Patient prayer has power with God;
Thus, while Moses raised the rod,
Israel o'er the foe prevail'd,
But grew feeble when he fail'd,
Till, by Hur and Aaron's care,
Intercession held up Prayer.
Pray ye, pray and never faint,
Mourning Sinner, tempted Saint!
Faith and Hope your hands sustain,
Victory then ye must obtain,
Yea, and more than conquerors prove
Through your great Redeemer's love.
James Montgomery (b. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1771; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1854), the son of Moravian parents who died on a West Indies mission field while he was in boarding school, Montgomery inherited a strong religious bent, a passion for missions, and an independent mind. He was editor of the Sheffield Iris (1796-1827), a newspaper that sometimes espoused radical causes. Montgomery was imprisoned briefly when he printed a song that celebrated the fall of the Bastille and again when he described a riot in Sheffield that reflected unfavorably on a military commander. He also protested against slavery, the lot of boy chimney sweeps, and lotteries. Associated with Christians of various persuasions, Montgomery supported missio… Go to person page >