Thursday, February 23, 2012

If God Would Answer This Prayer

"Pentecostal Power," by Charles H. Gabriel, is a great prayer.

Consider verse 1, a prayer that the power that was manifested at Pentecost would be manifest again today through us:

Lord, as of old, at Pentecost,
Thou didst Thy pow’r display—
With cleansing, purifying flame,
Descend on us today.
 
I resonate with verse 3 in particular, every line my earnest prayer:
 
All self consume, all sin destroy!
With earnest zeal endue
Each waiting heart to work for Thee;
O Lord, our faith renew!

The refrain opens the throttle on our prayers, the last line reflecting the twin goals of our petitions:
 
Lord, send the old-time power, the Pentecostal power!
Thy floodgates of blessing, on us throw open wide!
Lord, send the old-time power, the Pentecostal power!
That sinners be converted and Thy Name glorified!


Sing this as a congregation, sing this in your prayer closet, pray it in your prayer closet.

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