Thursday, October 18, 2007

Did You Think to Pray?

Ere you left your room this morning,
Did you think to pray?
In the name of Christ, our Saviour,
Did you ask for loving favor?
As a shield today?

chorus:
Oh, how praying rests the weary!
Pray'r will change the night to day;
So when life seems dark and dreary,
Don't forget to pray.

When you met with great temptation,
Did you think to pray?
By His dying love and merit
Did you claim the Holy Spirit
As your guide and stay?
(chorus)

When your heart was filled with anger,
Did you think to pray?
Did you plead for grace, my brother,
That you might forgive another
Who had crossed your way?
(chorus)

When sore trials came upon you,
Did you think to pray?
When your soul was bowed in sorrow,
Balm of Gilead did you borrow
At the gates of day?
(chorus)

Some days when I'm singing this song, my head hangs low, remembering my neglect of prayer that day.
This past week, by God's grace, I've so enjoyed my mornings with time to pray - not in a rush, not with something that must be done in a few more minutes, but just time with the Saviour.
What a difference it does make!

I once heard a preacher say, "The devil gets up every morning and prepares to go to battle with you. Do you get up and get ready to face him, or do you go along with a skip and a song, blissfully unaware of the war camp just over the hill from your's?"

1 comment:

mikestahlman said...

Songs are a great reminder throughout the day. One of my favorites is a particular part of a verse in "A Mighty Fortress" by Martin Luther:
"The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him."
When asked, Luther declared that word to be "liar." So when faced with tempation, I try to pray and remember that all the devil's tricks are lies.