He ever liveth to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25
Words: Benjamin Beddome (1717–1795). Published posthumously in Hymns Adapted to Public Worship (London: Burton & Briggs, 1818), number 405.
Importance of Prayer.
Music: Holy Cross James C. Wade, 1865 (🔊 pdf nwc).
If you know where to get a good picture of Wade (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels),
Prayer is the breath of God in man,
Returning whence it came;
Love is the sacred fire within,
And prayer the rising flame.
The Christian’s life with it concludes,
And with it doth begin;
’Tis this invigorates the soul,
And is the death of sin.
It gives the burdened spirit ease,
And soothes the troubled breast;
Yields comfort to the mourners here,
And to the weary rest.
When God inclines the heart to pray,
He hath an ear to hear;
To Him there’s music in a groan,
And beauty in a tear.
The humble suppliant cannot fail
To have his wants supplied;
Since He for sinners intercedes,
Who once for sinners died.