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Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer,

Thy wings shall my petition bear

To Him whose truth and faithfulness

Engage the waiting soul to bless;

And since He bids me seek His face,

Believe His Word and trust His grace,

I’ll cast on Him my ev’ry care,

And wait for Thee, sweet hour of prayer.

William Walford

The Treasure Trove

Where to even start with this treasure-packed trove? How about I just go in order?

First, we have the privilege of bringing our requests to a God of truth and faithfulness. Truth, that concept made so subjective in the world around us, is God’s very essence. He is truth. Faithfulness, that trait so many people today are crying out for, is unchanging in God. Second, this same remarkable God invites us to seek Him. Us!  Third, He proposes that we believe His word and trust His grace.

Believe His word. If you’ve ever felt as though God has spoken to you through a particular portion of Scripture, don’t give up on it when things get dark. God doesn’t go back on His word. We can misunderstand Him, that’s true. But if we’ve heard Him correctly, “this hope is an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast” (paraphrased from Hebrews chapter six). “For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, ‘I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply you.’ And thus, having patiently waited, he [Abraham] obtained the promise” (Hebrews 6:13-15 NASB). The “patiently waited” part brings me to point number four. While we are waiting for our promise to be fulfilled, God graciously invites us to cast on Him our every care. Isn't He good?

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