Scripture Verse

You help us by your prayers. 2 Corinthians 1:11

Introduction

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Ira D. Sankey
(1840–1908)

Words: Sam­u­el O. Cluff, 1860.

Music: Ira D. San­key, 1874 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Samuel O. Cluff
(1837–1910)

Origin of the Hymn

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

Lyrics

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!

Refrain

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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