You help us by your prayers.@2 Corinthians 1:11
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Ira D. Sankey (1840-1908)

Samuel O. Cluff, 1860.

Ira D. Sankey, 1874 (🔊 pdf nwc).

On our first visit to Ireland, in 1874, we came across these words in a printed leaflet. It was the second hymn to which I wrote music [The Ninety and Nine was the first], and it was much used in our meetings in London. It has long been a favorite prayer-meeting hymn in many churches.

Sankey, pp. 158-9

Dwight L. Moody told many stories of the power given to this hymn. He related that a young man from Sweden told him that he first heard this song in his native land. It was sung by two evangelists who went house to house to hold a series of meetings. The two-roomed log house was packed and after one evangelist had prayed, the other said, Sing one of Sankey’s hymns.

The young man continued: Since then I have heard this sweet hymn sung in many places. I have heard it in primitive homes on the Western prairies and by great choirs in our large cities. But whenever I do hear it I am a lad again in the little log house in Sweden.

Blanchard, p. 40

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Samuel O. Cluff (1837-1910)

I have a Savior, He’s pleading in glory,
A dear, loving Savior though earth friends be few;
And now He is watching in tenderness o’er me;
And oh, that my Savior were your Savior, too.

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For you I am praying,
For you I am praying,
For you I am praying,
I’m praying for you.

I have a Father; to me He has given
A hope for eternity, blessèd and true;
And soon He will call me to meet Him in Heaven,
But, oh, that He’d let me bring you with me, too!

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I have a robe; ’tis resplendent in whiteness,
Awaiting in glory my wondering view;
Oh, when I receive it all shining in brightness,
Dear friend, could I see you receiving one, too!

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When Jesus has found you, tell others the story,
That my loving Savior is your Savior, too;
Then pray that your Savior may bring them to glory,
And prayer will be answered—’twas answered for you!

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Speak of that Savior, that Father in Heaven,
That harp, crown, and robe which are waiting for you—
That peace you possess, and that rest to be given,
Still praying that Jesus may save them with you.

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