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Prayer

By Rebecca Clopp

‭‭MONDAY

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

This hymn was inspired by , Deuteronomy 33:27, “The eternal God is our refuge, and underneath are His everlasting arms.” As you worship in song , contemplate your Heavenly Father holding you and caring for you all along the way of fear and drought. Yes , Drought! Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. 

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

John‬ ‭14‬:‭1‬, ‭27‬ ‭KJV‬‬

‭1 What a fellowship, what a joy divine, 

leaning on the everlasting arms; 

what a blessedness, what a peace is mine, 

leaning on the everlasting arms.

Refrain:

Leaning, leaning, 

safe and secure from all alarms; 

leaning, leaning, 

leaning on the everlasting arms.

2 O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way, 

leaning on the everlasting arms; 

O how bright the path grows from day to day, 

leaning on the everlasting arms. [Refrain]

3 What have I to dread, what have I to fear, 

leaning on the everlasting arms? 

I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, 

leaning on the everlasting arms. [Refrain]

Elisha A.Hoffman

Anthony J. Showalter

1887

P R A Y

TUESDAY‭‭

Martin Luther wrote in his book, Table Talk: “The greater God’s gifts and works, the less they are regarded.” We tend to exhibit a degree of thanksgiving in reverse proportion to the amount of blessings we’ve received. A hungry man is more thankful for his morsel than a rich man for his heavily laden-table. A lonely woman in a nursing home will appreciate a visit more than a popular woman with a party thrown in her honor. 

If the birds only burst into song once a year, we’d all pay close attention. But because they sing every morning, we scarcely listen. 

Now is a good time to deliberately thank God for something you’ve never before mentioned in your prayers. Count your blessings! Name them one by one.

It will surprise you what The Lord has done. (Then Sings My Soul) Robert J. Morgan

Count Your Blessings 

1 When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,

When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,

Count your many blessings, name them one by one,

And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done. 

Refrain:

Count your blessings, name them one by one;

Count your blessings, see what God hath done;

Count your blessings, name them one by one;

Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.

2 Are you ever burdened with a load of care?

Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?

Count your many blessings, ev’ry doubt will fly,

And you will be singing as the days go by. [Refrain]

3 When you look at others with their lands and gold,

Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;

Count your many blessings, money cannot buy

Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high. [Refrain]

4 So, amid the conflict, whether great or small,

Do not be discouraged, God is over all;

Count your many blessings, angels will attend,

Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end. [Refrain]

Johnson Oatman, Jr. 

Edwin O. Excell

1897

“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”

‭‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭17‬ ‭NASB

Count as you Pray !

WEDNESDAY           

Face To Face With 

Christ My Savior 

1 Face to face with Christ, my Savior, 

Face to face- what will it be 

When with rapture I behold him, 

Jesus Christ who died for me? 

Refrain: 

Face to face I shall behold him, 

Far beyond the starry sky; 

Face to face in all his glory, 

I shall see him by and by.

2 Only faintly now I see him 

With the darkened veil between, 

But a blessed day is coming 

When his glory shall be seen. [Refrain] 

3 What rejoicing in his presence, 

When are banished grief and pain; 

When the crooked ways are straightened 

And the dark things shall be plain. [Refrain] 

4 Face to face- oh, blissful moment! 

Face to face- to see and know; 

Face to face with my Redeemer, 

Jesus Christ who loves me so. [Refrain]

Carrie E. Breck

1898

“Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.”

Revelation‬ ‭1‬:‭7‬ ‭NASB

‭‭THURSDAY

When We All Get To Heaven 

Sing the wondrous love of Jesus,

Sing His mercy and His grace;

In the mansions bright and blessed

He’ll prepare for us a place.

When we all get to Heaven,

What a day of rejoicing that will be!

When we all see Jesus,

We’ll sing and shout the victory!

While we walk the pilgrim pathway,

Clouds will overspread the sky;

But when trav’ling days are over,

Not a shadow, not a sigh.

Let us then be true and faithful,

Trusting, serving every day;

Just one glimpse of Him in glory

Will the toils of life repay.

When we all get to Heaven,

What a day of rejoicing that will be!

When we all see Jesus,

We’ll sing and shout the victory!

Onward to the prize before us!

Soon His beauty we’ll behold;

Soon the pearly gates will open;

We shall tread the streets of gold.

When we all get to Heaven,

What a day of rejoicing that will be!

When we all see Jesus,

We’ll sing and shout the victory!

When we all see Jesus,

We’ll sing and shout the victory!

