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HYMN 45. First Part. L.M.
Prayer. (cont.)

  2 No, Lord! the breathings of desire,
The weak petition, if sincere,
Is not forbidden to aspire;
But reaches thy all-gracious ear.
  3 Look up, my soul, with cheerful eye,
See where the great Redeemer stands;
The glorious Advocate on high;
With precious incense in his hands.
  4 He sweetens ev'ry humble groan,
He recommends each broken prayer:
Recline thy hope on Him alone,
Whose pow'r and love forbid despair.

HYMN 45. Second Part. S.M.
The prayer of faith.

  1 THE Lord, who truly knows
   The heart of ev'ry saint,
Invites us by his holy word,
   To pray and never faint.
  2 He bows his gracious ear!
   We never plead in vain;
Yet we must wait till he appear,
   And pray, and pray again.
  3 Tho' unbelief suggest
   Why should we longer wait?
He bids us never give him rest;
   But be importunate.
  4 'Twas thus a widow poor,
   Without support or friend,
Beset the unjust judge's door,
   And gain'd at last her end.
  5 And shall not Jesus hear
   His chosen, when they cry?
Yes; tho' he may a while forbear,
   He'll not their suit deny.

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HYMN 45. Second Part. S.M.
The prayer of faith. (cont.)

  6 Then let us earnest be,
   And never faint in prayer;
He loves our importunity,
   And makes our cause his care.

HYMN 45. Third Part. L.M.
Exhortation to prayer.

  1 WHAT various hindrances we meet
In coming to a mercy-seat!
Yet who, that knows the worth of prayer,
But wishes to be often there?
  2 Prayer makes the darken'd cloud withdraw;
Prayer climbs the ladder Jacob saw
Gives exercise to faith and love
Brings ev'ry blessing from above.
  3 Restraining prayer, we cease to fight;
Prayer makes the Christian's armour bright:
And Satan trembles, when he sees
The weakest saint upon his knees.

HYMN 45. Third Part. L.M.
Exhortation to prayer.

  1 OUR Father, thron'd in heav'n, divine,
To thy great name be praises paid;
Thy kingdom come, Thy glory shine;
And thy good will be still obey'd.
  2 Give us our bread from day to day,
And all our wants do thou supply:
With gospel-truth feed us, we pray,
That we may never faint, nor die.
  3 Extend thy grace, our hearts renew,
Our each offence in love forgive:


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