174. What various hindrances we meet

1 What various hindrances we meet
In coming to a mercy-seat!
Yet who that knows the worth of prayer,
But wishes to be often there!

2 Prayer makes the darkened cloud withdraw;
Prayer climbs the ladder Jacob saw--
Gives exercise to faith and love--
Brings every blessing from above.

3 Restraining prayer, we cease to fight;
Prayer makes the Christian’s armor bright;
And Satan trembles, when he sees
The weakest saint upon his knees.

4 Have you no words? ah! think again:
Words flow apace when you complain,
And fill your fellow-creature’s ear
With the sad tale of all your care.

5 Were half the breath thus vainly spent,
To heaven in supplication sent,
Your cheerful song would oftener be,
"Hear what the Lord has done for me!"

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First Line: What various hindrances we meet
Meter: L. M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1867
Topic: Prayer: Prayer in General
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