Eliza E. Hewitt 

EmilyD. Wilson

1898

“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”

Matthew‬ ‭16‬:‭19‬ ‭NASB

‭‭Pray for the souls of others. 

FRIDAY

 Does Jesus Care?

Does Jesus care when my heart is pained

Too deeply for mirth and song?

When the burdens press

And the cares distress

And the way grows weary and long?

Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares (His heart)

His heart is touched with my grief

When the days are weary

The long night dreary

I know my Savior cares

Does Jesus care when my way is dark

With a nameless dread and fear?

And as the daylight fades

Into deep dark shades

Does He care enough to be near?

Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares

His heart is touched with my grief

When the days are weary

The long night dreary

I know my Savior cares

When we live long enough we finally begin to understand

What these songs are saying

Does Jesus care

When I’ve tried and failed

To resist some temptation strong?

When for my deep grief there’s no relief

Though the tears flow all the day long

Oh yes, He cares, I know He cares

His heart is touched with my grief

When the days are weary

The long night dreary

I know my Savior cares

Does Jesus care when I’ve said, “Goodbye”

To the dearest on earth to me

And my sad heart aches

Till it nearly breaks

Is it aught to Him? Does He see?

Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares

His heart is touched with my grief

When the days are weary

The long night dreary

I know my Savior cares

I know my Savior cares…

Frank E. Graeff

J. Lincoln Hall

1901

“casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5‬:‭7‬ ‭NASB

How do we cast our cares on the One who cares for us? The secret is found in the word Cast:

. . Commit your burden to the Lord. Give it over to Him. He has the power to do what you cannot do. 

. . Ask for His help in prayer. Philippians 4 tells us to be anxious about nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, to let our needs be known to the Lord.

. . Search the scriptures. God has a promise for every need. 

. . Trust Him. For He cares for you. ( Then Sings My Soul)

Robert J. Morgan

P R A Y

SATURDAY

Near to The Heart of God

1 THERE is a place of quiet rest,

Near to the heart of God;

A place where sin cannot molest,

Near to the heart of God.Refrain:

O Jesus, blest Redeemer,

Sent from the heart of God;

Hold us, who wait before Thee,

Near to the heart of God.2 There is a place of comfort sweet,

Near to the heart of God;

A place where we our Saviour meet,

Near to the heart of God.3 There is a place of full release,

Near to the heart of God;

A place where all is joy and peace,

Near to the heart of God.

Cleland B. McAfee

1903

“Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, In His arm He will gather the lambs And carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40‬:‭11‬ ‭NASB 

P R A Y

‭‭SUNDAY

In 1910, Luther Bridgers took his wife and sons to stay with His in-laws while Luther was on a preaching trip. The family home was in Harrodsburg,Kentucky. 

One night a nearby neighbor, unable to sleep, rose in the night and glanced out his window, he was horrified to see the house in flames. Racing across the field, he gave the alarm, but by that time the house was fully engulfed. Luther’s in-laws escaped, but his wife and sons perished. 

During the long, slow recovery from overwhelming grief, Luther suffered deep and almost suicidal depression, according to some sources. But he recalled the Bible’s promise of “songs in the night,” and several months later he wrote the words and music for this gospel song about God’s ability to keep him singing. ( Then Sings My Soul) Robert J. Morgan 

He Keeps Me Singing 

1 There’s within my heart a melody;

Jesus whispers sweet and low,

“Fear not, I am with you, peace, be still,”

in all of life’s ebb and flow.

Refrain:

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,

sweetest name I know,

fills my every longing,

keeps me singing as I go.

2 All my life was wrecked by sin and strife,

discord filled my heart with pain,

Jesus swept across the broken strings,

stirred the slumbering chords again. [Refrain]

3 Though sometimes He leads through waters deep,

trials fall across the way;

though sometimes the path seems rough and steep,

see His footprints all the way. [Refrain]

4 Feasting on the riches of His grace,

resting ‘neath His sheltering wing,

always looking on His smiling face,

that is why I shout and sing. [Refrain]

5 Soon He’s coming back to welcome me

far beyond the starry sky;

I shall wing my flight to worlds unknown,

I shall reign with Him on high. [Refrain]

Luther B. Bridgers 

1910

“And the ransomed of the Lord will return And come with joyful shouting to Zion, With everlasting joy upon their heads. They will find gladness and joy, And sorrow and sighing will flee away.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭35‬:‭10‬ ‭NASB

P R A I S E  THE  LORD 

P R A Y