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435.2 A Blessing sought on Prayer. 7s. I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.-GEN.
1 LORD, I cannot let thee go,
Till a blessing thou bestow;
Mine's an urgent pressing case. [2 Dost thou ask me who I am ?
Ah! my Lord, thou know’st my name;
To support my suit with thee.]
In rebellion blindly bold,
That poor rebel, Lord, was I. 4 Once, a sinner near despair,
Sought thy mercy-seat by prayer;
Lord, that mercy came to me.
Many changes I have seen ;
Who could hold me up but thou ?] 6 Thou hast help'd in ev'ry need;
This emboldens me to plead :-
7 No-I must maintain my hold,
'Tis thy goodness makes me bold;
436. Encouragement to Prayer. C.M.
Ask, and it shall be given you.—Mat. vii. 7, 1 APPROACH, my soul, the mercy-seat,
Where Jesus answers pray'r;
For none can perish there. 2 Thy promise is my only plea,
With this I venture nigh;
And such, O Lord, am I. ,
By Satan sorely prest,
I come to thee for rest. 4 Be thou my shield and hiding-place,
That shelter'd near thy side,
And tell him, thou hast died. 5 O wond'rous love! to bleed and die,
To bear the cross and shame,
Might plead thy gracious name,
437. Encouragement to Prayer. 7s.
Ask what I shall give thee.-1 Kings iii. 5.
1 Come, my soul, thy suit prepare,
Jesus loves to answer pray'r;
Therefore will not turn away.
Large petitions with thee bring;
None can ever ask too much.
O remove this load of sin,
Set my conscience free from guilt. 4 Lord, I come to thee for rest,
Take possession of my breast ;
And without a rival reign. 5 While I am a pilgrim here,
Let thy love my spirit cheer;
Lead me to my journey's end. [6 Show me what I have to do,
Ev'ry hour my strength renew ;
438. Encouragement to Prayer. S.M.
Ask what I shall give thee.-1 Kings iii. 5. 1 BEHOLD the throne of grace !
The promise calls me near;
And waits to answer pray’r. 2 That rich atoning blood,
Which sprinkled round I see,
An all-prevailing plea.
Thou canst not be too bold;
What else can he withhold ? 4 Beyond thine utmost wants
His love and pow'r can bless;
More than they can express. ] 5 Thine image, Lord, bestow,
Thy presence and thy love:
And reign with thee above. 6 Teach me to live by faith, Conform
will to thine : Let me victorious be in death,
And then in glory shine.
7 If thou these blessings give,
And wilt my portion be;
To them who know not thee.
439. Prayer for Unity. 7s. Be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another,
love as brethren.—1 PETER iii. 8. 1 Jesu, Lord, we look to thee,
Let us in thy name agree,
Bid all strife for ever cease. 2 By thy reconciling love,
Ev'ry stumbling-block remove;
Come and spread thy banner here. 3 Make us of one heart and mind,
Courteous, pitiful, and kind,
Altogether like our Lord, 4 Let us each for other care,
Each his brother's burden bear,
Show how true believers live. 5 Let us then with joy remove
To thy family above,