Sweet Hour of Prayer

Paul Cardall visited our ward on Sunday, as his parents are currently serving a mission here in London. As a treat, he played an improvised version of the hymn, Sweet Hour of Prayer. I found myself mulling over the words of this gentle song,

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!
I’ll cast on him my ev’ry care
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!
I thought of the willingness of a loving father in heaven to lead me through this mortal sphere. The resources He’s given me, the sacrifices He’s made to give me the greatest chance of happiness. In all the work He’s put forward, what He asks of me in comparison is no great personal strife; it’s just to trust in Him and turn to Him when I need help- and when I don’t. It’s learning about partnership.
I turned to the accompanying scriptures of this hymn (in the LDS hymn book, scriptures serve as footnotes to each hymn, for reference and further study if desired). What was offered was Psalms 55:16-17, “As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice,” and Philippians 4:6-7, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ.”
I don’t think I have this relationship with anyone of my friends and family- that constant swapping of information throughout the day, continuously. It’s a large feat I think. But in prayer, I am finding that as I consult with Heavenly Father, and as I listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost even in small things, I’m learning to think as He might think. Our communication is becoming more fluid and perhaps I’m understanding what it is to have a prayer in my heart all day.
I loved to read on in Philippians (verses 8 and 9), “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things,” the Holy Ghost helps us to see the good in the world! “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” I think it’s important to be mindful of the revelation we have received, and recall it often. Remembering the examples of others, the words of scripture that affects us, the feelings of peace that come to us; we are responsible for those moments of truth that have come to us. They can be lights in darkness to cling to.

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