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InTheLight
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 Father of Lights - a prayer of repentance

1 FATHER of lights, from whom proceeds
Whate'er thy every creature needs,
Whose goodness, providently nigh,
Heeds the young ravens when they cry,
To thee I look; my heart prepare,
Suggest, and hearken to my prayer.

2 Since by thy light myself I see
Naked, and poor, and void of thee,
Thy eyes must all my thoughts survey,
Preventing what my lips would say;
Thou seest my wants, for help they call,
And ere I speak thou know'st them all.

3 Thou know'st the baseness of my mind,
Wayward, and impotent, and blind;
Thou know'st how unsubdued my will,
Averse from good and prone to ill;
Thou know'st now wide my passions rove,
Nor checked by fear, nor charmed by love!

4 Fain would I know, as known by thee,
And feel the indigence I see;
Fain would I all my vileness own,
And deep beneath the burden groan;
Abhor the pride that lurks within,
Detest and loathe myself and sin.

5 Ah! give me, Lord, myself to feel,
My total misery reveal;
Ah! give me, Lord (I still would say)
A heart to mourn, a heart to pray;
My business this, my only care,
My life, my every breath, be prayer.

-hymn #99 from the Methodist Hymnal, 1876 Edition


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Ron Halverson

 2006/10/18 12:55Profile
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 Re: Father of Lights - a prayer of repentance

I especially like the last line:

My life, my every breath, be prayer.

It is so poignant.

It reminds me of a what I heard a pastor preach about 23 years ago.

He said, 'It is not your duty to pray, it is necessary. Just like it is not your duty to breath, it is necessary.'

We want God to rend the heavens. He can and will. We just have to sacrifice in order to see that happen.

God bless.

 2006/10/19 9:26Profile
RobertW
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 Re: Father of Lights - a prayer of repentance

Quote:
hymn #99 from the Methodist Hymnal, 1876 Edition



Thanks for sharing this Bro. Ron.


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Robert Wurtz II

 2006/10/19 11:24Profile





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