reminder of the hope we have in Jesus our Savior for today and for a future and an eternity with Him when we reach those lofty heights.

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 temper’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 who’s 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 pray

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.

William W. Walford, a blind preacher of England, is the author of the hymn beginning “Sweet hour of prayer.” This hymn first appeared in print in the New York Observer September 13, 1845. Sweet Hour of Prayer | Hymnary.org

The last paragraph sings, when we reach the lofty heights and our days here come to a close and we take our flight, we put on the new robe of eternal life that we have been given in our Savior, Jesus. We have reached the prize. That relationship with Christ Jesus that leads us into a sweet hour of prayer, every day, and helps us reach that great destination. We say, Farewell, farewell to that sweet hour of prayer because when we go home to be with Jesus, it is no longer an hour of prayer, it is an eternity with God. Wow! Prayer deepens our relationship with God the Great I AM our Savior Jesus Christ. Do you have that relationship with Christ? Begin this New Year of 2021, in that Sweet Hour of prayer with our Savior Jesus Christ the Lord.

King Street

A day in a world caught up in a race,
busy streets, polluted air, forlorn face.
Taking a birds eye view, of a complicated world.
a frantic trap waiting to be hurled.

Yet a hand divine displays a picture of God Himself.
through His creation, His endless wealth.
We are so small yet an intricate part of a fabric blend of perfect art.
Though the groaning of our heart, eat away and tare us apart.

He grafts within a wounded soul
His love, His grace, so strong, so full.
To different heights, He gently leads, through desert lands . . .
then mountain weeds.

But each step we take, not alone
for God the Father calls us on . . .
Prodding us, watching us from sunrise to sunset.
His hand of love holding us abreast.

To strengthen, prepare us for what days lie ahead.
breathing life to our dry bones that seem very dead.
So Praise the Lord, whether you are happy or sad.
Remember who is really your Dad.

Be His child, so sweet and so pure.
For not, but rest, in His loving arms.
The days seem weary and you don’t feel strong.
The wait may seem to tarry along.
The end result will be a fruitful song.

“Be still and know that I am God”

Copyright – August 19, 1998
Rebecca Wills-Robinson.

My Wedding Poem

My Wedding Poem
Original pen name – Rebecca Ellen Hickson

My lover is mine and I am his;
LOVE IS…
Love is a walk on a moonlit night,
the feeling I get when you hold me tight.
Love is the pain I feel when we’re apart.
Love is you holding the key to my heart.

Love is understanding my ways
and putting up with my good and bad days.
Love is sharing and giving.

Love is life and life is living.
So we can love, honour and cherish
with a love so strong it will never perish.

Arm and Arm

Arm and Arm
Original Pen name – Rebecca Ellen Hickson

Arm and Arm they walk the flowered path
The Spring breeze gently leading them on
Highlighted locks with smiles aglow
Their Shepherd sings them a perfect song

Not a worry to frown their hearts
Two friends knit by the love of God
Fragrant is the evergreen essence
Mingling with the breath of God

Enthralling light and cheering sunshine
Fills their hearts with exultant joy
Running the path of life together
Shaded by His Mighty Wings

Arm and Arm and Heart to Heart
Forever and a day
A friendship blessing bestowed upon them
Praise God they do in every way

Unconditional Love

Unconditional Love
Original Pen name – Rebecca Ellen Hickson

She sat, arms stretched out to her daddy
crying out for love,
with no restriction, no restraint at all:

No walls to divide them,
complete unconditional love she gestured:

I love you!

He picked her up, hands soft and gentle.
He held her like a delicate flower,
you are my child.

The baby responded with smiles:
a coo, of unknown words,
but in his heart he knew.

Years have passed by.
She said, reminiscing
with love and gratitude within her heart

He loved me!
Unconditionally! He loved me!

It was like having a constant friend.
Even still he dwells within my heart.
There he will reside until we meet again.

Eternal Friend

Eternal friend
Original pen name – Rebecca Ellen Hickson

The days have past, turned into years.
Times of sadness, emptiness and tears.
But each tear has been gathered.
By one whose love would never cease.
By a God who willingly gives us peace.
It took some time for me to realize,
I was never really without a friend.
The Lord was always with me.
Collecting my tears in His hand.
Time and time again I would turn to God,
when consumed with despair.
In hope that there was someone who cared.
I opened the door,
which was continuously knocked upon.
His entrance wrought within my heart
an instant bond.
A friendship which would last forever
with one accord.
This friend is my constant companion,
He is Jesus Christ my Lord.

Painting of Love

Painting of love
Original pen name – Rebecca Ellen Hickson

Love is like a winter wind
Fresh and brisk tantalizingly zestful

Love is like a summer breeze
Cozy and warm arrestingly tranquil

Love is like the dew of spring
new and rejuvenating peacefully awakening

Love is like the colours of fall
Bold and exciting vibrantly magnificent

Broken

Broken
Original pen name – Rebecca Ellen Hickson
The heart is broken by such loss.
It tightens with each breath.
Trampled by a ton of weight.
It suffocates the will to live.
Each day it awakens like a rusty pump.
It has no choice but to face the gloom.
Escape is nothing more than fantasy.
Dreams erase the pain but only for a moment.
Destiny must run the course.
Conquer one day at a time.
Until the heart no longer feels the pain.
Today is but a fragment of tomorrow.
Close the chamber of this broken heart.
Open the door of tomorrow and breathe again.
Awaken, put your feet on the floor.
Realize that yes, you are still alive.

Friendship

Friendship
Original Pen name – Rebecca Ellen Hickson

A friend is one who brings a pleasant warmth to the heart.
Like a gentle breeze, friendship soothes, comforts, restores.
You know it is there, even if apart.
A friend is one who brings a healing smile to your eyes.
Guided by God’s love to light the way.
A friend is one who points out the beauty in a cloudy sky.
Sees the brightness in every colour.
A lily in a field, a wind to help the eagle fly.
A friend is one who can call any hour of the day.
To wipe a tear, give a hug or hold a hand.
Who even in silence, lets you know everything is okay.
A friend is one who can share the precious gifts from God.
To be God’s grace and His embrace.
An extension of His arm, a chalice of the love of God.
A friend is one who can only give ones best to another.
Accept the shortfalls of others and love them even more.
A friend is one who sticks closer than a brother.
Gets down on bended knees and covers a friend with prayer.
Like dew on the grass or the moon that lights the night.
A friend is unique and special, someone who really cares.

Perfect Love

Perfect Love
Original Pen name – Rebecca Ellen Hickson

The ways I love thee, are eternal.
Love which emanates from the fullness of God.
Though time may snare to steal.
Each passing day, love is strengthened.
Like a pearl within an oyster grows with zeal.
Love’s seed has endless growth.
Routed in my souls depth.
Even if the rain should cease to water?
If death shall come within a stir?
Love will remain to face its gloom.
Only to conquer all, and its righteous place resume.
Though many tears may shed, from within a broken heart.
They are not lost, but gathered in the soul to impart.
God’s hallowed power of tears, heal through love’s prayers.
Speaking to our Spirit within our frame.
Healing love’s pain.
God manifests His love in us.
God is perfect love.

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