Power of Prayer.
John Newton


Power of prayer.

In themselves, as weak as worms,

How can poor believers stand;

When temptations, foes, and storms,

Press them close on every hand?

Weak, indeed, they feel they are,

But they know the throne of grace;

And the God, who answers prayer,

Helps them when they seek his face.

Though the Lord awhile delay,

Succor they at length obtain;

He who taught their hearts to pray,

Will not let them cry in vain.

Wrestling prayer can wonders do,

Bring relief in deepest straits;

Prayer can force a passage through

Iron bars and brazen gates.

Hezekiah on his knees

Proud Assyria's host subdued;

And when smitten with disease,

Had his life by prayer renewed.

Peter, though confined and chained,

Prayer prevailed and brought him out;

When Elijah prayed, it rained,

After three long years of drought.

We can likewise witness bear,

That the LORD is still the same,

Though we feared he would not hear,

Suddenly deliverance came.

For the wonders he has wrought,

Let us now our praises give;

And, by sweet experience taught,

Call upon him while we live.

hymn 60 exhortation to prayer
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