1. If ye ask it shall be given,
Not one will Father turn away;
Then, come and tell him all thy sorrows,
For he will hear you when you pray.
Tho' half unspoken thy petition,
Thy faith in him will bear it home;
With all thy heart believe his promise,
And pray until the answer come.
Pray in faith believing,
The promise is your own;
Faith will move the God of heaven,
He will send the answer down.
2. Come believing, he will listen,
Although thy pray'r may seem denied;
Then ask again, as did the woman
Who for her daughter to him cried.
Undaunted, when at first the Savior
Regarded not her artless plea;
She sought him long till he requited
Her faith and importunity.
3. Jacob wrestled with the angel,
Tho' long and wearisome the night,
Until his urgent plea was granted;
The answer came with morning light.
Fear not, tho' oft you wait in darkness,
For you shall not be turned away;
Keep praying, God will send the answer;
'Twill surely come at break of day.
4. Know, O soul, thy earnest pleading
Is falling on his list'ning ear.
"Before they call me I will answer,
While yet they're speaking I will hear."
Of all his good and gracious promise
There hath not failed a single word;
Thy God will surely send the answer,
For thy petition he hath heard.
Birth: Oct. 9, 1882, Parke County, Indiana, USA
Death: Mar. 20, 1980, Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, USA
Clara McAlister Brooks was one of our early songwriters and four of her pieces are in the current hymnal. From the earliest days of the movement we have had women prominent in all forms of our ministry—missionaries, evangelists, teachers, pastors, and God has honored their sacrificial labors. For that reason we can stand in amazement when here, in the 1970s, such old-line denominations as the Episcopal church are being racked with controversy over whether the ordination of women is permissible. But before we gather Pharisaic robes about ourselves, perhaps we need to look candidly at the way in which we, too, succumbed to so… Go to person page >