PRAYER FOR POWER

PRAYER FOR POWER
On The Coming Meetings at Fenaghy

“Prayer is asked…that times of refreshing, greater than was witnessed in 1859, shall come from the presence of the Lord.” – Circular.

O God of boundless power and grace!
Before Thy mercy-seat we bend;
We mourn our sins, we seek Thy face,
In Jesus’ name our spirits blend;
Give Thou the unction all divine
That moved to prayer in “Fifty-nine.”

Our weakness and our need behold;
We cry to Thee, “Oh Lord! how long?”
Inflame our hearts, so dull and cold;
Our feeble faith, O make it strong!
In mercy let Thine ear incline,
And help us as in “Fifty-nine.”

The lights we shed, alas, how dim!
Upon benighted souls around;
Our Great High Priest, arise and trim
Thy flickering lamps, wherever found;
Thou Light of Life, break forth and shine
All glorious as in “Fifty-nine.”

O let us at the cross discern
Our deep indebtedness to Thee,
Until our hearts anew shall burn
With love of hundred-fold degree;
Let holier zeal our lives refine
Oh, for the flame of “Fifty-nine!”

Alas, for souls that dwell at ease
The slumberers in their guilt secure!
With conscious condemnation seize,
And pierce them by the Spirit’s power;
Oh, for the voice in souls sublime
That waked the dead in “Fifty-nine!”

Let busy street and quiet glen
Once more confess Thy presence nigh,
Fill with Thy fear the hearts of men
And tune their tongues to songs of joy;
So shall we bless Thy power benign,
And praise the God of “Fifty-nine.”

O, Thou who on the mountain-side
The Word of Life did oft declare,
And for the famishing provide
Free banquet in the open air;
At Fenaghy, in power divine,
Surpass the feasts of “Fifty-nine.”

O meet us on the verdant sod;
Be pleased to grant propitious skies;
Come, Spirit of the Living God,
Bid Thou the lifeless bones arise,
O be our hearts’ desire the sign
Of Pentecost in Eighty-nine!

W. Maxwell, Belfast July 1889

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